National Newswatch

Top public servant does not agree Phoenix pay system was ‘incomprehensible failure’

Jun 12 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Canada’s top public servant went on the offensive against the Auditor-General on Tuesday, saying the Phoenix public-service pay system is not the “incomprehensible failure” it was recently called in a scathing report. Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick challenged Auditor-General Michael Ferguson’s assertion that the problems with the system, which has failed to pay tens of […]

Freeland urges Iran to allow Canadian widow to leave the country

Jun 6 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called her Iranian counterpart directly and demanded he help resolve a high-profile consular case involving an Iranian-Canadian widow that has become a source of tensions between the two countries. After months of requests from Canada, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif finally agreed to speak with Ms. Freeland by phone on […]

Immigration Minister declines to say whether Ottawa will seek power to turn away U.S. border-crossers

May 24 2018 — Michelle Zilio — The Immigration Minister is refusing to say whether the federal government will seek the power to automatically turn away thousands of refugee claimants who walk across the border under an asylum agreement with the United States. Speaking to the House of Commons during a marathon session on Thursday night, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen faced repeated […]

Russian family jailed in Guatemala seeks Ottawa’s help

May 3 2018 — Michelle Zilio — A Russian family jailed in Guatemala on what they say are trumped-up, Kremlin-influenced charges is begging Canada to grant them asylum so they can avoid possible deportation to Russia when they are released from prison. The Bitkov family is expected to be released in the coming days, and have enlisted anti-Putin campaigner Bill Browder to […]

G7 ministers pressing tech giants to remove extremist content faster, Goodale says

Apr 24 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Group of Seven security ministers are putting pressure on technology giants, including Facebook and Twitter, to remove extremist and terrorist content from their platforms faster, threatening “other action” if they fail to do so soon. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he and his G7 counterparts made the appeal to members of the Global Internet […]

Iranians accuse Ottawa of discrimination as permanent-residency applications face delays

Apr 10 2018 — Michelle Zilio — Hundreds of frustrated Iranians living in Canada and abroad are urging the federal government to explain why their permanent-residency applications have faced what they describe as unreasonable delays. Affected Iranians took to Twitter in recent days, using the hashtag #DelayedIranianApplications, to describe the alleged discrimination by the Canadian government against their permanent-residency applications. They are […]