National Newswatch

In historic 1st, transgender inmate wins transfer to women’s prison

Jul 21 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Canada’s federal prison service has approved the first transfer of a transgender inmate to an institution based on gender identity rather than genitalia, CBC News has learned. Fallon Aubee, who has been serving a life sentence at B.C.’s Mission Institution, contacted CBC to say her request to move to a women’s prison has been approved, […]

Premiers set to tackle clogged courts and legal cannabis

Jul 19 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Coping with new pot rules, court delays and an escalating opioid crisis are some of the pressing issues premiers will tackle on the final day of their meeting in Edmonton today. As the Council of the Federation turns its focus from trade and economic issues to criminal justice, one premier is proposing a collective demand […]

Buzz kill? Brian Pallister pushes premiers to delay legalization of pot by 1 year

Jul 18 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is rallying support among his provincial and territorial counterparts to demand the federal government hit the brakes on its plan to legalize pot. Pallister, who is attending the Council of the Federation meetings in Edmonton, said there are questions that must be answered before the “historic change” is brought into force. […]

Canada’s U.S. ambassador to help premiers strategize in run-up to Trump trade talks

Jul 18 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Canada’s top diplomat in Washington will offer premiers meeting in Edmonton today some strategic advice on dealing with President Donald Trump’s administration after the U.S. unveiled its wish list for a historic overhaul of NAFTA. Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton, who’s on the front lines to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, will […]

Marilyn Poitras resigns as MMIWG commissioner

Jul 11 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Marilyn Poitras has resigned as a commissioner for the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. In a letter of resignation obtained by CBC News, Poitras said she still supports the principles of the inquiry. “It is clear to me that I am unable to perform my duties as a commissioner with […]

‘Important step’: Trudeau marks National Aboriginal Day with pledge to build relations, rename day

Jun 21 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked National Aboriginal Day with a renewed commitment to building a stronger, government-to-government relationship and a promise to rename it National Indigenous Peoples Day. In a statement released Wednesday morning, Trudeau said the government is determined to make a real difference in the lives of Indigenous Canadians by closing socio-economic gaps, […]

MPs recommend new immigration watchdog to crack down on crooked and ‘ghost’ consultants

Jun 16 2017 — Kathleen Harris — A committee of MPs wants a radical overhaul of how immigration consultants are regulated in Canada, and recommends disbanding the existing council and creating more robust government oversight. In a report tabled today, called Starting Again: Improving Government Oversight of Immigration Consultants, the standing committee on citizenship and immigration calls for the creation of an […]