National Newswatch

Feds preparing response in case Trump follows through on auto tariff threat

Aug 16 2018 — — With threats of devastating U.S. tariffs hanging over the auto sector, Canada’s economic development minister says Ottawa is considering every possible way it could respond if the Trump administration follows through on its warning. Navdeep Bains said Plan A is to continue encouraging the U.S. to back away from the tariff threat, which industry has […]

Liberal MP Iqra Khalid accused of giving award to purveyor of anti-Semitism

Aug 15 2018 — — A Liberal MP is under fire for presenting a “certificate of appreciation” to a man one Jewish advocacy group labels a purveyor of anti-Semitism. B’nai Brith Canada has started a petition demanding that Mississauga-Erin Mills MP Iqra Khalid apologize and rescind the federal certificate she presented last week to Amin El-Maoued, the public relations chief […]

McKenna says you can’t erase a troubled history by removing statues

Aug 15 2018 — — The minister responsible for Parks Canada says tearing down statues is not the solution when it comes to addressing the darker side of Canadian history. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has asked the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada to look at how to address concerns with historical figures like John A. Macdonald, whose role […]

Climate change likely to cause more sewage leaks, McKenna says

Aug 15 2018 — — More than one hundred municipal wastewater systems did not report how much raw sewage overflowed from their pipes in 2017 but Environment Canada is only investigating two of them for violating federal regulations. Environment and Climate Change Canada officials would not comment on the nature of those investigations since they are ongoing, including refusing to […]

Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard’s alleged sex offences case returns to court

Aug 15 2018 — — The case of Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard, who faces three sexual assault-related charges, will be returning to a Toronto court this morning. Hoggard, 34, was arrested last month and charged with one count of sexual interference and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm. Police say the charges relate to three separate incidents involving […]

Key figure in Quebec corruption inquiry nicknamed ‘Mr. 3 Per Cent’ has died at 79

Aug 14 2018 — — Bernard Trepanier, a former political fundraiser in Montreal and a central figure during Quebec’s public inquiry into corruption in the construction sector, died Tuesday, his lawyer said. Trepanier was infamously nicknamed “Mr. Three Per Cent” by witnesses at the inquiry because of kickbacks he allegedly sought when he worked for former Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay’s […]