National Newswatch

As NATO summit ends, Canada promises more military aid to Ukraine

Jun 30 2022 — David Akin — Canada is set to provide the Ukrainian armed forces with more than three dozen new armoured personnel and some new drone cameras, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said as the NATO leaders’ summit in Madrid ended Thursday. Additionally, Canada will host two new NATO research centres, one which will focus on new security challenges brought on […]

Convoy organizer Tamara Lich wants out of jail, appeals bail denial

Mar 2 2022 — David Akin — One of the leaders of the convoy protest that occupied downtown Ottawa for three weeks last month was in court Wednesday, hoping to overturn an earlier judicial decision that she be held without bail until her trial on the charges of counselling to commit the offence of mischief and committing mischief. Tamara Lich, 49, of […]

Quebec punching below its economic weight, federal officials tell new minister

Jan 24 2022 — David Akin — The Quebec economy is strong but is punching below “its demographic weight”, suffering from labour shortages and is behind the national average when it comes productivity and market diversification, according to the briefing binder provided to the minister for the federal economic development agency in Quebec as she took office last October. Pascal St-Onge, a […]

Some premiers say federal travel moves are evidence-free ‘political theatre’

Dec 16 2021 — David Akin — The Trudeau government’s aborted intention this week to ramp up travel restrictions amounts to little more than “political theatre” from a government that cannot produce data to support tightened travel rules, say multiple sources who work for premiers who participated in Tuesday’s First Ministers meeting. The meeting was called by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to […]