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More than $636M in CERB benefits was paid to 300,000 teens between ages of 15 and 17: documents

Jan 28 2021 — Tyler Dawson — The federal government paid more than 300,000 teenagers, many of them high schoolers, nearly $636 million in benefits over the course of the CERB program, according to documents from the Canada Revenue Agency. The documents, obtained by Blacklock’s Reporter, an Ottawa online news outlet, show that thousands of teenagers between the ages of 15 and […]

Lawsuit by Sikh independence group alleges defamation by think tank and former CBC reporter

Dec 22 2020 — Tyler Dawson — Independence advocates Sikhs for Justice has filed a lawsuit against the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, an Ottawa-based think tank, and Terry Milewski, a former CBC reporter, alleging “an untrue and misleading report” Milewski authored for the policy group on Khalistan has damaged the reputation of the Sikh organization. Sikhs for Justice describes itself as a non-profit that […]

Kenney likens pandemic to ‘wartime leadership,’ says Alberta’s belated lockdown is ‘right thing’

Dec 10 2020 — Tyler Dawson — After weeks of slowly ratcheting up rules to try to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, Alberta has introduced a four-week quasi-lockdown, a move that came after internal and external pressure which was — at least until it became too late to do any differently — fairly heavily resisted by the province’s leaders. “It’s no […]

Conservative legal group challenges new COVID restrictions on group gatherings in Alberta

Oct 29 2020 — Tyler Dawson — A conservative legal group is challenging new restrictions on gatherings in Alberta, saying they are a violation of Charter rights to assembly. The province implemented the group gathering restrictions this week as it faces record-breaking numbers of new COVID-19 cases. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, headed by lawyer John Carpay, has been involved in […]

Critics denounce WE Charity campaign-style ad for Justin Trudeau amid PM’s scandal over charity links

Jul 10 2020 — Tyler Dawson — A 2017 ad from WE Charity that appears to promote Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government is being highlighted by critics this week as Trudeau faces an ethics investigation over handing a $900-million sole-source contract to the group, which has paid members of his family hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees. […]

Legal groups eye suing government to roll back COVID-19 restrictions

May 10 2020 — Tyler Dawson — As lockdown provisions continue across Canada, at least two legal advocacy groups are mulling over the possibility of heading to the courts to force provincial governments to roll back some of the more draconian rules that are in place to fight against COVID-19. In particular, New Brunswick’s travel ban and Alberta’s measures allowing health data […]

CBC accused by Quebecor of acting ‘disgracefully and unscrupulously’ for exploiting COVID-19 crisis

Apr 22 2020 — Tyler Dawson — One of the largest private media companies in Quebec has written a scathing letter to the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission claiming the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is trying to put its competitors out of business in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter from Quebecor, dated April 14, alleges, among other things, predatory behaviour on […]