National Newswatch

Central Americans need more than Canadian handwringing

Aug 7 2018 — Ryan Hicks — The migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border is thousands of kilometres from Canada, but Ottawa could do more than just watch with concern. Vilma Evelia Lajuj Valey comes from a village nestled in the lush, green mountains of Guatemala’s Baja Verapaz department. Where she is from, the roads are made of dirt and houses out […]

Sylvain Gaudreault chosen Parti Québécois’ interim leader

May 6 2016 — Ryan Hicks — Sylvain Gaudreault has been chosen as the interim leader of the Parti Québécois following Pierre Karl Péladeau’s sudden resignation earlier this week. The announcement was made following a caucus meeting in a Quebec City hotel that lasted several hours. Gaudreault, former transportation minister and current MNA for Jonquière, was vying for the interim position with […]

Quebec wants to open a permanent office in Cuba

Apr 18 2016 — Ryan Hicks — Quebec wants to seize the opportunity presented by the thawing of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States to open a permanent office in Havana. “It would be a very concrete gesture to show our determination to establish [a] sustainable and permanent relationship with Cuba,” International Relations Minister Christine St-Pierre told CBC News in […]

Quebec calls for ‘urgent’ extension of northern border

Oct 8 2015 — Ryan Hicks — The Quebec government is counting on the federal government’s help in resolving a century-old conundrum over its northern boundary, in order to proceed with the maritime strategy that’s part of its billion-dollar northern economic development plan. The Couillard government’s Plan Nord includes building ports, however, Quebec’s northern border, delineated by Ottawa in 1912, officially ends […]

Quebec, Philippe Couillard and the next prime minister

Sep 24 2015 — Ryan Hicks — With polls indicating a three-way race for Oct. 19, the outcome of the federal election is unpredictable at best. Premier Philippe Couillard wants to know the next prime minister’s — whomever that may be — position on key files close to Quebec’s heart. So he sent each party leader a letter outlining the main issues […]

Saudi Arabia to Quebec: Stay out of Raif Badawi case

Apr 1 2015 — Ryan Hicks — Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Canada has sent a letter to politicians at Quebec’s National Assembly, including Premier Philippe Couillard, telling them not to meddle in the case of jailed and tortured blogger Raif Badawi or criticize the country’s human rights record.

Mansbridge slams information secrecy in Canada

Jun 14 2014 — Ryan Hicks — The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s chief correspondent and anchor of The National, decried a “culture of secrecy” within Canada’s public institutions at a speech in Winnipeg. “That’s why we’re here. To break this culture of secrecy,” said Peter Mansbridge on Friday at a conference co-sponsored by the CBC and the University of Winnipeg called “Holding Power […]

Greenwald Decries Western Journalism as “Corrupted”

Oct 16 2013 — Ryan Hicks — The journalist behind, perhaps, the biggest story of a generation had strong words for Western media outlets and journalists who bow to those in positions of power. “Journalism is corrupted,” Greenwald, a Brazil-based journalist, told hundreds of investigative reporters and editors at the 2013 Global Investigative Journalism Conference showcase presentation on “Surveillance and Secret Government,” […]