National Newswatch

Anti-pipeline rallies supporting Wet’suwet’en block train, ferry routes

Feb 10 2020 — Ben Cousins — Dozens of people have been arrested after disrupting travel across the country in a show of solidarity for the Wet’suwet’en Nation, whose hereditary chiefs oppose the construction of a gas pipeline through northern British Columbia. Over the weekend and continuing into Monday, rallies were held in Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa, Toronto, St. John’s, N.L. and Belleville, […]

Detained Canadians in China met with government officials

Oct 28 2019 — Ben Cousins — The two Canadians detained in China have recently met with with consular officials, Global Affairs Canada confirmed on Monday. The federal agency said in a news release that officials met with Michael Spavor on Monday and Michael Kovrig last Friday. Both men have been detained for more than 10 months. Global Affairs would not provide […]

Polling suggests Liberals, Conservatives in a deadlock

Oct 21 2019 — Ben Cousins — Nanos Research, commissioned by CTV News and the Globe & Mail, conducted a sample survey with a total of 739 decided voters on Sunday, Oct. 20, and asked the voters: “If a federal election were held today, could you please rank your top two current local voting preferences?” and found support for the Conservatives at […]

Advance polls see 4.7 million voters, setting new record

Oct 15 2019 — Ben Cousins — Elections Canada has seen a record number of voters already. The federal agency says more than 4.7 million Canadians are estimated to have voted in advance polls over the weekend, which represents a 29 per cent increase from the 2015 election and the most advanced votes ever recorded.

Singh seems to back off support for coalition government

Oct 14 2019 — Ben Cousins — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh appeared to be walking back his comments on Monday, a day after he said he would “absolutely” work with the other parties to form a coalition government in the event of the Conservatives winning a minority next week. Speaking to reporters on Sunday in Surrey, B.C., Singh said he would do […]

Booted Conservative candidate ‘running independently’ but still listed with CPC on ballot

Oct 8 2019 — Ben Cousins — A former federal Conservative candidate in British Columbia who was kicked out of the party for homophobic remarks says she’s now “running independently,” even though her campaign still appeared to be using the Conservative Party logo this week. Heather Leung, who was running for the Conservatives in Burnaby North-Seymour, was removed from the party last […]

Support for Liberals plummets among Indigenous voters: poll

Oct 3 2019 — Ben Cousins — Recent polling suggests the Liberals have dramatically lost support among Indigenous voters. The poll from Environics Research, commissioned by the Aboriginal People’s Television Network, surveyed 1,024 Indigenous voters across the country and found 40 per cent voted Liberal in the 2015 election, but now just 21 per cent support the party. According to the survey, […]

Liberals maintain strong lead in Quebec, with Greens rising: Nanos survey

Oct 2 2019 — Ben Cousins — The federal Liberals have maintained a strong lead in the battleground province of Quebec through the first half of the election campaign. The latest polling from Nanos Research asked 828 voters in Quebec: “If a federal election were held today, could you please rank your top two current local voting preferences?” and found the Liberals […]

Liberals getting ‘hammered’ in Ontario’s 905 region: Nanos survey

Sep 26 2019 — Ben Cousins — New polling suggests the Liberals lost support in the suburban areas surrounding Toronto in the wake of Justin Trudeau’s blackface and brownface controversy. The latest polling from Nanos Survey Research, commissioned by CTV News and The Globe and Mail, suggests Trudeau’s popularity in the 905 area code of the Greater Toronto Area fell by 7.3 […]

Halifax astronomer catches rare image of booster re-entering atmosphere

Dec 8 2015 — Ben Cousins — HALIFAX - A Halifax-based astronomer is the envy of his peers after he photographed a rare image in the skies from his balcony Sunday evening.Michael Boschat, a research technician in the Atmospheric Science Department at Dalhousie University, caught images of the first stage of a rocket booster re-entering the atmosphere.The boosters were jettisoned by a […]

Police in Newfoundland investigating anonymous ‘Ugliest Girls’ poll

Dec 4 2015 — Ben Cousins — Police are now investigating a case of cyberbullying involving an anonymous online poll ranking girls at a high school based on their looks, but legal experts say a criminal conviction is unlikely.Lynelle Cantwell, a student at Holy Trinity High School in Torbay, N.L., received national attention and support after she took to Facebook this week […]

Hope Blooms leads surge of community garden programs for kids across Canada

Nov 28 2015 — Ben Cousins — HALIFAX - Before he started gardening, Craig Cain had no sense of what he wanted to do with his life.Cain grew up in Uniacke Square, a 250-unit block of low-income public housing in Halifax's north end. The neighbourhood is beset by high unemployment rates, and a dearth of recreational facilities means it can be hard […]