National Newswatch

Feds to keep more bureaucrats at home, overhaul property portfolio to get to ‘net zero’ emissions

Nov 26 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos will today release the federal government’s plan to drive down greenhouse gas emissions within the federal bureaucracy itself, with the goal of achieving “net zero” by 2050 through a radical restructuring of the government’s property and vehicle portfolio. The Liberal government’s “greening government strategy” sets new, more ambitious targets to […]

What to expect from the federal government’s long-awaited fiscal update

Nov 26 2020 — Chris Hall — The federal government’s prescription for the COVID-19 pandemic — spending is the best medicine — hasn’t varied much since the spring. The finance minister is signalling that approach will continue (if in much smaller doses) in next week’s economic statement. “Our plan will continue to support Canadians through the pandemic and ensure that the post-COVID […]

Ottawa city council demands Chiarelli’s immediate resignation

Nov 25 2020 — — After expressing outrage, disgust and regret over reports of Coun. Rick Chiarelli’s egregious conduct, Ottawa city council unanimously voted Wednesday to impose the harshest penalties available to them to sanction the veteran councillor. Council was united in its call for the College ward councillor to resign immediately, and to ask the minister of municipal affairs […]

‘Delays, conflicts and confusion’ hampered Ontario’s COVID-19 response: auditor general

Nov 25 2020 — Mike Crawley — Ontario’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic was hampered by poor emergency preparedness, inadequate lab capacity and a disorganized public health system, according to a report issued Wednesday by the province’s auditor general. In a special report on COVID-19, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk raises concerns that flaws in Ontario’s communication, decision-making and management of positive cases […]

Commons considers Bloc bill to end dairy concessions in trade deals

Nov 24 2020 — Janyce McGregor — When Canadian trade negotiators begin talks with the United Kingdom next year on a permanent bilateral trade deal, their hands could be tied when it comes to offering any future dairy, egg or poultry concessions, if Parliament passes a new private member’s bill up for its first hour of debate later today. Bloc Québécois MP […]

What an Australian-style push against Chinese interference might look like

Nov 24 2020 — Evan Dyer — Some Australians see the country’s new powers to stop foreign interference as an overdue shift from complacency to vigilance, while others have warned of the dangers of a McCarthyite moral panic. But all can agree that Australia’s approach to foreign meddling in its politics, universities and public debate has changed a great deal in recent […]

Canada has turned back 4,400 asylum seekers in 5 years

Nov 24 2020 — Kathleen Harris — Canada has turned away at least 4,400 asylum seekers at the U.S. border since 2016 — including some who were hoping to find refuge here at the height of the global pandemic — according to newly released government figures. Nearly half of those trying to enter Canada over that five-year period made the attempt in […]

As cases rise, Atlantic bubble is burst for at least two weeks

Nov 23 2020 — — The Atlantic bubble is no more. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced Monday that all incoming travellers will be expected to isolate for 14 days, regardless of where they’re coming from. Premier Andrew Furey said the bubble will be paused for two weeks. Furey said the province will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation […]