National Newswatch

Don’t comment on ‘frozen’ bank account claims until they are verified, Conservative MPs advised

Feb 23 2022 — Jacques Gallant — Conservative MPs have been urged to verify claims about bank accounts frozen under the government’s Emergencies Act powers — and send them to the Opposition Leader’s office for review — before commenting publicly, according to a note obtained by the Star. “In this charged environment, it’s critical that we communicate in a co-ordinated and accurate […]

‘I’m going to get it done’: What Anita Anand brings to the fight against the military’s sexual misconduct crisis

Oct 31 2021 — Jacques Gallant — Within hours of being sworn in as Canada’s minister of national defence on Tuesday, Anita Anand was pressing senior leaders on the military’s sexual misconduct crisis. She met with Deputy Minister Jody Thomas and acting chief of the defence staff Gen. Wayne Eyre, saying she wanted to go over external reports that have been done […]

“The military is not going to solve this on its own’: Eyes turn to Ottawa as sexual misconduct crisis continues to rock the Canadian Armed Forces

Oct 10 2021 — Jacques Gallant — When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said military leaders “still don’t get it” when it comes to fighting sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, his comment prompted a pointed response: So what are you going to do about it? After all, critics noted, the long-running crisis is as much the government’s problem as it is […]

Committee on sexual misconduct in Canadian military adjourns for the summer without issuing final report

Jun 21 2021 — Jacques Gallant — A parliamentary committee adjourned on Monday for the summer without producing a final report on sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces. The House of Commons standing committee on national defence had been probing the handling by the Liberal government of an allegation of misconduct against retired general Jonathan Vance, who was chief of the […]

‘Alarming’ lack of clear strategy for LGBTQ inclusion practices across federal government, new report finds

May 17 2021 — Jacques Gallant — There’s an “alarming lack” of a clear strategy with explicit goals for LGBTQI2S inclusion practices across federal workplaces, according to a new report, which notes the RCMP is only “at the very beginning” of those inclusion efforts. The report from the LGBT Purge Fund — released Monday to coincide with the International Day against Homophobia, […]

CBC president and board must go: Unions

Oct 30 2015 — Jacques Gallant — The two unions representing the vast majority of CBC and Radio-Canada employees across the country are calling for president and CEO Hubert Lacroix and the board of directors to step down, citing a lack of confidence in their leadership. “Over the last eight years, CBC/Radio-Canada has been systematically ​cripple​​d, with unprecedented programming cuts across the […]

Star publisher rejects reporter’s accusation

Jul 9 2015 — Jacques Gallant — Toronto Star reporter Paul Watson, who covered the Arctic and world news for the newspaper, resigned on Tuesday. He alleged on his blog and in subsequent media interviews that Star editors suppressed a story “of significant public interest” regarding the High Arctic search last year for the Franklin Expedition ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. […]