If you follow the link to the "evasively worded denial" from the article, you will find that it is anything but "evasively worded". It outlines exactly what money changed hands, for what expenses.
What really happened: CBC (a Crown Corporation nominally independent of the government, but subject to attacks on its journalistic independence by the current regime) and Parks Canada (a branch of the federal government) agreed
- to split the cost of developing a website
- to jointly contribute material to the shared website
- on how the copyright and editorial control of material on the shared website would work
- to split the cost of hiring some charter planes and the like
Unless there's something really juicy that turns up later, this is really looking like a non-story.