National Newswatch

Marijuana bill inches closer to passage with House vote

Jun 18 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The Liberal government’s bill to legalize recreational marijuana has cleared another vote in the House of Commons — but it still has to get a final stamp of approval from an unpredictable Senate before it can become law. The Senate had proposed 46 amendments to The Cannabis Act but the Liberal government rejected several major […]

After delivering veiled takedown of U.S. protectionism, Freeland says NAFTA talks to continue through summer

Jun 14 2018 — Catharine Tunney — Even with tensions simmering between the U.S. and Canada, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said today the two countries will continue to negotiate NAFTA through the summer. Freeland capped off a brief trip to Washington with a meeting with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this morning. She said the two agreed to continue NAFTA […]

Rude officers, seized items and touchy pat downs top CATSA complaints list

May 20 2018 — Catharine Tunney — Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make air travellers go bananas. Last year, a passenger was so peeved after their container of mashed bananas was seized by airport security they fired off an email to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) conflating the incident with national identity. “Bananas are allowed and it is unfair […]

MP Erin Weir expelled from NDP caucus after harassment investigation

May 3 2018 — Catharine Tunney — Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir, who was under investigation following harassment complaints, has been expelled from the NDP caucus by party leader Jagmeet Singh. But the reason for his expulsion is in dispute. The party says the third-party investigator found one claim of harassment and three claims of sexual harassment against him were sustained. The report, […]

Engineers find more asbestos in 24 Sussex than previously reported

Mar 14 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The prime minister’s official residence has more asbestos in it than previously thought, according to a third-party review. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau moved into government, he opted not to move his family into 24 Sussex — instead choosing Rideau Cottage over the drafty and deteriorating official residence that was his childhood home.

Rideau Hall welcomes Belgian royalty with a German flag

Mar 12 2018 — Catharine Tunney — A flag mix-up caused Canada a bit of embarrassment today — day one of a state visit by the king and queen of Belgium, the first such visit in over 40 years. Belgian journalist Wim Dehandschutter was the one who first pointed out that the flag marking a tree Belgium’s Queen Fabiola planted on the […]

RCMP raising concerns about Liberals’ changes to criminal background checks

Mar 4 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The RCMP is taking issue with changes the Liberal government made to criminal background checks and the pardons system, pointing to cases of people with “disturbing” records applying to work with vulnerable individuals, CBC News has learned. The force’s concerns were summarized in a briefing note prepared by public safety staff to update Public Safety […]

Ottawa backs off proposal to change DUI threshold

Feb 20 2018 — Catharine Tunney — The federal government is easing its foot off the gas pedal on a proposal to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit. Last spring Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould floated the idea of lowering the criminal limit to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood from 80 milligrams and asked for input from her provincial and […]