National Newswatch

Daunted by Trump’s false statements, Canadian diplomats and data geeks team up with ‘rapid response’

Mar 13 2018 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s diplomatic corps has teamed up with the government’s top statisticians to rapidly deploy facts across the border that can counter all of the false statements about trade, spewed out by U.S. President Donald Trump. The apparent “rapid response” partnership between Canadian data geeks and diplomats was hatched by the federal Foreign Affairs Department along […]

Philpott wants to see health care ‘by Inuit, for Inuit’

Mar 5 2018 — Carl Meyer — Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott is hoping to deliver more health care closer to northern Indigenous communities, in order to address a crisis leaving Inuit women vulnerable in southern cities like Montreal. Speaking to National Observer in an interview, Philpott said a combination of better addictions treatment, remote medical technology, funding for travel companions, training […]

Former Tory minister Tony Clement defends how Harper government handled Phoenix pay system

Feb 28 2018 — Carl Meyer — Conservative MP and former Treasury Board president Tony Clement is defending the Harper government’s handling of a dysfunctional system that was unable to pay thousands of public servants on time. While in former prime minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet, Clement had a responsibility to oversee how the federal government was spending money as it pursued a […]

Mulroney attacks Trudeau’s climate policy

Feb 8 2018 — Carl Meyer — A Mulroney took a shot at a Trudeau on Thursday, as a leading contender in the Ontario Tory leadership race disavowed a key plank of her party’s climate change policy. Caroline Mulroney says she is against “Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax,” after speaking with “hundreds” of members of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.

Former Harper spokesman says he knew about Patrick Brown ‘rumours’

Jan 26 2018 — Carl Meyer — A former senior aide to Stephen Harper has confirmed he had known that there were “rumours” about Patrick Brown’s conduct, but didn’t follow up with action as he was a volunteer with Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives. Dimitri Soudas, who was once the communications director for former prime minister Harper, made the admission on Friday in response […]

Forest industry braces for latest U.S. trade war

Dec 18 2017 — Carl Meyer — Canada could be hit in the next few weeks by new duties on billions of dollars of newsprint exports to the United States, the lumber industry warned on Monday. Derek Nighbor, CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), said in an interview that he’s anticipating that Washington will slap preliminary countervailing duties and […]

Grand Chief Littlechild to set up all-new National Council for Reconciliation

Dec 14 2017 — Carl Meyer — Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, a former Truth and Reconciliation Commission member, will chair a temporary body tasked by the Trudeau government with setting up a new reconciliation council. Littlechild, a former member of Parliament and residential school survivor, was announced by the government on Thursday as the chair of the interim board of directors for […]

Canada blames U.S. and China for putting Trudeau in front of fake Canadian flags

Dec 5 2017 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s foreign affairs department says China and the United States are “responsible” for supplying fake Canadian flags that have been used as backdrops during visits abroad by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The statement comes after Trudeau appeared with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week in front of what appeared to be erroneously-designed Canadian flags — […]

Trudeau didn’t consult Indigenous leaders on solutions

Nov 27 2017 — Carl Meyer — The Trudeau government is being urged to improve relations with Canada’s Indigenous peoples after it failed to involve senior leaders in drafting a proposal to do just that. The heads of both Canada’s national Inuit and First Nations organizations said they weren’t involved in the development of 10 principles released this summer by Justice Minister […]

Julie Payette doubles down on anti-science mythbusting

Nov 23 2017 — Carl Meyer — Governor General Julie Payette doubled down Wednesday on her comments attacking anti-science “myths.” Payette, a former astronaut and engineer who logged hundreds of hours in space, took the opportunity at an awards ceremony Nov. 22 to “highlight three ‘historical’ myths that relate to the field of science” — one of which was the conspiracy theory […]

Montreal-born scientist says forestry sector in denial about disappearing caribou

Nov 9 2017 — Carl Meyer — A Canadian scientist who has researched endangered caribou recovery for years is accusing Canada’s forestry industry of treating the decline of the species in the same way that climate doubters treat the science of global warming. Montreal-born Mark Hebblewhite, an associate professor at the University of Montana’s wildlife biology program, served on a science panel […]