National Newswatch

Canada launches probe into false documents as China halts imports of meat

Jun 26 2019 — Kathleen Harris — International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr says Canada has launched an investigation into forged veterinary certificates as China has suspended all meat imports. Speaking to reporters in Toronto, Carr said the government is trying to get answers as quickly as possible, and said incidents involving fake documents are not unprecedented, but “rare.” He said the […]

Twitter banning political ads in Canada until election campaign

Jun 26 2019 — Elizabeth Thompson — Online giant Twitter has decided to ban political ads in Canada in the lead-up to the federal election this fall. Faced with new election rules that kick in this weekend, Twitter says it won’t allow ads for parties and candidates until campaigning for the Oct. 21 vote begins. “Twitter will be prohibiting partisan and political […]

RCMP access-to-information worker flagged as a security concern, says memo

Jun 26 2019 — Catharine Tunney — The RCMP were worried about “increased scrutiny” by journalists after an employee in their access to information office was red-flagged during a security review, according to a briefing note prepared for the commissioner. The national police force launched a review after the security unit raised concerns about the employee during a routine clearance interview last […]

2015 redux: Scheer’s Conservatives are sticking with the Harper policy book

Jun 26 2019 — Aaron Wherry — “Stephen Harper with a smile” was the shorthand description embraced by both Andrew Scheer (while he was running for the Conservative leadership) and the Liberal Party, after Scheer became the second leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Two years and five “vision” speeches later, that description seems only more apt. That Scheer has so […]

Former PM Campbell rips Scheer’s climate plan

Jun 25 2019 — — Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Kim Campbell says that the Conservatives’ climate strategy falls short. “They produced a plan that has no targets,” she told Power and Politics host Vassy Kapelos in a recent interview, airing today. “It really is a sop, I think.” Unveiled by party leader Andrew Scheer last week, the plan would, […]

China considering halting all meat products from Canada over fake veterinary health certificates

Jun 25 2019 — — China is considering halting all meat imports from Canada starting Wednesday after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency notified China that it had discovered a number of fabricated veterinary health certificates in some meat products bound for China, according to a government official. China already has halted imports from three Canadian pork producers over food safety […]

Ex-ambassador McCallum says Trump could fix Canada-China impasse by dropping Meng’s extradition

Jun 25 2019 — Hannah Thibedeau — The “best thing” U.S. President Donald Trump could do to secure the release of Canadians detained in China is to abandon Washington’s push to extradite Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, Canada’s former ambassador to China said today. John McCallum — who was fired from the high-profile diplomatic post by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in January after […]

Ottawa earmarks $60M for school retrofits in provinces that fought carbon tax

Jun 25 2019 — — Money from the federal government’s carbon tax will flow to schools in provinces that have refused to implement Ottawa’s contentious carbon regime themselves. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna announced today in Ottawa the federal government will fund $60 million in energy retrofits to schools located in provinces where the federal government has imposed […]

Border agency still using licence plate reader linked to U.S. hack

Jun 25 2019 — — Canada’s border agency is still using Perceptics’s licence plate reader equipment, even after the company fell victim to a recent malicious cyberattack in the U.S. Earlier this month, news surfaced that photos of travellers and licence plates collected for U.S. Customs and Border Protection had been compromised in a May privacy breach. The Canada Border […]

Will Trudeau’s experiment with Senate ‘independence’ outlast the election?

Jun 25 2019 — — Legislative changes that would have made it harder for a future prime minister to reverse Senate reforms have fallen through — raising the question of how much longer today’s more independent, non-partisan chamber might last. The Trudeau government was planning to introduce an amendment to the Parliament of Canada Act — the law that spells […]

Canada’s military feeling the strain responding to climate change

Jun 24 2019 — — The country’s top military commander says Canada’s Armed Forces are being pushed to the limit responding to an increasing number of climate-related events such as floods and fires. In 2016 the military only responded to only one climate disaster, the wildfire in Fort McMurray. But that number jumped to six deployments in each of the […]

Federal election easy prey for social media manipulators, experts warn

Jun 24 2019 — — The angst and effort around preventing voters from being manipulated through social media has accomplished little, experts on fake news warn — and online interference is happening in the run-up to Canada’s fall federal election. Despite investigations that have clearly shown how foreign and domestic actors have used fake news campaigns to influence democratic votes […]

NS PC MLA Chris d’Entremont wins federal Tory nomination

Jun 23 2019 — — d’Entremont says rules aren’t clear and that he will review whether he must step down as MLA. Progressive Conservative MLA Chris d’Entremont won the federal nomination as the Conservative Party candidate for the riding of West Nova on Saturday night and said he will review whether he has to step down from the legislature over […]

Senate enables ‘extremely hasty bill’ to change trade rules

Jun 23 2019 — Janyce McGregor — On the day the Senate rushed through legislation to temporarily suspend one of Canada’s international trade obligations — citing fears of as-yet-unspecified “surges” — Donald Trump sat beside Justin Trudeau and said the current trade situation for North American steel is “very well taken care of.” C-101 cleared the House of Commons thanks to a […]