National Newswatch

Saskatchewan court allows all applicants to intervene in carbon tax case

Dec 10 2018 — — Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal is allowing all applicants to intervene in an upcoming case between the province and Ottawa over a federally imposed carbon tax. The federal government, arguing the party’s interest in the case is political and speculative, had opposed a request by Alberta’s United Conservative Party to be an intervener on the side […]

National security ‘comes first’ on Huawei 5G review: infrastructure minister

Dec 10 2018 — — Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says national security must come first in deciding whether to allow Huawei Technologies to take part in developing Canada’s 5G telecommunications network. In an interview, Champagne says Canada needs to be prudent and rely on the input of its intelligence services before ruling on whether the Chinese firm should be involved […]

Quebec premier lacks understanding of Alberta’s energy industry: Ceci

Dec 10 2018 — — Alberta’s finance minister says Quebec’s resistance to a pipeline carrying western Canadian oil across its territory shows the provincial premier’s lack of understanding about the Alberta energy industry. Speaking ahead of a federal-provincial finance ministers’ meeting today in Ottawa, Joe Ceci argues Alberta has been innovative in removing carbon from the oil it produces. Ceci […]

Ellen Page steps up attack on Nova Scotia pulp mill’s effluent pipeline

Dec 10 2018 — — Hollywood actor Ellen Page is doubling down on her criticism of a Nova Scotia pulp mill that wants to build an effluent pipeline into the ocean. In a tweet this morning, the Halifax-born movie star said the provincial government must stop its “corporate welfare” for Northern Pulp, which Page said is “literally destroying the province.” […]

British Columbia trade trip to China cancelled over Meng detention

Dec 9 2018 — — The detention of a top Huawei executive in Canada has derailed British Columbia’s trade mission to China. The delegation led by B.C. Forestry Minister Doug Donaldson will no longer be stopping in China, and will instead end its trip after a visit to Japan. The province says in a statement the decision was made because […]

Canada’s envoy to Beijing briefs China on arrest of Huawei executive: Freeland

Dec 7 2018 — — Canada’s ambassador in Beijing has briefed the Chinese foreign ministry on the arrest of a Chinese telecommunications executive in Vancouver, says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Freeland said Friday that Ambassador John McCallum has assured the Chinese foreign ministry that due process is being followed in Canada and consular access will be provided. Freeland highlighted […]

Drake picks up seven Grammy nominations, Shawn Mendes gets two nods

Dec 7 2018 — — Chart-toppers Drake and Shawn Mendes led the Canadians picking up nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards. The Toronto rapper pulled in seven nominations, including in the album, record and song of the year categories for work from his 2018 double-album “Scorpion.” The performer, born Aubrey Graham, was also recognized for his contributions to other rappers’ […]

Chinese telecom executive due to appear in Vancouver court for bail hearng

Dec 7 2018 — — A Chinese telecommunications executive who was arrested after an extradition request from the United States is scheduled to appear in a Vancouver court for a bail hearing today. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, was arrested Saturday while in transit at Vancouver’s airport. The company says she faces extradition to the United […]