National Newswatch

Federal election leaders debate: There’s a hole in your platform

Sep 9 2021 — Justin Ling — O’Toole found himself on the defensive in Wednesday’s leaders debate, pitching things that were nowhere to be found in his five-year spending document. Here’s a riddle: Justin Trudeau’s got one. Yves-Francois Blanchet doesn’t need one. Jagmeet Singh’s is coming soon. Annamie Paul won’t have one. And Erin O’Toole’s got a big hole in his. Give […]

Erin O’Toole, socialist crusader

Aug 31 2021 — Justin Ling — “It may surprise you to hear a Conservative bemoan the decline of private sector union membership,” Erin O’Toole told captains of industry last year. But that’s exactly what the Conservative leader did, in a speech to the Canadian Club of Toronto no less. He lamented that where there was once a balance between workers and […]

The Conservatives’ murky position on ‘conscience rights’ in health care

Aug 20 2021 — Justin Ling — Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives won’t say whether their plan to extend ‘conscience rights’ to doctors, nurses and health-care providers will permit denying care to LGBTQ people. O’Toole was hammered on the campaign trail on Thursday over a line in his platform which pledges that his hypothetical future government will “protect the conscience rights of healthcare professionals.” […]

Canada’s vaccine passport won’t come until December, at the earliest

Jul 23 2021 — Justin Ling — Leaked presentations reveal that Canada won’t have a national Covid-19 vaccine passport system until December 2021, at the earliest. A total lack of national infrastructure, however, means that could be delayed even further. The internal PowerPoint presentation, prepared by the Treasury Board of Canada, reveals that even more than a year after the global pandemic […]

Russian Pranksters Duped Canadian Politicians Looking to Hear From Putin Critic

May 4 2021 — Justin Ling — A pair of Russian pranksters, pretending to be imprisoned Russian dissident Alexei Navalny’s right-hand man, duped the Canadian House of Commons foreign affairs committee during a closed-door meeting in late April. On April 22, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development held a meeting to hear about the plight of Navalny—and they called […]

Canada’s public health data meltdown

Apr 7 2021 — Justin Ling — For weeks, Canadians have been casting their envious eyes to Israel, where more than half the country has been inoculated against COVID-19. Israel, less than a quarter the size of Canada, has administered nearly twice as many doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Middle Eastern country has some innate advantages: It is small and centralized, […]

Justin Trudeau Says Solitary Confinement Is ‘Unacceptable’ Following Report Saying His Government Uses Solitary Confinement

Mar 3 2021 — Justin Ling — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it is “unacceptable” that his government continues to use solitary confinement in federal prisons. Asked by VICE World News on Wednesday about new data showing that the unconstitutional practice of solitary confinement, and outright torture, is commonplace in Canada’s prisons, Trudeau did not say what he would actually do to […]

Canada Introduces New Bill to Reduce Small-Time Drug Prosecutions

Feb 18 2021 — Justin Ling — The Trudeau government has unveiled sweeping new justice legislation, aimed to ramp down prosecutions for drug crimes and address the growing problem of over-incarcerating Black and Indigenous peoples. The new law, if passed, would prioritize treatment for drug users, instead of prosecution and possible incarceration. While not full drug decriminalization, it is a step forward […]

This Controversial Canadian Senator Donated to Trump’s Re-Election Effort, Violating Campaign Finance Laws

Oct 27 2020 — Justin Ling — A controversial Canadian senator donated to Donald Trump’s re-election effort, violating U.S. campaign finance law in the process, amid an election where accusations of foreign influence and cash are flying back and forth. In early May, Senator Lynn Beyak made a $300 contribution to the Republican National Committee, per a publicly available Federal Electoral Commission […]

Seven Chief Public Health Officers Call for Drug Decriminalization, But Justin Trudeau Isn’t Budging

Sep 2 2020 — Justin Ling — The chief public health officers of British Columbia, Vancouver, Yukon, Quebec, Toronto, and Montreal have all endorsed the decriminalization of illicit drugs for personal use. Canada’s chief public health officer says it’s time to start discussing it. The premier of B.C. and the mayor of Vancouver have both implored Ottawa to stop using police to […]

Head of Panel Reviewing Solitary Confinement Blasts Trudeau Government

Aug 28 2020 — Justin Ling — Criminologist Anthony Doob isn’t accepting the Trudeau government’s vague offer to return to his role as chair of an independent review panel, tasked with overseeing the elimination of solitary confinement in Canada. “I told the Minister that reassurances, promises, commitments, etc., about getting the data were not sufficient for me even to consider accepting a […]