National Newswatch

‘Some people were confused’ about media-licensing comment, says Guilbeault

Feb 3 2020 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — The minister responsible for overhauling Canada's broadcasting and telecommunications sectors tried to reassure Canadians Monday that the federal government is not preparing to license news outlets. "Let me be clear. Our government has no intention to impose licensing requirements on news organizations nor will we try to regulate news content," Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault […]

Streaming companies like Netflix will have to fund Canadian content: CRTC chair

Jan 8 2020 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — Canada's broadcast and telecom regulator says it's inevitable that foreign media companies streaming content into Canada, including Netflix and Amazon, will have to make an "equitable" contribution to the production of Canadian content. But the chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it's not as simple as making those companies pay […]

Plans for Cdns unclear after Iraq lawmakers call for expulsion of foreign troops

Jan 6 2020 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — Canada is closely monitoring developments after Iraq's parliament called for the expulsion of foreign troops from the country, a spokesman for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said. But Sajjan's press secretary, Todd Lane, would not say whether contingency plans are in the works for getting Canadian military personnel out of Iraq should the situation […]

Lower taxes, new RRSP rules and digital news tax credit among 2020 changes

Dec 31 2019 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — Federal tax changes coming into effect Jan. 1 will lower taxes for most Canadians and also impact retirees, recently separated individuals who want to use their retirement savings to buy a home and digital news consumers. The basic amount most Canadians can earn tax-free is going up on Jan. 1, resulting in slightly lower […]

Northern residents need bigger rebates to offset carbon tax: Nunavut premier

Nov 28 2019 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — Canadians living in the North should receive higher rebates to compensate for the federal carbon tax than people in Southern Canada, the premier of Nunavut said after meeting Thursday with the prime minister. The Trudeau government introduced the carbon tax in 2018 and gave itself the authority to implement a carbon-pricing system for […]

New Trudeau cabinet must prioritize Phoenix deal, ‘fair’ contract: PSAC

Nov 20 2019 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — The country's largest civil service union isn't waiting for the prime minister to give marching orders to his new cabinet, offering up its own suggestions for government priorities in the coming months. The Public Service Alliance of Canada is set to release an open "mandate letter" of sorts to Justin Trudeau and his Treasury […]

Pallister says Canada can unite on climate action if partisan politics set aside

Nov 8 2019 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — Giving clear indications that he's prepared to broker a truce between the federal Liberals and his more disgruntled Prairie counterparts, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said he offered strategies to the prime minister Friday for uniting the country. "I came in peace," Pallister said after a 45-minute meeting with Justin Trudeau in his Parliament […]

Calgary mayor, former Alberta premier willing to help PM bridge western divide

Oct 27 2019 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is willing to help bridge the current divide between western Canada and the federal government, but called speculation about him being appointed as a representative of — or adviser for — Alberta in federal cabinet "silly." "No job has been offered, nor no job has been contemplated," Nenshi told […]

Federal government walks away from bargaining, says union, prompting strike talk

Sep 7 2019 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — The country's biggest public-sector union says it's preparing for potential post-election strike action after accusing the government of walking away from contract talks affecting more than 70,000 federal employees. The Public Service Alliance of Canada had gone back to the bargaining table on Sept. 1, and was sounding optimistic as late as Friday that […]

Union, federal government under pressure to reach a deal before election

Sep 6 2019 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — The country's biggest public-sector union says it's prepared to stay at the bargaining table with the federal government to reach a new contract for more than 70,000 of its members as the clock ticks toward a general election campaign. The Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents about 140,000 federal employees, returned to […]