National Newswatch

How effective is the 1st COVID-19 jab? What we know as deleted Tory tweet slams ‘one dose summer’

May 13 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — The Conservatives deleted a tweet on Thursday that leader Erin O’Toole has said was “detracting” from important conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Canada. “A ‘one dose summer’ is not good enough for Canadians,” the tweet read. The tweet had a meme attached, which showed a group of people smiling and throwing confetti in […]

Bill C-10 doesn’t pose free speech concern despite social media impact, justice minister finds

May 13 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — Bill C-10’s amendments regulating everything you post on social media don’t pose any charter-related free speech concerns, Canada’s Justice Minister David Lametti said in the second charter review of the bill. The finding was issued Thursday after a second charter statement was conducted on the bill. Opposition MPs had requested the new charter statement after […]

Feds plan change to Bill C-10 to make it ‘crystal clear’ social media uploads won’t be regulated

May 3 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — The government is bringing forward an amendment to make it “crystal clear” that content individual users upload to social media sites like YouTube and Instagram won’t be regulated by Bill C-10, according to Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault. He confirmed the news in a statement sent to Global News on Monday, following pushback from politicians and […]

Freeland apologizes to women harassed in military, says she never knew of Vance allegation

Apr 25 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is apologizing to ‘any woman’ who experienced harassment while serving in the military — though she says she never knew about the allegations against former chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance. An investigation is currently underway into the allegations of misconduct levied against Vance, as well as into a separate […]

Tory MP sorry after calling lockdowns greatest civil liberties breach since WWII internment camps

Apr 24 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — Conservative MP David Sweet has apologized after issuing a tweet on Friday claiming there is “no evidence” that COVID-19 lockdowns work, stating they are the “the single greatest breach” of civil liberties “since the Internment Camps during WW2.” He did not, however, walk back his comments about lockdowns — which a doctor said were a […]

‘Practically impossible’ to keep COVID-19 variants out, officials say, as flights from hotspots continue

Apr 21 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — It’s almost “impossible” to keep concerning mutations of COVID-19 out of the country, Canada’s top doctors warned on Wednesday. Since April 6, more than 100 international flights landing in Canada have carried at least one positive COVID-19 case on board, according to the federal government. “We know that, with viruses, it’s practically impossible to prevent […]