Current Scandals

Is Kenney’s war room just a partisan project designed to push the UCP agenda? - Loonie Politics

  Creating a war room is surely a way to invite conflict. And Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is happily opening the door to controversy with his plan to counter false and misleading statements and campaigns against oil and gas. “I think it’s the best investment we could possibly make in defendin ...

Comment: Interior Department's Offshore Oil Regulatory Rollback Relies on Big Oil Document

Read time: 4 mins This is a guest post from ClimateDenierRoundup. Last week, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt testified in front of the House Natural Resources Committee about his leadership of the agency, flanked by “swamp monsters” in the audience highlighting his cor ...

Crime expert says better social programs, not more prisons, will reduce violence

Karl Nerenberg Criminologist Irvin Waller recommends that governments should rely on what he calls "upstream social preventive programs" to deal with crime, rather than the tools of the traditional criminal justice system. That is another way of saying that, to curtail crime, especially violent c ...

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman gets an apology and Conrad Black gets a pardon

David J. Climenhaga Remember this important fact: none of us knows whether Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is guilty of the crime with which he was charged. Well, Vice-Admiral Norman knows, presumably, and his legal team would have a pretty good idea, as would a few Crown prosecutors and members of the ...

Trudeau’s sunny ways are turning into dark days - Loonie Politics

  Will the Norman affair have more political impact than SNC-Lavalin when voters head to the polls this fall? What will be the bigger political scandal involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government?  SNC-Lavalin is well out in front, but the Norman affair is slowly starting t ...

Mobilizations against arms shows can learn from each other

Political Action Ottawa-area activists are preparing for a mobilization against CANSEC, the largest weapons show in Canada, this coming May 29 to 30 -- as well as for next year's Divest, Disarm, and Demilitarize conference and an even larger international protest against CANSEC. Some are looking ...

When Pan American Silver bought the Escobal mine, it bought a legacy of violence

Valerie Croft Shareholders of one of the world's largest silver mining companies will meet in Vancouver today to discuss their latest acquisition -- the conflict-ridden Escobal mine in southeastern Guatemala, acquired by Pan American Silver when it bought Tahoe Resources earlier this year. The mi ...

SNC-Lavalin’s greatest export seems to be corruption with minimal consequences - Loonie Politics

  Every criminal and criminal outfit in Canada must be clamouring to get whatever deal SNC-Lavalin seems to have. Whether years of bumbling and bungling in the justice system is to blame, or a more sinister backroom dealing I won’t profess to know intimately.  Whatever it is, it’s apparent th ...

NDP MP's bill would give foreign victims of Canadian companies their day in court

Karl Nerenberg The SNC-Lavalin bribery case has educated Canadians about a certain kind of misbehaviour by Canadian companies abroad: the corruption of foreign officials. But some Canadian corporations have committed, or been complicit in, far more serious offences in foreign countries. Those cri ...

Trudeau feeds anti-refugee scapegoating for election

Civil Liberties Watch Politics in Canada For the past two decades, my late-night trips to 24-hour Tim Hortons restaurants have been synonymous with fear. It's not the artery-clogging threat of consuming sprinkled Timbits that has made my heart race, however. Rather, it is the look of terror on ...