National Newswatch

CRA rules against civil service union push to make Phoenix damages non-taxable

May 3 2021 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — Canada's biggest civil service union says it is considering taking legal action after the Canada Revenue Agency ruled that damages paid to federal employees in connection with the troubled Phoenix pay system are taxable. The Public Service Alliance of Canada says it has received notice from CRA that the agency won't review the […]

User-generated content not a target of Broadcast Act changes, says heritage minister

Mar 8 2021 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — The minister responsible for making changes to Canada's broadcasting laws says legislation he introduced recently does not target user-generated online content.Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault told a House of Commons committee Monday the aim of Bill C-10 is to regulate online video and music streaming services in much the same way as conventional broadcasters.But […]

Colder weather and holidays bring new COVID-19 concerns, Tam warns

Sep 4 2020 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — The fall will bring new risks in the COVID-19 pandemic along with colder weather and indoor family holiday gatherings, Canada's chief public health officer warned Friday. With the final long weekend of the summer season upon us, Dr. Theresa Tam said Canadians need to consider their own risk factors and the details of plans for […]

Civil servants to get up to $2,500 each for Phoenix ‘pain and suffering’

Jul 10 2020 — Terry Pedwell — OTTAWA — Federal employees stand to collect up to $2,500 each in cash payments for "pain and suffering" resulting from the government's failed Phoenix pay system under an agreement reached with the country's biggest civil-service union. The settlement comes as government workers scramble to get emergency benefits out to individual Canadians and businesses affected by […]

‘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 […]