National Newswatch

Child-killer Michael Rafferty transferred to medium security, says victim’s father

Dec 10 2018 — Peter Zimonjic — Weeks after child killer Terri-Lynne McClintic was returned to prison after being transferred to an Indigenous healing lodge, the victim’s father is now reporting that her co-conspirator in the murder, Michael Rafferty, was transferred to a medium security prison in March. The transfer was revealed by Rodney Stafford, father of murdered eight-year-old girl Tori Stafford, […]

Canada’s finance ministers meet in Ottawa to discuss trade, competitiveness

Dec 9 2018 — Elise von Scheel — Finance ministers from Canada’s provinces and territories are meeting with their federal counterpart in Ottawa to discuss the country’s economy, competitiveness and trade. Topics will also include the global economy, the Canada Pension Plan, a review of the efficacy of the cannabis tax, and countering tax evasion. The meetings began Sunday night, and will carry […]

Faulty Peace Tower elevator broke down 47 times so far this year

Dec 8 2018 — — Melissa Batchelor-Murphy’s recent trip aboard the Peace Tower elevator had some serious ups and downs. And not just because she and six others ended up trapped inside the teeny, eight-person-capacity lift — for an hour —after it broke down two-thirds of the way up Parliament’s iconic 92-metre tower.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou wanted for fraud offences, bail hearing told

Dec 7 2018 — — Meng Wanzhou — the chief financial officer for the Chinese tech giant Huawei — is wanted in the U.S. on allegations of fraud, a bail hearing has been told. Crown counsel said Friday that Meng​, 46, is accused of using an unofficial subsidiary called Skycom to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran from 2009 to 2014.

Premiers vent over climate ‘goal posts’ and internal trade at first ministers meeting

Dec 7 2018 — Janyce McGregor — The federal-provincial bluster leading up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s fourth first ministers meeting didn’t translate into any dramatic showdowns. But as the talks wrapped up in Montreal Friday, it became clear the tension didn’t lend itself to any tangible progress, either. Several days of public bickering over the agenda, including a threat from Ontario […]

Federal agency racks up big expenses after scientists reject web meetings

Dec 7 2018 — Dean Beeby — A federal agency that funds medical science is racking up large travel and hospitality bills after Canadian researchers snubbed a plan to replace face-to-face meetings with cheaper “virtual” online conversations. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has been spending an average of $2,600 a day on meals and refreshments this year alone, even as […]

Government staffer named in Mark Norman document leak case suspended from job

Dec 6 2018 — Murray Brewster — A junior procurement official named in the criminal case against the military’s former second-in-command has been suspended from his federal government position, a House of Commons committee has been told. Matthew Matchett was identified in court documents filed by the lawyers defending Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who has been charged with a single count of breach […]

Trudeau open to rail car purchase, more generous EI rules to help struggling energy sector

Dec 6 2018 — Peter Zimonjic and Rosemary Barton — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is willing to consider helping Alberta Premier Rachel Notley fund the purchase of rail cars to increase the volume of oil her province can ship to international markets. Trudeau made the comments in a wide-ranging interview with Rosemary Barton, co-host of CBC News’ The National, to air Sunday. Trudeau […]

Cyber crooks increasingly targeting home devices: report

Dec 6 2018 — Elizabeth Thompson — Cyber criminals are shifting their attention from traditional computers to internet-connected devices in Canadian homes, says the government’s cyber security agency. In its cyber threat assessment for 2018, the newly created Canadian Centre for Cyber Security says the growing number of devices connected to the internet like “televisions, home appliances, thermostats and cars” have become […]