National Newswatch

Molecular testing requirement for COVID-19 to remain as land border opens: Blair

Oct 17 2021 — — Canadians will still need to take a molecular test, like the expensive PCR test, in order to return to Canada from the United States after the land border reopens to fully vaccinated travellers in November. In an interview on Rosemary Barton Live on Sunday, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said acquiring a negative test has […]

Meet some of the new faces coming to the House of Commons

Oct 17 2021 — — Forty-nine rookie MPs will be seeking to make their mark when the minority Parliament resumes this fall, while two familiar faces defeated in 2019 — Liberals Randy Boissonnault and John Aldag — will return to the House of Commons after successful political comebacks. And while many observers have claimed the summer federal election changed little, […]

Global tax accord could earn Canada up to $4.5 billion per year, says Freeland

Oct 16 2021 — Chris Hall — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada stands to collect as much as $4.5 billion dollars a year through a landmark deal involving 136 countries that will require the world’s largest corporations to pay more in taxes. It’s the first time she’s released a revenue estimate from her department since the deal was reached a week […]

Canadian politicians warn of political violence after U.K. MP is stabbed to death

Oct 16 2021 — — Shocked and saddened by the killing of a long-serving British MP on Friday, Canadian politicians say the threat of a similar incident in Canada appears to be growing. David Amess, 69, was fatally stabbed around noon on Friday while meeting with constituents in Leigh-on-Sea, a town about 62 kilometres east of London. The Conservative lawmaker […]

U.S confirms it will accept Canadian travellers with mixed vaccines

Oct 15 2021 — Sophia Harris — Canadians with mixed vaccines and U.S. travel plans can breathe a sigh of relief tonight. Following weeks of speculation, the United States confirmed late Friday it will accept mixed vaccines when new rules kick in on Nov. 8 requiring that foreign travellers entering the U.S. be fully vaccinated. Individuals inoculated with any combination of two […]

After skipping earlier invitations, Trudeau meeting with B.C. First Nation on Monday

Oct 15 2021 — — The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation in B.C. will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, about two weeks after he apologized to the First Nation’s leadership for not responding to invitations to join them to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation is located near the site of […]

A new ‘Buy American’ plan is alarming the auto sector — and the federal government

Oct 15 2021 — Alexander Panetta — For months now, a legislative proposal inching its way through the U.S. Congress has been stoking consternation across the border. Canadian policy-makers and businesses have been warily eyeing Buy American proposals designed to shift auto production to the U.S. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said during a trip this week to Washington that she raised […]

Canada seeks to claw back $25M in COVID relief from thousands of fishers

Oct 14 2021 — Paul Withers — The federal government is demanding 4,193 Canadian fishers repay $25.8 million in COVID-19 relief assistance paid out in 2020 under the Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program, CBC News has learned. More than half the harvesters issued overpayment letters are in Nova Scotia, where 2,382 have received notices totalling $13.8 million, according to data released to […]