National Newswatch

The campaign that was, and the campaign that could have been

Sep 20 2021 — Aaron Wherry — In a note last week for investors and clients, ScotiaBank described this federal election as a “vote about everything and nothing.” That is not an unfair summation. Though initially framed in stark terms by Justin Trudeau himself, the campaign was not seized with Socratic or fierce debates about the lessons of the last year and […]

Emmys 2021: The Crown and Ted Lasso win big — and so does streaming

Sep 20 2021 — — In a year crowded with impressive offerings, Ted Lasso, and The Crown were among the Emmys’ biggest winners on Sunday night, sweeping their categories despite strong competition. The wins provided recognition for both series, but more importantly the Emmy statues gave the platforms that carried Ted Lasso and The Crown a long-awaited artistic stamp of […]

Vaccination uptake triples after Alberta announces its version of a vaccine passport

Sep 17 2021 — — The demand for COVID-19 vaccinations tripled in Alberta on Thursday, the day after Premier Jason Kenney announced the province’s version of a vaccine passport. Alberta Health reported 28,158 doses were administered at Alberta Health Services clinics and pharmacies on Thursday compared to 9,750 on Wednesday. Kenney announced the new restriction exemption program Wednesday night.

B.C. says it can’t take patients from Alberta’s overwhelmed ICUs

Sep 17 2021 — — B.C. says it won’t be able to take any of Alberta’s extra intensive care unit patients at a time when that province’s hospitals are buckling under the weight of patients who are critically ill with COVID-19. In a statement, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said the ministry met with its Alberta counterparts Thursday. A day […]

Case against former top general Jonathan Vance adjourned until October

Sep 17 2021 — Murray Brewster — The criminal case involving the country’s former top military commander that went before provincial court in Ontario today has been adjourned until Oct. 15. Retired general Jonathan Vance was charged by military police in July with one count of obstruction of justice in relation to an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. The Canadian Forces […]

Between violence and vandalism, the parties are experiencing a very ugly campaign

Sep 17 2021 — Catharine Tunney — Canadian Anti-Hate Network says it’s the worst campaign in recent memory for far-right activity. The three main parties say they’ve experienced ugly incidents on the campaign trail, ranging from vandalism to assault. Some party operatives say it’s the nastiest campaign they’ve ever experienced. One high-profile incident happened earlier this month when someone threw gravel at […]

Sask. Premier Scott Moe announces mandatory masking and proof of vaccination policies

Sep 16 2021 — — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced Thursday that the province will implement mandatory masking, a proof of vaccination policy and a requirement for government employees to get vaccinated or receive negative tests. Moe made the announcement in a video posted to his social media Thursday morning. The provincial mask policy, which will apply to all public […]

Calgary UCP MLA says Alberta’s COVID-19 inaction will ‘cost us lives’

Sep 16 2021 — — A Calgary UCP MLA says the government’s inaction on rising COVID-19 cases “will cost us lives” and that there was ample warning to take decisive actions weeks earlier. Richard Gotfried, who represents Calgary-Fish Creek, made the remarks on Facebook late Wednesday in response to questions from commenters. “I am deeply apologetic that my persistent efforts […]