National Newswatch

Charest, Poilievre stress divergent visions in Conservative leadership debate

May 25 2022 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — LAVAL, Que. — Two front-runners in the federal Conservative contest kicked off the race's only French-language debate Wednesday night with differing visions of Canada, with Ottawa-area MP Pierre Poilievre stressing freedom and former Quebec premier Jean Charest pitching unity. "My legacy will be the freest country in the world where people will be able to […]

Rusty travellers, uneven flight volumes slowing airport security lines: Minister

May 11 2022 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says Canada's airport security agency is increasing its staffing, but that a lack of workers is not the main culprit for the unacceptable delays passengers are facing this spring. Multiple airports are reporting extremely long lines at airport security and border screening checkpoints while passengers say they are being […]

Ex-Guantanamo detainee sues Canada over 14-year detention and torture

Apr 23 2022 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — A former detainee of Guantanamo Bay is taking legal action against the Canadian government over its alleged role in his 14 years behind bars marked by torture and intimidation. Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian who lived in Montreal for under two months, filed a $35-million lawsuit Friday alleging that faulty intelligence provided by Canadian authorities […]

Canadian manufacturers hope for exemptions from latest Buy American provisions

Apr 19 2022 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — Canadian manufacturers are once again facing the risk of being hit by U.S. protectionism and the need to fight for crucial exemptions.  The challenge comes after the Biden administration announced new procurement guidanceMonday that requires the construction material purchased for federally-funded infrastructure projects to be produced in the U.S. Dennis Darby, head of Canadian Manufacturers […]

Ottawa pledges cash for supply chain problems, but plenty of gaps persist

Apr 14 2022 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — Ottawa plans to spend more than a half-billion dollars to fix supply chain issues, but experts say it falls far short of the kind of comprehensive strategy needed to address long-standing problems. Last week's federal budget commits $603 million over five years to support transportation network upgrades such as port or rail expansions on top […]

Sixth wave prompts renewed labour crunch in restaurants, retail and manufacturing

Apr 8 2022 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — After two years of on-and-off lockdowns, Rachel Reinders felt a renewed sense of hope last month as pandemic restrictions eased and spring dawned on the cusp of a new patio season. But soon Reinders, who heads administration at the Lieutenant's Pump pub in Ottawa, had to scale back operations yet again, shutting down its lunchtime […]

Transport Canada fines passengers on Sunwing party flight

Mar 8 2022 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Passengers are paying a pricey penalty for partying aboard a Sunwing flight last year that devolved into a raucous mile-high soirée. The federal Transport Department said Tuesday it issued unspecified fines against a half-dozen passengers who were not vaccinated when they boarded the day before New Year's Eve. Videos of the charter voyage […]

The travel itch is boosting vacation bookings, but COVID testing remains key hurdle

Feb 14 2022 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Travel agencies are seeing a surge in bookings abroadas the spring break approaches, but a real spike will likely hinge on how far the federal government rolls back COVID-19 testing rules. Bookings to sun destinations via Tripcentral.ca now top 50 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, with an uptick over the weekend as word […]

Trucker border blockades tighten bottlenecks on choked food and auto supply chains

Feb 9 2022 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — Amid delivery backlogs and bottlenecked ports, trucker blockades at U.S. border crossing points have added more pressure to an already overloaded supply chain, with the food and automotive sectors particularly vulnerable. Since Monday, protesters have cut off Canada-bound traffic on the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ont. — the busiest crossing in North America […]

Truckers should have done more to prepare for vaccine mandate, experts say

Jan 21 2022 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The trucking industry's hardline stance against the vaccine mandate for drivers marks a wrong turn, experts say, arguing the sector should have been better prepared for the January deadline. The Liberal government announced in November that all Canadian truckers looking to cross the border from the United States would need to be vaccinated […]

‘Chaos and confusion’: Government error on trucker vaccine mandate sparks disarray

Jan 14 2022 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Botched messaging from the federal government is wreaking havoc among the transport community, and could choke already strained supply chains, says the head of a Canadian trucking organization. The Canada Border Services Agency said Wednesday that a vaccine mandate for truckers crossing into Canada from the United States would not come into effect […]

Traveller confusion reigns amid shifting advice and variants

Dec 11 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Confusion is now the defining state for many Canadians considering travel this month amid shifting advice, COVID-19 variants and layers of testing and quarantine rules. The prospect of flying abroad is "incredibly confusing" as passengers remain uncertain about whether they will be tested at airports upon return or forced to quarantine — on […]