National Newswatch

Reopening the Canada-U.S. border will be a long, piecemeal process

Jul 1 2020 — Aaron Wherry — The Donald Trump era began in 2015 with a promise to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Five years later, the Trump era may end with citizens in much of the rest of the world — Canadians, in particular — insisting on a virtual wall between themselves and the United States. With […]

Putin allies accuse Canada of interfering with Russia’s gay marriage vote

Jun 30 2020 — Chris Brown — Prominent Russians with close ties to the Putin government are accusing Canada of interfering in that country’s constitutional vote on gay marriage by opposing a ban. Russians have been voting for the past week on a series of constitutional amendments, the most significant of which would effectively allow President Vladimir Putin to continue in the […]

Irving company secures warship maintenance contract worth up to $552M

Jun 29 2020 — Paul Withers — A J.D. Irving company has been awarded a federal government contract to maintain Canada’s current fleet of warships in a deal that could be worth up to $552 million over the next 22 years. Halifax-based Fleetway Inc. will carry out in-service support for systems engineering and technical data management for the 12 Halifax-class frigates, the […]

Alberta to spend billions on infrastructure, cut corporate taxes as part of recovery plan

Jun 29 2020 — — Alberta will spend billions on infrastructure projects, cut its corporate tax rate, establish a new investment agency and introduce a series of targeted incentives for industry as part of a plan to restart its battered economy. Premier Jason Kenney said his government would spend $10 billion on projects that will immediately create jobs, including health-care […]