National Newswatch

Feds probe ‘disturbing’ tweets by consultant on government-funded anti-racism project

Aug 19 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal diversity minister says he's taking action over "disturbing" tweets by a senior consultant on an anti-racism project that received $133,000 from his department. Ahmed Hussen has asked Canadian Heritage to “look closely at the situation" after what he called “unacceptable behaviour” by Laith Marouf, a senior consultant involved in the government-funded […]

MPs plan visit to Taiwan this fall if trip budget approved

Aug 17 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A committee of Canadian MPs is seeking budget approval to make a trade trip to Taiwan this fall despite fears that the plan risks escalating tensions with China. The House of Commons international trade committee is planning to visit Taiwan and Singapore, although the Commons has not yet approved the committee's budget for […]

Canada less than halfway to Afghan resettlement goal one year after Taliban takeover

Aug 15 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A year after the Taliban seized control of Kabul, Canada's resettlement efforts have lagged behind official targets and the efforts to help those fleeing the war in Ukraine.  More than 17,300 Afghans have arrived in Canada since last August compared to 71,800 Ukrainians who have come to Canada in 2022 alone, according to […]

Canada considered jobs, inflation in decision to return Russian turbine: document

Aug 12 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada considered the impact on Canadian jobs and global inflation when making a decision to return a turbine being repaired in Montreal to a Russian energy giant, a newly released document shows. The “memorandum for action” prepared by Global Affairs recommended Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly grant a permit exempting Siemens […]

Tories, ambassador warn Canada is fuelling Putin’s war machine by returning turbines

Aug 4 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Liberal government faced accusations on Thursday of fuelling Vladimir Putin’s war machine by returning pipeline equipment in Montreal for repairs to a Russian energy giant.  Ukraine’s ambassador and Conservative critics argued Canada’s decision to return the turbine means more funds will be pumped into Gazprom, which is controlled by the Russian state, […]

Ukraine’s ambassador to tell MPs Canada must reverse Russian turbine decision

Aug 4 2022 — Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Ukraine's ambassador to Canada will today make clear her country's disappointment over Canada's decision to allow pipeline equipment that was in Montreal for repairs to be returned to a state-controlled energy giant in Russia despite war-related sanctions. Yulia Kovaliv is to appear before a committee of MPs looking into Ottawa's decision to allow […]