National Newswatch

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from HNIC

Nov 16 2019 — — Ron MacLean addressed Don Cherry’s dismissal with a lengthy monologue during the first period intermission of Saturday’s “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcast, saying “Coach’s Corner is no more.” MacLean opened the intermission segment — the first since Sportsnet fired Cherry on Monday — by speaking alone on camera for nearly five minutes. “We are all […]

CN conductors’ union gives 72-hour strike notice as talks continue

Nov 16 2019 — — Canadian National Railways conductors, trainpersons and yardpersons have given strike notice ahead of a Tuesday deadline. The union, which represents 3,200 workers, provided the 72-hour notice today as contract negotiations continue over the weekend. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference warned in October it was prepared to launch job action after over six months of unsuccessful […]

Sportsnet exploring new formats for first intermission, Hall of Fame feature on tap this week

Nov 15 2019 — — Don’t expect an immediate replacement for fired commentator Don Cherry on “Coach’s Corner.” In fact, it’s possible that Sportsnet may eventually take the long-running “Hockey Night in Canada” segment in a different direction. “We’re taking the time to explore new formats for the first intermission,” Sportsnet communications director Andrew Garas said in an email to […]

No partisan appointments to new Saskatchewan trade offices: minister

Nov 15 2019 — — Saskatchewan’s trade minister says the government won’t be making partisan staff appointments to three new international offices. Jeremy Harrison says hiring decisions will be made by the public service, and taxpayers won’t see the trade offices filled with former politicians or large donors to the Saskatchewan Party. Premier Scott Moe on Thursday announced new offices […]

Venezuela’s decline poses challenges for Liberal minority government

Nov 15 2019 — — The ripples from Venezuela’s collapse are shifting Canada’s Western Hemisphere neighbourhood, creating major long-term costs for the new Liberal minority government. South America’s borders remain the same, but the outflow of more than 4.5 million Venezuelan refugees in other countries is predicted to grow to more than six million by the end of 2020, according […]

Trudeau finishes meetings with opposition leaders with Elizabeth May

Nov 15 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is finishing a week of meetings with opposition leaders today by sitting down with the Green party’s Elizabeth May this morning. May has stepped down as party leader, but is still the head of the Greens’ three-member caucus in the House of Commons. Trudeau has been seeking common ground with the […]

B.C. Chief Ed John faces historic sex charges

Nov 14 2019 — — Ed John, a leader of the First Nations Summit and former British Columbia cabinet minister, is accused of four counts of sexual assault dating back to 1974. The B.C. Prosecution Service says in a statement that special prosecutor Michael Klein was appointed to look into allegations of sexual offences in February that were alleged to […]

PBO forecasts slower growth and deeper federal deficits

Nov 14 2019 — — Parliament’s budget watchdog is warning of rougher economic waters ahead that will likely send the federal budget deeper into deficit. In a new report this morning, the parliamentary budget office downgrades the country’s economic outlook compared to its projections from June, citing weaker exports because of trade disputes and protectionism. Also factored into the downward […]