This summer, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion introduced a plan to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. The plan would place a new tax on carbon. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives immediately attacked the plan, calling it a tax grab that would make gasoline even more expensive. In this News in Review story, we’ll look at the carbon tax debate and explain why it could become a big election issue.
On August 8, the 29th Olympic Games opened in the Chinese capital of Beijing. For the Chinese government the Games were not just a chance to host the biggest sporting event in the world, they were also a chance for the country to showcase its achievements as a rising global power. In this News in Review story, we’ll look at whether they succeeded and what happened when the Games got underway.
In June, the Government of Canada apologized to Aboriginal Canadians for the way they were treated in residential schools. Thousands of Aboriginal children were forced into government-financed schools where many suffered physical and sexual abuse. In this News in Review story, we’ll look at that sad chapter in Canadian history and at the moving ceremony in the House of Commons.
After many lean years Saskatchewan has suddenly become an economic powerhouse. Soaring prices for oil, potash, wheat, and other products have brought new prosperity to the province. In this News in Review story, we’ll look at how these boom times are changing the lives of the people who live there.