Morning Headlines: May 1, 2019

Laurie Tritschler / May 1, 2019

Trade relations between Alberta and B.C. have soured since Ottawa’s plan to expand the Trans Mountain Pipeline was upheld by a federal court last year.

Alberta Premier proclaims ‘turn-off-the-taps’ law aimed at B.C. 

Jason Kenney spoke this morning about Alberta’s Bill-12, a law that could restrict the supply of Albertan oil to B.C. Bill-12 would require Alberta’s oil distributers to obtain special licenses approved by the energy minister on the basis of available capacity on the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which Kenney wants the federal government to expand.

The law was passed and given royal ascent under Kenney’s predecessor Rachel Notley. Kenney says his government has no immediate plans to halt the flow of oil to B.C. Attorney General David Eby says B.C. would seek an injunction in the event Kenney used Bill-12 against B.C.

Lawyers for the B.C. government filed legal proceedings against the Bill this morning. Meanwhile, Premier John Horgan will hold a press conference in Victoria at 11:30.

Parents at B.C. autism centre say they’ve lost provincial funding 

Lower mainland parents of autistic children have relied on reimbursements from B.C’s Ministry of Children & Family Development to pay for their children’s treatment at Coquitlam’s Empowering Steps Movement Therapy centre for 12 years. They say the government hasn’t renewed their requests to renew funding since January.

The MCFD says it’s stopped refunding therapy at Empowering Steps because the centre isn’t on Victoria’s list of autism treatment providers. Parents who qualify for the subsidy can receive up to $22,000 every year—money affected parents say they desperately need to adequately care for their children.

Coquitlam’s Empowering Steps Movement Therapy has been providing treatment to autistic children for 12 years.

US Attorney General William Barr issued a summary of the Mueller Report in earlier this month.

U.S. A.G. defends his summary of Mueller Report in Senate testimony

U.S. Attorney General William Barr testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, his first Congressional appearance since he released a terse summary of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016 and whether President Trump then obstructed inquiries to that effect by the FBI.

Barr’s testimony comes after the publication of a letter Mueller sent the AG expressing his frustration that Barr’s summary “did not capture the context, nature and substance” of Mueller’s findings. Mueller is slated to testify in Congress later this month.