National Newswatch

Senate backs down from standoff over Indian Act amendment

Nov 10 2017 — Gloria Galloway — An amended bill that aims to rid the Indian Act of all its sexist elements has been approved by the Senate despite senators’ expressed concern that the government has given no timeline for removing one of the most contentious areas of discrimination. The vote in the Red Chamber on Thursday afternoon ended debate on a […]

Former governor-general David Johnston to become executive adviser at Deloitte Canada

Oct 17 2017 — Gloria Galloway — David Johnston has retired from seven years of representing the Queen but says his work to build a better Canada will continue at the country’s largest professional-services firm. Deloitte Canada will announce on Tuesday that the 76-year-old Mr. Johnston, who recently stepped down as Canada’s 28th governor-general, has been hired as an executive adviser helping […]

Military has made serious effort to reduce pension delays: Lieutenant-General

Jul 6 2017 — Gloria Galloway — The number of veterans facing financial hardship while waiting for their pensions has decreased dramatically over the past year as the public service depleted a massive backlog of unprocessed claims. At the same time, says Lieutenant-General Charles Lamarre, the commander of the Military Personnel Command, the Canadian Forces recently instituted a new policy that says […]

Veteran sues Ottawa over pension-payment delays

Jul 5 2017 — Gloria Galloway — A veteran who was forced to wait more than six months for his first pension cheque is the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the federal government of breaching its obligations to former soldiers, sailors and aviators by being slow to deliver their retirement benefits.

Canadian military to relax deployment-readiness rule

Jun 12 2017 — Gloria Galloway — The Canadian Armed Forces is preparing to bend the rule that says all its members must be fit and ready for deployment as the military looks to hire the best people in an era where cyberspace is a battlefield and where lifestyle choices must sometimes be accommodated. General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, […]

Madeleine Meilleur withdraws from languages commissioner post

Jun 7 2017 — Gloria Galloway — Madeleine Meilleur has taken herself out of the running for the position of Canada’s next commissioner of official languages amid accusations that her nomination by the Liberal government was blatantly partisan. Ms. Meilleur sent a letter Tuesday to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly saying she no longer wanted to be considered for the job that she […]

Families fear missing and murdered women inquiry in trouble

May 15 2017 — Gloria Galloway — Families of victims, Indigenous leaders and advocates for those who have lost loved ones have written to the head of Canada’s inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women saying they fear the inquiry is in serious trouble. The letter comes after months of concern expressed by families and others that the $58.3-million investigation into the […]

Former veterans watchdog launches bid for NDP leadership

Apr 20 2017 — Gloria Galloway — Pat Stogran, a retired army colonel who was Canada’s first veterans ombudsman, is joining the race to succeed Tom Mulcair as leader of the federal New Democrats. Mr. Stogran launched his campaign Thursday at a hotel in downtown Ottawa where he said Canadians can count on him to be straight-talking and honest with them. In […]