National Newswatch

The pandemic has created a historic opportunity for Justin Trudeau. Will WE get in his way?

Aug 14 2020 — — Throughout the spring, the Liberal government’s attention seemed consumed by immediate concerns. But one morning in late June, during one of his appearances in front of Rideau Cottage, Justin Trudeau allowed himself to look ahead. “If this pandemic has been an unprecedented challenge for our country, it has also been an important opportunity: to figure […]

Ottawa slow to respond to PPE shortages flagged in February: documents

Aug 14 2020 — John Paul Tasker — The public servants who manage the National Emergency Strategic Stockpile (NESS) warned in early February that there was a shortage of the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to weather a pandemic but it took weeks for the federal government to sign contracts for goods like N95 respirators, the masks used by health-care professionals to protect […]

WE Charity registers to lobby federal government, discloses dozens of interactions with officials

Aug 13 2020 — — WE employees communicated with public office holders 38 times since March, according to lobbying registry. WE Charity has registered to lobby the federal government and retroactively disclosed dozens of previous interactions between its employees and federal officials over the past several months. Dalal Al-Waheidi, WE Charity’s executive director, told MPs on the House of Commons […]

Common-law partner of Nova Scotia mass shooter sues his estate

Aug 13 2020 — — The common-law partner of the Nova Scotia man responsible for April’s shooting rampage has launched a lawsuit against his estate. The woman was the first victim of Gabriel Wortman when he began his attack on the evening of April 18. In her statement of claim, which has been filed with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, […]

Latest Château Laurier design pleases heritage group, mayor

Aug 13 2020 — — Both Heritage Ottawa and Mayor Jim Watson say they’re pleased with the latest design for an expansion of the city’s iconic Château Laurier hotel. According to Heritage Ottawa, the “dramatically altered” design represents a “ground-breaking change” that “will see an end to the widely vilified horizontal bar-shaped structure that blocked the rear view of the […]

Details emerge of lawsuit over government’s coronavirus response

Aug 13 2020 — — CBC News has obtained an unredacted copy of a lawsuit launched by an anti-vaccination advocacy group against the government response to the coronavirus crisis, the details of which can now be independently verified and publicly reported for the first time. The lawsuit was filed by Aylmer, Ont.-based Vaccine Choice Canada and seven individuals in the […]

Psychologists speaking to Rideau Hall staff following harassment claims

Aug 12 2020 — — The office of the Governor General is bringing in psychologists specializing in workplace stress to speak to employees following reports of workplace harassment and verbal abuse coming from the top. CBC News reported last month Gov. General Julie Payette has created a toxic work environment and a culture of fear at Rideau Hall by routinely […]

Guelph police admit error with media officers about MP Tabbara’s arrest

Aug 12 2020 — — The Guelph Police Service has admitted it made an error when it said a media officer was unaware Marwan Tabbara was a sitting Member of Parliament at the time of his arrest in April. Tabbara, the MP for Kitchener South-Hespeler, west of Toronto, has been charged with two counts of assault, one count of break […]

Speculation abounds over Bill Morneau’s future as finance minister

Aug 12 2020 — Aaron Wherry — Monday was a tough day for Bill Morneau and a good day for those who want to speculate about whether Bill Morneau will continue to be the finance minister for much longer. First came word that Mark Carney, the highly regarded and dapper former governor of the Bank of Canada, has been advising Justin Trudeau […]

Government ‘dropped the ball’ on WE Charity deal, Qualtrough says

Aug 11 2020 — Kathleen Harris — Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough conceded the government “dropped the ball” on its student volunteer grant program, and said she makes “no excuse or justification” for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s roles in the resulting WE Charity controversy. Speaking at the House of Commons ethics committee Tuesday, Qualtrough said that, in the […]

Serving military member sues DND over mould exposure on warship

Aug 11 2020 — Murray Brewster — A serving member of the Canadian military has launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against the Department of National Defence after his flying career was cut short because of health issues which he claims are related to mould exposure aboard a navy frigate. Capt. Felix Dunn, of Bedford, N.S., served aboard HMCS Vancouver for six months […]

Gutted by COVID-19, travel and tourism industry pleads for aid from Ottawa

Aug 10 2020 — Kathleen Harris — Representatives of Canada’s COVID-19-crippled travel and tourism industry are warning of mass layoffs and large-scale bankruptcies if the federal government fails to step up with aid for the sector. MPs on the House of Commons industry committee heard grim stories on Monday about the devastating toll the pandemic is taking on the travel and hospitality […]

Police launch hate crime investigation after man yells obscenities at Catherine McKenna’s office

Aug 10 2020 — — The Ottawa police hate crimes unit is investigating after a man screamed obscenities outside Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna’s constituency office last week. A 90-second video, posted to social media over the weekend, shows a man approaching the door of the Ottawa Centre MP’s Catherine Street office around 10:30 a.m. ET Thursday and ringing […]