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The Price of Oil coverage


2019

Global News: “Cover-ups, lies ‘a systemic cancer’ in world of oilpatch health and safety breaches: whistleblowers” (Aug. 20, 2019)

National Observer: “EXCLUSIVE: Alberta warned it could take 2,800 years to clean up oilpatch” (Jun. 3, 2019)

National Observer: Scientists spar about what's causing cancer in Ontario towns” (Jun. 1, 2019)

National Observer: A new study says there are 'strikingly high' rates of cancer in some Ontario industrial cities” (May 28, 2019)

National Observer: Kenney already facing Alberta's reckoning over mismanaged oilfield cleanup” (May 2, 2019)

National Observer:Alberta lauds court ruling but has no oil well cleanup plan” (Jan. 31, 2019)

2018

National Observer: “Alberta government is ‘cracking down’ on oil sector, energy minister says” (Nov. 27, 2018)

Toronto Star: “Oilsands waste is collected in sprawling toxic ponds. To clean them up, oil companies plan to pour water on them” (Nov. 23, 2018)

National Observer: It’s a disgrace’: A year after Ontario promised change, toxic emissions still spilling into Sarnia” (Nov. 14, 2018)

Global News: “‘It’s a disgrace’: A year after Ontario promised change, toxic emissions still spilling into Sarnia” (Nov. 14, 2018)

National Observer: Alberta New Democrats and Tories reject Liberal request for debate on oilpatch liabilities” (Nov. 6, 2018)

National Observer: The damage control from Alberta's oilpatch watchdog is nonsensical” (Nov. 2, 2018)

National Observer: “Alberta regulator privately estimates oilpatch's financial liabilities are hundreds of billions more than what it told the public” (Nov. 1, 2018)

Toronto Star: What would it take to clean up Alberta’s oil patch? $260 billion, a top official warns” (Nov. 1, 2018)

Toronto Star: “‘Off the chart’ air quality readings in Saskatchewan’s southeast raise new concerns – but little public warning” (October 16, 2018)

National Observer: INVESTIGATION: Saskatchewan gave no public warnings about pollution. But new research shows an air quality indicator that was 'off the chart' (Oct. 16, 2018)

National Observer: Ontario watchdog urged to investigate political advertising by oilpatch during election campaign” (Aug. 1, 2018)

Global News: “Mysterious odour in Unity contained waste not approved to be disposed at facility” (July 20, 2018)

National Observer: “Oilpatch fires ‘warning shot’ at Trudeau Liberals in Ontario with ‘unprecedented’ ground campaign” (July 5, 2018)

Toronto Star: “ HYPERLINK "https://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/2018/07/05/oil-lobby-targeted-13-ontario-swing-ridings-in-unprecedented-pipeline-campaign.html"Oil lobby targeted 13 Ontario swing ridings in ‘unprecedented’ pipeline campaign” (July 5, 2018)

Toronto Star: “Air and water quality reforms needed to curb toxic emissions, opposition parties say” (May 3, 2018)

Global News: “MPs say investigation into toxic refinery emissions is a ‘wake-up call’” (May 3, 2018)

National Observer: “Canada’s toxic refinery emissions ‘wake-up call’ to MPs” (May 3, 2018)

National Observer: Pollution from Canadian refineries an ‘embarrassment’ compared to U.S.” (May 2, 2018)

Toronto Star: “Pollution from Canadian refineries an ‘embarrassment’ compared with U.S.” (May 2, 2018)

Global News: “Pollution from Canadian refineries an ‘embarrassment’ compared with U.S.” (May 2, 2018)

National Observer: “This oilpatch town was overcome with a mystery gas. Now its residents are asking, what made us sick?” (Jan. 31, 2018)

Global News: “This oilpatch town was overcome by a mysterious odour. Now its residents are asking, what made us sick?” (Jan. 31, 2018)

National Observer: “Province launches investigation into flames at Sarnia chemical plant” (Jan. 11, 2018)

Toronto Star: “Province launches investigation into flames at Sarnia chemical plant” (Jan. 11, 2018)

2017

National Observer: “Ottawa plans to declare deadly gas is non-toxic” (Dec. 21, 2017)

Global News’ trailer (One week before publication) (2017)

National Observer: “Ottawa plans to declare deadly gas is non-toxic” (Dec. 21, 2017)

National Observer: “Toxic gas nearly killed this oil worker. His employer never told the province” (Dec. 21, 2017)

Global News: “He nearly died at an oil well. His employer never reported the accident” (Dec. 21, 2017)

Toronto Star: “‘Like saying cancer is not a disease’: Ottawa considers declaring deadly oilpatch gas non-toxic” (Dec. 21, 2017)

Toronto Star: Toxic gas nearly killed this oil worker. His employer never told the province” (video embedded) (Dec. 21, 2017)

Toronto Star: “Province giving $100M grant to chemical company under investigation over leak” (Dec. 8, 2017)

Global News: “Ontario government announces $100M grant to company it’s investigating” (Dec. 8, 2017)

National Observer: Alberta targets 'bad actors' in the oilpatch” (Dec. 6, 2017)

National Observer: “Saskatchewan environment official praises investigation dismissed by energy minister” (Nov. 30, 2017)

Global News: “‘We don’t have to go begging anymore,’ Sarnia councillor says as health study moves forward” (Nov. 29, 2017)

National Observer: “Ontario investigates after Sarnia plant evacuated over possible leak” (Nov. 9, 2017)

Toronto Star: “Ontario’s environment ministry investigating Sarnia-area plant after possible leak” (Nov. 9, 2017)

National Observer: “Sarnia plant evacuated following toxic leak” (Nov. 8, 2017)

Toronto Star: “Sarnia-area plant evacuated after chemical leak” (Nov. 8, 2017)

J-Source: “Stronger together: How journalists can collaborate” (Oct. 27, 2017)

Toronto Star: “Province proposes new air pollution standards for sulphur dioxide” (Oct. 27, 2017)

Canadian Press, published in National Observer: “Ontario must do more to address ‘outrageous’ pollution in Indigenous communities: Watchdog” (Oct. 24, 2017)

Toronto Star: “Enviro watchdog blasts province for inaction on ‘outrageous’ pollution in Indigenous communities” (Oct. 24, 2017)

Global News: “Ontario enviro watchdog slams province for ‘outrageous’ pollution in Indigenous communities” (Oct. 24, 2017)

The Conversation: “Can new models of public interest journalism survive?” (Oct. 20, 2017)

Global News: “Environmental health study called for area near Sarnia, Ont.: Health Minister” (Oct. 20, 2017)

Global News: “First Nation member, EcoJustice demand probe into massive flames at Sarnia’s Imperial Oil plant” (Oct. 19, 2017)

Toronto Star: “Sarnia-area First Nation resident asks province to investigate flames at Chemical Valley plant” (Oct. 19, 2017)

Global News: “Cellphone video shows extreme flaring at Imperial Oil refinery in Sarnia in Feb. 2017” (Oct. 19, 2017)

National Observer: “McKenna says federal reforms could target Sarnia following investigation” (Oct. 18, 2017)

Toronto Star: “Ontario Liberals face blowback after allegations of ignored warnings in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley” (Oct. 18, 2017)

National Observer: “Ontario government ignored public safety concerns, ‘muzzled’ engineers: document” (Oct. 17, 2017)

Toronto Star: “Ontario government ignored health warnings from its own engineers about Sarnia’s Chemical Valley, report claims” (Oct. 17, 2017)

Global News: “Ontario government ignored public safety concerns in ‘Chemical Valley,’ ‘muzzled’ engineers: document” (Oct. 17, 2017)

Global News: “NDP, Green Party slam feds over ignored health concerns in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley” (Oct. 17, 2017)

National Observer: “Ontario government commits to fund health study after 'Chemical Valley’ investigation” (Oct. 16, 2017)

Toronto Star editorial: “Health study in Sarnia’s ‘Chemical Valley’ is long overdue” (Oct. 16, 2017)

Toronto Star: “Province to fund health study examining air pollution effects of Sarnia’s Chemical Valley” (Oct. 16, 2017)

Global News: “Ontario government commits to fund health study after ‘Chemical Valley’ investigation” (Oct. 16, 2017)

Global News: “Ontario will fund health impact study on ‘Chemical Valley’ air pollution” (Oct. 16, 2017)

National Observer: “Ontario enviro watchdog, PCs call for health study after 'Chemical Valley' investigation” (Oct. 16, 2017)

National Observer: “Ontario government commits to fund health study after 'Chemical Valley’ investigation” (Oct. 16, 2017)

Toronto Star editorial: “Health study in Sarnia’s ‘Chemical Valley’ is long overdue” (Oct. 16, 2017)

Toronto Star: “Province to fund health study examining air pollution effects of Sarnia’s Chemical Valley” (Oct. 16, 2017)

Global News: “Ontario government commits to fund health study after ‘Chemical Valley’ investigation” (Oct. 16, 2017)

Global News: “Ontario will fund health impact study on ‘Chemical Valley’ air pollution” (Oct. 16, 2017)

National Observer: “Ontario enviro watchdog, PCs call for health study after 'Chemical Valley' investigation” (Oct. 16, 2017)

Global News: “Sarnia-Lambton MPP says health study would ‘put to rest’ concerns in Ontario’s ‘Chemical Valley’” (Oct. 15, 2017)

Toronto Star: “Outrage, calls for health study after Chemical Valley spills investigation” (Oct. 15, 2017)

Global News: “Ontario enviro watchdog, First Nation demand health study after ‘Chemical Valley’ investigation” (Oct. 15, 2017)

Global News: “Sarnia-Lambton MPP says health study would ‘put to rest’ concerns in Ontario’s ‘Chemical Valley’” (Oct. 15, 2017)

Toronto Star: “Outrage, calls for health study after Chemical Valley spills investigation” (Oct. 15, 2017)

Global News: “Ontario enviro watchdog, First Nation demand health study after ‘Chemical Valley’ investigation” (Oct. 15, 2017)

National Observer: “There are toxic secrets in Canada's Chemical Valley” (Oct. 14, 2017)

Toronto Star: “In Sarnia’s Chemical Valley, is ‘toxic soup’ making people sick?” (Oct. 14, 2017)

Global News: “‘We expected cancer’: Are industrial spills in Canada’s ‘Chemical Valley’ making people sick?” (Oct. 14, 2017)

University of British Columbia: “The future of journalism lies in collaboration” (Oct. 11, 2017)

Global News’ 45-minute documentary (Oct. 14, 2017)

Regina Leader-Post: “Sour gas issue but a part of wider oil industry problem” (Oct. 5, 2017)

Briarpatch: “Troubling portrait of an oil province” (Oct. 5, 2017)

National Observer: “Disappointment and delight mark the death of Energy East pipeline” (Oct. 5, 2017)"

Global News: “Saskatchewan government dodges questions about potentially dangerous oil industry failures” (Oct. 5, 2017)

Global News: “Saskatchewan Energy Minister responds to investigation about potentially deadly gas from oil wells” (Oct. 5, 2017)

Toronto Star: Public safety is the number one priority, Saskatchewan government says after toxic gas investigation” (Oct. 5, 2017)

The Hill-Times: “National journalism collaboration shines light on the oil industry” (Oct. 4, 2017)

University of Regina School of Journalism “The Price of Oil” project page (Oct. 4, 2017)

CBC News Saskatchewan: “U of R showcases 'unprecedented' investigation into Sask. oil industry” (Oct. 4, 2017)

University of Regina School of Journalism “The Price of Oil” project page (Oct. 4, 2017)

National Observer: “Wall government dodges questions about dangerous industry failures” (Oct. 4, 2017)

Regina Leader-Post: “Mandryk: Sour gas wells remind us oil industry enjoys a double standard” (Oct. 4, 2017)

World Spectator:Heppner responds to Toronto Star story on H2S” (reposting of the government’s statement) (Oct. 2, 2017)

Global News: “Potentially dangerous emissions from oil wells, tanks in Saskatchewan” (Oct. 2, 2017)

Regina Leader-Post: “Province defending approach to sour gas” (Oct. 2, 2017)

National Observer: “How the reporters in an historic Canadian journalism collaboration cornered a silent killer”  (Oct. 2, 2017)

National Observer: “Your family and friends need to know what's lurking in those hills. Here's why I'm asking you to share” (Oct. 2, 2017)

National Observer: “Your family and friends need to know what's lurking in those hills. Here's why I'm asking you to share” (Oct. 2, 2017)

Concordia University: “What happens when 50 reporters and 3 media outlets team up to investigate the price of oil?” (Oct. 2, 2017)

University of Regina: “Crude Power documentary a bonanza for journalism students and investigative reporting”  (Oct. 1, 2017)

Toronto Star (end of article): “That rotten stench in the air? It’s the smell of deadly gas and secrecy (Oct. 1, 2017)

National Observer op-ed: “Hey Saskatchewan, let's talk about the 'ugly side' side of oil” (Oct. 1, 2017)

Global News: “Is Saskatchewan ignoring the potentially deadly gas from oil wells?” (Oct. 1, 2017)

National Observer: “Fear and money breed silence in Saskatchewan” (Oct. 1, 2017)

National Observer: “Inside Saskatchewan’s failure to stop a silent killer” (Oct. 1, 2017)

Toronto Star: “The Human Toll of H2S Gas” (Oct. 1, 2017)

Toronto Star: “‘There’s no sense in speaking up’ despite deadly gas risks” (Oct. 1, 2017)

Toronto Star: “That rotten stench in the air? It’s the smell of deadly gas and secrecy” (Oct. 1, 2017)

National Observer’s trailer for the series (Sept. 30, 2017)

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