National Newswatch

Trudeau defends extension of Canada-U.S. border closure until July 21, 2021

Jun 19 2021 — Steven Chase — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his government’s decision to extend restrictions against non-essential travel to the United States for another month, saying Canada has not yet reached a safety threshold of first- and second-dose vaccinations. The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel until July 21, the government announced on Friday, a renewal […]

Canadian businessman cuts record $60M forfeiture deal with New Zealand police over ‘profits from pyramid scheme’

Jun 16 2021 — Steven Chase — Wealthy Chinese-Canadian businessman Edward Gong has agreed to forfeit more than $60-million to the New Zealand government, in a record settlement under a law that enables that country’s authorities to confiscate proceeds of crime, the New Zealand Police announced Wednesday. The 51-year-old Toronto businessman is perhaps best known to Canadians as one of the faces […]

Ottawa warned to not assume Hong Kongers are innocent of charges

Jun 15 2021 — Steven Chase — Canadian immigration officials warned the federal government in an internal memo last year against assuming protest-related charges faced by Hong Kongers seeking entry to Canada are bogus accusations fabricated by the city’s Beijing-backed authorities. This internal caution, which was provided to The Globe and Mail, is different from the Canadian government’s public messaging on the […]

Dominic Barton in ‘regular contact’ with Huawei to find a way to free two Michaels, Garneau says

Jun 8 2021 — Steven Chase — Dominic Barton, Canada’s ambassador to China, remains in “regular contact” with tech giant Huawei Technologies as he talks to Beijing and Washington to find a way to free Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor from Chinese jails, Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau told MPs Monday. Mr. Garneau, in an appearance before the House of Commons Special […]

MPs vote for Public Health Agency to disclose uncensored details of lab firings

May 11 2021 — Steven Chase — A parliamentary committee is threatening to escalate a months-long dispute with the Public Health Agency of Canada after the organization’s president repeatedly refused to disclose why two scientists were fired from Canada’s highest-security infectious-disease lab earlier this year Iain Stewart, the head of PHAC, which has taken a leading role in the fight against COVID-19, […]

Michigan’s Whitmer gets support from key Democratic allies in legal battle against Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline

May 6 2021 — Steven Chase — Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s legal battle over her efforts to shut down the Enbridge pipeline Line 5, a vital petroleum conduit for Central Canada, is attracting public support from leading Democratic allies in 16 states and the District of Columbia, a sign of the challenges U.S. President Joe Biden could face in trying to intervene […]

Line 5 pipeline a ‘ticking time bomb,’ must be shut down by next week, Michigan governor’s office says

May 5 2021 — Steven Chase — The Michigan governor’s office says a key petroleum pipeline for Central Canada that runs through the Great Lakes state is a “ticking time bomb” and that Calgary-based operator Enbridge Inc. would be breaking the law if it doesn’t shut this down next week as ordered. Bobby Leddy, press secretary to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, said […]