National Newswatch

Forces have kicked out 29 service members this year for sex misconduct

Nov 24 2017 — — The Defence Department says more than two dozen service members have been kicked out of the military so far this year for inappropriate sexual behaviour, with dozens of other cases still under review. Chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance declared in April that he would seek to remove any and all military personnel who […]

Egypt attack: Gunmen kill 235 in Sinai mosque

Nov 24 2017 — — Militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai province, killing 235 people, state media say. The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was targeted during Friday prayers. It is the deadliest attack of its kind since an Islamist insurgency in the peninsula was stepped up in […]

Saudi Arabia’s Arab Spring, at Last

Nov 24 2017 — — I never thought I’d live long enough to write this sentence: The most significant reform process underway anywhere in the Middle East today is in Saudi Arabia. Yes, you read that right. Though I came here at the start of Saudi winter, I found the country going through its own Arab Spring, Saudi style. Unlike […]

Missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry: We must listen and act

Nov 24 2017 — — Family members, survivors and loved ones spoke to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Edmonton early this month. Unspeakable sorrow and anguish — punctuated by anger and mixed with sharp criticism for police and victims services — accompanied the fond remembrances, quiet reflections and silences as survivors spoke […]

Manitoba Judge Vic Toews drops court challenge of ethics commissioner ruling

Nov 24 2017 — — Manitoba Judge Vic Toews has dropped his court challenge of a federal ethic’s commissioner ruling that found he violated the Conflict of Interest Act when he received money from two Manitoba First Nations. A Federal Court document shows Toews, a former federal Conservative cabinet minister, filed a notice of discontinuance earlier this month. Federal ethics […]

Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as president of Zimbabwe

Nov 24 2017 — — ​Exuberant Zimbabweans greeted the swearing-in Friday of new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who takes power after an extraordinary series of events that ousted the world’s oldest head of state. Mnangagwa, fired earlier this month as vice president, will lead after the resignation of 93-year-old Robert Mugabe, who succumbed to pressure to quit from the military, the […]

Refugee system isn’t for those seeking better economic life: Trudeau

Nov 23 2017 — — Would-be Canadians need more than just a desire for a better economic future if they expect to be granted refugee status in this country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday. Trudeau, speaking at an event in Charlottetown, pointed to the case of 6,300 Haitians who have crossed illegally into Canada from the U.S. in recent […]

B.C. New Democrats invite public electoral reform vote; Liberals cry foul

Nov 23 2017 — — British Columbians were invited today to help shape the referendum due next fall on reforming the voting system in the province. Attorney General David Eby says a government website asks for public input on the question to be on the referendum ballot and for suggestions about possible voting systems. The New Democrats promised electoral reform […]