National Newswatch

Trudeau announces sanctions to punish Russia for its ‘horrific’ attack on Ukraine

Feb 24 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday a new suite of “severe” sanctions against Russian entities after the country’s president, Vladimir Putin, launched a series of unprovoked attacks on neighbouring Ukraine late last night. The economic measures — which the government says were carefully coordinated with other G7 countries — are meant to hobble Russia’s economy […]

Conservative senator says ‘friendly … patriotic’ Ottawa protesters have been demonized

Feb 23 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Police have launched more than 100 protest-related investigations into hate crimes, harassment. Conservative Saskatchewan Sen. Denise Batters defended anti-vaccine mandate protesters in a speech late Tuesday, arguing these “friendly” and “patriotic” demonstrators have been unfairly maligned by the “chattering classes.” Batters — who was photographed posing in front of convoy trucks gathered in Ottawa during […]

Armed with new powers, police are working ‘day and night’ to end Ottawa occupation, minister says

Feb 15 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino sought to assure Ottawa residents Tuesday that the chaos in their city will soon end as local law enforcement, bolstered by the RCMP, works around the clock to restore order. Empowered by the federal government’s move to invoke the Emergencies Act, police will soon establish “no-go” zones in the city’s […]

Anti-vaccine mandate protests spread across the country, crippling Canada-U.S. trade

Feb 9 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Federal ministers warned Wednesday that anti-vaccine mandate protests at two key Canada-U.S. border crossings have the potential to seriously disrupt the flow of goods in the days to come. Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Ottawa, Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair said the blockade at Windsor’s Ambassador Bridge is particularly alarming because a […]

Omicron infections have peaked nationally, Canada’s top doctor says

Jan 28 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Canada’s chief public health officer said Friday that cases of the Omicron variant have peaked nationwide and the number of new infections has dropped significantly over the past week. Canada’s molecular testing system has been hampered by constrained capacity and staffing issues that have made PCR tests unavailable to many. Dr. Theresa Tam pointed to […]

Federal government won’t budge on vaccine mandate for truckers as convoy heads for Ottawa

Jan 25 2022 — John Paul Tasker — The federal government says it will not back down on its vaccination rule for cross-border truckers despite entrenched opposition from some drivers and groups claiming to represent their interests. In a joint media statement released today, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan, Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough and Stephen Laskowski, the president of the […]

Conservative MPs accuse Trudeau of pushing ‘vaccine vendetta’ as convoy protest heads to Ottawa

Jan 24 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative MPs fiercely opposed to the federal government’s new vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers have slammed what they call Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “vaccine vendetta,” saying that the policy will disrupt the country’s supply chains. Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre, the party’s finance critic, claimed the government’s vaccine policy is “emptying grocery shelves and ballooning food […]

Trudeau says antiviral treatment won’t make up for low vaccination rate among children

Jan 19 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today welcomed Health Canada’s approval of an antiviral treatment that could keep high-risk COVID-19 patients out of hospital — while also warning that the Pfizer therapeutic is no substitute for vaccination. Speaking to reporters on Parliament Hill, Trudeau said Pfizer’s Paxlovid — which will be available to a limited number of […]

Federal modelling suggests ‘very intense’ Omicron surge within weeks

Jan 14 2022 — John Paul Tasker — New modelling released today by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) suggests the highly transmissible Omicron variant will push hospital admissions to “extremely high levels” in the coming weeks as case counts reach levels never before seen in this country. While there is a lot of uncertainty about how many new infections are being […]