National Newswatch

Feds ease restrictions on prescription heroin to address opioid epidemic

Mar 26 2018 — Geordon Omand — OTTAWA — Access to treatment for opioid addiction is about to get easier as the federal government promises changes to drug laws that would do away with some of the obstacles preventing doctors from offering prescription heroin and methadone. Forthcoming legal changes will allow patients to access, when appropriate, prescribed heroin outside of a hospital setting, such as addiction clinics, […]

A chronological look at the evolution of data mining in Canadian politics

Mar 25 2018 — Geordon Omand — OTTAWA — Canadians have long been the targets of data harvesting, from credit cards keeping tabs on users' shopping habits to the personal information on warranty cards being used by companies to advertise replacement goods. In recent years, the availability of big data and breakthroughs in computing technology have allowed advertisers and political actors to crunch […]

Experimental pot lab sprouting cannabis-infused drinks, new edibles

Mar 19 2018 — Geordon Omand — SMITHS FALLS, Ont. — Nestled inside Canopy Growth Corp.'s sprawling marijuana facility outside Ottawa is a laboratory where technicians in white lab coats and hair nets bustle about, pipetting fluids into glassware as machinery hums and coloured, three-dimensional graphs flash on nearby screens. The lab is unlike any other in the 15,600-square-metre facility, a so-called dealers licence […]

Survivors, supporters rally across Canada against proposed ’60s Scoop settlement

Mar 16 2018 — Geordon Omand — OTTAWA — Mista Wasis recalls dreaming of the family he could barely remember after the government forced him from his community as a child and into a non-Indigenous home during the '60s Scoop. "I couldn't make out what they were saying. But I know now what they were talking was our native language," Wasis, 53, said Friday about his childhood dreams. […]

Won’t be ‘bowled over’ by U.S. in NAFTA negotiations, Trudeau vows

Mar 14 2018 — Geordon Omand — SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — Canada won't be "bowled over" at the NAFTA negotiating table, Justin Trudeau promised Wednesday in the face of U.S. President Donald Trump's ongoing push for a quicker resolution to the ongoing trade talks. The prime minister made the comment Wednesday while greeting steelworkers during an early-morning shift change outside a plant in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., […]

Steel workers in the Sault used to bad news, anxious about tariff threats

Mar 13 2018 — Geordon Omand — SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — David Beauregard shrugs as he walks out of the Algoma Steel plant during an afternoon shift change. "It's scary," he said, describing the mixture of resignation and worry he and his colleagues have felt since President Donald Trump began talking about restricting Canadian steel imports. A steel tariff would have devastating consequences […]

Indigenous leaders divided in support for MMIW inquiry’s extension request

Mar 7 2018 — Geordon Omand — OTTAWA — A request for a two-year extension from the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is getting a mixed response from First Nations leaders. Commissioners formally asked the government Tuesday for more time and another $50 million to allow it to finish its work by December 2020. The Native Women's […]