National Newswatch

CAF member arrested on Rideau Hall grounds faces 22 charges, including multiple firearm violations

Jul 3 2020 — Catharine Tunney — The Canadian Armed Forces member who allegedly gained access to the grounds at Rideau Hall while carrying a firearm Thursday morning now faces a long list of charges. The RCMP said Corey Hurren, 46, faces 22 criminal charges, including careless use of a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a prohibited or restricted […]

Provinces ‘failed to support seniors,’ Trudeau says following release of troubling new pandemic study

Jun 25 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today floated the idea of bringing in national standards and reopening the Canada Health Act to address some of the vulnerabilities the pandemic has exposed in long-term care homes — while accusing provincial governments of having “failed to support seniors.” His comments came after the Canadian Institute for Health Information released […]

Systemic racism exists in RCMP, Trudeau argues — after commissioner says she’s ‘struggling’ with the term

Jun 11 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the RCMP and other police agencies across the country have a problem with systemic racism — a day after RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki said she’s “struggling” with the term and denied racism is entrenched within the organization. “Systemic racism is an issue right across the country, in all our […]

RCMP agrees to outfit some Mounties with body cameras

Jun 8 2020 — Catharine Tunney — The head of the RCMP says her organization will begin the work of outfitting some of its officers with body cameras — a move that comes in the midst of a global wave of mass protests against police brutality. “The commissioner has confirmed that the RCMP will engage in work and discussion with policing partners […]

RCMP watchdog’s misconduct reports caught in limbo, stalling their release

Jun 7 2020 — Catharine Tunney — The RCMP continues to mull over a number of high-profile investigations completed by its watchdog body involving allegations of Mountie misbehaviour — ultimately stalling their release and raising questions about the effectiveness of public oversight. “Ultimately, it undermines the legitimacy of the force when individuals don’t get answers to the complaints that they have,” said […]

Spy agency flags possible security breaches at Canadian pandemic research facilities

May 20 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Canada’s cyber spy agency says authorities are investigating possible security breaches at Canadian organizations doing COVID-19-related research — less than a week after it warned that Canadian intellectual property linked to the pandemic is a “valuable target” for state-sponsored actors. “We’ve seen some compromises in research organizations that we’ve been helping to mitigate and we’re […]

Liberals hasten high-speed broadband access plan in response to pandemic

May 2 2020 — Catharine Tunney — As more Canadians find themselves living online while stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Liberal government is accelerating its strategy to increase high-speed broadband coverage in rural Canada. A spokesperson for Rural Economic Development Minister Maryam Monsef said the government is consulting with telecommunication providers, rural municipalities and others about how best to […]

As Trump moves to keep meat-processing plants open, Trudeau stresses workers’ safety

Apr 29 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wouldn’t say today whether his government would follow the lead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration and order meat-processing plants to stay open during the pandemic — but stressed that workers’ safety is a priority. Yesterday, in response to concerns about food shortages and supply chain disruptions, Trump issued an executive […]