National Newswatch

Scheer proposes modification to CERB to get Canadians back to work

Jun 25 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is pitching a revision to the existing Canada Emergency Response Benefit to incentivize Canadians to return to work or look for a job as the economy reopens. As it stands, the program cuts off eligibility to those who make more than $1,000 per month, which the Tories have argued is […]

‘Systemic racism needs systemic change,’ says AFN national chief on policing in Canada

Jun 14 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says it’s time politicians and policing authorities move beyond the question of whether systemic racism exists in their institutions and start outlining concrete steps for police reform. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period airing Sunday, Chief Perry Bellegarde says the debate needs to progress from […]

Seniors’ one-time COVID-19 payment due to arrive week of July 6

Jun 4 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the one-time payment of up to $500 for seniors to offset additional costs from COVID-19 will be delivered the week of July 6. Seniors have been anxiously awaiting the payment, after the federal government promised on May 12 to spend $2.5 billion sending these payments. Those who qualify for the […]

Singh calls on Trudeau to ‘show some leadership’ on long-term care

May 31 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is imploring the prime minister to exercise the powers within the federal government’s scope to help provinces tackle the crisis at long-term care homes. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period with host Evan Solomon, Singh said he’s been looking to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “show some leadership” on national […]

Canada must put an end to privately owned long-term care homes: Singh

May 10 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — In light of numerous COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term homes across the country, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says Canada should put an end to privatized facilities and establish a universal framework for seniors care. In an interview on CTV’s Question period airing Sunday, Singh says the government must look to bring long-term care under the Canada […]

House Health Committee votes to summon WHO adviser Bruce Aylward

Apr 30 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — The House of Commons Health Committee has voted to issue a formal summons to one of the World Health Organization’s senior advisers to testify about the group’s contested response to COVID-19. During a virtual meeting on Thursday, committee members from all parties chose to escalate their ask for Canadian epidemiologist Dr. Bruce Aylward to appear […]