National Newswatch

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 […]

Pandemic ‘poses particular challenges’ for food processing plants: Freeland

Apr 16 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says the government is working on ways to support Canada’s food processing plants during the COVID-19 pandemic in response to concerns about labour shortages. “I am so grateful to all of our farmers and ranchers and food processors, but you’re right that the coronavirus poses particular challenges to food processing […]

Pandemic could affect food supplies, power grids, telecommunications, says government document

Apr 15 2020 — Catharine Tunney — If cases of COVID-19 continue to multiply, labour shortages could affect food supplies and undermine Canada’s critical infrastructure, an internal government briefing note obtained by CBC News warns. The document, prepared by Public Safety Canada, says accelerating rates of illness among Canadians could create labour shortages in essential services. The two most “pressing” areas of […]

Ottawa reports progress in talks with U.S. over medical supplies as 3M strikes deal to send masks to Canada

Apr 6 2020 — Catharine Tunney — Canadian officials working behind the scenes to secure a full exemption from the Trump administration for imports of critical medical equipment say they’ve made some progress as 3M announces that it has struck a deal with the U.S. government to allow the export of N95 respirator masks to Canada. Canadian ministers and officials have been […]