National Newswatch

Trump’s travel bans and cuts to science could create a Canadian brain gain

Mar 21 2017 — Susan Lunn — U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to limit travel into his country while simultaneously cutting money from science-based programs provides an opportunity for Canada’s science sector, says a leading Canadian researcher. “This is Canada’s moment. I think it’s a time we should be bold,” said Alan Bernstein, president of CIFAR, a global research network that funds […]

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O’Leary shrugs off attacks at Conservative leadership debate

Feb 5 2017 — Susan Lunn — If Kevin O’Leary was upset about being the target of many of the attacks during the Conservative leadership debate in Halifax on Saturday, he didn’t show it. His hospitality suite in the Westin Hotel was the largest room by far, and O’Leary took to the stage there himself to play a few tunes with a […]


P.E.I. signs on to health accord with federal government

Jan 31 2017 — Susan Lunn — Prince Edward Island has signed on to Ottawa’s health-care deal, allowing the province to access federal dollars for home care and mental health. The deal was confirmed in news releases from the federal and provincial governments Tuesday. It will provide $24.6 million for home care and $20.5 for mental health initiatives over 10 years. Prince […]


John McCallum ‘excited’ to be next ambassador to China

Jan 11 2017 — Susan Lunn — John McCallum says making the move from immigration minister to ambassador to China isn’t as big a leap as people might think. He pointed to his wife, who is Chinese, and to constituents in his Markham-Thornhill riding, many of whom are also of Chinese descent. “So in my personal life, in my work life, and […]


Andrew Scheer to enter Conservative leadership race tomorrow

Sep 27 2016 — Susan Lunn — Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer will declare his candidacy for the leadership of the Conservative Party tomorrow. The former Speaker of the House of Commons stepped down earlier this month from his role as Opposition House leader in order to get ready for his leadership bid. He’s called a press conference for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in […]


Health minister vows to do more than just ‘open the federal wallet’

Sep 27 2016 — Susan Lunn — Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says she has an obligation to do more than “simply open up the federal wallet,” as she negotiates a new health care accord with the provinces. Philipott is under pressure from the provinces and territories to increase the annual general health transfer. Next year, the annual increase in that federal […]


Canada’s ambassador to China says some human rights moving backwards

Aug 31 2016 — Susan Lunn — Canada’s ambassador to China says human rights in that country have taken a step backwards in some areas in recent years. Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada’s top diplomat in China for four years, said he’s noticed a change in terms of people’s ability to express themselves freely, and not in a positive way.


Justin Trudeau turns to Weibo and WeChat to reach Chinese audience

Aug 29 2016 — Susan Lunn — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is well-known for his use of social media in Canada, but what will he do in China, where social media services are heavily monitored and censored? Senior Canadian government officials say Trudeau plans plans to use his Weibo and WeChat accounts on this visit, both of which he has had since […]


Trudeau visits China: 6 things to watch

Aug 29 2016 — Susan Lunn — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau departs for his first official visit to China, Canada’s second-largest trading partner, here are six things to watch. How warm a welcome? When Stephen Harper first went to China in 2009, the prime minister received a frosty reception and was famously chastised by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao for not visiting […]


Parks Canada should focus on environment, not development, says report

Jul 11 2016 — Susan Lunn — Parks Canada is breaking its own legislation and endangering the very ecosystems it is supposed to protect, according to a report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. “What we’ve observed is a significant shift, over almost a decade, in how Parks Canada has been managing our national parks,” said Allison Woodley, the national director […]