National Newswatch

2 multimillion-dollar loans to Irving company forgiven by ACOA

Aug 21 2019 — — The federal government has written off the balance of two multimillion-dollar loans given to Irving-owned Atlantic Wallboard in Saint John. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency closed the file on the two loans in March after deciding that the full amount “has not been and likely will never be repaid,” according to a memorandum obtained by […]

Parents will be able to exempt children from sex-ed classes under new Ontario curriculum

Aug 21 2019 — — The Ontario government’s revised sex-education curriculum for elementary schools includes instruction on health, cybersafety and consent, and requires school boards to allow parents to exempt children from teachings on human development and sexual health. The new curriculum, released Wednesday, will replace a controversial teaching plan brought in after the Progressive Conservatives took power last year.

CBSA officer caught leaking police information to family members: internal docs

Aug 21 2019 — — A Canada Border Services Agency agent breached federal privacy law when she took a photo of confidential police information and emailed it to a member of her family, says an internal report. According to a copy of the findings, recently obtained by CBC News through access to information law, the Calgary Police issued a wanted […]

IRS busts alleged multimillion-dollar tobacco-smuggling scheme in Akwesasne

Aug 21 2019 — Jorge Barrera — A three-year, multi-agency investigation led by the U.S. tax authority targeted a key “broker” in a smuggling scheme that allegedly moved millions of dollars worth of tobacco through a border-straddling First Nation and into the Canadian black market, U.S. court records reveal. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and its investigative partners allege a man from […]

Opposition parties to push for ethics commissioner to testify on SNC-Lavalin scandal

Aug 21 2019 — — With just weeks to go before an election call, opposition MPs plan to put Liberals on the spot today with a motion to bring Canada’s ethics commissioner before a Commons committee to testify about his conclusion that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke Canada’s conflict of interest laws. “I expect the members of the committee to […]

Environmental groups can still talk climate change during election, says Canada’s chief electoral officer

Aug 20 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — Canada’s chief electoral officer issued a public statement today assuring environmental organizations that they’re free to promote action to fight climate change during the fall federal election without falling afoul of the Canada Elections Act. “The act does not prevent individuals or groups from talking about issues or publishing information,” Stéphane Perrault said. Perrault issued […]

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh hurts party when he ignores New Brunswick, former MP says

Aug 20 2019 — — The federal election is two months away, and the New Democratic Party still doesn’t have a candidate in any of the 10 New Brunswick ridings. Yvon Godin, the former NDP member of Parliament for Acadie-Bathurst, blames party leader Jagmeet Singh and the small amount of time he’s spent in New Brunswick and other parts of […]

Jihadi Jack, stripped of U.K. citizenship, now hopes to come to Canada

Aug 20 2019 — — Jack Letts, dubbed Jihadi Jack by the media after being accused of travelling to Syria to fight for ISIS, said he’s not surprised Britain stripped him of his citizenship, and that he hopes to return to Canada. “I’ve always felt I’m a mix. And I’ve been to Canada seven times and I spent a lot […]

Andrew Scheer promises to make EI maternity, parental benefits tax-free

Aug 20 2019 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says that, if his party forms the next federal government, he’ll make Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for new parents tax-free to ease the cost of raising a child in Canada. Scheer made the announcement during a campaign-style stop at a Toronto-area child care centre, touting the promise as a cornerstone of […]