National Newswatch

Charlie Angus says NDP must move on from pipeline debate

Jun 14 2017 — Alex Ballingall — NDP leadership candidate Charlie Angus says his opponents in the race are too focused on pipeline politics, and proposes that Canada adopt a “carbon budget” to curb emissions in the long term instead of squabbling over particular resource projects. “The only discussion we’ve had on the environment is ‘this pipeline versus that pipeline.’ There’s no […]

John Honderich, Andrew Coyne debate if government should step in to ‘save journalism’

Jun 7 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Torstar Chair John Honderich squared off against Postmedia columnist Andrew Coyne at a sold-out and spirited debate Tuesday over whether the government should “act to save journalism in Canada.” Honderich made the case that newspapers are vital for a democratic society, arguing that because of the industry’s “badly broken” business model, government action is necessary […]

Ottawa unveils ‘supercluster’ innovation plan

May 24 2017 — Alex Ballingall — The federal government is calling on industry leaders from select sectors to propose “superclusters” of technological innovation that promise to create jobs and spur economic growth. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains kickstarted the national competition Wednesday for $950 million in seed money that will help set up these hubs of investment and […]

Conrad Black defends Donald Trump at parliamentary committee

May 4 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Conrad Black, urbane business baron and one-time U.S. prison inmate, says the billionaire in the White House is not a “monster,” and that his recent blustering on trade with Canada might be nothing more than “atmospherics” to set the stage for upcoming negotiations. The former publisher and author made the comments Thursday when he appeared […]

Uber hires former Ontario PC president to lobby Ottawa

May 1 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Uber Canada has hired a high-profile Conservative to lobby the federal government as the company continues to fight the planned application of sales tax to ride-share services. Richard Ciano, who was president of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party from 2012 to 2016, signed on as a lobbyist for Uber in Ottawa on April 10, according […]

Heritage minister calls for overhaul of news business

Apr 29 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly called for a “true redefinition” of the Canadian media industry Friday, as the Liberal government continues to study ways to support the beleaguered news business in the digital age. A range of options remains on the table, from tax changes to the creation of a fund for media projects, but Joly […]

When Trudeau wants a cuppa, it’s apparently not tea he wants

Apr 25 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Next time the prime minister pops his shirt off, don’t be alarmed if his body is peppered with circular bruises. He’s just been subjecting his skin to an ancient suction treatment with questionable efficacy that’s hot with the alternative medicine crowd. Justin Trudeau, it turns out, is into “cupping.” Canada’s PM was outed as a […]

NDP leadership aspirant Pat Stogran targets Trudeau for ‘smiling selfies and loquacious lies’

Apr 20 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Billing himself as an everyman warrior who will fight for “us commoners” against the corporate-friendly political establishment, former veterans ombudsman Pat Stogran launched his campaign to lead the federal New Democratic Party on Thursday. The retired colonel and Afghan war veteran railed against the Liberals and Conservatives, who he accused of governing in their own […]

NDP to reconsider rejected leadership candidate’s entry bid

Apr 18 2017 — Alex Ballingall — The NDP will reconsider the federal leadership bid of a Toronto man who took the party to court after it rejected his candidacy application late last year. Brian Graff, 58, had argued that the party unfairly blocked his entry into the leadership race with “no reasons or explanation,” and wanted an Ontario court to force […]

Quebec budget contains help for newspapers

Mar 29 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Quebec’s budget, released Tuesday, had a little of something for everyone . . . journalists included. Among the tax reductions and financial commitments unveiled by Finance Minister Carlos Leitao was $36-million worth of promised investments to assist the troubled newspaper industry. In his budget speech, Leitao said the money was particularly aimed at helping print […]