National Newswatch

State-sponsored actors ‘very likely’ looking to attack electricity supply, says intelligence agency

Nov 18 2020 — Catharine Tunney — CSE says China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are the greatest state-sponsored threats. State-sponsored actors are “very likely” trying to shore up their cyber capabilities to attack Canada’s critical infrastructure — such as the electricity supply — to intimidate or to prepare for future online assaults, a new intelligence assessment warns. “As physical infrastructure and […]

Companies could face hefty fines under new Canadian privacy law

Nov 17 2020 — Catharine Tunney — The federal government is threatening to impose fines that could run to millions of dollars on private companies that violate Canadians’ privacy. Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains introduced the Digital Charter Implementation Act today — one of the biggest shakeups in Canada’s privacy law in decades. If the bill passes, companies would face fines of up […]

Bill to overhaul Canada’s privacy laws coming soon

Nov 16 2020 — Catharine Tunney — As the number of high-profile online consumer security breaches continues to grow, the federal government is expected to introduce a bill to shake up Canada’s privacy laws — possibly as soon as today. Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains signalled plans to introduce the legislation late last week on the House of Commons notice paper. The bill […]

RCMP’s diversity hiring remains stagnant, new figures show

Nov 8 2020 — Catharine Tunney — The head of the RCMP has promised to “double down” on efforts to boost diversity among its officers — but newly available statistics show those efforts haven’t borne fruit over the past decade. The recently released diversity statistics come as the national police force grapples with a fierce debate over systemic racism in the ranks […]

Conservative MP calls for nationwide three-digit suicide hotline

Nov 6 2020 — Catharine Tunney — As health professionals warn that the pandemic is taking a heavy toll on many Canadians’ mental health, a Conservative MP is calling on the federal government to set up a national hotline for suicide prevention. Todd Doherty, MP for Cariboo-Prince George, recently tabled a motion in Parliament to bring together existing suicide prevention services under […]

Canada following tight U.S. election results closely, Trudeau says

Nov 4 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remained tight-lipped about the uncertainty clouding the U.S. election this morning, saying his government will watch the results “carefully”. “As everyone knows, there is an electoral process underway in the United States,” Trudeau told reporters gathered outside West Block Wednesday morning. “We, of course, are following it carefully and we’ll continue […]

Canada’s top public health doctor now recommends 3-layer non-medical masks

Nov 3 2020 — Catharine Tunney — The Public Health Agency of Canada is now recommending Canadians choose three-layer non-medical masks with a filter layer to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they prepare to spend more time indoors over the winter. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during her bi-weekly pandemic briefing in Ottawa Tuesday. “To improve […]

RCMP looking to update de-escalation training, will introduce new anti-racism program: Lucki

Nov 2 2020 — Catharine Tunney — RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki says the force is looking to update its de-escalation training and will soon introduce new mandatory anti-racism training — measures that came in the wake of mounting scrutiny of the national police force’s actions in recent months. “I’ve been listening. I’ve been learning,” Lucki told the standing committee on public safety […]

Trudeau government pressed to shield secret operational information in court

Oct 25 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Failing to address questions about intelligence-sharing in courtrooms could put a number of national security court cases at risk and undermine Ottawa’s national security efforts, warns a grim briefing note prepared for the public safety minister. At its crux, the issue pits the efforts of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to safeguard its operational information […]

Minister says Mi’kmaw fishermen in Nova Scotia being ‘let down’ by police in wake of weekend blaze

Oct 19 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said today that Mi’kmaw fishermen in Nova Scotia have been “let down by police” following incidents of violence in the province’s southwest over the Sipekne’katik band’s lobster fishery. “We must also recognize that once again, as evidenced by the scenes of violence, Indigenous people have been let down by the […]

After pandemic delays, RCMPs union’s quest for salary bump resumes

Oct 15 2020 — Catharine Tunney — After a series of pandemic-related delays, the head of the union representing Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers says salary negotiations are back in full swing — a process that could see policing costs swell across much of the country. The original plan was to kick off bargaining talks in March, but the pandemic delayed many […]

Federal government offering Red Cross support to COVID-19 hotspots: sources

Oct 1 2020 — Catharine Tunney — The federal government is offering to send the Canadian Red Cross into COVID-19 hotspots as case numbers rise and parts of the country slip into a second wave, according to sources. A senior government official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the government has been reaching out to hard-hit regions recently experiencing outbreaks and […]