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Nenshi ‘race card’ tweet by W. Brett Wilson prompts boycott call from comedian Andrew Phung

Jun 4 2020 — — Calgary-based comedian and actor Andrew Phung is urging non-profit organizations not to take donations from W. Brett Wilson and says he’ll boycott any that do, after taking offence at a tweet from the Calgary philanthropist and entrepreneur that he called “terrible and offensive.” Wilson’s tweet came as he weighed in on whether the city should go ahead and build […]

State Department says U.S. will reassess intelligence-sharing with Canada if it lets Huawei into 5G

Jun 4 2020 — Katie Simpson — The United States is prepared to reassess its intelligence-sharing arrangement with Canada if Huawei is given the green light to take part in building Canada’s 5G networks, a State Department spokesperson said today. The federal government still has not announced its decision on whether the Chinese telecom giant will be allowed to participate in building […]

Virtual citizenship ceremonies coming for new Canadians whose dreams were crushed by COVID-19

Jun 4 2020 — Kathleen Harris — Citizenship tests and ceremonies have been cancelled for more than two months because of the global pandemic — but newcomers could soon be taking their oaths online through virtual citizenship events. On March 14, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said it would cancel the ceremonies “until further notice.” Dhiti Nanavati has been working hard for […]

Trudeau government to spend more than $88M on COVID-19 ads

Jun 4 2020 — Elizabeth Thompson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is planning to spend more than $88 million to get its message out on everything from health advice to government programs related to COVID-19, CBC News has learned. That’s on top of money that government departments have already budgeted for communicating with Canadians on other issues.

Singh condemns Trudeau’s silence over Trump’s ‘reprehensible’ actions

Jun 3 2020 — John Paul Tasker — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has condemned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s failure to call out the “reprehensible” actions of U.S. President Donald Trump as protests escalate over anti-black racism. “His silence reveals hypocrisy,” Singh said during a news conference in Ottawa Wednesday. When asked Tuesday to comment on Trump’s threat to use military force against protesters […]

What U.S. shale’s woes mean for Canada’s oil and gas industry

Jun 3 2020 — — The rise of the U.S. shale oil sector shook up energy markets worldwide, but the economic wallop of the pandemic is now rattling that same industry to the core. The situation has led to billions of dollars of losses and fears of a wave of bankruptcies, while some believe a recovery could be at least […]

Conservative leadership candidates pitch fixes for long term care

Jun 3 2020 — Catherine Cullen — Conservative leadership candidates are weighing in on the crisis in long-term care, calling for everything from new funding to keep people in their homes to a criminal crackdown on those who abuse the elderly. CBC News asked all four leadership candidates what they would do to address the issue — which was exposed recently in […]

Ottawa mayor to join protest at U.S. Embassy on Friday

Jun 2 2020 — Joanne Chianello — After telling city councillors that “racism is in our midst,” Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson announced he’ll be participating in the “No Peace Until Justice” march at the U.S. Embassy on Friday afternoon. Near the end of a brief finance and economic development committee meeting Tuesday morning, the mayor took the opportunity to address the upheaval […]