National Newswatch

Feds promise COVID-19 aid to continue, national child care in throne speech

Sep 23 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opened the new session of Parliament with a reprioritized national agenda, fixated primarily on how to keep financially supporting Canadians through COVID-19, while repairing the inequalities the pandemic has exposed. Being billed as “an ambitious plan for an unprecedented reality,” the Liberals are committing to a “resiliency agenda for the middle […]

Trump claims Canada wants U.S. border reopened

Sep 18 2020 — Rachel Aiello — U.S. President Donald Trump says that Canada wants to see the Canada-U.S. border reopened, but the federal government says it’ll make the decision based on public health advice. “We’re looking at the border with Canada. Canada would like it open, and you know we want to get back to normal business,” Trump said outside the […]

CRA cyberattacks impacted four times as many accounts as previously believed

Sep 17 2020 — Rachel Aiello — In a major update to the impact of a series of credential stuffing attacks on government websites including the Canada Revenue Agency, the country’s top information officer now says that “suspicious activities” have been found on 48,500 CRA user accounts. In August the CRA temporarily shut down its online services and applications after hackers used […]

Feds unveil $37B CERB transition plan, setting up new sickness and care benefits

Aug 20 2020 — Rachel Aiello — The federal government is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) into September, before transitioning the millions of people who are still claiming CERB onto a revamped Employment Insurance program starting Sept. 27. The new plan released Thursday details how most people will be transitioned onto EI, though three new temporary benefits are also being […]

PM says he’s asked GG to prorogue Parliament until Sept. 23

Aug 18 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that he has asked Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to prorogue Parliament. Trudeau said in the coming weeks the federal government will be plotting out and unveiling its roadmap out of the pandemic, which will include a throne speech to mark the beginning of a new session on Sept. 23, […]

Canada-U.S. border closure extended again amid tension over restrictions

Aug 14 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Canadian and U.S. officials have agreed to keep the border between the two countries closed to non-essential travel for another month. This comes as both countries are still working to stop the spread of COVID-19, and as tensions continue to flare between Canadians and prospective American visitors. The current extension of the cross-border agreement expires […]

National COVID-19 exposure notification app now available to download

Jul 31 2020 — Rachel Aiello — The federal government-backed exposure notification smartphone app has launched, marking the beginning of a new frontier in the coronavirus fight: alerting participating Canadians when they come in proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app—called COVID Alert— will compile anonymized data and use reports from confirmed positive COVID-19 cases to notify Canadians […]

PM: ‘I did absolutely nothing’ to influence WE deal

Jul 30 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is denying any direction from him or his office in the WE Charity affair, telling MPs during his rare and ongoing parliamentary committee appearance that he put off a key cabinet decision on allowing WE Charity to run the now-likely cancelled $912 million student volunteer grant program after he learned the […]

‘We want the truth,’ MPs say as PM prepares to give WE testimony

Jul 29 2020 — Rachel Aiello — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his top aide, chief of staff Katie Telford, are likely preparing to testify before the House of Commons Finance Committee as part of its ongoing study into the WE Charity student grant scandal, opposition MPs are demanding a full accounting of Trudeau’s role in the affair during Thursday’s hearing. […]