National Newswatch

Canada’s tax agency limiting audits, debt collection to focus on COVID-19 aid

Mar 28 2020 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s tax agency is limiting audits and debt collection, and equipping thousands of its employees with remote-access technology, reinventing itself in real-time as it braces for a tidal wave of coronavirus-related benefits claims. Like their fellow citizens, Canada Revenue Agency workers have been following the advice of public health professionals to avoid crowds and remain […]

Morneau challenged to ensure COVID-19 aid won’t bail out ‘high-polluting industries’

Mar 25 2020 — Carl Meyer — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Canada’s emergency COVID-19 legislation won’t “discriminate” between businesses, after he was challenged on Wednesday by a senator to ensure it wouldn’t bail out “sunsetting, high-polluting industries.” Canadians must be able to afford food right now, Morneau told the Senate of Canada on Wednesday, and if a wide range of businesses, […]

Canadians ‘will always be able to come home,’ Freeland clarifies as COVID-19 questions swirl

Mar 17 2020 — Carl Meyer — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland clarified Tuesday that “Canadians will always be able to come home,” as questions continued to swirl around how the government’s new COVID-19 travel restrictions will work in practice. Every Canadian citizen has the constitutional right to enter, remain in and leave Canada, under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But […]

Senator says Canadians are soured on big oilsands projects

Feb 22 2020 — Carl Meyer — Canadians won’t “tolerate too much more large activity in the oilsands,” and after the Trans Mountain controversy, it may be a bridge too far for the Liberal government to approve the Teck Resources Frontier mine, Independent Sen. Mary Coyle says. Coyle, who was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2017 and represents Nova Scotia […]

Scheer blasted as ‘racist and absurd’ for telling Wet’suwet’en supporters to ‘check their privilege’

Feb 14 2020 — Carl Meyer — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer appeared in the halls of Canada’s seat of power Friday, walked up to the microphone and cameras waiting for him to address a national audience and told those who have been standing in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en to “check their privilege.” The Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation told National Observer […]

Carleton’s new election-integrity scholar comes from Facebook. The NDP says that’s like Dracula overseeing the blood supply

Jan 27 2020 — Carl Meyer — The NDP’s ethics critic says Carleton University’s decision to name a Facebook Canada official as a “visiting scholar in election integrity” is like “inviting Dracula to oversee the security of the blood supply.” NDP MP Charlie Angus told National Observer that the university’s appointment of Kevin Chan, head of public policy at Facebook Canada, made […]

Dirty, cheap marine fuel ban will affect Canada’s Arctic

Jan 4 2020 — Carl Meyer — New rules cracking down on pollution from dirty, cheap marine fuel kicked into gear this week, placing stricter requirements on cargo vessels and cruise ships that are plying northern waters thanks to climate change. As of Jan. 1, Canada is enforcing a new UN-backed cap on the amount of sulphur allowed in heavy fuel oil […]

Canada’s public pension fund denies it’s ‘entangled’ with oil and gas

Nov 20 2019 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s biggest pension fund says it’s “unfathomable” that the fossil fuel sector could wield disproportionate influence over its investment decisions, after a new report claims members of its board of directors and staff are “entangled with the oil and gas industry.” The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), the Crown corporation that manages the country’s […]

Green Party’s Jenica Atwin wants to liberate New Brunswick from the Irvings

Nov 2 2019 — Carl Meyer — Jenica Atwin, Canada’s newest Green MP, has come out swinging against the powerful Irving family, saying New Brunswickians have been “surrounded by their influence” and must “get out from underneath their thumb.” In a wide-ranging interview in Ottawa on Nov. 1, the first-ever Green elected outside of British Columbia also discussed banning a popular pesticide […]