National Newswatch

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 […]

B.C. MP Sheila Malcolmson to leave federal NDP to seek provincial seat

Oct 24 2018 — Kathleen Harris — NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson is leaving federal politics to seek a provincial seat in the British Columbia legislature in what’s shaping up to be a crucial byelection. Malcolmson, who was elected in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding in 2015, will run for the seat vacated by MLA Leonard Krog, who won Nanaimo’s mayoral race Saturday. NDP B.C. […]

Party’s over? Legalization could spell the end of the Marijuana Party

Oct 22 2018 — Kathleen Harris — The arrival of a legal recreational marijuana market in Canada could end up killing the political party that has campaigned on the issue for nearly two decades. But the Marijuana Party is not claiming victory after last week’s historic drug policy shift. Blair Longley, who has led the party since 2004, said changes to campaign […]

Liberal government to waive fee, waiting time for pot pardons

Oct 17 2018 — Kathleen Harris — The Liberal government will waive the fee and waiting period for pardons for Canadians previously convicted of simple pot possession. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced today that the government intends to table legislation to expedite the pardon process for those with a criminal record for pot. The fee for normal record suspensions is $631. […]

Campfires and cannabis: Parks Canada says it’s OK to smoke pot at campsites

Oct 16 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Campers heading out to one of Canada’s national parks can start adding cannabis to their kit. Parks Canada confirmed this week that marijuana can be consumed at its campsites — part of a policy of offering visitors a “consistent and predictable” experience at national parks across the country. “While Parks Canada campgrounds are public areas, […]

Petition calls for national ban on ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBT youth

Oct 9 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Thousands of Canadians are pressing the federal government to ban “conversion therapy,” the controversial practice of counselling LGBT youth to become straight. An online petition that will be presented in the House of Commons, signed by more than 2,500 people so far, urges the Liberals to outlaw the act of coercing or counselling minors to […]

Retired Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci to lead Indigenous consultations on Trans Mountain pipeline

Oct 3 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Retired Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci will lead the new consultation process with Indigenous people on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced that Iacobucci will act as the federal representative to design and oversee the consultation with affected Indigenous communities. Sohi said those consultations will move ahead with an […]

Trump, Trudeau praise USMCA trade deal they say will ‘grow middle class’

Oct 1 2018 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump are both talking up the benefits of a new trilateral trade pact between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, saying it will grow the middle class and boost all three countries’ economies. Trudeau said the successor to NAFTA — the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) — will modernize […]