National Newswatch

Canadians finding hundreds of dollars in unclaimed cheques on CRA website

Feb 28 2020 — — A little-known feature on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website is netting some Canadians hundreds of dollars they are owed from uncashed government cheques. The windfall ended up on people’s radar thanks to a Reddit post by user hdrons, and a tweet by Toronto Maple Leafs fan account @3rdperiodsuits:

Pipeline talks with hereditary chiefs resume for second day in northern B.C.

Feb 28 2020 — — The hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en are meeting for a second day with senior federal and provincial ministers as they try to break an impasse in a pipeline dispute that’s sparked national protests and led to disruptions in the economy. Federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and British Columbia Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser began […]

Federal government runs $11-billion deficit for April-to-December period

Feb 28 2020 — — The federal government ran a deficit of $11.0 billion over the first nine months of its 2019-20 fiscal year. The result compared with a surplus of $324 million for the same period of its 2018–19 fiscal year. In its monthly fiscal monitor, the Finance Department says revenue for the April-to-December period totalled $246.0 billion, up […]

Lawsuit over African mine can be heard in British Columbia: Supreme Court

Feb 28 2020 — — A human-rights lawsuit against a Canadian mining company can be heard in British Columbia, even though it involves events in Africa, the Supreme Court of Canada says. The high court ruled Friday against B.C.-based Nevsun Resources (TSX:NSU), which had argued the claim should not proceed because a Canadian court could not decide the legality of […]

Racist comments on Indigenous stories prompts outlets to turn them off

Feb 28 2020 — — In a brief editorial that doesn’t pull punches, SooToday editor Mike Purvis announced this week that the site would be closing all comments on stories about Indigenous issues. “It’s not that we don’t think it’s a topic worthy of discussion,” Purvis wrote. Au contraire, he explained: “Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people is one of the […]

Wall Street craters again, as coronavirus fears continue to rattle investors

Feb 28 2020 — The stock market cratered again on Friday, marking the seventh day of a massive sell-off sparked by rising fears about the coronavirus epidemic. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged by another 1,000 points Friday morning, on the heels of Thursday’s historic decline of 1,190, the biggest drop ever for the blue-chip index.

Federal appeals court rules against Trump in two major immigration cases

Feb 28 2020 — A federal appeals court on Friday delivered two blows to the Trump administration’s immigration policy, ruling against a program to force migrants seeking asylum to wait in Mexico and against a rule severely limiting the number of migrants who were eligible for asylum.

Global stocks fall on virus fears after Wall Street plunge

Feb 28 2020 — — Global stock markets plunged further Friday on spreading virus fears, deepening a global rout after Wall Street endured its biggest one-day drop in nine years. Germany’s DAX skidded more than 5%, Tokyo and Shanghai closed 3.7% lower and New York markets looked set for more losses with the futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average […]