National Newswatch

Recent EI beneficiaries to move to federal coronavirus emergency benefit — and many will get a raise

Apr 2 2020 — David Akin — The federal government will automatically move the 2.1 million Canadians who have applied for employment insurance benefits since March 15 to the government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit program, a move that could see many EI beneficiaries get more money every week. The move is being done by a government less concerned with elegant program design […]

Parliament to reconvene Tuesday to deal with COVID-19 measures: source

Mar 21 2020 — David Akin — The House of Commons will convene Tuesday to deal with urgent business related to the novel coronavirus, according to a source in the prime minister’s office. Global News has also learned that discussions are underway with the House leaders from each party to reconvene the House with the minimum number of MPs — preferably only […]

In bid for UN Security Council seat, Canada’s position on reform could be a barrier: analyst

Jan 3 2020 — David Akin — Canada’s position on United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reform, reaffirmed in internal government documents recently obtained by Global News, could harm the country’s chances of winning a seat on that council, according to one of the country’s top analysts of UN politics. Since 2005, Canada has been part of a 12-nation group called Uniting for […]

Federal government asked Canadians if they’re ‘comfortable’ with LGBT people

Dec 28 2019 — David Akin — The federal government measured how “comfortable” Canadians felt with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people playing significant roles in their lives, Global News has learned, part of what the government says was a preliminary assessment to better understand the challenges faced by Canada’s LGBTQ2 community. And the answer, so far, is encouraging: 91.8 per cent […]

Trump will remember Trudeau’s NATO snickers — so may Canadian voters

Dec 4 2019 — David Akin — They were three schoolyard chums — the U.K.’s Boris Johnson, France’s Emmanuel Macron and Canada’s Justin Trudeau — snickering about the schoolyard bully — America’s Donald Trump — confident that none of their yuk-yukking and nudge-nudging would ever make it out of their corner of the playground. And then it did. And only one of […]

Indigenous Services fights ‘complex’ communications environment to tell success stories: document

Dec 4 2019 — David Akin — Newly minted Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is taking over leadership of a department that believes it has made significant progress improving the lives of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people, according to records obtained by Global News. But officials in Miller’s department also seem to suggest that Ottawa is not getting enough credit for […]