Leona Aglukkaq

The Problem With High Turnover in Canada's Dept. of the Environment

John McKay | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Frequent turnover at the head of a Department in the Public Service, sometimes referred to as Canada's Permanent Government, is almost never a good sign. It is often indicative of some serious friction at the highest level which almost inevitably reverberates throughout the department. It is therefore concerning but not surprising that Michael Martin is just the latest Deputy Minister at the Department of the Environment.

The Harper Government™ Is Just Canada's Ministry of Magic

John McKay | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Astute readers of the Harry Potter series and keen political observers may see parallels to the current Harper Government™ as it seems to operate in a parallel universe clinging to its fantasies, denying obvious facts, and not helping Canadians adapt to the profound changes climate disruption will inevitably bring. Minister Aglukkaq is entitled to her fantasies; however she is not entitled to the facts.

Stephen Harper and the Climate Change Chamber of Secrets

John McKay | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Climate change has emerged as the single most important issue of our time, and it is nothing short of baffling that this government has chosen to bury its head in the sand and hope it goes away. Not only has the Harper government ignored the issue, but it has also gone to great lengths to suppress further research and any meaningful remedial or mitigating action. When Stephen Harper took office in 2006, he promised that we would not recognize Canada when he was done with it. He is on-track to keep that promise. For the sake of my grandchildren and all of us Muggles, I hope that Canadians prove him wrong in 2015.

Fears of Cost Overruns, Flooding of Peace Valley Loom on Eve of Site C Dam Report

DeSmog Canada | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Opponents of the proposed Site C dam are hoping a report from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panel, to be released Thursday, will emphasize potential environmental damage from the massive dam and persuade the federal and provincial governments that the project should be scrapped.

Harper's Most Generous Cabinet Minister

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.20.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's official gift shop is tucked into the fourth floor of a government building in nearby Gatineau, Que., but you won't see any tourists...

Selling Europe On The Seal Hunt

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada Business

GENEVA - Canada's northern development minister says it was wrong for the World Trade Organization to uphold a European Union ban on seal products bas...

B.C. Government Support for New Prosperity Mine Sends Confusing Message To First Nations

Adam Olsen | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

Despite the fact that the Tsilhqot'in and Secwepemc are opposed to the New Prosperity mine, the B.C. Liberal government continues to support the project. This is both profoundly troubling and inconsistent with their commitments to First Nations.

Taseko New Prosperity Mine Rejection Based On Sound Assessment

Andrew Weaver | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Weaver

British Columbia is blessed with a vast array of natural resources; mining has and will continue to have a profound influence on the B.C. economy. But the reason why we have environmental assessments is to ensure that new mine developments meet certain criteria. Cutting red tape means expediting the assessment process, not undermining it.

Tory MP Blasts His Own Government

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - Two veteran Conservative MPs are speaking out against their own government after a proposal for a billion-dollar gold and copper mine in B...

Tory Minister Hits Back

CBC | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Politics

The federal minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is hitting back at critics accusing her of conflict of interest...

Canada's Largest Container Terminal May Expand

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq says an independent panel will review plans to build a major shipping-container terminal at a ...

LOOK: Environment Minister Posts Photo Of Dead Polar Bear

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq sparked debate Thursday by sharing a photo of a dead polar bear on Twitter and encouraging the hunters who killed ...

Canada 'Worst In Developed World'

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq arrived at a climate change conference in Warsaw late Monday amid exceedingly low expectations.A European...

Harper "Couldn't Care Less" About the Environment

John McKay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

The report from the Commissioner for the Environment goes on and on through painful chapter after painful chapter cataloguing, in great detail, highlighting failure after failure by the Harper government to address everything from biological diversity and the conservation of migratory birds to Recovery Planning for Species at Risk and Ecological integrity of National Parks.

Tories Say Canada Is A Leader On Climate Change

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government has responded to an international report on "unequivocal" global warming by slamming past Liberal inaction and re...

CBC's Confidential Deal With Government Agency

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Politics

UPDATE:In a blog post on Friday evening, CBC general manager and editor in chief Jennifer McGuire responded to the CBC-Parks Canada agreement. McGu...

Tories Now Want To Protect This Endangered Creature

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - After having its legal feathers ruffled in court, the federal government says it is moving to protect the endangered sage grouse.Environment ...

The Jury's Out

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - If there are any questions about why Leona Aglukkaq, the soft-spoken Inuk politician from Nunavut, was chosen by Stephen Harper to lead Envir...

Tories Introduce Strict New Medical Marijuana Rules

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - After two years of study and discussion, the federal government has finalized new rules for medical marijuana and granted a reprieve to pharm...

How To Open A Safe Injection Site

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

OTTAWA - The federal government has introduced tough new rules for supervised drug injection sites in a move some see as an effort to stamp out such f...

A Historical First

CBC | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Politics

Nunavut's Leona Aglukkaq will be the first Inuk ever to lead the Arctic Council, the world's main international forum on northern issues. ...

Reserve Swamped In Sewage

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Politics

After a long cold winter, Attawapiskat residents got a rude spring awakening -- an overwhelmed drainage system is swamping the Ontario reserve in sewa...

Health Council Demise 'Just Made Sense'

CBC | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Politics

Health Canada is winding down the funding for the Health Council of Canada, the independent body responsible for monitoring the results of the federal...

Five Things You Must Know About N.W.T. Deal

CBC | Posted 05.10.2013 | Canada Politics

The Northwest Territories is expected to get a final devolution agreement Monday, which will give the territory control over its Crown lands and resou...

Aglukkaq: Chief Should Meet With Aboriginal Affairs Minister

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - One of the two aboriginal MPs in the Conservative cabinet has called on Chief Theresa Spence to abandon her fast aimed at securing a meeting ...