National Newswatch

Police waited 45 minutes to breach classroom in Uvalde, believing kids not at risk

May 27 2022 — James McCarten, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — Public safety officials admitted to a deadly lapse in judgment while gun-rights advocates were deferential but defiant Friday as a divided, heartbroken nation continued to mourn the lives of 19 fourth-grade students and their two teachers in Texas.  The incident commander who was on scene during the 45 minutes it took for tactical […]

Gunman entered Texas school unimpeded, police say as questions swirl about response

May 26 2022 — James McCarten, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officials described in chilling detail Thursday the time it took for tactical officers to finally gun down an 18-year-old attacker after he shot and killed 19 students and two teachers inside a fourth-grade classroom in small-town Texas.  Victor Escalon, the south Texas regional director for the state's Department of Public Safety, […]

Canada’s transport minister detects ‘shift’ in U.S. outlook after meetings in D.C.

May 26 2022 — James McCarten, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — The latest federal cabinet minister to press Canada's case with President Joe Biden's administration says he is detecting a positive "shift" in U.S. thinking when it comes to the question of tax incentives for electric vehicles.  Transport Minister Omar Alghabra spent Tuesday in Washington, D.C., for meetings with officials including U.S. counterpart Pete […]

A broken country’s broken heart: tempers flare in Texas, Congress after mass shooting

May 25 2022 — James McCarten, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — Over two days, in two acts, the small southwest Texas town of Uvalde has been the unwitting global stage for a real-world illustration of the defining tension in American life. Act 1 came Tuesday, when an 18-year-old gunman, armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, killed 19 preteen children and two teachers in a […]

Canada on ‘upward trajectory’ on NATO spending, modernizing Norad: defence minister

May 18 2022 — James McCarten, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — The federal government is on an "upward trajectory" when it comes to meeting NATO spending targets and modernizing Norad, but Defence Minister Anita Anand stopped well short Wednesday of committing Canada to any firm timelines.  Anand, who spoke at an online forum hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, did promise to work […]

White House, senators have ‘sympathy’ for Canada’s position on Line 5, says Wilkinson

May 12 2022 — James McCarten, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — White House officials, Capitol Hill lawmakers and the U.S. secretary of energy have all expressed "significant sympathy" for the plight of Canada's Line 5 pipeline, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Thursday after a day of meetings in the U.S. capital.  President Joe Biden's administration understands the cross-border pipeline's ongoing role in securing […]

Weather, eased COVID-19 restrictions fuel spike in irregular Canada-U.S. migration

May 9 2022 — James McCarten, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — Warmer weather and fading fears about COVID-19 have immigration experts warning of more irregular efforts to cross the Canada-U.S. border — and not only in one direction. While Canada has for years been a destination for desperate asylum seekers who avoid official entry points in hopes of staking a refugee claim, anecdotal evidence […]

Still ‘non-negotiable’: Canada’s natural resources minister redraws line on Line 5

May 6 2022 — James McCarten, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson is doubling down on Canada's assertion that the continuing operation of the Line 5 pipeline is "non-negotiable."  Wilkinson made the comments Friday in the House of Commons as Opposition MPs seized on media reports that the controversial cross-border pipeline is facing yet another court challenge.  On top of […]

Canada’s trade minister, U.S. ambassador vow closer trade ties, despite differences

May 5 2022 — James McCarten, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — In the grand scheme of a volatile and unpredictable world, the Canada-U.S. trade relationship is healthy and only growing stronger, its two senior curators insisted Thursday during a rare joint appearance in Ottawa.  U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai was in the national capital for a two-day visit, her first to Canada since President […]

Biden says basic U.S. rights are at risk if Supreme Court draft decision stands

May 3 2022 — James McCarten, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — Rescinding the constitutional right to an abortion would be just the beginning, President Joe Biden warned Tuesday as the world confronted anew the possibility that women in the United States are poised to lose the right to choose.   Outside the U.S. Supreme Court, activists on both sides of the abortion debate gathered […]

Defence Minister Anita Anand talks Ukraine, Norad with U.S. counterpart at Pentagon

Apr 28 2022 — James McCarten, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — Defence Minister Anita Anand's first official visit to the Pentagon proved long on familiar diplomatic bromides Thursday, but offered little public-facing progress on urgent North American military priorities like the war in Ukraine or upgrading a badly outdated continental defence system.  Anand's arrival — complete with a colour guard, marching-band renditions of the […]

As Pope’s apology echoes, U.S. Indigenous boarding-school probe follows Canada’s lead

Apr 10 2022 — James McCarten, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — On the heels of a historic moment of healing for Indigenous Peoples in Canada, their counterparts in the United States are anxiously anticipating a federal report on residential schools — commissioned by one of their own — that's fuelling hope for the start of a similar reckoning. Deb Haaland ordered the Indian Boarding […]

As Pope’s apology echoes, U.S. Indigenous boarding-school probe follows Canada’s lead

Apr 10 2022 — James McCarten, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — On the heels of a historic moment of healing for Indigenous Peoples in Canada, their counterparts in the United States are anxiously anticipating a federal report on residential schools — commissioned by one of their own — that's fuelling hope for the start of a similar reckoning. Deb Haaland ordered the Indian Boarding […]