National Newswatch

‘A really bad idea’: Border Services looking at rebooting controversial reality TV show

Dec 11 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The Canada Border Services Agency is looking at getting back into the reality TV show game, just two years after the federal privacy commissioner said the agency’s show Border Security: Canada’s Front Line broke the law. The National Geographic Channel series showed audiences unscripted encounters between border officers and the public. A normal episode would […]

RCMP’s sexual harassment suit bigger and more expensive than predicted

Nov 20 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police need more money to help cover a historic class-action lawsuit after more women than expected came forward with stories of harassment and sexual abuse. The “need to seek additional funds” was flagged in a briefing note from RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, obtained by CBC […]

MPs looking into whether RCMP are in contempt of Parliament for gun bill post

Oct 30 2018 — Catharine Tunney — A parliamentary committee is looking into whether the RCMP should be found in contempt of Parliament for posting potentially misleading advice to firearm and gun shop owners regarding the Liberals’ gun legislation. At the centre of the dispute is the question of whether the Canadian firearms program’s website anticipated a decision of Parliament by leading […]

Team from Mexico’s incoming government heading to Ottawa Monday

Oct 20 2018 — Catharine Tunney — Members of the incoming Mexican government’s cabinet are heading to Ottawa early next week, as Canada tries to move the bilateral relationship “beyond the NAFTA talks,” says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Ministers with the National Regeneration Movement, or Morena, will be visiting Ottawa on Monday. The party, led by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, will […]

Northern food security program has ‘lost its way,’ says LeBlanc

Oct 20 2018 — Catharine Tunney — Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs Minister Minister Dominic LeBlanc is promising changes to the federal government’s northern food security subsidy program in the coming weeks, acknowledging that Nutrition North has “lost its way.” Nutrition North, launched in 2011, provides subsidies on shipping to retailers on a list of products the government deems to be nutritious or […]

Federal bill to fix up official residences – including ‘fire hazard’ 24 Sussex – tops $83M: NCC report

Oct 16 2018 — Catharine Tunney — It’ll take tens of millions of dollars over the next decade to restore and maintain Canada’s official residences — including the “fire hazard” that is 24 Sussex Drive — due to chronic underfunding, according to a new report by the National Capital Commission. The report, based on a 2017 in-depth assessment of the NCC’s portfolio, […]

Ex-Liberal treasurer putting up $25K to fight drug-impaired driving law

Oct 12 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The Liberal Party’s former treasurer is vowing to use his own money to fight the government’s new drug-impaired driving laws. Chuck Rifici now runs Nesta Holding Co., a private equity firm that invests in the cannabis industry. He’s committing $25,000 of his own funds to back a legal challenge of Canada’s updated impaired driving laws. […]

Trans Mountain decision won’t affect NAFTA negotiations: Freeland

Aug 30 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The Trans Mountain pipeline’s uncertain future in Canada will not impact intensified North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said as her team continues to hammer out a revised deal in Washington. “Absolutely not,” said Freeland when asked if a Federal Court of Appeal decision adds pressure to her work at […]

Liberals scrap controversial family reunification lottery, accepting more applications

Aug 20 2018 — Catharine Tunney — Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is dropping its controversial lottery system for reuniting immigrant families and reverting back to a first-come, first-served system following backlash from frustrated sponsors. On Monday, the federal government announced it will admit up to 20,500 parents and grandparents under its reunification program in 2019, and 21,000 in 2020. To reach those […]