National Newswatch

Harper’s 2008 residential school apology was ‘attempt to kill the story,’ says ex-PMO speechwriter

Sep 10 2015 — Jorge Barrera — Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology to Indian residential school survivors was a “strategic attempt to kill the story,” according to former speechwriter in the Prime Minister’s Office at the time. Paul Bunner was the head speechwriter in Harper’s PMO between 2006 and 2009. Bunner’s views on the Indian residential school apology and the possible […]

RCMP mulled ‘soft launch’ of murdered and missing Indigenous women report to please Public Safety: emails

Sep 10 2015 — Jorge Barrera — Senior RCMP officials considered a “soft launch” of their second report on murdered and missing Indigenous women because they believed the federal Public Safety department would “appreciate” the move, internal emails show. The emails also show how RCMP planners tried to arrange the release of the report around the Harper government’s plan to highlight the […]

Nunavut MP Aglukkaq silent as Franklin fracas claims Pulitizer prize winning journalist from Toronto Star

Jul 10 2015 — Kent Driscoll — Canada’s MP for Nunavut and Minister of Environment is remaining silent after accusations surfaced that the federal government meddled in the story around how two lost ships in the Franklin expedition were discovered. On Monday, Toronto Star photojournalist, and Pulitzer prize winning reporter Paul Watson quit, stating that it was because the paper wouldn’t let […]

RCMP won’t back Valcourt’s claim Indigenous men responsible for 70 per cent of Indigenous women murders

Mar 27 2015 — Jorge Barrera — The RCMP says it won’t release “the ethnicity” of perpetrators responsible for the murders of Indigenous women, contradicting statements made earlier Thursday by a Conservative MP and a spokesperson for Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office. “In the spirit of our bias-free policing policy, the RCMP will not be disclosing statistics on the ethnicity of […]

Ottawa twins charged with terror-related offences applying for Indian status

Feb 25 2015 — Kenneth Jackson — The Ottawa twins facing terror-related charges for allegedly trying to join ISIS are currently trying to obtain Indian status, APTN National News has learned. According to sources close to the twins, Carlos and Ashton Larmond, 24, are “very proud” Algonquins. Their grandmother, Linda Brennan is handling the application. Brennan refused to comment on the charges […]

Ex-spy’s allegations of CSIS law-breaking need investigation, say opposition MPs

Nov 27 2014 — Jorge Barrera — A former intelligence officer’s allegations that Canada’s spy agency routinely ignores law-breaking by its operatives needs to be investigated, say opposition MPs. NDP MP Randall Garrison, the party’s public safety critic, said the RCMP is in the best position to investigate the allegations made by former spy Danny Palmer, a 12-year veteran of the Canadian […]

RCMP officers ‘not on full alert’ sitting in cruisers while monitoring Parliament Hill, says former deputy commissioner

Oct 28 2014 — Jorge Barrera — The RCMP’s “system of coverage” for Parliament Hill failed last Wednesday when a lone gunman carrying a .30-30 Winchester, lever-action rifle managed to run onto the grounds, hijack a ministerial car, drive it to the Peace Tower, park and enter through the front doors without any interference. That morning the RCMP would have stationed cruisers […]

NDP MP says Aglukkaq ‘disgusting’ for question period heckling of national inquiry calls

Sep 30 2014 — Jorge Barrera — NDP Carol Hughes says she still believes Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq was “disgusting” for heckling during a question period debate over the need for an inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country. Hughes was forced to apologize in the House of Commons following question period Monday after Conservative […]