National Newswatch

Pianist Oscar Peterson becomes first Black Canadian featured on a circulation coin

Aug 11 2022 — Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canadians will soon be able to carry a piece of national music history in their wallets with the launch of a coin commemorating legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson.  The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a one-dollar circulation coin Thursday honouring the late Montreal artist.  Mint president and CEO Marie Lemay says Peterson is both […]

Patrick Watson, journalist and producer who shaped Canadian broadcasting, dead at 92

Jul 5 2022 — Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — From the host's chair to the boardroom, Patrick Watson left an indelible mark on Canadian news, shaping the country's conception of its current events and history, say contemporaries and admirers. His son, Chris Watson, said Monday that the former CBC chair and journalist died the previous night of natural causes. He was 92. […]

Canada expected to finish review of first COVID-19 shot for youngest kids in weeks

Jun 17 2022 — Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press — Regulators should reach a decision about whether to approve Canada's first COVID-19 vaccine for infants and preschoolers in coming weeks, federal officials said Friday as the United States prepared to roll out tot-sized shots. Deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo said that Health Canada continues to review Moderna's application for a vaccine to […]

B.C. writer Tolu Oloruntoba wins $65K Griffin Poetry Prize for debut book

Jun 15 2022 — Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — B.C. doctor-turned-writer Tolu Oloruntoba says he feels "seen" after winning the Griffin Poetry Prize for a debut book that's been years in the making. Oloruntoba was named the Canadian winner of the $65,000 honour at an online ceremony Wednesday for "The Junta of Happenstance." The Surrey-based wordsmith said the announcement came in the […]

Inflation could put more Canadians at risk of going hungry, say experts

May 19 2022 — Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Experts and advocates anticipate that more Canadians could be at risk of going hungry as inflation continues to outpace many consumers' grocery budgets. Valerie Tarasuk, a professor of nutritional sciences at University of Toronto, said steepening inflation rates are likely to increase the prevalence and severity of food insecurity in Canada. That could […]

Toronto hip-hop artist Akintoye on his TikTok hit about being ‘sad with pizzazz’

May 5 2022 — Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — "Are you OK?" the TikTok commenter asked. "Like really?" It was a reasonable question. Since joining TikTok in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, Toronto hip-hop artist Akintoye Asalu has built a name for himself on TikTok with his candid songs about dealing with anxiety and depression. When Asalu saw this expression […]

Elon Musk’s Twitter bid may push marginalized voices off the platform: experts

Apr 30 2022 — Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A sense of unease is percolating in some pockets of Twitter over concerns that Elon Musk's pending takeover could amplify toxic elements on the platform and drown out marginalized voices. Musk's US$44-billion bid to buy Twitter has spurred speculation that the tech mogul's promises to foster "free speech" on the social network could […]