National Newswatch

Netflix announces creation of production hub in Toronto

Feb 19 2019 — — Netflix is setting up a dedicated production hub in Toronto, which film and TV creators hope will provide new opportunities for local talent. The California-based streaming giant announced Tuesday it is expanding its presence in Canada by leasing two studio spaces along the downtown industrial waterfront area. At Cinespace Studios, Netflix is leasing four new […]

After a week away, SNC-Lavalin questions await MPs returning to Parliament

Feb 19 2019 — — The opposition parties are charging back into the House of Commons today, loaded with questions for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about what his office did to try to help the embattled Montreal engineering company SNC-Lavalin in its corruption case. Before MPs left for a week in their ridings, Jody Wilson-Raybould was veterans affairs minister and […]

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Feb 18 2019 — — Gerald Butts, Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary and long-time friend, has resigned amid allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office interfered to prevent criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. In a statement, Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the Montreal engineering giant avoid […]

Pipeline protest convoy approaches Ottawa after rolling across country

Feb 18 2019 — — Hundreds of trucks are expected to roll into Ottawa Tuesday to protest the federal government’s policies on the oil industry. The main portion of the United We Roll Convoy set out from Red Deer, Alta., last Thursday and made stops in Regina, Dryden, Thunder Bay, and Sault Ste. Marie before mustering at Arnprior, Ont., just […]

‘Making this up:’ Study says oilsands assessments marred by weak science

Feb 18 2019 — — Dozens of oilsands environmental impact studies are marred by inconsistent science that’s rarely subjected to independent checks, says a university study. “It doesn’t make any sense,” says University of British Columbia biology professor Adam Ford, who published his findings in the journal Environmental Reviews. “You would have to go out of your way to make […]

Electoral reform: All eyes turn to tiny P.E.I. as issue put to voters

Feb 18 2019 — — Tiny Prince Edward Island has a chance to send a big message to the rest of the country about electoral reform when voters are asked to consider proportional representation in a referendum as early as this spring. Voters in British Columbia rejected making such a change in December, and while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised […]

Alberta’s education minister calls Kenney deceitful on school curriculum review

Feb 18 2019 — — Alberta’s education minister says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney is being ignorant, deceptive, and deceitful when he brands the province’s sweeping rewrite of the school curriculum a Trojan Horse for NDP ideology. “This isn’t constructive criticism. It’s a drive-by shooting on our curriculum and our kids’ education — and Jason Kenney really should be ashamed,” David […]

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

Feb 17 2019 — — Canada’s energy regulator will tell the federal government on Friday whether it still thinks the Trans Mountain pipeline should be expanded, but cabinet’s final say on the project’s future is not likely to come before the summer. The National Energy Board is reconsidering the project’s impact on marine life, including highly endangered Southern Resident Killer […]

Erminie Cohen, former New Brunswick senator and activist, dies at 92

Feb 16 2019 — — Former New Brunswick senator Erminie Cohen has died at the age of 92. According to an obituary on the Brenan’s Funeral Homes and Crematorium website, Cohen died Friday at the Saint John Regional Hospital. In a statement, Premier Blaine Higgs describes her as a “community leader, passionate member of the Jewish community and life-long social […]

Wilson-Raybould resignation stokes anger, frustration within veterans community

Feb 16 2019 — — Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet this week has stoked long-standing frustration, disappointment and anger among Canada’s veterans, who say they have been ignored and betrayed by the Trudeau government. The Liberals went out of their way during the last federal election to court former service members, as Justin Trudeau promised to improve service delivery and […]

Wilson-Raybould snubbed Senate committee on corporate corruption bill

Feb 15 2019 — — Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould angered senators by refusing to give testimony on a change to the Criminal Code that is now at the centre of allegations that she was improperly pressured to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. The Criminal Code amendment was stuffed into an omnibus budget implementation bill last year and got little […]