National Newswatch

Supreme Court of Canada guarantees voting rights for expats

Jan 11 2019 — Kathleen Harris — The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that expats have the right to vote in federal elections no matter how long they have lived outside the country. In a 5-2 decision, a majority of justices said the infringement to Charter rights is not justified. Writing for the majority, chief justice Richard Wagner said voting is […]

Liberals lay out proposed rules for cannabis ‘edibles’

Dec 20 2018 — Kathleen Harris — From cannabis candy to dried meat with marijuana, the federal government has set out proposed new rules on how pot products can be sipped or munched. The proposed regulations released today on the production and sale of “edibles” also cover extracts and products that can be topically applied to skin, hair and nails. They aim […]

Woman charged with witchcraft just 2 days before offence scrubbed from law

Dec 19 2018 — Kathleen Harris — A northern Ontario woman was charged with fake witchcraft just two days before the archaic offence was removed from the Criminal Code. Timmins police charged 33-year-old Tiffany Butch on Dec. 11, accusing her of demanding money in return for lifting a curse. Two days later, Section 365 of the Criminal Code — which prohibits “pretending […]

Scheer promises more money for police, youth gang prevention

Dec 3 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer released what he calls the third “pillar” of his plan to enhance public safety today, promising more money for police equipment and youth gang prevention.​ Scheer said that, if his Conservatives win the 2019 general election, he would work with provinces and territories to put more police officers on the streets […]

‘Grossly unfair’: Judges push back on Liberal plan to make their expenses public

Dec 3 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Federal judges are fighting a proposed law that would force them to make their travel and other expenses public, calling it “unacceptable.” The Liberal government is pushing proactive disclosure rules as part of sweeping reforms to improve transparency and accountability. But legal representatives warn the new rules could undermine judicial independence, erode public confidence in […]

Postal union launches protest campaign as employees halt rotating strikes

Nov 27 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Federal back-to-work legislation may have ended rotating strikes by postal workers — but their union now says it’s switching to a campaign of “non-violent civil disobedience” to press its contract claims. In a statement issued Tuesday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers Union (CUPW) National President Mike Palecek said that while legal strike action is ending, […]

Liberals go deeper into deficit in response to Trump tax cuts

Nov 21 2018 — Kathleen Harris — New business tax write-offs will keep budget in the red – and deficits rising. The Liberal government is spending billions to help corporate Canada compete with the U.S. and to prop up struggling news organizations – showing a willingness to go deeper into deficit with no timeline to return to a balanced budget.

Ottawa to spend $90M to build, repair First Nations police stations

Nov 15 2018 — Kathleen Harris — The federal government will spend nearly $90 million to build and repair police stations in First Nation and Inuit communities. The money is meant to address “pressing needs” in policing infrastructure by repairing, renovating or replacing facilities, many of them in remote or fly-in communities. The program, which is cost-shared with the provinces and territories, […]

Liberals will spend $86 million to tackle rise in gang and gun violence

Nov 8 2018 — Kathleen Harris — The Liberal government is spending $86 million to boost efforts to block smuggled guns at the border and try to stop the scourge of gun violence in the United States from creeping into Canada. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Bill Blair, the minister of border security and organized crime reduction, announced Thursday that $51.5 […]

Ottawa engaged in ‘delicate’ talks to protect Pakistani woman released from blasphemy death sentence

Nov 5 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Canada is engaged in secret talks with allies over how to protect Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy. Liberal MP Andrew Leslie, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of Foreign Affairs, confirmed the multilateral discussions during today’s question period in the House of Commons, but provided […]

Canada Border Services Agency moves to ‘substantially’ increase deportations

Oct 30 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Canada’s border agency is stepping up efforts to deport failed refugee claimants and other foreign nationals not welcome in this country, setting a goal of dramatically increasing deportation numbers by up to 35 per cent. An email from the director of Canada Border Services Agency’s Enforcement and Intelligence Operations Division, sent Oct. 17 and obtained […]