National Newswatch

19 public servants are working part-time on Morneau’s OECD bid

Nov 21 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Nineteen public servants at Global Affairs Canada (GAC) are working on a part-time basis to help former finance minister Bill Morneau’s campaign to become the next secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), according to figures tabled in the House of Commons Friday. In a written response to a question from Conservative […]

Promising new therapy for COVID-19 cleared by U.S., still under review by Health Canada

Nov 12 2020 — John Paul Tasker — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just given the green light to a promising monoclonal antibody therapy co-developed by Canadian scientists to treat mild to moderate coronavirus infections — a groundbreaking product that’s still hasn’t been approved by Health Canada for use in this country. The antibody treatment, called bamlanivimab, produced positive results in […]

Canada-U.S. relations could worsen in a second Trump term, says ex-ambassador John Bolton

Nov 2 2020 — John Paul Tasker — U.S. President Donald Trump does not think highly of Canada, says his former national security adviser John Bolton — who warns that the bilateral relationship could deteriorate even further in a second Trump term. Bolton, who served as Trump’s national security advisor in 2018-19, told CBC News that Trump thinks Canada has “out-negotiated” past U.S. […]

Conservative Senate leader backs Trump for re-election

Oct 29 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Senate Leader Don Plett voiced support for U.S. President Donald Trump’s re-election during debate in the Red Chamber Wednesday. Plett, a past president of the Conservative Party, said he’s hoping Republican senators are re-elected to a majority position in the U.S. Senate when all the votes are in next Tuesday, Nov. 3. A third […]

Commissioner drops ethics investigation into Morneau’s WE Charity trips

Oct 29 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion has ended his investigation of former finance minister Bill Morneau’s WE Charity-funded trips to Kenya and Ecuador and says he accepts Morneau’s contention that he thought he had reimbursed the travel costs, CBC News has learned. “I accept that you genuinely believed you had paid for the entire cost of […]

Opioid deaths skyrocket, mental health suffers due to pandemic restrictions, new federal report says

Oct 28 2020 — John Paul Tasker — The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on Canadians suffering from mental illness, opioid addiction and other substance abuse problems, says a new study released today by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) which confirms anecdotal reports warning that the pandemic’s health consequences extend well beyond COVID-19 itself. Efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 […]

Beijing erupts at Canada after parliamentary committee says China’s Uighur policy amounts to ‘genocide’

Oct 22 2020 — John Paul Tasker — China’s foreign ministry is lashing out at Canada after a House of Commons subcommittee concluded that the state’s mistreatment of Uighurs living in Xinjiang province amounts to a policy of genocide. The committee’s report, tabled Wednesday, says that China’s persecution of this Muslim minority — through mass detentions in concentration camps, forced labour, state surveillance […]

Trudeau promises federal help for COVID hotspots in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta

Oct 5 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today promised more support for local public health units in emerging COVID-19 hotspots — some of which are struggling with testing backlogs and a contact tracing system that can’t keep up with the number of new cases being reported. Trudeau told reporters that the government has signed agreements with Alberta, Ontario […]

Health Canada approves rapid COVID testing device as Canada braces for caseload spikes

Sep 30 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Health Canada regulators today approved the ID NOW rapid COVID-19 testing device for use in this country — a move that could result in millions more tests for communities across the country grappling with a surge in coronavirus cases. The Abbott Laboratories-backed point-of-care devices can be administered by trained professionals at places like pharmacies, walk-in […]