National Newswatch

‘No new oil and gas,’ says NDP candidate Svend Robinson

Jan 22 2019 — Josh Dehaas — Former New Democrat MP Svend Robinson is returning to politics after 15 years away, and he’s making opposition to oil and gas a key part of his pitch. Robinson, 66, has been nominated as the NDP candidate in Burnaby North—Seymour, the Vancouver-area riding where the Trans Mountain pipeline’s products are loaded onto ships. The federal […]

Scheer urged to offer ‘positive message’ on climate change at town hall

Jan 20 2019 — Josh Dehaas — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer held a town hall-style event in Toronto on Saturday where he was challenged by supporters to offer a “positive message” on the environment. If elected this fall, Scheer has vowed to stop Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax, arguing that it will make life harder for families without significantly reducing emissions. […]

‘Give Canada the Northwest Angle’: Petition says land doesn’t belong to U.S.

Jan 3 2019 — Josh Dehaas — An anonymous petitioner is asking the U.S. federal government to give a small piece of territory “back” to Canada, saying that’s where it rightfully belongs. According to a petition on the White House website, a 320-square-kilometer chunk of land known as the Northwest Angle belongs in Manitoba, not Minnesota. “Negotiators of the initial Canada–U.S. border […]

Police visit man’s home after tweet targeting Ont. MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Dec 31 2018 — Josh Dehaas — An Ontario man who encouraged people on Twitter to protest against a Progressive Conservative politician at his parents’ home over the holidays, says that he was shocked when a police officer showed up at his door over the weekend. Rob Gill, a former candidate for city council in St. Catharines, Ont., tells that he […]

Did the Liberals have a backup plan for Trans Mountain? Minister won’t say

Sep 4 2018 — Josh Dehaas — Canada’s new natural resources minister won’t say whether the Liberals had a contingency plan in place in case a court quashed the permits for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. It’s a question both Conservative and NDP MPs are demanding he answer. Minister Amarjeet Sohi was asked on CTV’s Power Play whether the Liberals anticipated the […]

Saudi Arabia’s demand that students go home could hurt Canadian economy

Aug 7 2018 — Josh Dehaas — Saudi Arabia’s reported suspension of educational programs in Canada could have a big financial impact on Canada’s economy. A tweet from Saudi Ministry of Education spokesman Mubarak Alosaimi on Sunday said that he had been instructed to stop training programs, scholarships and fellowships in Canada, and to facilitate the smooth transition of students to other […]

Freeland calls ‘ad hominem attacks’ from U.S. inappropriate

Jun 10 2018 — Josh Dehaas — U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to lash out at Canada is prompting reaction by high-profile figures including Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and former prime minster Stephen Harper. On Saturday, Trump tweeted that Trudeau is “very dishonest and weak.” On Sunday, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told Fox News that Trudeau “deserves a special […]

Leanne Nicolle goes public with Marcel Aubut harassment allegations

Oct 16 2017 — Josh Dehaas — A woman who accused former Canadian Olympic Committee president Marcel Aubut of harassment has revealed her identity in an exclusive interview with CTV News Chief Anchor Lisa LaFlamme. Leanne Nicolle, the former executive director of the Canadian Olympic Foundation, says that Aubut’s alleged harassment “shattered” her self-esteem. Now, she says she’s strong enough to speak […]

McKenna calls out Conservative MP for sexist ‘climate Barbie’ tweet

Sep 20 2017 — Josh Dehaas — Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna called out a longtime Conservative MP for the “sexist comment” in which he compared her to a Barbie doll. Gerry Ritz, the former Minister of Agriculture, wrote “Has anyone told our climate Barbie!” Tuesday in response to another tweet that quoted a U.S. economist about the Paris Agreement […]

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau shows off her surfing skills in B.C.

Aug 25 2017 — Josh Dehaas — Sophie Gregoire Trudeau is getting praise on Instagram for her surfing skills. The wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and mother of three shared a photo of herself riding a wave near Tofino, B.C., on her Instagram account Thursday. She added the note: “Friends and neighbours in Tofino — we keep you in our hearts […]

Feds launch inquiry into Air Transat tarmac delays

Aug 2 2017 — Josh Dehaas — The federal government’s transportation agency has launched an inquiry after two Air Transat flights were diverted from Montreal to Ottawa on Monday and sat on a tarmac for several hours. The Canadian Transportation Agency says it has ordered the airline “to explain the circumstances surrounding a delay of two of the airline’s flights.” The CTA […]

PM says CSIS will ‘get to the bottom of this issue’ amid shocking harassment claims

Jul 14 2017 — Josh Dehaas — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to shocking claims about a toxic work environment at Canada’s top spy agency on Friday, but stopped short of saying he would order an investigation. Five employees at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) allege that a culture of homophobia, racism and anti-Muslim sentiment have caused them health problems and […]