Government Contacts

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MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT

Study Highlights:

Some journalists mentioned they get to know local officials such as mayors and band chiefs who then refer them to other people.

Melissa Blake, Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB)

RMWB Councillors – Contact info in respective bios

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT

Study Highlights:

Journalists saw government as the main provider of credible statistics concerning various aspects of the oil sands. 15 out of 20 respondents in our study mentioned either federal or provincial government as a preferred “go to” sources for relevant statistics.

Our study also revealed that respondents find government statistics on environmental issues and the oil sands more credible than industry statistics or statistics from environmental groups. One respondent wrote s/he prefers statistics from government or academia because “they have less of a profit motive than oil companies do.”

Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB)*

Source Directory by Department

*mentioned by journalists in our study as a source they use

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Study Highlights:

When asked what sources journalists rely on for stories that involve water use, air quality, and greenhouse gas emissions, the majority mentioned government sources, particularly the federal government.

While journalists will often turn to the provincial or federal government for certain statistics that are available on the web or through other media, many commented that it was difficult to access government ministers or appropriate bureaucrats when they needed them.

One journalist noted that all questions sent to federal government agencies are routed through the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The Hill Times features a staff list of all federal government communication directors and chiefs of staff. You may find it here.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Media Relations – 819-953-1160

819-994-5945 / media@cb-bc.gc.ca
1-819-934-8008 – Email: media@ec.gc.ca
*mentioned by journalists in our study as a source they use

National Energy Board*

*mentioned by journalists in our study as a source they use

Natural Resources Canada*

Media Relations – 613-992-4447

*mentioned by journalists in our study as a source they use

Statistics Canada*

Media relations hotline – 613-951-INFO (4636)

*mentioned by journalists in our study as a source they use

FOREIGN GOVERNMENT

Study Highlights:

The Energy Information Administration was one U.S. source mentioned by our respondents.

U.S. Consul General for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories – Peter Kujawinski, Media inquiries: 403.266.2459

U.S. Department of Energy – Press Line – 202-586-4940  (Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz)

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)*
Jonathan Cogan – 202-586-8719

*mentioned by journalists in our study as a source they use