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Recent articles by Alex:

Ottawa gives itself more time to figure out how to finally meet a national climate goal

Canada has missed every emissions target it has ever set. Now the federal government is delaying a plan that’s meant to ensure the country finally hit... → Read More

Athletes or politicians? MPs want Canada to boycott Beijing Winter Olympics — but can’t agree on how

All three official opposition parties are pressuring the Liberal government to diminish Canada’s presence at the upcoming Beijing Olympics. → Read More

Doug Ford and Erin O’Toole call for travel bans amid fears of new COVID variant

The federal Conservatives and Ontario Premier Doug Ford are calling for a ban on non-essential travel between Canada and six countries in southern Afr... → Read More

Amita Kuttner is the first trans person to lead a Canadian political party. Can they save the Greens?

The Star spoke with newly-named Green party interim leader Amita Kuttner about their historic appointment — and how they think the Greens can recover.... → Read More

‘We can’t continue to go from failure to failure’: Environment watchdog slams Liberals’ oil and gas sector program

Canada’s independent environment commissioner is slamming the Liberal government for designing a $675-million pandemic support program for the oil and... → Read More

On Nov. 30, crossing the border will get easier. Whether you should travel is another question

The dropped requirement will only apply to Canadians who leave the country for less than 72 hours, starting Nov. 30, federal officials announced Frida... → Read More

What’s in the Glasgow climate deal — and what does it mean for Canada?

The final deal reached Saturday calls on almost 200 countries to “phase down” coal power and fossil fuel subsidies, and to “revisit and strengthen” th... → Read More

Green Party formally accepts Annamie Paul’s resignation as leader

Six weeks after she announced her intention to step down, Paul is no longer leader of the Green Party of Canada — a development that caps off months o... → Read More

Canada would support international deadlines to eliminate coal and fossil fuel subsidies, Steven Guilbeault says

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said the Canadian delegation is pushing for a “forceful” deal that will achieve ensure actions to reduce greenh... → Read More

Canada won’t hike its goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions despite urging from climate summit

Canada is not prepared to further increase its climate target for 2030, after a draft deal under negotiation at an international summit in Scotland ur... → Read More

It’s official: Annamie Paul says she’s finally finished as leader of the Green party

Paul announced Wednesday that she has submitted her notice of resignation as Green party leader. She also stated that she will be ending her membershi... → Read More

Canada’s pledge to stop financing fossil fuel development doesn’t go far enough, environmentalists say

Canada is one of 24 countries that has so far signed a joint commitment at the ongoing climate summit in Scotland to end “new direct” support for the ... → Read More

Travel is back, but is pandemic tourism fun? We sent a Star reporter to find out

Travelling these days is to feel a constant tension between the desire for fun and fresh experience, and the lingering possibility of danger, reporter... → Read More

‘We recognize the problem’: Canada’s new ministers for the environment and natural resources have the oil and gas sector in their sights

Two Liberal cabinet ministers appointed this week to handle key climate policies for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government say they are focused o... → Read More

Green Leader Annamie Paul still hasn’t officially resigned. Now her party is again trying to force her out

It’s the latest development in the bitter and drawn-out power struggle that erupted inside the party over the past year, with Paul’s supporters allegi... → Read More

Justin Trudeau drops Marc Garneau from cabinet, but won’t say why

“It’s never easy to assemble the right cabinet for the moment, but I find the team that is around me today is the right one for the situation and for ... → Read More

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveils new federal cabinet, promoting Steven Guilbeault and shuffling out Marc Garneau

Opposition parties called on Trudeau to replace veteran government ministers who have allegedly failed to advance Indigenous reconciliation and confro... → Read More

Canada won’t stop Crown corporations from investing in fossil fuels any time soon. Here’s why

The issue of public financing for oil and gas companies is expected to be on the agenda at the next major world summit on climate change this month, w... → Read More

New Democrats didn't break through in the federal election. Now they need to figure out why

After a disappointing federal election, the New Democratic Party finds itself in a familiar place: backed into a corner of the House of Commons with 2... → Read More

NDP tempers expectations as early results put party far behind rivals

“I’m feeling excited but a little bit nervous,” leader Jagmeet Singh says, as party’s national director says gaining even one seat would be a success. → Read More