National Newswatch

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 […]

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 […]