Sunday, June 16, 2024

Canada: Ontario chemical plant to permanently close over benzene emissions


Global News has the story.

INEOS Styrolution says it will permanently close its industrial plant in Sarnia, Ont., following intense pressure from both the provincial and federal governments to curb toxic emissions. As Carolyn Jarvis reports, residents of the nearby Aamjiwnaang First Nation had previously said they felt sick after high levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene were detected in the air.

The federal government has faced growing calls to reveal the names of MPs who are accused in a report from Canada's intelligence watchdog of "wittingly" providing information to a foreign state. But as David Akin explains, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says the media firestorm about the allegations are overblown, after reading the uncensored version of the report for herself.

While a motion to increase capital gains taxes for the wealthiest Canadians easily passed the House of Commons, the Conservatives voted against the measure. Mackenzie Gray explains how Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre rationalized his vote, how the Liberals and NDP could use it as political ammunition and how the polls have shifted since the 2024 federal budget was introduced.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has approved a U.S.-backed ceasefire proposal aimed at ending the bloodshed in Gaza and securing the release of hostages taken on Oct. 7. But as Crystal Goomansingh reports, while the deal is being overwhelmingly backed internationally, Israel and Hamas have yet to agree to it.
 
Plus, Western Canada is mourning the deaths of a famous white grizzly bear and her two cubs, who were killed in two separate vehicle collisions on the Trans-Canada Highway near Lake Louise, Alta. Heather Yourex-West reports on how conservationists are urging for better measures to protect the rare species.

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