National Newswatch

Canada’s cellphone system vulnerable in disasters, say experts

Sep 30 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — Advocates are calling for the federal government to examine the reliability of Canada’s cellphone services during emergencies after tornadoes swept through the Ottawa area last week leaving thousands with little or no cellphone service. John Lawford, executive director of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, said Canada’s communications systems are more vulnerable than they were in […]

Trudeau’s India trip cost more than the government first disclosed

Sep 18 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s controversial trip to India in February was even more expensive than first reported. Documents tabled in the House of Commons Monday reveal that the nine-day trip cost Canadian taxpayers $1.66 million — roughly 10 per cent higher than the $1.5 million the government reported in June. Adam Austen, spokesman for Foreign […]

Canada talking with U.S. about Trump tax: Morneau

Aug 14 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — The Canadian government is talking to the U.S. government about the impact a retroactive tax signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump is having north of the border, Finance Minister Bill Morneau revealed Monday. Speaking to reporters in Windsor, Ontario, Morneau said he is aware that some of the U.S. government’s tax changes affect […]

Canadian residents hit by Trump tax dealt a new blow

Aug 13 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — Thousands of Canadian residents hit hard by a retroactive tax signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump have been dealt another blow, CBC News has learned. Newly proposed regulations issued by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service threaten to increase their tax hit. “You have to almost empty out your company […]

Trudeau’s Liberals already using marijuana bill to fundraise

Jun 20 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — Less than a day after Parliament adopted landmark legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has quietly started using the legislation to raise funds, CBC News has learned. In a series of Facebook ads, the Liberal Party points out it kept its campaign promise to legalize recreational cannabis use. “It’s been […]

Anonymous group targeting Ford pulls its Facebook attack ads

Jun 7 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — A mysterious group that has been microtargeting Ontario voters with Facebook ads attacking Conservative Leader Doug Ford says it has stopped running the ads for the final two days of the Ontario election campaign. Ontario for Ontarians announced the move on its Facebook page shortly before noon Wednesday. The post came only hours after CBC […]

Unregistered groups targeting Ontario voters with online ads

Jun 6 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — Two dozen groups who aren’t registered as third parties under Ontario’s election rules have been quietly targeting Ontario voters with Facebook ads on a range of issues during the provincial election campaign, CBC News has learned. Under Ontario election rules, any group running political ads during a provincial election has to register as a third […]

Big banks under investigation by financial watchdog

May 29 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — A number of Canada’s big banks are under investigation for possible violations of the consumer rules that govern financial institutions, top officials from Canada’s financial consumer watchdog told members of Parliament Monday. However, officials from the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) were tight-lipped, refusing to say which banks are being investigated or exactly which […]

Students launch online campaign to scrap student loan interest charges

May 21 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — A group representing hundreds of thousands of students across Canada has launched an online campaign calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to make billions of dollars in student loans interest-free. In a series of Facebook ads, the Canadian Federation of Students says the federal government shouldn’t be profiting from student loans and should follow […]

MPs to lobby U.S. counterparts on impact of Trump tax in Canada

May 14 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — The plight of thousands of Canadian residents facing massive bills as a result of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax reform, will be on the agenda when a committee of MPs and senators heads to Washington this week. Liberal MP Wayne Easter, co-chair of the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group, said the top priority when Canadian lawmakers […]