National Newswatch

Facebook breached Canada’s privacy laws, watchdogs’ report finds

Apr 25 2019 — — Social media giant Facebook broke a number of privacy laws and failed to take responsibility for protecting the personal information of Canadians, according to two privacy watchdogs’ investigation of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien and his B.C. counterpart, Michael McEvoy, joined forces last spring to investigate the roles of Facebook and […]

By claiming Ontario’s done its ‘fair share,’ Doug Ford pushes the climate burden west

Apr 25 2019 — Aaron Wherry — Doug Ford’s government in Ontario is now insisting the province should not be expected to do more than its “fair share” to meet Canada’s national commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But Ford’s definition of “fair” might present a significant challenge to the rest of the country — particularly Ford’s conservative allies in Alberta and […]

Another Green breakthrough leaves the party wondering what might have been

Apr 24 2019 — Eric Grenier — The Greens are celebrating a historic breakthrough in Prince Edward Island today after Tuesday’s provincial election. They’re also experiencing a pang of disappointment. It’s a familiar feeling for Greens across the country. The party has long been unable to deliver at the ballot box the support that has showed up for it in public opinion […]

Bias at the border? CBSA study finds travellers from some countries face more delays

Apr 24 2019 — Evan Dyer — The Canada Border Services Agency is conducting a series of tests to learn if its human agents, and its passport-reading machines, are prone to discriminating against certain kinds of travellers. The CBSA’s research to date, obtained by CBC News through Access to Information requests, suggests that most of the discrepancies in the treatment of different […]

Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax is revenue neutral… for now

Apr 24 2019 — Neil Macdonald — On Thursday, the fiscal detectives at the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) will publish their assessment of a promise the Trudeau government will be repeating, almost as a matter of self-defence, in this year’s election: that the new carbon tax driving up gasoline and home heating costs will be entirely returned to taxpayers through tax cuts.

Kejimkujik to be first Parks Canada campground with gender-neutral washrooms

Apr 24 2019 — — A popular summer destination in southwest Nova Scotia is set to become the first Parks Canada campground with gender-neutral washrooms, part of the federal agency’s $3-billion plan to upgrade outdated facilities at national parks and other sites across the country. Renovations planned for Kejimkujik National Park include building a new water-treatment plant, refitting waste-water facilities, […]

Prime Minister to visit Gatineau flood evacuees today

Apr 24 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting a flood evacuation centre in Gatineau, Que., on Wednesday afternoon. More than 300 people have registered with the western Quebec city as victims of a flood that’s reached major flood levels in some waterfront neighbourhoods and is expected to reach that status in more areas today. Water levels across […]

The federal budget bill can’t actually ‘free the beer’

Apr 24 2019 — Janyce McGregor — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this year’s budget bill does what the Harper government could never do over ten years in office — it “frees the beer.” There’s just one problem with that claim: only the provinces can free the beer (or wine, or spirits). And most of them haven’t — including Premier Doug Ford’s […]

CBC News projects PC minority government in P.E.I.

Apr 23 2019 — — The P.E.I. Progressive Conservative Party under rookie Leader Dennis King has emerged victorious in Tuesday’s election by a narrow margin — the party won or is leading in more districts than either the Liberals, Greens or NDP, but failed to win the 14 seats needed for a majority. Although a Tory minority was somewhat unexpected, […]

Teen terror accused back in jail after alleged bail breach

Apr 23 2019 — — A minor accused of terrorism is back behind bars after an alleged breach of his bail conditions. The 16-year-old Kingston, Ont. resident was arrested Sunday and sent back to jail. There is a court-ordered publication ban on the specifics of the bail breach. The youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, […]

P.E.I. heads to the polls today — and it could make history

Apr 23 2019 — — Islanders are voting today in an election campaign unlike any other in P.E.I.’s history. It marks the first three-way race in a province long beholden to a two-party system, and has the Green Party hoping to make an unprecedented breakthrough.

Oilsands CO2 emissions may be far higher than companies report, scientists say

Apr 23 2019 — — A number of major oilsands operations in northern Alberta seem to be emitting significantly more carbon pollution than companies have been reporting, newly published research from federal scientists suggests, which could have profound consequences for government climate-change strategies. The researchers, mainly from Environment Canada, calculated emissions rates for four major oilsands surface mining operations using […]