National Newswatch

Canadians mark anniversary of downing of Flight PS752 in Iran

Jan 8 2021 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Memorial services are being held today for victims of a passenger jet the Iranian military shot down one year ago. The ceremonies are part of an international effort that began with a livestream on Thursday at 9:42 p.m. ET. That's the exact moment Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 left Tehran's international airport. More […]

Family of Pakistan dissident Karima Mehrab urge thorough investigation into her death

Dec 23 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The family of an internationally prominent Pakistani dissident urged a thorough investigation into her death, saying Wednesday they were having difficulty accepting a police conclusion she killed herself. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Sameer Mehrab was careful to say the family had no evidence his sister, Karima Mehrab, was in fact […]

Feds throw support behind development of mini nuclear reactors; action plan released

Dec 18 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Nuclear power is essential to meeting Canada's climate-change goals, and developing portable mini nuclear reactors is a key part of that strategy, the federal energy minister said on Friday. In announcing an "action plan" for developing small modular reactors, Seamus O'Regan said the new technology has the potential to help Canada cut emissions […]

NewsAlert: COVID chosen Canadian Press news story of the year for 2020

Dec 15 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The deadly virus that swept Canada this year dominated headlines as it killed thousands of Canadians, sickened tens of thousands of others and prompted profound social and economic dislocation.The pandemic, an event whose global impact is unsurpassed in recent history, burst into the collective consciousness in March, infusing conversations and news reports alike.Now, […]

Few federal inmates moved from solitary after external reviews, new data show

Nov 29 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Independent reviews of the hundreds of inmates placed in segregation over the past year found only a handful were inappropriate, new government data indicate. According to the previously unpublished information from Correctional Service Canada, only two per cent of reviews by independent external decision-makers resulted in inmates moved out of isolation, and then […]

Hearing for judge accused of perjury over Black federation role set for December

Nov 25 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A judge accused of lying about his involvement in a Black activist organization will face a disciplinary hearing starting next month, the Ontario Judicial Council has announced. The four-person panel will delve into whether Judge Donald McLeod committed perjury at a previous misconduct hearing into his involvement with the Federation of Black Canadians. […]

Federal system for appointing judges unconstitutional, new lawsuit alleges

Nov 20 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canada's process for appointing federal judges is unconstitutional because it is open to partisan political interference, a new lawsuit claims. The unproven application was filed in Federal Court by Democracy Watch, a non-profit advocating for democratic reform and government accountability.  In its court filing, Democracy Watch asserts the Canadian system gives too much […]