National Newswatch

Freeland, Vance and several federal officials barred from official dealings with ex-ambassador

Sep 16 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Canada’s ethics commissioner has ordered nine senior officials — including two Liberal cabinet ministers and the chief of the defence staff — to have no official dealings with Palantir executive David MacNaughton for one year after his office found the former ambassador and Liberal adviser broke the Conflict of Interest Act. Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion […]

Special court hearing to decide how to handle secret information in Ortis espionage trial

Jul 31 2020 — Catharine Tunney — The case against the senior RCMP official accused of preparing to leak sensitive information is moving to Federal Court for a special hearing to determine how the trial can proceed while protecting classified intelligence. Cameron Ortis, who served as director general of the RCMP’s national intelligence co-ordination centre, is charged with violating the Security of […]

RCMP’s watchdog says force isn’t listening to its recommendations on use of force in wellness calls

Jul 24 2020 — Catharine Tunney — The head of the RCMP’s independent watchdog says the national police force isn’t listening to the recommendations her agency has made over the past few years regarding Mounties’ behaviour on wellness calls. Earlier this week, Michelaine Lahaie, chair of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP (CRCC), issued a statement citing a “general […]

Russia targeted COVID-19 vaccine research in Canada, the U.S. and U.K., say intelligence agencies

Jul 16 2020 — Catharine Tunney — A Russian-backed hacking group has tried to steal COVID-19-related vaccine research in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., according to intelligence agencies in all three countries. The Communications Security Establishment (CSE), responsible for Canada’s foreign signals intelligence, said APT29 — also known as Cozy Bear and the Dukes — is behind the malicious activity. The […]

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 […]