National Newswatch
Dec 8 2021 — Amanda Connolly

Canada will not send any official representatives to the Beijing Winter Olympics in February as part of a growing diplomatic boycott by allies over China’s record of human rights abuses. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on Wednesday after facing several days of questions over whether Canada would stand with allies that have already […]

Dec 8 2021 —

Three United Conservative MLAs voted against their government’s own elections financing bill last night as tensions within the UCP caucus about Premier Jason Kenney’s leadership exploded in the final hours of the fall sitting of the Alberta legislature. Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul MLA Dave Hanson, Chestermere-Strathmore MLA Leela Aheer and Calgary-Fish Creek MLA Richard Gotfried were […]

The next potential creeping Canada-U.S. trade beef: beef

Dec 8 2021 — Neil Moss

As more and more Canadian exports to the U.S. are under threat from a protectionist White House and Congress, a thought-to-be-resolved issue of country-of-origin labelling for Canadian beef exports has re-emerged. In discussions with American counterparts, the Canadian government has spotlighted the issue of an electric vehicle tax credit which could threaten Canada’s auto industry, […]

Is the ‘War on Drugs’ over? Canada is seeing a ‘shift’ in its approach to drugs, experts say

Dec 8 2021 — Rachel Gilmore

Walking around the downtown core of any major Canadian city, it’s not unusual to see weed dispensaries nestled between restaurants and cafes. It would’ve been a pipe dream just a decade ago. Since making marijuana legal, the Canadian government has continued to inch toward a softer drug policy. The federal government introduced legislation Tuesday to […]

Haitian commission sends message to Canada, U.S. — stop meddling in our government

Dec 8 2021 — Evan Dyer

In his letter of resignation, U.S. President Joe Biden’s special envoy for Haiti Daniel Foote apologized to “the people of Haiti, mired in poverty, hostage to the terror, kidnappings, robberies and massacres of armed gangs and suffering under a corrupt government with gang alliances.” “What our Haitian friends really want, and need,” he wrote, “is […]

Dec 8 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson

Protecting Prince Harry and his family during visits to Canada cost Canadian taxpayers more than $334,000 over a period of less than four years, CBC News has learned. Records obtained by CBC News from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police under the Access to Information Act show that security related to Harry’s visits between April 1, […]

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Dec 7 2021 — Ashley Burke

Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson, the military’s former commander in charge of military human resources, has been charged with sexual assault and committing indecent acts. The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) laid the Criminal Code charges today. “As the matter is now proceeding through the civilian justice system, no further information can be released at this […]

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Dec 8 2021 —

Pfizer said Wednesday that a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine may protect against the new Omicron variant even though the initial two doses appear significantly less effective. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said lab tests showed a booster dose increased by 25-fold the level of so-called neutralizing antibodies against omicron. Pfizer announced the preliminary […]

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Dec 8 2021 — Zi-Ann Lum

Legislation banning conversion therapy in Canada could receive royal assent as early as today after senators passed a Conservative motion to fast-track the bill through the Senate yesterday — catching Liberals off-guard for the second time in a week. EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ — Inflation continues to be The Issue and the Bank of Canada rate decision this […]

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Trudeau, Joly and Canada’s (un)diplomatic corps

Dec 9 2021 — Paul Wells

An oddly valedictory week for the Prime Minister. (Don’t read anything into it. What kind of fool would read anything into it?) On Monday Justin Trudeau sent out a release bidding his ambassador to Beijing, Dominic Barton, a fond farewell. “Dominic, my friend, thank you for your work and dedication to our country and to […]

Dominic Barton is out. Who will take over the China file?

Dec 8 2021 — J. Michael Cole

Dominic Barton, Canada’s ambassador to the People’s Republic of China for the past two years, has announced he will step down at the end of this month. Despite Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly’s contention that he “will be remembered throughout history as one of Canada’s great diplomats,” Mr. Barton will instead serve as a footnote […]

News publishers need legislation passed by June

Dec 8 2021 — Paul Deegan and Jamie Irving

During the 2021 federal election campaign, the Liberal Party of Canada, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s leadership, pledged to “introduce legislation, within 100 days, that would require digital platforms that generate revenues from the publication of news content to share a portion of their revenues with Canadian news outlets. This legislation would be based on […]

Live or Let Die

Dec 8 2021 — Glen Pearson

In the run-up to the holiday season, one can almost detect the collective groan going up across the country as the evidence of the Omicron variant settles into Canadian communities.  Millions of hopes look to be delayed once more as businesses, schools, associations, hospitals and hospices are pulled back into pandemic disciplines they believed were […]

Climate change will cost us billions — and then it will get even worse

Dec 7 2021 — Heather Scoffield

There’s a harsh subtext to Peter Weltman’s finding that when climate disaster strikes Ontario, the cost to government-owned buildings will be in the billions of dollars. Weltman is the Ontario government’s fiscal accountability officer, the watchdog who answers legislators’ queries about spending and liabilities. He was asked two years ago to assess the implications of […]

PBO report reveals soaring government spending under the Liberals

Dec 7 2021 — John Ivison

A new report into Ottawa’s spending by the Parliamentary Budget Office suggests that economist Milton Friedman was not wrong when he said there is nothing so permanent as a temporary government program. The PBO looked at what are known as the “Supplementary B Estimates” – the latest submission to Parliament by the government, seeking approval […]

‘No, I’M a Democracy’: Xi Jinping Just Won Joe Biden’s Democracy Argument for Him

Dec 8 2021 — Lisa Van Dusen

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in October that his surveillance, social engineering, data harvesting, political propaganda and genocide lubrication platform would henceforth be calling itself “Meta”, a billion eyes rolled. The level of Orwellian infantilization inherent in slapping the lipstick of a new name on the pig Zuckerberg helped unleash on humanity seemed particularly […]

Dec 6 2021 — Paul Wells

What’s the most important thing your workplace does? Maybe you work at a restaurant, so making food is a key to success. Maybe you’re in journalism, so you need to sell advertising. If you’re in trucking, logistics—keeping track of freight, fuel and carriers—might be what keeps you up at night. Have you ever considered splitting […]

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Dec 7 2021 — Max Fawcett

Should Canada get rid of the Royal Family? It’s the debate that, like the 95-year-old Queen herself, just keeps on going. Now, after the tiny country of Barbados kicked the monarchy to the curb, Canadians are asking whether we should do the same. According to a recent Angus Reid poll, more than half of us […]

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Dec 6 2021 — Rose LeMay

It must be nice to not to fear the national police. It must be reassuring to have a level of trust in them. That trust is misplaced in the RCMP. Journalists Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano were arrested along with Sleydo’ and others working to protect the land against the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. The RCMP […]

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Dec 5 2021 — Jaime Watt

Like so many Canadians, I sat transfixed and seized with emotion on Wednesday, as Canada’s House of Commons unanimously passed legislation to ban the long discredited and violent practice of conversion therapy. It is rare for such an important issue to be handled with such grace in modern politics. Even more remarkable is what Canadians […]

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Dec 5 2021 — Lorrie Goldstein

There are three things you can be sure of in life — death, taxes and that the federal Liberals will miss their next target on climate change. And last week, they did it again. Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault announced the Trudeau government will miss the very first deadline contained in its own legislation, the ironically […]

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These four Ottawa restaurants are among the top 100 in Canada

Dec 8 2021 —

Four Ottawa restaurants have made OpenTable’s list of the top 100 in Canada. Atelier, Bar Lupulus, North & Navy and Riviera all cracked the 2021 list, curated from more than 540,000 reviews by diners on the restaurant reservation service. Atelier, which for years served a 12-course tasting menu, shifted last January to a 44-course interactive […]

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