National Newswatch

The ‘paradox’ of reconciliation

Jul 29 2022 — Maura Forrest — Today, we take a final look at the pope’s pilgrimage of penance. National Defence is looking to science-fiction writers to help with a public image boost (yes, really). And is PIERRE POILIEVRE really a populist?

Canada’s national police force admits use of spyware to hack phones

Jun 29 2022 — Maura Forrest — In a “remarkable” disclosure, Canada’s national police force has described for the first time how it uses spyware to infiltrate mobile devices and collect data, including by remotely turning on the camera and microphone of a suspect’s phone or laptop. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police says it only uses such tools in the most serious […]

Canada has a massive surplus of unused ventilators

Jun 16 2022 — Maura Forrest — More than half of the 40,000 ventilators the Canadian government ordered early in the pandemic are now sitting unused in the federal emergency stockpile. Just more than 2,000 of the ventilators have been deployed, either in Canada or abroad. Ottawa is now working to cancel orders for ventilators that have yet to be delivered, but […]

Silly season in the Senate

Jun 6 2022 — Maura Forrest — There are a maximum of three weeks left before the House of Commons rises for summer. Cue the end-of-session legislative rush. But silly season may look a little different this year. That’s because the Liberals have taken the unusual step of introducing several meaty government bills in the Senate this session. Depending on whom you […]

Did Canada just get snubbed?

May 24 2022 — Maura Forrest — WHAT ABOUT US? — There’s a cool new club in town, and Canada’s not a member. On Monday, U.S. President JOE BIDENannounced a new trade arrangement with a dozen Indo-Pacific countries during a visit to Tokyo. The pact is meant to deepen U.S. ties in Asia and counter China’s influence in the region, after the […]

The good bits from debate night

May 6 2022 — Maura Forrest — Today, we bring you highlights from the first Conservative leadership debate. The Liberals face questions on abortion access. And you told us what you think about lowering the voting age to 16. Five of the six Conservative hopefuls faced off for the first time Thursday night in a debate that proved when JUSTIN TRUDEAU isn’t […]

Documents show close talks between Canadian government and pharma over plan for Covid intellectual property waiver

Apr 26 2022 — Maura Forrest — The Canadian government appeared sympathetic to pharmaceutical industry objections to an intellectual property waiver meant to boost Covid-19 vaccine supply for developing nations, internal documents show. Canada has been ambivalent about a possible waiver, which India and South Africa first proposed in October 2020. Proponents argue waiving patents would help developing nations access vaccines faster, […]

Canada’s Covid briefings: A re-enactment

Mar 31 2021 — Maura Forrest — FOR THE SAKE OF CLARITY — There have been lots of different messages floating around lately about the third wave, variants, vaccines and lockdowns. To help you keep everything straight, Corridors would like to offer this amalgamated transcript of several recent press conferences from federal and provincial leaders and health officials. You’re welcome. Prime Minister […]

Is the carbon tax fight about to end?

Mar 24 2021 — Maura Forrest — CARBON TAX ON TRIAL — The Liberals seem confident they’ll emerge victorious when the Supreme Court of Canada rules Thursday on the constitutionality of the carbon tax. And they have some reason to be. Anyone watching the September hearing would have noticed several of the justices seemed sympathetic to the federal government’s argument that climate […]

Where does Erin O’Toole go from here?

Mar 17 2021 — Maura Forrest — TALE AS OLD AS TIME — Seven months after winning the leadership of the federal NDP, Jagmeet Singh kicked one of his MPs out of caucus. There were claims he’d acted unfairly, but Singh stuck to his guns. That was just one episode in an extended rough patch for the NDP leader. At the time, […]

Lessons from Ottawa’s year of WFH

Mar 10 2021 — Maura Forrest — WELCOME TO YEAR TWO — A year ago, the Parliament of today would have been hard to imagine. The House of Commons is nearly deserted. Almost all MPs participate in debates and committees remotely. Oh, and that budget never did materialize — and won’t until at least mid-April, according to the Globe and Mail’s Bill […]

Canada’s $100B question: Can you go too big?

Mar 3 2021 — Maura Forrest — TO SPEND OR TO SPEND MORE: The Liberals show no sign of veering from Freeland’s mantra that spending too little would be far worse than spending too much on the Covid-19 recovery. And they’re hardly alone. Last month, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told her G20 counterparts it was time to “go big” with stimulus […]

Takeaways from the Trudeau-Biden virtual hangout

Feb 24 2021 — Maura Forrest — BEST BUDS — Despite the awkwardness of Tuesday’s virtual meeting, the Trudeau and Biden camps were both eager to put their friendship on display. “The United States has no closer friend, no closer friend, than Canada,” President Joe Biden said. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned the official dinner he held for Biden in 2016, back […]