National Newswatch

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 […]

Chinese cyber espionage operation targeted Canadian Uyghurs, says Facebook

Mar 24 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — Members of Canada’s Uyghur community have been targeted by a sophisticated cyber espionage campaign that has been trying to infect devices with malware to permit surveillance, Facebook said today. Facebook said the campaign used its platform to target hundreds of Uyghur activists, journalists and dissidents in several countries with posts designed to take them to […]

NDP calls for hearings on election misinformation rules

Mar 24 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — Members of Parliament should take a closer look at the thorny question of how to curb misinformation during federal election campaigns without infringing on Canadians’ right to free speech, says NDP democratic reform critic Daniel Blaikie. In an interview with CBC News, Blaikie said the procedure and House affairs committee should hold hearings on the […]

Trudeau government won’t appeal ruling that struck down part of elections law

Mar 23 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — The federal government won’t appeal an Ontario Superior Court ruling that struck down part of the Elections Act, leaving Canada without a law specifically prohibiting the spreading of misinformation about candidates or party leaders during a federal election. Pierre-Alain Bujold, spokesman for the Privy Council Office, said the government is studying what to do next. […]

Law prohibiting election misinformation struck down

Mar 14 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — A key section of Canada’s elections law designed to curb misinformation during elections has been struck down and declared unconstitutional. In a 15-page decision, Ontario Superior Court Justice Breese Davies ruled that the section is an unjustifiable restriction on Canadians’ right to free speech. While the federal government had asked the court to suspend the […]

Transport minister rejects call to rename Trudeau airport

Mar 2 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra’s office says the government has no plans to change the name of Montreal’s airport, despite an online petition calling for the removal of Pierre Trudeau’s name. “Our government’s priority remains the health and safety of Quebecers and all Canadians during these difficult times, and that is exactly what we are […]