National Newswatch

Two of Elizabeth May’s bullying accusers pull out of Green party investigation

Feb 21 2018 — Alex Ballingall — Two former Green party staffers who accused Elizabeth May of workplace bullying say they won’t participate in an investigation launched last month because they don’t trust it is being conducted independently. Vanessa Brustolin and Diana Nunes separately emailed their decisions Wednesday to the lawyer hired by the party to investigate their allegations, citing concerns with […]

Elizabeth May bullying accusers express doubt about party probe and call for changes before they agree to participate

Feb 12 2018 — Alex Ballingall — Three former Green party employees who accused Elizabeth May of workplace bullying are demanding a “truly independent” investigation of their allegations, stating in a joint letter that they have no confidence in the process launched by the party last month. Rob Rainer, Diana Nunes and Vanessa Brustolin wrote to Green Party President Ken Melamed on […]

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has been touring the country instead of trying to win a seat. Here’s where he’s gone so far

Feb 11 2018 — Alex Ballingall — Say you’re a backroom strategist, charged with charting the New Democratic Party’s plan for electoral victory. You have this flashy new leader, a 39-year-old who professes the requisite leftist ideals, yet does so with flair and an attitude that seems linked to a generational shift. He talks of “vibes” and calls things “fire,” and though […]

Three former Green Party staffers accuse Elizabeth May of workplace bullying

Jan 27 2018 — Alex Ballingall — Three former Green Party staffers are accusing longtime leader Elizabeth May of workplace bullying, alleging she has created a toxic work environment with conduct that includes yelling at employees and putting them down in front of their colleagues. Rob Rainer, a manager of six non-profit organizations before he served as the party’s interim executive director […]

How Ottawa is trying to breathe new life into a 22-year-old policy for gender equality

Dec 28 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Twenty-two years ago, the Canadian government made a commitment. Every piece of legislation, and all new policies and programs, would be treated to what is called a “gender-based analysis.” This bureaucratic procedure, while arcane, was meant to do something momentous: bring the experience of women to the nerve-centre of political decision-making. A government that does […]

Parliament Hill ice rink can’t handle the cold

Dec 27 2017 — Alex Ballingall — It’s too cold for kids hockey on the government’s $5.6-million ice rink on Parliament Hill. In the midst of a cold snap across much of the country, the Canadian winter has forced the cancellation of some of the only hockey games allowed on the outdoor rink, where pucks and sticks are banned during public skating […]

Trade, not human rights, is top of mind as Trudeau visits China

Dec 2 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Make no mistake: Justin Trudeau is on a business trip. As the prime minister departed this British Columbia city for Beijing Saturday, the official itinerary of his trip to China was conspicuously devoid of events on human rights or scheduled meetings with advocates there — ditto the high-ranking staffers and cabinet ministers along for the […]

Huh? No hockey sticks or pucks on Parliament Hill’s $5.6-million ice rink that celebrates Canada’s birthday

Nov 22 2017 — Alex Ballingall — The celebratory Canada 150 ice rink on Parliament Hill comes with a $5.6-million price tag, 26-day lifespan (weather permitting) and a list of rules that prohibit hockey pucks, sticks, and “multiplayer games” like tag and skating races. Cabinet ministers Mélanie Joly and Kent Hehr celebrated the release Wednesday of more details about the rink, which […]

Canada’s coal phase-out alliance unfazed by opposing U.S. position, federal environment minister says

Nov 14 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada is going full-steam ahead with its push for a global alliance to eliminate coal-fired electricity, and that she isn’t concerned the United States — with its pro-coal president — is trumpeting an opposite approach. McKenna, who is in Bonn, Germany for the 23rd annual United Nations climate change conference […]

Elections Canada wants someone to pretend-hack its computers

Nov 9 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Elections Canada is looking for someone to run a pretend attack on its computer system to make sure its security is up to snuff. The federal agency put out a call on Oct. 26 for a contractor to conduct a “simulated phishing program.” The goal, according to the contract advertisement, is to “create awareness and […]