National Newswatch

Hockey Canada clarifies incidents reported to Sport Canada after discrepancy at committee

Aug 8 2022 — Janyce McGregor — Organization reported 9th incident to Sport Canada on day officials appeared at committee. Hockey Canada has clarified the number of incidents of alleged abuse, harassment or discrimination it has reported to Sport Canada since 2018, after the testimony of Hockey Canada’s president before the Commons heritage committee in late July mentioned fewer reported incidents than the […]

Ontario farmers say Canada’s fertilizer tariff punishes them for Russia’s war

Jul 24 2022 — Janyce McGregor — As the federal government continues its efforts to punish Russia economically for its invasion of Ukraine, Ontario agriculture groups and representatives of Canada’s fertilizer sector are warning that cash crop farmers and consumers are the ones bearing the cost. In March, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Trade Minister Mary Ng announced that in retaliation […]

‘Where’d the love go?’: Premiers claim Ottawa is turning its back on a health system in crisis

Jul 17 2022 — Janyce McGregor — It’s hardly the first relationship to struggle under the pandemic’s health and financial pressures, but Canada’s dysfunction-prone federation appeared to be in need of a skilled mediator or two this week. Like aggrieved partners now speaking only through lawyers, premiers gathered in Victoria, B.C. on July 11-12 to reprise their call for an urgent First […]

Canada can now seize, sell off Russian assets. What’s next?

Jun 27 2022 — Janyce McGregor — Selling Russian-owned assets to pay for Ukraine’s reconstruction may sound like a logical approach to restitution, but as the Canadian government gains new powers to begin this process, questions remain about how it will work, and whether some issues are headed to court. C-19, the budget implementation bill, received Royal Assent last Thursday. Among its […]

Canada terminates $222M PPE contract following forced labour probe

Jan 18 2022 — Janyce McGregor — Public Services and Procurement Canada has terminated two supply contracts with Supermax Healthcare Canada following allegations that the nitrile gloves it manufactured in Malaysia for use by Canadian health care workers were made with forced labour. These contracts for synthetic rubber medical gloves, worth over $222 million, were part of the $8 billion push led […]

Labour movement skeptical of Conservative pitch to workers

Aug 24 2021 — Janyce McGregor — In his latest attempt to moderate and soften his party’s positions, Erin O’Toole used his news conference in Ottawa on Monday to highlight the union-friendly policies in his party’s 2021 platform. “Canada’s recovery plan will give workers a real voice,” he told reporters from the party’s downtown Ottawa studio. “I have the same goal as […]

Applications open for federal vaccine injury compensation

Jun 4 2021 — Janyce McGregor — The federal government began accepting applications for its vaccine injury support program this week, but some people diagnosed with rare but serious conditions after their vaccinations aren’t sure the compensation goes far enough. Serious side effects have been very rare among the millions of doses administered in Canada this year. But they’re possible with any […]

Federal compensation not ready yet for vaccine injuries, deaths

May 13 2021 — Janyce McGregor — With cases emerging of rare but serious blood clots following vaccination with the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, the compensation program announced by the federal government last December still isn’t ready to consider any claims. In a statement to CBC News, the Public Health Agency of Canada said a third party will administer its vaccine injury support […]

Workers at baby formula plant claim harassment by managers

Mar 31 2021 — Janyce McGregor — Employees at the Canada Royal Milk plant in Kingston, Ont., say management treated them like “minions” by denying them safety gear that fit, harassing employees by accusing them of being “overpaid” and less industrious than workers in China and — in one instance — making physical contact with a worker during a heated dispute. Efforts […]

Workers feared for safety at Ontario baby formula plant

Mar 30 2021 — Janyce McGregor — Government-backed Canada Royal Milk facility built in Kingston with $332M foreign investment from China’s Feihe. When a Chinese dairy processor invested $332 million to build a baby formula plant in Kingston, Ont., it promised to create hundreds of jobs in Eastern Ontario. Now, some of the people who took those jobs at Feihe International’s Canadian […]

Biden’s trade pick says she’s focused on helping U.S. workers, holding back China

Feb 26 2021 — Janyce McGregor — Two days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden met to set a new tone for Canada-U.S. relations, the Biden administration official whose decisions may affect Canada’s economy the most sat for three hours of questioning at her confirmation hearing before the Senate finance committee Thursday. Some cabinet confirmations become partisan wrestling […]

New year, old trade wars: lumber, dairy disputes set for arbitration

Jan 1 2021 — Janyce McGregor — Two of the thorniest trade disputes between Canada and the U.S. — on softwood lumber and dairy — are ready for a comeback in 2021 under the new NAFTA. On Dec. 9, the U.S. requested formal consultations under the agreement’s state-to-state dispute settlement rules (Chapter 31). Washington is challenging how Canada regulates 14 categories of […]