National Newswatch

Garneau sets out new pilot safety rules to address flight fatigue

Dec 12 2018 — Hannah Thibedeau — Transport Canada has laid out strict new safety rules in a bid to ensure pilots are well rested and alert. The new regulations are designed to limit any activity that might impair a pilot’s ability to perform duties, and affect big international and smaller regional carriers. The updated Canadian Aviation Regulations, announced Wednesday by Transport […]

Beset by bad polls, Wynne calls in a ‘fixer’ from Ottawa

May 10 2018 — Hannah Thibedeau — Trailing badly in the polls, Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne is calling on some campaign help from the federal side. Zita Astravas is known in Liberal circles as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “fixer.” She is taking an unpaid leave of absence as chief of staff to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to work in Wynne’s war […]

How the Ontario election is a warm-up act for the 2019 federal campaign

May 9 2018 — Hannah Thibedeau — When they’re not scrapping over the nation’s business on Parliament Hill, political operatives on both sides of the aisle in Ottawa have their eyes glued to the high-stakes Ontario provincial election — for one excellent reason. The issues in the Ontario race are regional. But the race itself — the tactics and policies pursued by […]

Trudeau, Macron a meeting of like minds, former ambassador says

Apr 16 2018 — Hannah Thibedeau — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Paris is a serious visit with a “steadfast ally,” the former Canadian ambassador to France Lawrence Cannon says. Much of the prime minister’s two-day visit to France is expected to focus on trade as Canada looks to ease its reliance on the U.S. market. Cannon says he doesn’t expect […]

Victoria Cross awarded to Canadian on the auction block

Dec 5 2017 — Hannah Thibedeau — A rare medal for bravery awarded to a Canadian First World War hero is going up for auction in England today, and is expected to fetch at least $250,000. Cpl. Colin Barron earned the Victoria Cross medal at the Battle of Passchendaele on Nov. 6, 1917, one of only nine Canadians to be awarded for […]