National Newswatch

First Nations prepare for influx of new members amid removal of sex-based discrimination from Indian Act

Jun 14 2019 — Gloria Galloway — Canada’s largest First Nation is introducing a citizenship code to take control over its membership lists as the federal government prepares to enact legislation that could create tens of thousands of new status Indians while removing the last vestiges of sexism from the Indian Act. The Six Nations of the Grand River in Southwestern Ontario […]

Eyes will be on governments to stop the violence, says head of inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women

May 30 2019 — Gloria Galloway — The British Columbia judge who heads the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women says she does not believe the violence has diminished over the course of her two-and-a-half year investigation. First Nations, Inuit and Métis women are still being killed in disproportionate numbers and many are still vanishing without a trace. But as […]

Ottawa spent $60,000 to fight $25,000 defamation case against O’Regan, and will spend more before case is decided

Mar 4 2019 — Gloria Galloway — The federal Liberal government spent $60,000 to defend a cabinet minister against a $25,000 defamation case launched against him by a disabled veterans’ rights activist, and it is expected to spend much more before the matter is resolved. Sean Bruyea obtained Justice Department documents under Canada’s Access to Information (ATIP) law that show the government […]

Veterans Affairs skipped normal consultations to introduce new Pensions For Life for disabled vets

Jan 2 2019 — Gloria Galloway — Veterans Affairs is being accused of avoiding consultations with veterans after introducing details of its Pensions for Life program. The new pension plan, which will take effect in April of 2019, will save the government money, at least in the short term, and reduce the compensation awarded to many disabled soldiers. During the first four […]

MP says RCMP is withholding negative information about its plan to move 911 call centre from Truro to Halifax

Dec 14 2018 — Gloria Galloway — A Nova Scotia Member of Parliament is accusing the RCMP of deliberately withholding information that says the force’s plans to transfer its operational communications centre from Truro to the Halifax area could jeopardize the emergency-response system in his province. Bill Casey, the Liberal MP who represents the riding of Cumberland-Colchester, says the Mounties are refusing […]

Military’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual assaults still leaves gaps, Auditor-General says

Nov 20 2018 — Gloria Galloway — Three years after the Canadian Armed Forces announced a zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault within its ranks, the federal Auditor-General says support for victims is fragmented and some members still do not feel safe in filing complaints. The Auditor concluded in a report released Tuesday that the military is not yet fully responding to inappropriate […]

Veterans’ advocate fights back, appeals defamation case dismissed on basis of anti-SLAPP law

Nov 16 2018 — Gloria Galloway — Veterans’ advocate Sean Bruyea is appealing the ruling of a small-claims court judge who dismissed his defamation suit against Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan saying the minister’s comments about Mr. Bruyea were a matter of public interest. In a factum filed recently with the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Mr. Bruyea says Mr. O’Regan is […]

Canadian Forces looking into allegations of white-supremacist material being sold at military-surplus store run by soldiers

Oct 29 2018 — Gloria Galloway — The Canadian Forces says it is investigating allegations that active members of the military are running an online army-surplus company that caters to white supremacists by selling clothing and other items glorifying the short-lived and white-ruled African state of Rhodesia. “With regard to the members involved in FireForce Ventures, we have recently received new information […]