National Newswatch

Corrections chief never mentioned Bernardo transfer over months of conversations: Mendicino

Jun 21 2023 — Ashley Burke — Correctional Service of Canada said it followed protocol to notify minister’s office. Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says the Correctional Service of Canada’s commissioner Anne Kelly never mentioned in advance that serial killer Paul Bernardo could be transferred from a maximum to medium-security prison, even though they spoke frequently over the months leading up to […]

Staff in Mendicino’s office knew about Bernardo transfer before minister did, department says

Jun 13 2023 — Ashley Burke — Minister originally said the decision to transfer high-profile offender was ‘shocking and incomprehensible.’ Staff in Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino’s office knew for three months that serial killer and rapist Paul Bernardo would be transferred from a maximum to a medium-security prison — but didn’t inform the minister until after it had happened — CBC […]

Johnston hired ‘crisis communications’ firm as he prepared report on foreign interference

Jun 2 2023 — Ashley Burke — David Johnston, Canada’s special rapporteur on foreign interference, has hired a firm specializing in crisis communications to support him — and taxpayers are footing the bill, CBC News has learned. Valérie Gervais, a spokesperson for Johnston, confirmed that the former governor general, appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to investigate foreign interference in Canadian politics, […]

Ottawa lacks an ‘overall strategic plan’ to tackle military sexual misconduct, report says

Jun 2 2023 — Ashley Burke — While she’s seen a “palpable change” in the Canadian military’s attitude toward sexual misconduct, an external observer hired to oversee a plan to change the military’s culture says Ottawa lacks a comprehensive strategy to accomplish that. The government appointed Jocelyne Therrien last year to supervise the implementation of the 48 recommendations in former Supreme Court […]

Military considering limiting access to alcohol to curb sexual misconduct

May 11 2023 — Ashley Burke — The commander in charge of reforming the Canadian Armed Forces’ culture says military leaders are considering limiting alcohol consumption at holiday events. Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan said Thursday the force is now tracking the link between drinking and misconduct and identified a “spike” in sexual misconduct cases in “the December time frame.” Carignan said that information […]

Government won’t adopt Liberal policy critics warned could hurt press freedom, PM says

May 9 2023 — Ashley Burke — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will not adopt a controversial Liberal Party resolution to target disinformation that critics denounce as potentially dangerous to freedom of the press in Canada. Liberal Party members passed the “combating disinformation in Canada” policy resolution on Saturday. The proposal requested that the government “explore options to hold online […]

Liberals’ convention pitch to fight online disinformation denounced as assault on free press

May 9 2023 — Ashley Burke — Without debate, Liberal Party members passed a policy resolution to combat online disinformation this weekend that critics warn could give the government control over Canadian media outlets. The resolution calls for the Liberals to “explore options to hold online information services accountable for the veracity of material published on their platforms, and to limit publication […]

Canada’s first accessibility commissioner facing investigation of claims that he mistreated staff

May 4 2023 — Ashley Burke — A year after the federal government praised its “historic appointment” of Canada’s first accessibility commissioner, the government has ordered an external investigation into claims that he mistreated staff, CBC News has learned. Justice Minister David Lametti said he became aware of “the situation” in January and asked his department to look into it. The Department […]

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