Evening Brief: Green plans and toxic forces
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We begin with legislation that has been a long time coming. The Liberals finally introduced a bill laying out the government’s plans to achieve net-zero carbon gas emissions by 2050, fulfilling an election promise.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson tabled Bill C-12 today, which, if passed, would require the federal government to set five-year interim emissions reduction targets over the next 30 years to ensure progress toward its 2050 target. It would also force current and future federal governments to set binding climate targets to get Canada to that goal.

The problem with what’s been tabled? It doesn’t include penalties for failing to meet targets. More on that from CBC News.

The Canadian Fuels Association (CFA), which represents Canada’s transportation fuels industry, including Irving Oil, Imperial Oil Limited, Shell Canada, and Suncor Energy, also launched a plan of its own.

Evening Brief: Green plans and toxic forces
(Christina Ryan/Calgary StarMetro)

Former Supreme Court of Canada justice Michel ​Bastarache did not mince words in his review of the RCMP in the wake of a historic sexual assault settlement. In his report “Broken Dreams Broken Lives,” which was released today, he says the national police force’s culture is so toxic, the federal government needs to conduct an external, independent review of its future.

“What I learned led me to conclude that a toxic culture prevails in the RCMP. This culture encourages, or at least tolerates, misogynistic, racist and homophobic attitudes among many members of the RCMP,” he wrote in his report “Broken Dreams Broken Lives,” released today. “The problem is systemic in nature and cannot be corrected solely by punishing a few ‘bad apples.’”

Responding to the report, the federal government and RCMP said “a lot of work” is needed to address the systemic problems within the force. “If an organization cannot keep its own members safe from harassment and discrimination, how can Canadians have confidence in them, to keep them safe as they enforce the law? There is a need for a lot of work, moving forward to improve and reform the RCMP,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

Commissioner Brenda Lucki was bothered by the findings, as she said many of these women in the report set the path that she has walked. “We failed them, because they are women.” The behaviour documented is “not what we are as an organization,” and she found it hard to read, pledging to stamp out hate within her organization. “I am angry for these women,” she said. “I am so very sorry.”

Lucki responded to the report via teleconference, as she is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone with COVID-19. In a Twitter post, she said she has been tested and is “self-isolating as a precaution,” as she waits for results.

Still with the coronavirus, CTV News is reporting that Trudeau is holding a closed-door meeting with his opposition counterparts and receiving a briefing from Canada’s top public health officials, as uncertainty swirls around how many vaccine doses the federal government will be sending to the provinces and when that will happen.

Evening Brief: Green plans and toxic forces
(Andrew Meade/iPolitics)

On other fronts, Trudeau defended the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and urged countries to stand up to Chinese bullying ahead of Friday’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting, where he and his Chinese counterpart, , are set to attend. “Do I regret that Canada followed its laws? Do I regret that Canada lived up to a long-standing extradition treaty with our closest ally? Absolutely not,” Trudeau said.

“Canada is a country of the rule of law. And obeying those laws can’t just be when it’s convenient or when it’s easy. If you’re a country of the rule of law, if you’re a country of values, you need to stick up for those. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.” That story from the Canadian Press.

Sooo….this doesn’t look great. CBC News is reporting that a lawyer who contributed $2,900 to Justice Minister David Lametti’s Liberal nomination bid and riding association has received a judicial appointment. It’s not Montreal lawyer Philippe Bélanger’s qualifications that are in question, but word is the PMO was concerned about the optics, particularly as both men clerked at the Supreme Court together.

The largest case in six Federal Court challenges of a prohibition of assault-style rifles in Canada has filed an affidavit from a B.C. gun expert to counter earlier expert evidence from the former head of an RCMP branch that drew up the list of weapons that were banned. Tim Naumetz reports.

Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault told the the House of Commons procedure and house affairs committee today an Elections Canada’s tweet that went viral earlier this week, wasn’t intended as a criticism of the recent U.S. presidential-election process. The post, which was re-tweeted by President , said Elections Canada doesn’t use electronic tabulation systems to count votes. Rachel Emmanuel reports.

Also in Ottawa, new data from Statistics Canada shows almost one-third of funds for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) went to covering workers wages.  The figures released on Thursday show 29.4 per cent of CEBA amounts were used to cover payroll costs, according to those polled by the agency. Jolson Lim has that story.

As Manitoba and Nunavut lock down, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Chief Medical Officer Janice Fitzgerald warned the province’s low case counts could change very quickly if people get complacent. “There’s a tsunami just out there off our shores and, I’m telling you, it’s just waiting to crash down on us,” she told a news conference in St. John’s. “We cannot keep it at bay with travel restrictions or quarantines – it’s going to take all of us doing our part to keep things safe.”

Evening Brief: Green plans and toxic forces

Ontario’s NDP is urging the province’s top election official to investigate Doug Ford’s 2018 leadership campaign, alleging the premier failed to include the use of space at Canada Christian College (CCC) in its financial disclosures. Laura Mae Lindo, MPP for Kitchener Centre, raised the allegations at question period today, which she also put in letters to Elections Ontario and the Canada Revenue Agency. Lindo has been a leading opponent of the Ford government’s effort to give the college, headed up by controversial evangelical preacher Charles McVety, the ability to grant bachelor’s degrees in arts and science.

Still in Ontario, on the heels of the province’s auditor general’s release of a blistering set of reports yesterday on the state of the environment, opposition parties slammed the provincial government’s failure to act on the file. “The government is ignoring the law,” said Ontario NDP climate critic Peter Tabuns, calling the reports a “very disturbing picture.” More from The National Observer.

The Prime Minister’s Office has added a new senior advisor to its roster to help with the government’s ongoing commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous people. Katherine Koostachin joined the team at PMO this week after spending the last few months in the office of Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan, where she served as director of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. That and more in this week’s Hill Movers.

In The Sprout: Canada, U.K. on brink of post-Brexit trade deal: reports

In The Drilldown: Canadian Fuels Association releases ‘Driving to 2050’ plan

In Other Headlines:

Liberal MP took too long with ethics disclosure: Dion (CP)
Canadian ER visits dropped by half during 1st wave of pandemic (CBC)
Security scanners from a Chinese firm not the best plan for our embassies, government decides (Postmedia)
Singh calls for end to for-profit long-term care homes owned by government (CP)

Internationally:

As President ’s legal challenges to try and claim an election win continue to flame out in court, Rudy Giuliani called a press conference today at the Republican National Committee headquarters to crank out conspiracy theories. Along with other Trump lawyers which dubbed themselves an “elite strike force team,” they spent 90 minutes spinning a web of mistruths and spewing a litany of false claims. Asked by a CNN reporter what their goal was in challenging the election results, Giuliani saw fit to reply that, Our role here is to do your job because you don’t do it.”

Ah, yes. Obviously.

Evening Brief: Green plans and toxic forces

On Twitter, much of the focus in the throes of the madness was on the fact that Rudy was figuratively and literally melting down.

According to Christopher Krebs, the top federal cybersecurity official who was fired by Trump this week, today’s press conference was some of the “most dangerous” television in U.S. history.

As the biggest holiday and travel day of the year approaches south of the border, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending people avoid traveling to see friends and family in the face of surging COVID-19 cases across the country. Officials are urging people to stay at home and only celebrate with those in their household. And to steer off confusion about what that is, the CDC’s guidance today clarifies the definition of “household.”

Other International Headlines:

African continent hits 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases (AP)
Hong Kong: ‘Eyes will be plucked out,’ China warns West (BBC)
Europe faces ‘six tough months’ of pandemic, WHO says (BBC)

The Kicker:

Finally tonight, if someone is going to crash your show on YouTube, it might as well be this guy.

Here’s to good music and a great night.

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