National Newswatch

Most Canadians disapprove of premiers actively campaigning for federal parties, poll suggests

Aug 8 2019 — Chris Hannay — Most Canadians disapprove of provincial leaders wading into the federal election, a new poll suggests. Fifty-six per cent of respondents told Nanos Research they were uncomfortable or somewhat uncomfortable with their premiers actively campaigning for federal parties that the politicians personally support this fall. Forty per cent said they were comfortable or somewhat comfortable with […]

National Gallery says farewell to Marc Mayer

Dec 10 2018 — Chris Hannay — As Marc Mayer ascended to the stage set up in the National Gallery of Canada’s glass-and-granite Great Hall, he was fighting back tears. Dozens of the gallery’s most influential donors had gathered to pay tribute to Mayer on Wednesday night, and, as he got to the mic, he evoked his childhood hockey hero for guidance […]

Ottawa advocacy group plans to create Canada’s first LGBTQ museum

May 17 2018 — Chris Hannay — An Ottawa-based advocacy group is launching plans to create what would be Canada’s first museum dedicated to the history of gender and sexual minorities and telling the stories of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans or two-spirited. The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity is announcing Thursday a fundraising campaign to cover some […]

New law ends threat of jailing census resisters

Jan 7 2018 — Chris Hannay — Canadians can no longer be thrown in jail for not completing the twice-a-decade census, though warrants are still out for some who have flouted the survey. Parliament quietly passed a bill last month to give Statistics Canada more independence in how it conducts its research, and also changed the punishment for refusing to fill out […]

Universities introducing term limits for Canada Research Chairs to meet diversity targets

Oct 13 2017 — Chris Hannay — Many universities across Canada are introducing term limits for their Canada Research Chairs to get new academics into the jobs as the prestigious program struggles to meet diversity targets set by a court settlement. The Canada Research Chairs gives annual funding of $100,000 or $200,000 to successful academics for research projects. The program is divided […]

Ottawa to pull research chair funding unless diversity issue addressed at universities

May 5 2017 — Chris Hannay — The federal granting councils that award the prestigious Canada Research Chairs say universities must offer up more diverse candidates for the honour or they will lose their funds. Directors of the program, which sends out $265-million every year across 1,600 researchers, say new measures unveiled on Thursday would help to address the chronic underrepresentation of […]