National Newswatch

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 […]

Cyber crooks increasingly targeting home devices: report

Dec 6 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — Cyber criminals are shifting their attention from traditional computers to internet-connected devices in Canadian homes, says the government’s cyber security agency. In its cyber threat assessment for 2018, the newly created Canadian Centre for Cyber Security says the growing number of devices connected to the internet like “televisions, home appliances, thermostats and cars” have become […]

Hackers likely to target Canadian parties, says Conservative campaign chair

Nov 21 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — There is a very real risk of Canada’s political parties being hacked in the lead-up to next year’s federal election, says the campaign manager for one of the country’s largest political parties. “I am worried about the hacking of political parties,” Conservative campaign manager Hamish Marshall told an Ottawa audience Monday night. “I think we’ve […]

Gap in privacy law leaves elections open to ‘misuse’ of personal information: privacy commissioner

Nov 1 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — The next federal election will face “important risks” unless Parliament makes political parties subject to privacy law, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien warned Thursday. “Canadian political parties’ lack of oversight is unfortunately becoming an exception compared to other countries, and it leaves Canadian elections open to the misuse of personal information and manipulation,” Therrien told members […]

RCMP victimized by $100,000 credit card cloning scam

Nov 1 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has changed the way it handles credit cards for gasoline purchases after it fell victim to organized criminals and the fraud went undetected for months. By the time the RCMP realized one of its gas cards had been cloned, the crooks had racked up $104,555 in purchases. The force may […]

Federal parties grilled about protecting voter privacy

Oct 31 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — Canada could go through its next federal election without any rules to curb potential abuses of privacy by political parties and interest groups, some MPs are warning. With less than a year to go before the next federal election, Canada’s three largest federal political parties were in the hot seat on Tuesday, fielding questions from […]

Trudeau government adopts new rules to ban asbestos

Oct 18 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — New regulations designed to ban asbestos will go into effect by the end of this year, however an analysis of the final rules introduced Wednesday reveal they have been watered down from what the federal government originally proposed. The final regulations include new exemptions to allow the military, nuclear facilities and chlor-alkali plants to continue […]