National Newswatch

Inside Canada’s efforts to inject climate change into NAFTA 2.0

Sep 23 2017 — — Canada is looking to places beyond the White House to support a chapter on the environment in an updated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s indifference, at one point even denial, towards climate change.

Canada looking to China ‘with our eyes wide open,’ says ambassador John McCallum

Sep 23 2017 — — Canada’s ambassador to China says the Liberal government is still making its list of pros and cons about launching formal talks around a free trade deal with the global superpower, including the potential public fallout. “It’s in our genes, if you will, to do free trade agreements, but there are concerns. There are some industries […]

Senate looks for a way forward on expenses after years of scandal

Sep 23 2017 — John Paul Tasker — Many senators who lived through the auditor general’s recent review of expenses say the process cost too much and took too long — but the next step could be trying, too, as senators argue over the best way to keep an eye on expenses without racking up huge costs. The 2013-15 audit of senators’ expenses […]

U.S. slow to present specifics on key NAFTA demands

Sep 22 2017 — Katie Simpson — The United States has made a big fuss over using NAFTA talks to demand better labour standards in Mexico, but after two rounds of discussions, U.S. negotiators have still not presented any specifics about what they would like to see changed. A source close to negotiations says this is just one example of how the […]

Canada sending bomb disposal experts to Iraq to train security forces

Sep 21 2017 — Murray Brewster — A handful of Canadian army combat engineers will soon be in Iraq to train local security forces in the finer points of detecting and defusing roadside bombs, the Liberal government announced Thursday. An advance team has already been sent to observe the kind of instruction being given under a NATO program that was announced at […]

N.W.T. Senator Nick Sibbeston resigns

Sep 21 2017 — — Northwest Territories Senator Nick Sibbeston announced on Thursday he will give up his seat effective November 21. The long-time senator from Fort Simpson was appointed in September 1999. “The Senate has changed a lot since I was appointed,” said Sibbeston, in a news release. “I have given advance notice of my departure so those interested […]

Missing and murdered inquiry commissioners to review police conduct and ‘investigate the investigations’

Sep 21 2017 — John Paul Tasker — The chief commissioner of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls says she has assembled a team of forensic investigators who are reviewing the activity of some Canadian police forces. “We have always intended to investigate policing, and I think the best way of describing it succinctly is we intend to investigate […]

IBM contract cost for failure-plagued Phoenix payroll system jumped to total $185M

Sep 21 2017 — — The massive 1,700-page IBM Phoenix contract obtained by CBC News provides new insight into the federal pay system failures, with dozens of amendments to the deal and costs that jump by tens of millions of dollars at a time. This somewhat mysterious, all-encompassing Phoenix contract took almost a year for CBC News to receive under […]

Canada to push for new peacekeeping pledges, but yet to fulfil its own

Sep 21 2017 — Murray Brewster — Canada intends to encourage countries at a November peacekeeping summit to follow its example and rise to a “new level” of ambition in the commitment of troops and equipment to the world’s trouble spots, federal documents show. The intention is contained in the Liberal government’s “objectives and themes” for the gathering of defence ministers, scheduled […]