National Newswatch

Kennedy Stewart named mayor of Vancouver; one over several B.C. turnovers

Oct 21 2018 — — Former New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart has won a neck-and-neck mayoral race to lead Vancouver, as Metro Vancouver saw significant local government shakeups across the region. Supporters chanted, “Kennedy, Kennedy,” and broke out in dance as results came in early Sunday morning, heralding Stewart in as the first Independent mayor of Vancouver in more than […]

Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

Oct 21 2018 — — Canada has condemned the killing of a Washington Post journalist in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Turkey. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement Saturday night that the Saudis’ “explanations” of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi “lack consistency and credibility.” She also reiterated the federal government’s call for a thorough investigation in collaboration with […]

Endorsements in municipal races a double-edged sword, observers say

Oct 19 2018 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — If red, orange and blue were the dominant colours of Ontario's last political season, anything goes this time around. Municipal elections project their professed neutrality with an array of bright and variably hued campaign signs meant to signal the fact that local races do not fall along the same political party lines as provincial or federal contests. But […]

Final report on 2017-18 spending shows $19-billion federal deficit last year

Oct 19 2018 — Jordan Press, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The red ink on the federal government's budget showed no signs of fading as the annual financial report card revealed a $19-billion deficit for the second straight fiscal year. Expenses and debt payments were all up last year as overall spending hit almost $332.6 billion, leaving a deficit for 2017-18 slightly smaller than what the Liberals predicted in February's budget. Revenues […]

Study of U.S. hospital figures links pot use with increasing risk of stroke

Oct 19 2018 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — New research based on U.S. hospital statistics suggests that recreational cannabis users are increasingly at risk of stroke. In findings presented Friday at the World Stroke Congress in Montreal, scientists from Avalon University in Curacao used a database covering 1,000 hospitals to analyze trends in stroke prevalence and stroke-related hospital stays among recreational marijuana consumers. Looking at more […]

N.B. Liberals say Speaker deadlock will be broken so legislature can open

Oct 19 2018 — — The New Brunswick Liberals say there will be a candidate for Speaker when the legislature sits on Tuesday, an apparent break in the deadlock that makes it no clearer whether Premier Brian Gallant can cling to power. Acting Liberal house leader Lisa Harris made the announcement at a hastily called news conference Friday afternoon. “I […]

Final report on 2017-18 spending shows $19-billion federal deficit last year

Oct 19 2018 — — The Liberal government’s annual financial report card to be released today will show Ottawa ran a shortfall of $19 billion in fiscal year 2017-18, which ended March 31. The deficit is slightly smaller than Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s prediction of $19.4 billion in last winter’s budget. But in May, the Finance Department’s fiscal monitor estimated […]