National Newswatch

Irving concerned ‘speed of decision-making’ in Ottawa will add to shipbuilding gap

Mar 28 2017 — Murray Brewster — Federal officials are examining an unofficial proposal to extend construction of the Arctic offshore patrol ships to keep the Irving-owned Halifax Shipyard operating until the navy is ready to start building replacement frigates, CBC News has learned. The discussions, according to several sources, have been quietly going on for months and involve adding two light […]

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Senator Larry Smith elected leader of Senate Conservatives

Mar 28 2017 — — Senator Larry Smith has been elected the new Leader of the Opposition and the Conservative caucus in the Senate. Smith defeated Ontario Senator Linda Frum and Nova Scotia Senator Stephen Greene in the Tuesday vote. Senator David Wells was elected Conservative Senate Caucus Chair. Smith is the former commissioner of the Canadian Football League and […]


Senator Don Meredith invited to committee hearing on ethics case April 4

Mar 28 2017 — — Senator Don Meredith has been formally invited to make his case to the Senate committee that is considering sanctions against him following an explosive report on his relationship with a teenage girl. The Senate ethics committee will meet for a second time behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss the report from the Senate’s ethics commissioner, […]


Health of Canadian democracy improving, but concerns remain, poll suggests

Mar 28 2017 — Aaron Wherry — Amid widespread concern for the state of Western democracies and the rise of populist revolts, a new report says the health of Canadian democracy has improved over the last two years. But celebrations should be measured. Democracy 360, the second biennial report by Samara, a non-partisan civic organization based in Toronto, finds the country’s political […]


Senator Lynn Beyak says she has ‘suffered’ with residential school survivors

Mar 27 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Senator Lynn Beyak says she doesn’t need any more education about the horrors of the residential school system because she “suffered” alongside Indigenous people who were sent to the institutions. The Conservative senator from northwestern Ontario reiterated her defence of the schools in an interview with CBC News on Monday. “I made my statements, and […]


Marijuana legalization could leave provinces responsible for pot rules

Mar 27 2017 — — Federal government ministers are keeping mum on the details of the Liberal’s marijuana legalization plan, as provinces consider the legislative and regulatory burden that will fall to them when pot is legalized. As CBC News first reported Sunday night, the Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July […]


Maxime Bernier says he’d deploy military as needed to stop illegal immigration

Mar 27 2017 — Catherine Cullen — Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier says he would dedicate more resources to address the flow of migrants crossing the U.S.-Canada border illegally. And if that doesn’t work, he’d consider temporary measures including deploying the military to the border. Bernier’s comments came after one of his rivals for the leadership, Kevin O’Leary, said in an email […]


Petition to boycott Netflix’s ‘whitewashed’ Death Note nears 10,000 supporters

Mar 27 2017 — — A petition calling for the boycott of Netflix’s upcoming movie Death Note because of casting decisions is getting close to its goal of 10,000 signatures. The move comes after a trailer for the film, which is based on the popular Japanese manga series with the same title, was released earlier this week and revealed white […]


Trudeau hits Saint-Laurent campaign trail as clock ticks down to byelection

Mar 27 2017 — — With just a week to go until the Saint-Laurent byelection, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in the riding on Sunday taking selfies, shaking hands and campaigning with the Liberal party’s candidate, Emmanuella Lambropoulos. Lambropoulos, a 26-year-old teacher, won the Liberal nomination earlier this month in an upset that saw her beat former provincial immigration minister […]


Liberals to announce marijuana will be legal by July 1, 2018

Mar 26 2017 — David Cochrane — The Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018. CBC News has learned that the legislation will be announced during the week of April 10 and will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed task force that was chaired by former liberal Justice Minister Anne […]


More TV streaming services join U.S. market, leaving Canada far behind

Mar 26 2017 — Sophia Harris — YouTube’s announcement that it will soon launch an online TV streaming service cut deep for some Canadians. That’s because it’s not coming here. YouTube TV will offer more than 40 live TV channels for only $35 US a month. The service joins a long list of low-cost streaming options available in the U.S. but not […]