National Newswatch

UBC fraternity council halts social functions after alleged druggings

Oct 2 2019 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — All social functions at University of British Columbia fraternities have been indefinitely suspended in the wake of allegations that several students were drugged over the weekend. The school's Interfraternity Council says in a statement posted on Facebook that it has been in contact with fraternity leadership and is working closely with "pertinent groups." "We […]

B.C. men allege pulmonary disease in lawsuit against e-cigarette brand Juul

Oct 1 2019 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Two men in British Columbia have filed a lawsuit against popular vape brand Juul, alleging they suferred "adverse health conditions" after using the company's e-cigarettes in 2018. In a notice of civil claim filed Monday with the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Jaycen Stephens and Owen Mann-Campbell say those health conditions include pulmonary disease. The claim accuses Juul Labs […]

‘No need’ for lengthy border exam of Meng Wanzhou before her arrest: defence

Sep 25 2019 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — The defence team for a Huawei executive whose arrest at Vancouver's airport sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China says there was no good reason for border officials to detain her for almost three hours before her arrest.  Scott Fenton, a defence lawyer for Meng Wanzhou, told B.C. Supreme Court Wednesday that border officials already knew […]

‘No need’ for lengthy border exam of Meng Wanzhou before her arrest: defence

Sep 25 2019 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — The defence team for a Huawei executive whose arrest at Vancouver's airport sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China says there was no good reason for border officials to detain her for almost three hours before her arrest.  Scott Fenton, a defence lawyer for Meng Wanzhou, told B.C. Supreme Court Wednesday that border officials already knew […]

B.C. won’t use court ruling as tactic in pipeline battle: environment minister

Sep 17 2019 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Environment Minister George Heyman says British Columbia can't stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project but will use a court-ordered review of its environmental assessment certificates to protect the environment and coastal economies. In a decision released Tuesday, the B.C. Court of Appeal ordered the provincial government to reconsider the certificates because they were granted […]

Court allows appeal on pipeline certificate, says B.C. needs to reconsider

Sep 17 2019 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — The British Columbia government has been ordered by the province's highest court to reconsider its environmental assessment certificate allowing the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. In challenges by the Squamish Nation and the City of Vancouver, the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled the province's approval of the certificate was based on the original report from the National […]

Sockeye returns plunge in B.C., official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Aug 22 2019 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Federal fisheries experts are painting a devastating picture of the challenges facing Pacific salmon and point to climate change as the main culprit. Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said that 2019 has been an especially difficult year in what has been a decades-long decline in stocks, after his department released a new report on the state […]

Huawei executive’s defence team alleges Canadians were ‘agents’ of the FBI

Aug 21 2019 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A defence team for a Chinese telecom executive is alleging Canadian officials acted as "agents" of American law enforcement while she was detained at Vancouver's airport for three hours ahead of her arrest. In court documents released this week, defence lawyers for Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou point to handwritten notes by Canadian officers indicating Meng's electronics were collected in […]

Huawei executive’s defence team alleges Canadians were ‘agents’ of the FBI

Aug 21 2019 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A defence team for a Chinese telecom executive is alleging Canadian officials acted as "agents" of American law enforcement while she was detained at Vancouver's airport for three hours ahead of her arrest. In court documents released this week, defence lawyers for Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou point to handwritten notes by Canadian officers indicating Meng's electronics were collected in […]

Border official questioned Meng on alleged business in Iran: court documents

Aug 20 2019 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Court documents released ahead of a Huawei executive's extradition trial suggest a Canadian border official questioned Meng Wanzhou about her business before RCMP arrested her. The nearly 1,100 pages of material released Tuesday were collected by Meng's defence team, which plans to argue that her arrest at the Vancouver airport on Dec. 1 was unlawful. The United […]

Border official questioned Meng on alleged business in Iran: court documents

Aug 20 2019 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Court documents released ahead of a Huawei executive's extradition trial suggest a Canadian border official questioned Meng Wanzhou about her business before RCMP arrested her. The nearly 1,100 pages of material released Tuesday were collected by Meng's defence team, which plans to argue that her arrest at the Vancouver airport on Dec. 1 was unlawful. The United […]

Canada sending plane to Uganda to help with peacekeeping in Africa

Aug 15 2019 — Amy Smart, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A Canadian Forces Hercules plane will be sent to Uganda to take part in a United Nations peacekeeping mission during the next 12 months, transporting troops, equipment and supplies to Congo and South Sudan. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Thursday the aircraft will be supported by as many as 25 Canadian Armed Forces personnel and it will be used up to five days […]