National Newswatch

Government will review RCMP contract awarded to China-linked company, Trudeau says

Dec 7 2022 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government will investigate an RCMP equipment contract awarded to a company with ties to China’s government — and will also re-examine its approach to procurement. A Radio-Canada investigation found that Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) awarded Sinclair Technologies a contract worth $549,637 last year to build and […]

Putin calls nuclear weapons a tool of deterrence in Ukraine

Dec 7 2022 — — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hailed the annexation of Ukrainian territories as a major achievement and said his country’s nuclear weapons serve as a tool of deterrence in the war that the Kremlin calls a “special military operation.” Speaking with members of the presidential Human Rights Council, Putin described the land gains as “a […]

Financing Employment Insurance Reform: Finding the Right Balance

Dec 7 2022 — — As Canada heads toward what is likely to be another recession, the country’s Employment Insurance (EI) program seems no more ready to deal with the expected increase in demand for benefits than it was when the pandemic hit in early 2020. The proportion of unemployed Canadians able to collect EI has fallen from 80 percent […]

Building a Package of Compromise Solutions for EI Reform

Dec 7 2022 — — There is no one set of solutions to address the challenges of EI modernization and financing reform that will satisfy everyone. Those who want to avoid increasing premiums will need to accept compromise solutions that limit increases and provide greater premium stability. Those who want to return to the generous EI system that was in […]

Alberta, Saskatchewan chiefs call for sovereignty acts to be withdrawn

Dec 7 2022 — — First Nations chiefs in Alberta and Saskatchewan are calling for their provinces to toss proposed legislation they say is inherently undemocratic, unconstitutional and infringes on Indigenous rights. The chiefs are putting forward an emergency resolution at the Assembly of First Nations special assembly to reject sovereignty bills that are before both provincial legislatures. Chief Tony […]

Mint issues black-ringed toonie in memory of Queen Elizabeth II

Dec 7 2022 — — The Royal Canadian Mint is issuing a new black-ringed toonie to honour Queen Elizabeth II. The mint says the coin’s black outer ring is intended to evoke a “mourning armband” to honour the queen, who died in September after 70 years on the throne. The mint says it will start to circulate nearly five million […]

Bank of Canada raises rate again to 4.25% — but opens door to staying there

Dec 7 2022 — — The Bank of Canada raised its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points, to 4.25 per cent. The move was widely expected by economists, who were anticipating a rate hike of either 25 or 50 points. Canada’s central bank has raised its rate seven times this year in its fight to wrestle inflation into submission. […]

Premiers’ Performance: Smith divides Albertans, Ford ranks among lowest in leader approval

Dec 7 2022 — — Twas the weeks before Christmas and all through the land, Canada’s premiers were anxious to learn where they stand. Provincial constituents assessed their leaders with care. Deciding, was sound judgement recently there? Moe and Legault enjoyed moments of ease, knowing significant majorities of their electorates were pleased. Carbon taxation, causing an Ottawa-Halifax flap, but Houston […]

Speculation grows in B.C. over snap provincial election

Dec 7 2022 — — As David Eby prepares to announce his new cabinet Wednesday, and against a backdrop of B.C.’s strong financial picture, many are speculating the new premier will call a snap election despite repeated vows he’ll wait until the fixed October 2024 date. B.C. Green Leader Sonia Furstenau announced Tuesday that her party has opened nominations for […]

Federal government awarded RCMP contract to firm with ties to China

Dec 7 2022 — — Government did not consider security concerns in bid to build and maintain RCMP radio equipment. The federal government awarded a contract to provide and maintain RCMP communications equipment to a company with ties to the Chinese government, Radio-Canada has learned. The contract has security experts raising concerns about potential Chinese access to RCMP communications and […]

Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock wins Georgia runoff against Herschel Walker

Dec 7 2022 — — Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock defeated Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a Georgia runoff election Tuesday, ensuring Democrats an outright majority in the Senate for the rest of U.S. President Joe Biden’s current term and capping an underwhelming midterm cycle for the GOP in the last major vote of the year. With Warnock’s second runoff victory […]