National Newswatch

Privacy czar probing complaints about federal public service vaccination requirement

Oct 22 2021 — Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal privacy watchdog is investigating "a number of complaints" about the government's COVID-19 vaccination requirement for public servants.  Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien said in a statement Friday his office was looking into the concerns, but provided no details given they are now the subject of "ongoing investigations." The Liberal government announced earlier […]

Library and Archives Canada service cuts hindering research, historians complain

Oct 22 2021 — Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Researchers say recent service cuts at Canada's national archives are making their work — already hampered by COVID-19 — even more challenging. In a letter to Library and Archives Canada, the Canadian Historical Association urges the institution to reconsider reductions that have left its archival reading room open just three days a week. […]

Canada’s unfair extradition system needs major reform: legal and human rights experts

Oct 21 2021 — Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's extradition laws need a thorough overhaul to ensure fairness, transparency, and a balance between a desire for administrative efficiency and crucial constitutional protections, say legal and human rights experts. In a report released Thursday, the voices calling for reform say the Canadian process for sending people to face prosecution and incarceration abroad […]

RCMP union will support Mounties who shun COVID-19 vaccination despite federal order

Oct 8 2021 — Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The union representing RCMP officers says it will support decisions by members "to be vaccinated or not" against COVID-19 following a federal order that Mounties be immunized. The Liberal government announced this week that core public servants, including members and reservists of the RCMP, must be vaccinated or face suspension without pay as […]

COVID-19 shot ‘could save your life,’ RCMP boss says after federal vaccination order

Oct 7 2021 — Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki is publicly touting vaccination against COVID-19 following the Liberal government's announcement that Mounties must be immunized. In a tweet Thursday, Lucki urged getting vaccinated without delay, saying it could "save your life or the life of someone you love." Under a federal policy announced Wednesday, core public servants, including […]

Gun-control group urges Trudeau to name new minister to advance Liberal promises

Sep 29 2021 — Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — An influential voice on gun control says it is time for a new cabinet minister to usher in the re-elected Liberal government's promised firearm measures.  In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the group PolySeSouvient calls for the appointment of a minister who "truly supports gun control."  PolySeSouvient has frequently expressed frustration […]

Chinese-controlled company fights Ottawa’s order to divest assets on security grounds

Sep 11 2021 — Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Liberal government has directed a state-owned Chinese telecommunications firm to divest its stake in a Canadian subsidiary over national security concerns, prompting a court challenge of the order. China Mobile International Canada is asking the Federal Court to set aside the recent decision, saying the government has no grounds to believe the […]

Canada’s spy service once again admonished by court over duty of candour

Aug 31 2021 — Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A federal judge blames "institutional and systemic negligence" for the latest instance of Canada's spy service failing to be sufficiently forthcoming about applications for judicial warrants to conduct investigations. In a decision made public Tuesday in redacted form, Federal Court Justice Henry Brown said the Canadian Security Intelligence Service breached the duty of […]