National Newswatch

Trudeau doubles down on not apologizing for SNC-Lavalin affair

Aug 15 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remained dogged Thursday that he doesn’t need to apologize for his role in the SNC-Lavalin affair, a day after Canada’s ethics watchdog found he violated the Conflict of Interest Act by trying to influence the former attorney general while she was dealing with the SNC-Lavalin case. During an announcement in Fredericton […]

RCMP looking at SNC-Lavalin affair ‘carefully,’ promise to take actions ‘as required’

Aug 14 2019 — Catharine Tunney — The RCMP says it’s reviewing the facts of the SNC-Lavalin affair “carefully” in the wake of a new damning report from the ethics commissioner that found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act, following renewed calls from the Opposition to investigate. In his Wednesday report, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario […]

Recruitment, retention ‘issues of concern’ for CSIS: internal docs

Aug 14 2019 — Catharine Tunney — The joke goes: there are three types of people who apply to work for Canada’s spy agency. “The first third had watched all the James Bond movies and thought that’s what they were going to do,” said Phil Gurski, a former analyst with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The second third of resumés are from […]

Women still struggling to make RCMP’s elite Emergency Response Team

Aug 4 2019 — Catharine Tunney — The RCMP is struggling to add women to its elite Emergency Response Team, despite changing the selection process four years ago. In the unit’s 40-year history, just one woman has successfully joined the ranks. It’s a number Const. Amanda Nelles hopes to change. The Manitoba-based officer was one of eight women who tried out for […]

Freeland says she raised detained Canadians with her Chinese counterpart

Aug 2 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she raised the issue of the two detained Canadians in China during a meeting with her Chinese counterpart this week, the first time since diplomatic tensions between the two countries plunged into an impasse. Freeland said today that she and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a bilateral meeting […]

As Cambodia complains about trash exports, environmentalists urge Canada to ban practice

Jul 21 2019 — Catharine Tunney — With another country trashing Canada for allegedly sending it its waste, environmental groups are renewing their calls for the federal government to ban the practice outright. Earlier this week, Cambodia followed Malaysia and the Philippines in publicly complaining about shipping containers filled with waste ending up at its ports. At the same time, a collection […]

No direct threats to the election yet – but foreign actors are getting ready to meddle: officials

Jul 9 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Canadian security agencies haven’t seen any direct threats to the 2019 election so far, but a government official says hostile foreign actors are positioning themselves already to insert themselves into the campaign. A handful of senior officials spoke to reporters on the condition of anonymity Tuesday to offer an update on how they’ll alert the […]

‘No magic fix’ to ease Desjardins privacy breach concerns, Liberal MP says

Jul 9 2019 — Catharine Tunney — The chair of the House of Commons public safety and national security committee says it will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the massive personal data breach at the Desjardins Group, but concedes there’s “no magic fix.” Last month, the Quebec-based bank revealed that an employee with “ill-intention” collected information about almost three million people […]

Conservatives push for emergency meeting after Desjardins privacy breach

Jul 8 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is pushing for an emergency Commons committee meeting in the wake of a massive personal data breach at the Desjardins Group — believed to be one of the largest ever among Canadian financial institutions. Last month, the Quebec-based bank revealed that an employee with “ill-intention” collected information about nearly three million […]

RCMP going after Canadian Nationalist Party for intellectual property violation

Jul 5 2019 — Catharine Tunney — Last week, the RCMP launched a hate crime investigation into the leader of the Canadian Nationalist Party — now they’re going after the budding political party for violating intellectual property. The Canadian Nationalist Party, which promotes anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ views — and calls for the removal of “globalists” from the country — is in the […]