National Newswatch

University of Alberta returning $30,000 donation to Yaroslav Hunka’s family, closing endowment in his name

Sep 28 2023 — Peter Zimonjic — The University of Alberta is returning a $30,000 donation it received from the family of Yaroslav Hunka, saying it regrets any harm it may have caused by accepting the endowment in his name. “The university recognizes and regrets the unintended harm caused,” Verna Yiu, interim provost and vice-president of the university, said in a statement. […]

Minister says Canada’s largest grocery chains have agreed to ‘work’ on stabilizing food prices

Sep 18 2023 — Peter Zimonjic — The heads of Canada’s five largest grocery chains have “agreed to work with” the federal government to stabilize food prices, Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne said Monday. Champagne and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland met with the heads of Loblaw, Sobeys, Metro, Costco and Walmart in Ottawa on Monday. Freeland stayed only for the first few minutes of […]

Trudeau announces $74M to help London, Ont., build 2,000 new homes

Sep 13 2023 — Peter Zimonjic — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that London, Ont., is the first city in Canada to reach a deal with his government under the Housing Accelerator Fund. He says the deal will create 2,000 new homes in the city over three years. “This landmark agreement with London will be the first of many, and we look […]

Canadian, 28, charged under U.K. terrorism act after arrest at Heathrow

Jul 24 2023 — Peter Zimonjic — Khaled Hussein, of Edmonton, facing 1 count, charged alongside Anjem Choudary. A Canadian man arrested by British police at Heathrow Airport last week on suspicion of terrorism offences has now been formally charged. “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorized charges in relation to Anjem Choudary and Khaled Hussein under the Terrorism Act,” said Nick Price, […]

Nike announces it will permanently end sponsorship of Hockey Canada

Jul 17 2023 — Peter Zimonjic — Nike announced Monday that it will permanently cease its sponsorship of Hockey Canada in the wake of its handling of a high-profile alleged group sexual assault case. The sportswear giant first announced a temporary suspension of support in October of last year, at a time when corporate sponsors Chevrolet Canada, Scotiabank and Canadian Tire had […]

Canada, allies taking Iran to International Court of Justice over downing of Flight PS752

Jun 29 2023 — Peter Zimonjic — Canada, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom say they’ll continue their efforts to hold Iran legally accountable for shooting down Flight PS752 and killing 176 people by referring the matter to the International Court of Justice. The four countries, which make up the International Coordination and Response Group formed to seek accountability and reparations for […]

Trudeau says new housing-based long-term infrastructure plan coming this fall

May 26 2023 — Peter Zimonjic — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he’ll introduce legislation to ban some for-profit housing. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Canada’s mayors Friday that his government will roll out a new long-term infrastructure plan in the fall to boost the stock of affordable housing across the country. Speaking to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors […]

Is David Johnston in a conflict of interest? Experts say only Canadians can decide

May 26 2023 — Peter Zimonjic — Since he was first named the federal government’s special rapporteur on foreign election interference, David Johnston has been accused of being unfit for the job because of his connections to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The leaders of the Conservative and Bloc Quebecois parties have both said Trudeau and Johnston are self-declared friends, that their longstanding […]

Champagne says Ontario needs to ‘pay fair share’ to end ‘stalemate’ with Stellantis

May 16 2023 — Peter Zimonjic — Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne is calling on Doug Ford’s Ontario government to pay its “fair share” of subsidies in order to break the “stalemate” that saw Stellantis halt construction of its electric vehicle battery plant in Windsor, Ont., this week. Stellantis said it stopped construction on a portion of the plant because the federal government […]

Public safety minister announces $390M in funding to provinces to help fight gangs, gun crime

May 8 2023 — Peter Zimonjic — The federal government announced $390 million in funding over five years on Monday to help the provinces crack down on gang violence and reduce the number of crimes committed with firearms. “Today’s announcement will provide additional resources to law enforcement agencies, assist young people to make the right choices and help our communities prosper,” Public […]

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