National Newswatch

More than half Canada’s AstraZeneca vaccine came from U.S. plant accused by FDA of quality-control problems

Apr 23 2021 — Tom Blackwell — Close to two thirds of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine imported into Canada came from a U.S. factory that American authorities say was rife with quality-control issues, Health Canada confirmed Thursday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said this week it will not allow the release of any vaccine made under contract at the Emergent Biosolutions […]

U.S. the biggest source of COVID-19 brought into Canada, study finds

Apr 21 2021 — Tom Blackwell — It has been controversially labeled the “China virus,” but new research suggests Canada’s COVID-19 epidemic might be better nicknamed the America virus. More than half the imported variants of the pathogen that led to outbreaks in this country likely came from the United States, with Russia, India, Italy and the U.K. following well back as […]

Chinese diplomat blasts Trudeau, says he ruined relations with China and is a U.S. ‘running dog’

Mar 30 2021 — Tom Blackwell — A Chinese consul general in Brazil has derided Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a “running dog” of the U.S. whose only accomplishment is to ruin friendly relations with China, the latest example of Beijing’s combative new, “wolf-warrior” brand of diplomacy. Li Yang, based in Rio de Janeiro, also referred to Trudeau as “boy” and a […]

Canadian group echoes China’s party line on Uyghurs after getting $160,000 in public funds

Mar 17 2021 — Tom Blackwell — ‘We should not be funding groups acting as a mouthpiece for Beijing,’ says Conservative MP Michael Chong. A Toronto-based community group that has received more than $160,000 in federal funding has again issued a statement echoing China’s official line on a contentious issue, this time condemning Parliament’s recent Uyghur-genocide motion. A prominent Canadian advocate for […]

Relative of federal politicians charged with assault as Sikh counter-protesters clashed with pro-India rally

Mar 12 2021 — Tom Blackwell — Jodhveer Dhaliwal is charged with assault causing bodily harm. He is married to the sister of NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s wife. A relative of two federal politicians has been charged with assault causing bodily harm in connection with an altercation between Sikh activists and demonstrators rallying in support of India’s government. The incident a week […]

NDP leader’s brother-in-law in altercation under police probe as south-Asian Canadian factions clash over India unrest

Mar 11 2021 — Tom Blackwell — The unrest sparked by massive farmer protests in India appears to be spilling over into Canada and its south-Asian community, with a close relative of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh at the centre of one recent confrontation. A widely viewed video appears to show Singh’s brother-in-law pushing a pro-India demonstrator to the ground at an Ontario […]

Disband conflicted, secretive task force behind flawed vaccine effort, MPs told

Feb 16 2021 — Tom Blackwell — Born in secrecy, rife with conflict of interest, the task force that guided Ottawa in its stumbling effort to procure COVID-19 vaccine should be heavily revamped or disbanded entirely, expert witnesses argued Tuesday in a blunt dissection of Canada’s vaccine “disaster.” The federal government was also weeks too late in negotiating contracts with leading vaccine […]

‘Let’s go learn’: Not for Canada to tell China it’s wrong, N.S. premier Stephen McNeil says

Feb 16 2021 — Tom Blackwell — Two former ambassadors and a human-rights activist blasted McNeil’s words as naïve pandering to an increasingly autocratic regime. Amid growing calls for a tougher Canadian stance toward China, outgoing Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil had some provocative advice recently, suggesting politicians here should actually avoid reproaching Beijing. The federal government is grappling with China’s imprisonment […]