Toxic masculinity. Pipeline protests. The dark side of clean energy. This year’s nominees for the Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing touch on both deeply personal issues of identity and community and hot-button public policy issues.

Way back in 2016, researchers at the Fraser Institute first set out to measure the costs Canada incurs due to insufficient pipeline capacity and access to more lucrative foreign markets.

Pipelines are a battlefront of choice for those who feel the need to wage war on an industry that has fuelled every dimension of modern life and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Having received approval this week from the Ontario Energy Board, Enbridge will soon embark on a $28.5-million reinforcement of its Stratford Transmission Pipeline that will increase natural gas capacity in Perth and Huron counties, as well as portions of Lambton and Middlesex counties.

U.S. President Donald Trump wants to make it harder for states to scuttle pipelines and other energy projects based on concerns about their impact on water quality.

Rachel Notley estimated the TransMountain pipeline project will receive federal approval in May, and declared shovels will be in the ground this fall.

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