National Newswatch

Justin Trudeau mulls mandatory hotel quarantine for returning travellers

Jan 22 2021 — — The federal government is mulling a mandatory quarantine in hotels for returning travellers as the country’s top doctor warns that easing COVID-19 restrictions too quickly could cause case numbers to shoot up again. Monday will mark a year since the first recorded appearance of the novel coronavirus in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it […]

Political scientists say Kenney must rethink pugilistic approach on oil, environment

Jan 22 2021 — — Political analysts say Premier Jason Kenney must rethink his traditional “fight back” approach and start building bridges to reconcile environmental concerns with oil and gas development. “Attacks are not going to persuade anybody,” Lori Williams, a political scientist at Mount Royal University, said in an interview Thursday. “You don’t set up a war room whose […]

Payette fiasco shows need for stronger GG vetting process: LeBlanc

Jan 22 2021 — — Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc concedes Julie Payette’s resignation as governor general shows a need to strengthen the process for vetting vice-regal appointments. Payette resigned Thursday, about a week after the government received the damning findings of an independent investigation into allegations that she presided over a toxic work environment at Rideau Hall. LeBlanc says […]

Democrats ask ethics panel to investigate Sens. Cruz, Hawley

Jan 21 2021 — Kevin Freking, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Seven Democratic senators on Thursday asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the actions of Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley “to fully understand their role” in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Thousands had gathered that day as Congress voted to formally certify […]

Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

Jan 21 2021 — Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press — GENEVA — The United States will resume funding for the World Health Organization and join its consortium aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines fairly around the globe, President Joe Biden’s top adviser on the pandemic said Thursday, renewing support for an agency that the Trump administration had pulled back from. Dr. Anthony Fauci’s quick commitment to […]

Biden proposes 5-year extension of nuke treaty with Russia

Jan 21 2021 — Matthew Lee And Robert Burns, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has proposed to Russia a five-year extension of a nuclear arms treaty that is otherwise set to expire in February, the White House said Thursday. Biden proposed the extension even as he asked the intelligence community to look closely into Russia's cyberattacks, its alleged interference in the 2020 election and […]

Report on Quebec woman murdered by offender on day parole calls for better oversight

Jan 21 2021 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — Correctional authorities will change how federal offenders on day parole are managed in Quebec following recommendations in a report released Thursday into the murder of Marylene Levesque nearly one year ago.A joint investigation by corrections and parole officials into the management of Eustachio Gallese's case found there were warning signs his case management team did […]

Trudeau speaks to Pfizer CEO as delays to vaccine shipments get worse

Jan 21 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla by phone Thursday, the same day the company informed Canada delays to its shipments of COVID-19 vaccines are going to be even worse than previously thought. Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander now overseeing the vaccine logistics for the Public Health Agency of Canada, said […]