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WestJet drops out of talks with government on pandemic aid

Jul 20 2021 — Ashley Burke — Calgary-based WestJet said today that after months of negotiations, it has officially ended talks with the federal government on a financial aid package to help the airline during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement from the airline, released this afternoon, comes a day after Canada announced it plans to reopen the border to fully vaccinated U.S. […]

Evidence lost in case of soldier accused of feeding cannabis-laced cupcakes to gunners, lawyer says

Jul 12 2021 — Ashley Burke — Evidence in a bizarre case of a Canadian soldier accused of drugging comrades with marijuana-laced cupcakes was lost by military police, says the soldier’s lawyer — who accuses the Department of National Defence of conducting a sloppy, incompetent investigation. Bombardier Chelsea Cogswell’s military trial is slated to start next month. It’s believed to be the […]

Trudeau says he still has ‘confidence’ in defence chief after questioning decision to retain top commander

Jul 2 2021 — Ashley Burke — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he still has confidence in the ability of the military’s top commander, Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre, to lead the armed forces through the ongoing sexual misconduct crisis — despite publicly criticizing a choice Eyre made about a senior leader under fire. On Wednesday, Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland both […]

Transport minister condemns Iran over shootdown of Flight PS752

Jun 19 2021 — Ashley Burke — For the first time, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra publicly condemned Iran in a speech at a session of a UN aviation agency’s council on Friday, more than 17 months after the deadly shootdown of Flight PS752. It was the strongest language Alghabra has used to date while speaking in front of the International Civil Aviation […]

MP Yasmin Ratansi found in conflict of interest over employing foster sister

Jun 15 2021 — Ashley Burke — Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion has found MP Yasmin Ratansi violated the Conflict of Interest Act while a Liberal by furthering her family member’s private interests by employing her foster sister in her constituency office for years. Evidence showed that Zeenat Khatri was in fact Ratansi’s foster sister. However, Ratansi always considered her as a sister […]

Maj.-Gen Dany Fortin files legal challenge of dismissal from vaccine rollout

Jun 14 2021 — Ashley Burke — Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin is challenging the federal government’s decision to publicly terminate his secondment to lead Canada’s vaccine logistics at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Last month, the Department of National Defence issued a terse three-line statement late on a Friday saying that Maj.-Gen. Fortin would be leaving his post and his future […]

MPs call on Nav Canada to give up $7M in bonuses paid out during pandemic

Jun 8 2021 — Ashley Burke — Politicians are calling on executives and management at Nav Canada to pay back $7 million in bonuses they received last year during the pandemic, while the private non-profit was tapping into government aid and warning of possible layoffs. Opposition MPs told CBC News they want the company — which owns and operates Canada’s air traffic […]

Ontario court rules Iran intentionally shot down Flight PS752

May 20 2021 — Ashley Burke — Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice has found that the shooting down of Flight PS752 by Iran was intentional and an act of terrorism under the Criminal Code. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight with two surface-to-air missiles shortly after takeoff in Tehran on Jan. 8, 2020, killing all […]