National Newswatch

Evacuating as many Afghans as Canada wants ‘nearly impossible’: Trudeau

Aug 19 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — It will be “almost impossible” to get many people out of Afghanistan in the coming weeks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned reporters on Thursday. That’s because the Taliban is continuing to block access for Afghans wishing to leave the country, he said. “Unless the Taliban shift their posture significantly, which is something the international community […]

How many Canadians are still in Afghanistan? Government won’t say

Aug 16 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — The government won’t disclose how many Canadians are still stuck on the ground in Afghanistan, citing security reasons as the Taliban tightens their grip on the country and swarm the nation’s capital. Journalists have faced a torrent of messages in recent days from people in Afghanistan who say they fear for their lives. Many had […]

Canada getting vaccine passport for international travel

Aug 11 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — Canada is getting a vaccine passport for international travel, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced on Wednesday. “We are working actively with the provinces and territories on a secure, pan-Canadian proof of vaccination for international travel,” he said. The vaccine certificate will be common across all provinces, and will include the holder’s vaccination history, the date […]

‘Unacceptable and wrong’: Trudeau says vandalizing churches can hurt those seeking ‘solace’

Jul 2 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is speaking out against multiple acts of vandalism that have taken place across Canada, from the burning of churches to red paint being splattered across buildings and toppled statues. “It is unacceptable and wrong that acts of vandalism and arson are being seen across the country, including against Catholic Churches,” Trudeau […]

EU recommends travel restrictions be lifted for Canada, 9 other countries

Jul 1 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — The European Union is recommending that its member states start gradually lifting their travel restrictions for Canadians, opening the door to non-essential travel to the region. Canada was one of 10 countries the European Council announced Thursday should be allowed to travel to the region for non-essential purposes, including Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Montenegro and Quatar. […]

‘Incredibly harmful’: Trudeau apologizes for residential schools after Sask. discovery

Jun 25 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is apologizing for the “incredibly harmful” government policies after an estimated 751 unmarked graves were found at a former Saskatchewan residential school site. The discovery came just weeks after 215 unmarked burial sites were found at another former residential school site in Kamloops, sending shockwaves through the country and prompting renewed […]

Bennett faces call to resign after linking JWR residential school tweet with pension eligibility

Jun 25 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — The Union of BC Indian Chiefs is calling on Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett to resign following a text she sent to Jody Wilson-Raybould, which Bennett has acknowledged was “inappropriate.” Wilson-Raybould, Independent MP for Vancouver-Granville, is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation in B.C. She tweeted her horror following the discovery of 751 […]