National Newswatch

Conservative Linda Frum is quitting the Senate

Aug 6 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — Linda Frum, one of the most high-profile Conservative women in the country, is resigning from the Senate, the Star has learned. Frum will retire later this month, 12 years to the day after she was appointed by prime minister Stephen Harper to represent Ontario, and well ahead of the mandatory retirement age of 75. She […]

Peter MacKay hired bodyguards for his family during Conservative leadership race, records show

Jul 28 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — Peter MacKay hired “emergency close protection” after threats were made against his wife during his failed bid for the leadership of the federal Conservative party last year. Financial returns released Wednesday show MacKay spent upwards of $5 million on his leadership bid — including $124,000 for security guards — and still owes $800,000. His return […]

Mining magnate Munk admits to donating more than legal limit to Conservatives

Dec 31 2015 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA - Mining magnate and philanthropist Peter Munk has admitted he donated more than the legal limit to the Conservative party three different times.Munk, the founder of mining giant Barrick Gold Corp., signed a compliance agreement with Elections Canada earlier this month, acknowledging that in 2008, 2010 and 2012 his donations exceeded the maximum allowable […]

Syrian refugee crisis tops editors’ choice for News Story of the Year

Dec 22 2015 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA - For years, the millions displaced by the ongoing civil war in Syria hardly registered on Canada's radar, but a single death this fall suddenly brought the conflict home.And the way the Syrian refugee crisis then galvanized Canadians has prompted news editors across the country to select it as Canada's News Story of the […]

Refugee arrivals set to ramp up to average two planes a day: minister

Dec 16 2015 — Stephanie Levitz — OTTAWA - Multiple government flights of Syrian refugees will land daily in the final weeks of this month as the pace of the Liberals' resettlement program intensifies with a goal of bringing 10,000 people here by year end.The next flight, a chartered plane from Beirut expected to be carrying mostly government-assisted refugees, is set to […]

Syrian refugees say Canadian sponsors prove the world is going ‘to be OK’

Dec 3 2015 — Stephanie Levitz — IRBID, Jordan - The Alhajalis are animated, talking over one another as they compare the prosperous and peaceful pre-revolution life they enjoyed in Syria to the daily struggles they now face as 10 of the 630,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan.Nine-year-old Adnan grabs his mother's cellphone, his two brothers and cousin huddle to play video games, […]

Don’t fear us, even the single men, Syrian refugees tell Canadians

Dec 2 2015 — Stephanie Levitz — AMMAN, Jordan - Khaled Dos says he understands why Canada is focusing on families as it chooses thousands of potential new citizens from among the millions of Syrian refugees desperate for a fresh start.It's hardest for those with young children to find safety, either in Syria or in one of the countries they now live, […]