National Newswatch

O’Toole won’t stop partially-vaccinated candidates from campaigning in seniors’ homes if they follow rules

Sep 11 2021 — David Cochrane — Candidate who shared photos of her greeting Ontario seniors indoors only partially vaccinated, campaign says. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says it’s OK for candidates who aren’t fully vaccinated to campaign in seniors’ residences and retirement homes as long as they follow other public health measures. One of his candidates — Michelle Ferreri in Peterborough–Kawartha — […]

Ottawa to give Newfoundland billions of dollars to offset Muskrat Falls costs

Jul 27 2021 — David Cochrane — The federal government is finalizing a multi-billion-dollar agreement with Newfoundland and Labrador to financially restructure the over-budget and behind-schedule Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, CBC News has learned. Sources with knowledge of the agreement say Ottawa will buy an equity stake in the project and guarantee more of its debt to reduce borrowing costs and help […]

Green MP Jenica Atwin crossing the floor to join the Liberals

Jun 10 2021 — David Cochrane — Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin bolted from the Green party caucus today, crossing the floor of the House of Commons to join the governing Liberals. Atwin accomplished a historic breakthrough for the Greens in the last election, winning their first ever seat in Atlantic Canada when she defeated Liberal incumbent Matt DeCourcey in Fredericton. Atwin, along […]

Ottawa approves NHL travel exemption for Stanley Cup playoffs

Jun 6 2021 — David Cochrane — The federal government has approved a travel exemption for the final two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs that would allow NHL teams to cross the Canada-US border with a modified quarantine. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino issued a “national interest” exemption to the league that would allow cross-border travel under specific conditions amid the COVID-19 […]

Canada to ban flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days

Apr 22 2021 — David Cochrane — The federal government will ban passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days in response to rising COVID case counts in India and mutations of the coronavirus. At a press conference in Ottawa this evening, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said the ban on direct flights from those countries will take effect tonight at 11:30 […]