National Newswatch

Americans revoking travel visas from visitors who plan to claim asylum in Canada

Dec 12 2017 — Alison Crawford — American authorities say an ongoing operation along their northern border has led them to revoke U.S.-issued travel visas for thousands of people, most of whom were headed to Canada to claim asylum. Some, according to a U.S. State Department report, are associated with terrorist groups. The revocations happened as part of what’s called Operation Northern […]

Interviews underway for next RCMP commissioner

Nov 22 2017 — Alison Crawford — Interviews are underway this week for the next commissioner of the RCMP — and the government’s newly announced selection committee provides clues about what the government is looking for in the new leader of the national police force. Late last week, headhunting firm Boyden notified some applicants they were no longer under consideration for the […]

Canada’s top cop said it would be ‘reckless’ to keep using federal government’s IT service

Oct 27 2017 — Alison Crawford — Among his last moves as RCMP commissioner, Bob Paulson told the head of the federal government’s vexed tech support agency it would be “reckless and arguably criminal” to renew its contract with Shared Services Canada. The correspondence, obtained by CBC News under Access to Information legislation, appears to be the culmination of a long-standing complaint […]

Goodale asks U.S. to help stop illegal border crossings into Canada

Oct 22 2017 — Alison Crawford — Canada’s Public Safety Minister has told his American counter part to keep a “wary eye” on the travel visas it issues to the United States. In an interview Sunday with CBC News, Goodale said Canadian officials have identified trends where documents issued from certain U.S. embassies and consulates are being misused. “We have asked them […]

Government quietly appoints Guy Bujold interim RCMP watchdog

Oct 12 2017 — Alison Crawford — Canada’s national police force has a new watchdog — at least for the time being. While no formal appointment announcement has been made, Guy Bujold this month started serving as both interim vice-chair and acting chair of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission, which handles complaints about the RCMP. Bujold, former president of the Canadian […]

Deradicalization must be tailored to Canadian cities, says expert

Oct 7 2017 — Alison Crawford — The radicalization of young Canadians is most often a local problem that requires programs tailored to specific cities, towns or even neighbourhoods. That’s one the preliminary findings by the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence. The federal government set aside $35 million over five years for the centre, which was announced in […]

Border agency reports big drop in number of long-term detainees

Sep 28 2017 — Alison Crawford — The number of people being held for more than 90 days in immigration detention centres has declined by almost a third this year over last year, according to statistics from the Canada Border Services Agency. The figures show that the number of detainees being held for three months or longer dropped by 29.9 per cent […]

Federal government challenges trade tribunal’s jurisdiction, with one eye on NAFTA

Sep 6 2017 — Alison Crawford — The Canadian government is hoping to convince the Federal Court of Appeal to stop a trade tribunal from hearing any more disputes involving big-ticket purchases covered by national security exceptions. Shared Services Canada, the federal government’s tech support agency, has asked the appeal court to review a ruling made by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal […]

Canada’s electronic spy agency to get new rules for sharing data with allies

Aug 29 2017 — Alison Crawford — The office of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is crafting a directive for how Canada’s electronic spy agency shares its foreign signals intelligence with its closest allies, the Five Eyes partners. The work follows a 2016 report from the oversight commissioner of the Communications Security Establishment (CSE). In it Jean-Pierre Plouffe revealed how the agency had […]

RCMP to develop own email system because of government delays

Aug 28 2017 — Alison Crawford — After years of email crashes and outages, the RCMP had decided it can’t wait for a new harmonized email system for the entire federal government. The national police force was originally scheduled to be moved onto the long-delayed system in October 2014. Subsequent transition dates in October 2015, February 2016 and January 2017 have come […]

Trudeau heads to summit marked by widening Trump-Merkel rift

Jul 6 2017 — Alison Crawford — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives today in Hamburg, Germany for the G20 Summit having already staked out firm positions on free trade, migration and climate change that are at odds with U.S. President Donald Trump. All three issues top an ambitious agenda set by the summit’s host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “One shouldn’t expect any […]

Trudeau to meet Irish PM and the Queen ahead of G20 summit

Jul 3 2017 — Alison Crawford — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau departs this morning for Europe, where he has scheduled a couple of friendly courtesy calls ahead of what is expected to be a raucous G20 summit in Germany. Trudeau and his family are first headed first to Dublin for a meeting with Ireland’s new taoiseach (prime minister), Leo Varadkar. The Canada-EU […]

Time for civilian governance at the RCMP, watchdog says in harassment report

May 15 2017 — Alison Crawford — The RCMP has done so little to reform its dysfunctional workplace culture that the Mounties’ watchdog is calling for the federal government to introduce civilian governance of the national police force. “The RCMP will not be able to bring about the necessary change required to address its dysfunctional culture on its own,” wrote Ian McPhail, […]