National Newswatch

Trudeau vows conversion therapy bill his government failed to pass will be priority if re-elected

Aug 19 2021 — Rachel Aiello — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has vowed that if his party is re-elected, legislation outlawing LGBTQ2S+ conversion therapy will be a priority, but didn’t say how quickly into a new Parliament a Liberal government would re-table the bill. The Conservatives and NDP have also committed to ban the practice, if elected. After initially dodging a question […]

Ready or not? Canadians apprehensive as parties brace for an election call

Aug 3 2021 — Rachel Aiello — Behind the scenes, federal political parties are finalizing campaign plans in anticipation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling an election this month. But, with the latest national modelling warning that the country may be on the verge of a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, Canadians and the opposition parties are expressing concerns about hitting the […]

WHO cautions data still limited on mixing COVID-19 vaccines, but Canadian officials say it’s OK

Jul 12 2021 — Rachel Aiello — Canadian officials and doctors are defending sanctioning the mixing and matching of COVID-19 vaccines, after the World Health Organization’s (WHO) chief scientist issued a new caution about citizens opting to receive vaccines from different manufacturers, saying that the data remains limited on the practice. On Monday, WHO Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said that the global health […]

Majority of Canadians think COVID-19 U.S. border restrictions should lift this year: Nanos

Jul 10 2021 — Rachel Aiello — A majority of Canadians are in favour of lifting all pandemic-prompted travel restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border this year, according to a new survey from Nanos Research. As conversations continue about when the federal government will lift certain border measures like mandatory testing, quarantines, and limits on who can cross into Canada for non-essential reasons, […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould won’t run in next election

Jul 8 2021 — Rachel Aiello — Independent MP and former Liberal justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has announced that she will not be running in the next federal election, citing how in her view, Ottawa has become “toxic and ineffective.” In a statement posted online Thursday morning, Wilson-Raybould said that while it was not a quick or easy decision to make, she […]

New modelling to show ‘encouraging’ pandemic trajectory: PM

Jun 25 2021 — Rachel Aiello — New modelling being released Friday will show a “quite encouraging” picture of the pandemic’s trajectory in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. In his COVID-19 update from Rideau Cottage, the prime minister offered the topline summary of what Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam will present this afternoon. “Over the past 15 months […]

‘Canada’s responsibility to bear’: PM on unmarked graves found near former Sask. residential school

Jun 24 2021 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that the hurt and trauma being felt by Indigenous people as a result of the Cowessess First Nation announcing the discovery of an estimated 751 unmarked graves near the former Marieval residential school in Saskatchewan is “Canada’s responsibility to bear.” In a statement, Trudeau said that his heart is broken […]

‘I was floored’: Wilson-Raybould calls out Crown-Indigenous Minister Bennett for sending her ‘racist’ text

Jun 24 2021 — Rachel Aiello — Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has admitted to, and apologized for, sending Independent MP and former Liberal justice minister Jody Wilson Raybould a text message that Wilson-Raybould called “racist” and “misogynist.” Wilson-Raybould said that while she was “floored” by the message, to her it was “indicative of a pattern of behaviour” she says she experienced […]

PM says Canada to receive 68M COVID-19 doses by end of July

Jun 18 2021 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau now says that, by the end of July, Canada will have received “over 68 million” doses of COVID-19 vaccines, increasing the number of Canadians who will be able to receive their second doses earlier than expected. Trudeau said Procurement Minister Anita Anand will be outlining the specifics of the coming deliveries […]