National Newswatch

Travellers to Canada doubled after border reopened to Americans

Aug 25 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — The number of people crossing the land border into Canada more than doubled in the first week fully vaccinated Americans were once again allowed to enter the country for non-essential travel. According to Canadian government statistics, 218,732 non-commercial travellers entered Canada by land from Aug. 9-15. The number, which includes both Canadians and Americans, was […]

Facebook draws fire over plan to reduce political content

Aug 19 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — American social media giant Facebook should be more transparent about how it is reducing the political content Canadians are seeing as they prepare to head to the polls in the federal election, says New Democrat Charlie Angus. In an interview with CBC News, Angus said Facebook has “unprecedented power” and is the source of information […]

Canadians will see less politics on Facebook during election

Aug 18 2021 — Elizabeth Thompson — Canadians will see less political content in their Facebook feeds than they did in past elections, and the social media giant will not hesitate to take down posts that promote misinformation about subjects such as the election or COVID-19, says the head of the company’s Canadian operations. Kevin Chan said even posts by political parties […]

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 […]