National Newswatch

Ruling in Trudeau-Aga Khan case could change rules for unpaid lobbyists

Apr 16 2019 — Elizabeth Thompson — A Federal Court ruling in a case that centres on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s controversial vacation on the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas has opened the door to bringing unpaid lobbyists under Canada’s lobbying law. In his 50-page ruling, Justice Patrick Gleeson ordered Commissioner of Lobbying Nancy Bélanger to reconsider her predecessor Karen […]

Facebook faces possible class action lawsuit over job ads

Apr 11 2019 — Elizabeth Thompson — Facebook could be hit with a class action lawsuit in Canada alleging that the social media giant has facilitated discrimination in ads for jobs and housing based on factors such as age and gender. The Montreal law firm IMK LLP filed an application for authorization to institute a class action in Quebec Superior Court Thursday. […]

Employment minister calls for investigation of Facebook job ads

Apr 9 2019 — Elizabeth Thompson — Employment Minister Patty Hajdu is calling on the Canadian Human Rights Commission to examine how employers use Facebook tools to microtarget job ads at particular age ranges, something experts say could violate Canadian human rights laws. “From my perspective, it’s behaviour that is breaking the law,” Hajdu said on her way into question period Monday. […]

Facebook introducing measures to prevent election disruption

Mar 18 2019 — Elizabeth Thompson — Facebook will unveil a series of measures later today in a bid to prevent its platform being used to disrupt the next federal election and to conform with changes to Canada’s election law. The company is currently building an archive of Canadian political advertising that will allow members of the public to view ads that […]

Trudeau moves to shore up Liberal caucus support as SNC-Lavalin controversy continues

Feb 14 2019 — Elizabeth Thompson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has moved to shore up support in his Liberal caucus as the aftershocks of Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet rocked both Parliament Hill and members of his own party. Multiple caucus sources told CBC News that Trudeau convened an extraordinary caucus meeting by telephone Tuesday evening to reassure them that nothing […]

SNC-Lavalin should be barred from federal contracts: Angus

Feb 3 2019 — Elizabeth Thompson — The Canadian government should suspend engineering giant SNC-Lavalin from competing for future federal government contracts after two former top executives pleaded guilty to charges in recent weeks, says NDP MP Charlie Angus. “How is it that a company with such a horrific record of corporate malfeasance is able to obtain so many government contracts and […]

1.6 million Canadian banking records shared with IRS

Jan 23 2019 — Elizabeth Thompson — The Canadian government has shared more than 1.6 million Canadian banking records with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service since the start of a controversial information-sharing agreement in 2014, CBC News has learned. In 2016 and again in 2017, the Canada Revenue Agency provided the IRS with information on 600,000 Canadian bank accounts each year. That’s […]

Key figure in illegal election financing scheme quietly pleads guilty

Jan 19 2019 — Elizabeth Thompson — Canadians may never know the details of an elaborate scheme orchestrated by engineering giant SNC Lavalin to funnel more than $117,000 to two federal political parties after one of the key players quietly pleaded guilty a few weeks ago. Normand Morin, the 76-year-old former vice-president of the company, took advantage of a routine court appearance […]

Canada adopting new rules to crack down on drones

Jan 9 2019 — Elizabeth Thompson — The federal government has adopted strict new regulations to govern the use of drones in Canadian airspace — prohibiting them from flying near airports and emergency scenes and ensuring that those operating them aren’t drunk or high on drugs. Transport Minister Marc Garneau is set to formally announce the new rules for remotely piloted aircraft […]