National Newswatch

Transport minister didn’t speak to Via Rail during holiday travel chaos

Jan 26 2023 — — Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra was not personally in contact with officials at Via Rail during the Christmas winter storm that left hundreds of passengers stranded for hours on a disabled train, the railway’s executives told a House of Commons committee Thursday. The executives told MPs on the transport committee that while Via Rail was […]

No more expensing home internet bills to taxpayers, Tory and Liberal MPs told

Jan 26 2023 — — The federal Liberal government is joining the Opposition Conservatives in no longer allowing its members of Parliament to expense taxpayers for home internet services. And Government House Leader Mark Holland’s office said Thursday he will propose that the practice be ended for MPs of all parties, after Conservatives signalled their intention to do the same. […]

Trudeau announces Amira Elghawaby as Canada’s first representative to combat Islamophobia

Jan 26 2023 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment of a special representative on combating Islamophobia that will advise the federal government on how to better fight discrimination against the Muslim community. Human rights activist Amira Elghawaby will be responsible for serving “as a champion, advisor, expert and representative to support and enhance” the government’s efforts, the […]

Independent probe into contact between Alberta premier’s office, prosecutors needed, says political scientist

Jan 26 2023 — — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith should call an independent investigation into contact between her office, the justice minister’s office and crown prosecutors to put questions to rest, one political scientist says. Sources have told CBC News that Smith, over several months, asked for updates on cases or inquired whether it would be possible to abandon them. […]

COVID-19 misinformation cost at least 2,800 lives and $300M, new report says

Jan 26 2023 — — The spread of COVID-19 misinformation in Canada cost at least 2,800 lives and $300 million in hospital expenses over nine months of the pandemic, according to estimates in a new report out Thursday. The report — released by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), an independent research organization that receives federal funding — examined how […]

Alberta premier’s office calls for apology, retraction of CBC stories alleging contact with Crown prosecutors

Jan 25 2023 — — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is calling on CBC News to retract and apologize for a story that cites unnamed sources alleging her office emailed Crown prosecutors regarding the handling of cases tied to last year’s Coutts border blockade. In a statement Wednesday, Smith’s office referred to CBC’s reporting in a story published Jan. 19 as […]

Canada is looking at sending 4 or 5 Leopard tanks to Ukraine: source

Jan 25 2023 — — The U.S. and Germany have agreed to a plan to send dozens of tanks to Ukraine as the country prepares for an expected increase in Russian attacks this spring and to launch a counteroffensive of its own. Canada is mulling contributing four or five Leopard 2 tanks as part of the plan, according to a […]

Serena Williams, Kristen Bell, North West join cast of ‘Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie’

Jan 25 2023 — — Tennis champion Serena Williams and “Frozen” star Kristen Bell are among the names joining the Paw Patrol movie sequel. Toronto-headquartered Spin Master Entertainment announced the additions to the cast, which also include North West joining her mom Kim Kardashian, who was in the first movie. Distributor Elevation Pictures says “Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie” will […]

Alberta premier pressured justice minister’s office to get rid of COVID charges, sources say

Jan 25 2023 — — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith pressured the attorney general and his office to intervene in COVID-related court cases, according to multiple sources familiar with the interactions. Exchanges between the premier’s office and Justice Minister Tyler Shandro’s office over several months included what sources characterized as attempts to influence cases. “I would classify it as inappropriate,” one […]

Pressure builds for Canada to send tanks to Ukraine after Germany gives OK

Jan 25 2023 — — Pressure is building for Canada to send some of its Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine after Germany’s decision to provide the heavy weapons and approve requests by other countries to do the same. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced his government’s decision today following weeks of hesitation, saying Berlin will send 14 of its Leopard […]