Bob Weber

The Canadian Press

Latest from Bob Weber

Limits on gatherings make it a 'great time to be building a pipeline,' says Alberta energy minister

Alberta's energy minister says it's a good time to build a pipeline because public health restrictions limit protests against them.

Alberta Energy Regulator suspends environmental monitoring for oilpatch over COVID-19

A wide array of environmental monitoring requirements have been suspended for Alberta's entire energy industry. According to decisions posted on its website, the Alberta Energy Regulator said suspensions include all conventional oil and gas operators as well as in situ oilsands projects.

Ozone layer deal may have led to new contaminant problem, researchers say

A landmark environmental agreement that helped close the ozone hole in the 1990s has led to new chemical contaminants forming in the atmosphere and accumulating on land, researchers say.

Clean your cash carefully if concerned over COVID: Bank of Canada

If you must launder your money, do it carefully, advises the Bank of Canada.

U.S. demands explanation from province over river pollution from B.C. mines

The U.S. government is increasingly concerned about pollution from British Columbian coal mines, following new research that shows contaminants in a river south of the border came from Canada.

First Nations worried by suspension of oilsands environmental monitoring

The leader of a First Nation surrounded by oilsands development is frustrated by the Alberta Energy Regulator's decision to suspend a wide array of environmental reporting requirements for oilsands companies.

Federal scientists predict high wildfire risk across Western Canada

A majority of forests in Canada face a higher-than-normal wildfire risk this summer, say federal scientists.

COVID-19 causes Alberta to delay release of guidelines on parks partnerships

The Alberta government has delayed information on its plan to hand off dozens of parks and recreation sites to third-party managers.

Alberta parks partnership rules to be released, critics call for consultation

Albertans are expected to learn Monday how they can take up to 164 provincial parks and recreation sites off the hands of a government that no longer wants them.

Study on early humans sheds new light on old stories about animals and alcohol

Elephants are said to seek out the fallen, fermenting fruit of the marula tree. Waxwings flock in spring to berries still hanging from branches and fly erratically thereafter. Swedish elk behave strangely after gorging on rotting apples.

Scientists cut peer-review corners under pressure of COVID-19 pandemic

Scientists are beginning to fear that the rush to understand the coronavirus and find ways to treat COVID-19, the illness it causes, is leading to an erosion of traditional safeguards against bad science.

Science summary: A look at novel coronavirus research around the globe

Thousands of scientists around the world are working on problems raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a summary of some recent research from peer-reviewed academic journals and scientific agencies

N.W.T. and Nunavut Chamber of Mines says industry to meet with feds soon

The Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chamber of Mines says federal COVID-19 subsidy program does not work for the mining industry. Federal meeting planned for Wednesday.

'Little to do with COVID:' Landowners, experts criticize new oil well cleanup law

Landowners and legal experts say Alberta's hastily passed bill to help clean up the province's huge stockpile of abandoned energy facilities harms property rights without addressing why the problem exists in the first place.

'It needs to be done': Staff keep Iqaluit school breakfast program going

When schools in Nunavut shut down because of COVID-19, a group of staff in Iqaluit wanted to make sure students who depended on breakfast programs still got food. What they arrived at was a simple breakfast-in-a-bag.