National Newswatch

Poll finds little public appetite for aggressive measures in Jason Kenney’s push for greater provincial autonomy

Dec 31 2019 — Chris Hannay — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s push for more provincial autonomy is finding a more receptive audience in Quebec than in his own Prairie region, a new poll suggests. Mr. Kenney’s United Conservative government established a “Fair Deal” panel in the fall to examine ways the province could be more autonomous from the federal government. Nanos Research […]

Alberta to receive largest credit in carbon tax rebate

Dec 19 2019 — Chris Hannay — Alberta residents are set to receive the highest average compensation from the federal government next year when Ottawa’s carbon price kicks in for the first time in the province. The Liberal government is imposing its federal carbon tax on Albertans starting Jan. 1, which will make emissions-generating goods such as gasoline and home heating more […]

CBC says Rosemary Barton will not take part in lawsuit against Conservative Party

Oct 12 2019 — Chris Hannay — The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. says it will remove two political journalists, including The National co-host Rosemary Barton, as applicants in a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed against the Conservative Party of Canada. The CBC filed a legal application at the Federal Court on Thursday alleging that the Conservative Party and executive director Dustin Van Vugt had violated […]

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 […]