Margo McDiarmid

Parliamentary Bureau

Margo McDiarmid is a Senior Reporter with CBC's Parliamentary Bureau, who focuses on energy, the environment and Indigenous issues.

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Environmental groups pinning hopes on major spending for conservation in budget

Conservation groups are predicting the federal budget could include up to $1.4 billion to protect land and water in Canada.

Ottawa's new carbon pricing plan will reward clean companies

The federal government added more meat to the bones of its core environmental policy today by releasing draft legislation of how pricing carbon pollution will work in Canada.

Still no way to tell how many Indigenous women and girls go missing in Canada each year

Even after the launch of a $53.8-million national inquiry and an increased focus on the problem, there is still no way to tell how many Indigenous women and girls go missing in Canada each year.

NDP bill adopting UN Indigenous declaration begins debate with Liberal support

Parliament begins debating an NDP private member's bill, backed by the Liberal government, that would have Canada adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous communities embracing clean energy, creating thousands of jobs

A first-ever national survey shows Indigenous communities jumping into partnerships on clean energy projects.

Fort McMurray fires cause air pollution spike on other side of continent

The huge forest fire in Fort McMurray last year caused air pollution levels to spike as far away as the New England states more than four thousand kilometres on the other side of the continent.

Pesticides get most blame for bee deaths, survey suggests

A new poll suggests that Canadians are deeply concerned about the loss of bees, with nine out 10 blaming pesticides for the sudden bee die-off. The survey was conducted for Friends of the Earth Canada to see how worried people are about the issue and to see how much they know about bees.

Patchy information leaves Canada unable to determine quality of watersheds

Canada may be home to 20 per cent of the world's freshwater, but there is no national system to collect or share information about the health and quality of Canada's watersheds, according to a new national assessment of Canada's rivers.

MMIW inquiry won't hear from most families until the fall

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is holding three days of family hearings in Whitehorse at the end of May, but after that the five commissioners won't hear from families in other parts of the country until the fall.

B.C., Alberta methane pollution higher than disclosed, reports suggest

Two new reports found methane pollution from oil and gas facilities in northeastern B.C. is 2.5 times higher than what is currently being reported, and in Alberta it could be up to 60 per cent higher.

Arctic climate warming higher and faster than expected

A new international report shows that Arctic temperatures are rising higher and faster than expected, and the effects are already being felt around the world.

Federal government seeks to push back methane reduction regulations by up to 3 years

​The federal government wants to delay the implementation of its much-touted new methane regulations by up to three years, according to documents obtained by CBC News.

Road salt threatening health of freshwater lakes, study finds

A new study of 371 lakes in eastern North America shows that they're getting saltier because of salt used to melt winter snow and ice.

Short timelines for environmental assessments not working, says expert panel

An expert panel says the "one size fits all" approach to environmental assessments in Canada isn't working, and neither is limiting the number of people who can talk at hearings into big projects.

Little appetite in the U.S. business community for border tariff, says Jim Carr

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says there appears to be little appetite in the U.S. for a new border adjustment tax on Canadian goods.