National Newswatch

‘Strong argument’ to be made what’s happening in Ukraine is a genocide, says defence minister

Apr 16 2022 — Rachel Aiello — Canada’s defence minister Anita Anand says that there’s a “strong argument” to be made that the “atrocities” in Ukraine occurring at the hands of the Russians amount to genocide. “Reports relating to the potential use of chemical weapons have been very disconcerting, and this is an issue that NATO is still considering. And of course, […]

Prince Charles and Camilla coming to Canada for royal tour

Apr 11 2022 — Rachel Aiello — Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will be coming to Canada for a three-day royal tour in May, Gov. Gen. Mary Simon announced Monday. Their short visit will include stops in Newfoundland and Labrador, the National Capital Region and the Northwest Territories. “Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have […]

Charest condemns leadership rival Poilievre’s convoy, crypto, climate policies

Apr 10 2022 — Rachel Aiello — Doubling down on his condemnation of his Conservative leadership rival, Jean Charest says that Pierre Poilievre should be disqualified from becoming leader of the federal Conservative party over his support of the “Freedom Convoy.” “Everyone knows that Pierre Poilievre supported the blockade,” Charest said in an interview on CTV’s Question Period. “If you say to […]

Federal budget to include $10B housing plan, $8B for defence

Apr 7 2022 — Rachel Aiello — As Canadians face a cost of living crunch, tackling housing affordability is going to be a main feature of Thursday’s federal budget, CTV News has learned. From moving to make it illegal for foreigners to buy any residential properties in Canada for the next two years, to rolling out a tax-free savings account for first-time […]

2022 federal budget to be tabled April 7, Freeland says

Mar 29 2022 — Rachel Aiello — The government will be tabling the federal 2022 budget on April 7, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Tuesday. The budget — the first since the 2021 federal election — is expected to include increased defence spending as well as funding for commitments, such as dental care, made as part of the […]

No, the Liberals and NDP didn’t form a coalition. Here’s why

Mar 22 2022 — Rachel Aiello — Almost immediately after news of the Liberal-NDP confidence deal broke—seeing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government poised to maintain power until the end of this Parliament in 2025—opponents were calling it a “coalition” government and suggesting the agreement usurps what Canadians voted for. “They’ve cooked up a backroom deal that would see Justin Trudeau get the […]

Canada lifting pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirement as of April 1

Mar 16 2022 — Rachel Aiello — Soon, travellers entering Canada will not have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, CTV News has learned. As of April 1, the federal government will be lifting the pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirement at the border for fully vaccinated travellers. Passengers may still be subjected to random PCR testing at the airport, and travellers […]

Canada announces trade action against Russia, more lethal aid and new immigration streams for Ukrainians

Mar 3 2022 — Rachel Aiello — The Canadian government is taking major trade action against Russia, is sending Ukraine more lethal aid, and will be opening new immigration streams for Ukrainians. For Ukrainians fleeing from the Russian-launched war, Canada is opening up two new immigration streams. One will allow an unlimited number of Ukrainians to come to this country on a […]