National Newswatch

Rideau Hall staff invited to take part in confidential review of harassment claims

Sep 28 2020 — Ashley Burke — A private consulting company is inviting current Rideau Hall employees to confidentially share their experiences on the job as part of its independent review of claims that Gov. General Julie Payette created a toxic workplace and verbally harassed employees. The Privy Council Office launched an unprecedented third-party review in July following a CBC News report […]

Women on arctic research mission told not to wear tight-fitting clothing

Sep 28 2020 — — A prominent Arctic research mission is coming under fire for a dress code policy that has highlighted concerns about systemic sexism in the polar sciences. The MOSAiC expedition, an international research mission led by Germany’s Alfred-Wegener-Institut, embedded polar researchers in Arctic sea ice for a full year to make groundbreaking observations about the Arctic climate. […]

Ontario’s second wave of COVID-19 forecast to peak in October

Sep 28 2020 — Mike Crawley — Fresh projections suggest that Ontario’s second wave of COVID-19 will peak in mid- to late October and will likely send enough patients to intensive care that hospitals will need to scale back non-emergency surgeries. The forecasts come from the COVID-19 Modelling Collaborative, a joint effort of scientists and physicians from the University of Toronto, University […]

COVID-19 may delay Liberal pledge to end long-term boil water advisories on First Nations

Sep 28 2020 — — The pandemic has put some of the Liberal government’s key deadlines of its reconciliation agenda in jeopardy, including a promise to end all long-term boil-water advisories on First Nations by next March. Last week’s throne speech indicated a shift in language around the commitment to eliminate the long-term advisories. It dropped mention of the 2021 […]

Why nobody’s likely to win a federal-provincial turf war in a pandemic

Sep 27 2020 — Aaron Wherry — On Thursday — a day after a throne speech vowed to take action on pharmacare, long-term care and child care — Conservative House leader Gerard Deltell stood in the House of Commons and accused the Liberal government of “setting the stage for fights with the provinces.” “Before the throne speech was even finished,” Deltell reported, […]

Parliamentary police service boosts Hill presence after string of harassment incidents

Sep 26 2020 — — The police service tasked with overseeing Parliament Hill says it has expanded its security presence in the area following several harassment incidents targeting politicians and members of the media. “As a result of recent incidents whereby parliamentarians and members of the press were harassed, the Service has increased its presence and visibility around the precinct,” […]

Liberals, NDP reach deal on sick leave, avoiding immediate election

Sep 25 2020 — — The Liberal government will expand the number of people who can access sick days, clearing the way for New Democrats to support the throne speech and bypass a fall election, sources tell CBC News. Bill C-2 — the proposed legislation that would transition people from the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) to an employment insurance […]