National Newswatch

Canadian special-forces team hunts down and dismantles chemical weapons in Iraq

Oct 10 2017 — Robert Fife — Canadian special forces have played a central role in hunting down, detecting and dismantling stockpiles of chemical weapons used by Islamic State militants in Iraq, according to sources with knowledge of the top-secret operations. Some of these highly trained soldiers have advanced scientific degrees and used their specialized skills to decontaminate Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and […]

Ottawa pays out $10.5-million to Omar Khadr

Jul 6 2017 — Robert Fife — The Trudeau government has quietly paid a $10.5-million settlement to Omar Khadr in a move that circumvents legal efforts by two Americans to prevent him from receiving compensation for abuses he suffered as a teenager at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The payout to Mr. Khadr and his legal team was […]

U.S. soldier, widow to seek injunction to halt Ottawa’s payout to Omar Khadr

Jul 4 2017 — Robert Fife — The widow of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan and another former U.S. soldier partially blinded by a hand grenade plan to file an emergency injunction to stop Ottawa from paying $10.5-million to former child soldier Omar Khadr. Tabitha Speer and Layne Morris allege Mr. Khadr was responsible for the death of Sergeant Christopher Speer […]

Conservatives denounce $10-million payment to Omar Khadr

Jul 4 2017 — Robert Fife — Criticism is mounting over the Trudeau government’s decision to offer an apology and multimillion-dollar compensation package to former child soldier Omar Khadr for abuses he suffered while detained in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Former Conservative defence minister Jason Kenney, now the leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party, fired off an angry […]

Ottawa to offer Omar Khadr apology, compensation package

Jul 3 2017 — Robert Fife — The Trudeau government is poised to offer an apology and a $10-million compensation package to former child soldier Omar Khadr for abuses he suffered while detained in the U.S. military prison for captured and suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2010 that the actions of federal officials who […]

As Trump scolds NATO on terror, Trudeau stands firm

May 25 2017 — Robert Fife — U.S. President Donald Trump decried the “savage” suicide bombing in Manchester as he bluntly badgered NATO leaders to pay their fair share of defence costs to stop global terrorism in its tracks. Mr. Trump, attending his first formal summit as President, used an unveiling of a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial at the new NATO headquarters […]

Kevin O’Leary campaign organizer accused of vote buying

Mar 19 2017 — Robert Fife — A signed affidavit provided to The Globe and Mail alleges that one of Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary’s key organizers in the Sikh-Canadian community in Brampton, Ont., offered to pay for party membership – a clear breach of party rules. The affidavit is being used by leadership candidate Maxime Bernier’s camp to target the reality-TV […]

Freeland condemns Russian aggression in Crimea, prompting Kremlin counterattack

Mar 16 2017 — Robert Fife — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland strongly condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “severe repression of human rights” in occupied Crimea on Thursday, spurring a toughly worded counterattack from the Russian embassy in Ottawa. Ms. Freeland issued a statement Thursday on the third anniversary of Russian forces annexing Crimea, saying Canada unreservedly denounces what she called “this […]

Ottawa toughens rules for operating recreational drones

Mar 16 2017 — Robert Fife — Transport Minister Marc Garneau is cracking down on recreational drones with new safety restrictions to keep them nine kilometres from any airport and ban their owners from flying near people, buildings, at night and when first responders are at the scene of an emergency. The rigorous rules that come into effect immediately also force recreational […]