National Newswatch

Advisory council could strip Julie Payette of her Order of Canada

Jul 29 2021 — Ashley Burke — As governor general, Julie Payette presented one of the country’s most prestigious civilian honours to hundreds of accomplished Canadians. Now, an advisory council is thinking about taking her own Order of Canada away. CBC News has learned the 11-member Advisory Council for the Order of Canada, chaired by Chief Justice Richard Wagner — who took […]

Prime minister announces appointment of five new senators

Jul 29 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced the appointment of five new members of the Senate. Michèle Audette, Amina Gerba and Clément Gignac will represent Quebec in the Red Chamber. David Arnot will represent Saskatchewan and Karen Sorensen will represent Alberta. The Governor General appoints senators on the advice of the prime minister. All five senators […]

Millions meant for residential school survivors spent on Catholic Church lawyers, administration: documents

Jul 29 2021 — — The Roman Catholic Church spent millions of dollars that were supposed to go to residential school survivors on lawyers, administration, a private fundraising company and unapproved loans, according to documents obtained by CBC News. The documents include a host of other revelations. They appear to contradict the Catholic Church’s public claims about money paid to […]

Winnipeg Catholic priest accuses residential school survivors of lying about abuse for money

Jul 29 2021 — — A Catholic priest has been banned by a Winnipeg archdiocese from speaking publicly after accusing residential school survivors of lying about sexual abuse to get more money from court settlements, of spreading falsehoods about residential schools, and joking about shooting those writing graffiti on churches, among other comments. The statements were made over weeks of […]

Feds, N.L. government announce Muskrat Falls deal, with few details

Jul 28 2021 — — The federal and provincial governments have struck a deal to stave off stark financial consequences of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectrc project for ratepayers in Newfoundland and Labrador, but provided few details Wednesday as to what that deal contains. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Andrew Furey made the joint announcement before media at Confederation Building […]

Canada not among countries exempt from quarantine for travel into England

Jul 28 2021 — — The government of the United Kingdom announced today that travellers to England who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the European Union or United States will be exempt from mandatory quarantine upon arrival — but fully vaccinated travellers from Canada will still have to undergo quarantine.

COVID-19 spreading faster in Alberta than during peak of 3rd wave

Jul 28 2021 — — Health and infectious disease experts say the rate at which COVID-19 cases are growing in Alberta is alarming, as it spreads faster than during the height of the pandemic’s third wave. The R-value, which represents the number of people infected by each infected person, was 1.48 (with a confidence interval of 1.38-1.59) in Alberta as […]

Stephen Harper says Canada’s pandemic spending has been ‘overkill’ in podcast appearance

Jul 27 2021 — — The Canadian government has spent irresponsibly in its attempt to fend off the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to former prime minister Stephen Harper. “It’s not a good reaction, it’s been overkill,” Harper said on an episode of the podcast American Optimist, which was released on Tuesday. “This is bad macroeconomic policy […]

At least 71 people caught COVID-19 at Calgary Stampede

Jul 27 2021 — — The Calgary Stampede says at least 71 people caught COVID-19 during the festival in mid-July. That’s seven cases per day, or a total of 0.01 per cent of 528,998 attendees, the Stampede said. Dana Peers, the Stampede’s interim CEO, said he feels the event, which ran from July 9-18, was a success despite the on-site […]

Ottawa to give Newfoundland billions of dollars to offset Muskrat Falls costs

Jul 27 2021 — David Cochrane — The federal government is finalizing a multi-billion-dollar agreement with Newfoundland and Labrador to financially restructure the over-budget and behind-schedule Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, CBC News has learned. Sources with knowledge of the agreement say Ottawa will buy an equity stake in the project and guarantee more of its debt to reduce borrowing costs and help […]

Border workers vote to strike, putting Canada’s reopening plans at risk

Jul 27 2021 — Catharine Tunney — Canada’s reopening plans could be hindered as thousands of border officers gird themselves for possible strike action. The two unions representing more than 8,500 Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) employees announced this morning that the majority of their members have given them a strike mandate. That means they could begin strike action as soon as […]