National Newswatch

Ability to print guns ‘critical issue’ for law enforcement around the world: Goodale

Aug 1 2018 — Mark Gollom — As controversy swirls in the U.S. over downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun, Canada’s public safety minister says the technology is a “critical issue” that’s causing concern for law enforcement around the world. Speaking to reporters in Regina, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said local police forces, the RCMP, their counterparts in the U.S. and […]

Scrapping Safe Third Country deal may not lead to huge influx of asylum seekers

Jun 26 2018 — Mark Gollom — The Trump administration’s crackdown on asylum seekers has renewed calls by critics to scrap or suspend the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA); arguing that the U.S. is no longer a hospitable destination for refugee claimants. But that raises the question about whether more asylum seekers would then come into Canada. “The answer is that […]

Elliott, Mulroney expected to snag key cabinet posts in Ford government

Jun 10 2018 — Mark Gollom — Vic Fedeli, Lisa MacLeod and Rod Phillips also among the names considered to be cabinet choices. When Doug Ford unveils his Ontario provincial government cabinet, it’s expected to be much smaller than the current team assembled by Kathleen Wynne. The current premier had expanded the number of cabinet ministers to 30, but with Ford’s focus […]

Russian diplomats interfered in Canada’s democracy, Ottawa says. Did they meddle in our election?

Mar 31 2018 — Mark Gollom — When the Canadian government announced it would expel four Russian diplomats in retaliation for the poisoning of an ex-spy in Salisbury, U.K., it raised questions as to whether Ottawa was accusing Moscow of interfering in Canada’s most recent election. In a statement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the four had been identified “as intelligence […]

How Patrick Brown’s downfall reveals the challenges of vetting candidates

Jan 27 2018 — Mark Gollom — The allegations of sexual misconduct against former Ontario Conservative leader Patrick Brown raise questions about the vetting process for political candidates and whether enough scrutiny is being applied to those seeking office. But some political strategists say parties, with limited resources, can only do so much investigating, and that it often comes down to trust.

Khadr’s war crimes appeal could hinge on bin Laden propagandist’s case

Jul 21 2017 — Mark Gollom — As the wrongful death case against Omar Khadr winds its way through the Ontario courts, his legal battle in the U.S. to quash his war crime convictions remains on hold, pending the outcome of a case involving a former personal assistant to Osama bin Laden. Khadr’s U.S.-based lawyer Samuel Morison said Khadr and the U.S. […]

Omar Khadr’s legal battles could last for years

Jul 14 2017 — Mark Gollom — Omar Khadr may have won the first round in a fight over the enforcement of a $134-million US judgment against him, but his legal ordeal could stretch on for years, possibly ending up at the Supreme Court. “Mr. Khadr could very well have a long road ahead of him before the courts in Canada,” said […]

U.S. needs to be ‘much more vigilant’ to stem flow of asylum seekers

Feb 12 2017 — Mark Gollom — Canadian and U.S. officials need to co-ordinate their efforts to help stem the flow of would-be refugee claimants sneaking into Canada, which includes beefing up patrols on roads heading north to the border, says one security expert. “Basically we need to make sure we work with U.S. border patrol and state troopers to try to […]

‘A president like no other’: Donald Trump fires off ‘confrontational, angry, populist’ inaugural address

Jan 20 2017 — Mark Gollom — It was classic Donald Trump — a hard-hitting campaign-style inauguration speech by the new president of the United States that used “America first” populist rhetoric, attacked Washington insiders and decried the state of the country. “He is a president like no other, and his inaugural address is without parallel in recent memory,” said Michael Cornfield, […]

Canadian peacekeepers feeling ‘helpless’ to act could face PTSD

Sep 5 2016 — Mark Gollom — Former Canadian peacekeeper Jean-Yves St-Denis says that more than 20 years after his mission in Rwanda, he still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and hasn’t overcome feelings of guilt, feelings of being useless. “That is something that carries on with you for a long long time even when you return to a normal life,” said […]

Canada Post’s relationship with its workers is blighted by ‘underlying toxicity’

Aug 27 2016 — Mark Gollom — Whenever Canada Post management and union representatives reach an agreement, whether through negotiation or arbitration, the resolution may not be enough to repair their fraught relations. “I do not see a resolution between management [and the union] in any meaningful sense,” said Ian Lee, an assistant professor at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, who […]