National Newswatch

New work permit being offered to keep more international students in Canada

Jan 8 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — International students are being offered a new work permit by the federal government in a bid to convince more to settle here permanently. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino says former students who hold post-graduation work permits that have expired or will soon expire can now apply for open work permits.  He says that will […]

Opposition leaders say Liberals’ vaccine rollout is undermining public trust

Dec 7 2020 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — Opposition political leaders blasted the Liberal government for its piecemeal approach to a plan to get COVID-19 vaccines to Canadians, saying it risks people's confidence in the science and their ability to have hope for their own futures. Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole blamed people's fear of the safety of the vaccine — embodied […]

Liberals’ failure to be transparent on vaccines fuelling anxiety: O’Toole

Dec 3 2020 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole blamed the Liberal government Thursday for the fact some Canadians are casting doubt on the science behind the COVID-19 vaccine.  Over 24,000 Canadians have signed a petition headed for the House of Commons that raises doubts about the safety of vaccines, suggesting among other things that they are being […]

Tory MP Duncan pushes Health Minister to finally end the gay blood ban

Nov 26 2020 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA — Eric Duncan, the first openly gay Conservative MP, laced into the federal health minister Thursday over the Liberals failure to end a ban on gay men donating blood. In a heated and emotional exchange during a late-night committee hearing in the House of Commons, Duncan pressed Patty Hajdu repeatedly, including a direct question […]