National Newswatch

Federal government to declare statutory holiday to mark painful residential school legacy

Aug 15 2018 — Gloria Galloway — The federal government is consulting with Indigenous groups before declaring a national statutory holiday to mark the painful legacy of Canada’s Indian residential schools. The main sticking point has been choosing a date for the annual event. “The overall picture is that it is important to have that day set aside so Canadians continually get […]

Veterans Ombudsman says Ottawa is ignoring key recommendations, making vets wait to have treatments covered

Jul 31 2018 — Gloria Galloway — Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman says significant gaps remain in the financial security promised to men and women who retire from the Canadian Armed Forces, especially those who leave with a service-related injury. Guy Parent, who has served as ombudsman for nearly eight years, says successive governments have made real improvements to the way veterans are compensated […]

Canadian provincial, federal governments must meet conservation promises to stem biodiversity crisis, new report says

Jul 17 2018 — Gloria Galloway — Governments across Canada are sitting on unfulfilled conservation promises that must be met to stem a biodiversity crisis, says a new report from the national charitable organization created to safeguard the country’s natural spaces. The report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), which is to be released on Tuesday, says it is possible […]

Liberals threaten to hold back arts funding under new anti-harassment policy

Apr 25 2018 — Gloria Galloway — Arts groups that want funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage or the Canada Council will have to commit to keeping their workplaces free of harassment, abuse and discrimination as the government clamps down on sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announced on Wednesday that Ottawa will no longer provide money […]

Parliament to ask Pope for residential-schools apology

Apr 13 2018 — Gloria Galloway — Canada’s Parliament will ask the Pope to reconsider his refusal to apologize to the Indigenous people who attended Catholic-run residential schools, and for the Catholic Church to make good on its financial obligations under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. A motion calling on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to invite Pope Francis to […]

Two leading Canadian anti-tobacco groups to shut down after Ottawa fails to provide funding

Apr 10 2018 — Gloria Galloway — The two award-winning Canadian non-profit groups that led the fight against smoking and tobacco products in Canada and around the world are preparing to close their doors after the money they expected to see in the most recent federal budget failed to materialize. The Non-Smokers’ Rights Association (NSRA) and Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) […]

Missing and murdered inquiry asks for two more years to do its work

Mar 6 2018 — Gloria Galloway — The inquiry that is examining why a disproportionately large number of Canada’s Indigenous women are murdered or go missing is asking for an additional two years to fulfill its mandate. A spokesman for Carolyn Bennett, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, confirmed Tuesday that the government has been asked to give the problem-plagued National Inquiry into […]