National Newswatch

U.S. border to remain closed until at least Aug. 21

Jul 21 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — The U.S. land border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Aug. 21, according to a renewal order issued by the American government Wednesday. In a notice pre-published in the U.S. Federal Register, the government says while vaccination rates have improved, opening the land border to non-essential travel still poses too high a […]

Canadian right-wing extremism increased online during the pandemic

Jul 20 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — Report warns extreme right-wing activity could rise as lockdown restrictions are lowered. Online activity by right-wing extremists in Canada rose last year during the pandemic, despite efforts by governments and social media companies to curb extremism and hate speech, according to a new report. The report also found that right-wing extremists in Canada are being […]

U.S officials have revoked thousands of Canadian NEXUS cards

Jul 7 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — American authorities have revoked the NEXUS trusted traveller cards of thousands of Canadians over the past five years — more than three times the number revoked by Canadian officials, CBC News has learned. And experts say that if a Canadian’s NEXUS card is revoked by American officials, it’s difficult to appeal the decision or get […]

Ethics committee calls for sweeping reforms in wake of WE Charity scandal

Jun 10 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — A House of Commons committee is proposing a sweeping series of reforms to the way the federal government makes decisions on contracts after releasing a report on the WE Charity scandal. Among the nearly two dozen recommendations in its 116-page report, tabled today, the standing committee on access to information, privacy and ethics is calling […]

Pandemic likely to drive a surge in immigration fraud, border agency warns

Jun 7 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to drive an increase in immigration fraud and human smuggling as desperate migrants try to get into Canada, says a strategic intelligence report prepared by the Canada Border Service Agency. The report warns that economic downturns and increased poverty abroad caused by the pandemic will prompt more people to resort […]

Court rules NEXUS cards can’t be cancelled for minor rules infractions

May 25 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — A recent Federal Court decision could make it more difficult for Canadian government officials to cancel someone’s NEXUS trusted-traveller card for a minor infraction. Federal Court Justice John Norris ruled late last month that revoking a Montreal man’s membership in the NEXUS trusted traveller program for neglecting to declare some of the cash he was […]

Maxime Bernier uttered racist slur about Jagmeet Singh, according to statement filed in court

May 7 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — Affidavit was filed in connection with defamation suit against political strategist Warren Kinsella. People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier once discounted NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s chances of winning a seat in the House of Commons by saying he’d “never get elected with that rag on his head,” according to an affidavit filed recently in […]

Revenue agency auditors are being outgunned by tax giants: union

May 6 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — Canada Revenue Agency officials are being “outgunned” by “tax giants” when it comes to cracking down on offshore tax cheats, the head of the union representing CRA auditors told members of Parliament Thursday. Debi Daviau, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), said her members are passionate about their jobs […]

MPs call on Ottawa to make face masks, work-related PPE tax-deductible

Apr 14 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — Opposition critics are calling on Canada to follow the lead of countries like the United States and Australia by making work-related purchases of COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) tax-deductible. Conservative revenue critic Philip Lawrence said making PPE tax-deductible would relieve the financial pressure on low-income workers who have to protect themselves on the job. “I […]