National Newswatch

Torstar to be sold, taken private in $52 million deal

May 26 2020 — — Newspaper chain owner Torstar Corp. says it has agreed to be sold to NordStar Capital LP in a $52-million deal. The transaction will see the Toronto-based media company taken private by NordStar, a firm run by businessmen Paul Rivett and Jordan Bitove. Under the terms of the transaction, NordStar will acquire all of the issued […]

Fate of two Canadians could be affected by Meng decision: former ambassador

May 26 2020 — — A former ambassador to China says Wednesday’s decision in the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou could also determine the fate of two Canadians detained in China. David Mulroney, who served as Canada’s ambassador to the People’s Republic of China between 2009 and 2012, said if Meng is released then he expects China will […]

Canada takes global role in countering electoral interference in cyberspace

May 26 2020 — — Canada is taking on a leadership role against electoral interference as part of an international cybersecurity effort. Privy Council President Dominic LeBlanc says the federal government will be one of the three players on countering election meddling as part of the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace. As a co-lead, Canada will work […]

Federal deficit likely now at $260 billion due to COVID-19, PBO says

May 26 2020 — — Parliament’s spending watchdog says the estimated federal deficit for the year has likely risen to about $260 billion with new measures rolled out in recent weeks. Budget officer Yves Giroux previously estimated the federal deficit at $252.1 billion this fiscal year on account of a sharp increase in spending on emergency aid and a subsequent […]

Alberta government stands by energy minister’s pipeline and COVID comments

May 26 2020 — — Alberta’s government house leader is not backing away from his fellow minister’s comment that the COVID-19 pandemic is a great time to build pipelines. On Friday, Energy Minister Sonya Savage told an energy industry podcast that because public health rules limit protest gatherings, it’s a “great time” to be building a pipeline. House leader and […]

Virtual voting for MPs needed before House can fully resume: Trudeau

May 26 2020 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says ensuring members of Parliament can vote remotely is holding back a return to more normal House of Commons sittings. The Liberals are moving for a special COVID-19 committee to continue to replace official House of Commons sittings for as long as four more months. The committee would sit four days […]

Half of Canadians say governments are hiding something about COVID-19: poll

May 26 2020 — — Half of Canadians believe they’re not getting the whole truth from their governments about COVID-19, a new poll suggests, and some also believe conspiracy theories about where the novel coronavirus began. The most recent survey from Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies found 50 per cent of respondents felt governments were deliberately withholding information […]

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada

May 25 2020 — The Canadian Press — The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:59 p.m. ET on May 25, 2020: There are 85,711 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 47,984 confirmed (including 4,069 deaths, 14,654 resolved) _ Ontario: 25,904 confirmed (including 2,102 deaths, 19,698 resolved) _ Alberta: 6,879 confirmed (including 138 deaths, 5,979 […]

NHL hoping to move to Phase 2 of return-to-play protocol in early June

May 25 2020 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The NHL hopes to have players back in team facilities soon — with plenty of precautions. The league, which was forced to pause its season March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, released a memo Monday announcing it's targeting early next month as the start date for Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol, including the opening […]

Liberals, NDP work on sick leave to secure deal on future of Parliament

May 25 2020 — — How Parliament should function in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis remained unresolved Monday as the Conservatives dug in on their demand that the House of Commons resume normal operations with a reduced number of MPs in the chamber. For much of the day, MPs debated a government motion to waive “normal” Commons sittings in […]

European regulators to take closer look at Air Canada-Transat deal

May 25 2020 — — European regulators are launching an in-depth investigation into Air Canada’s deal to buy travel company Transat AT amid European Commission concerns the deal may reduce competition and result in higher prices. A preliminary investigation said Air Canada and Transat have been competing head-to-head for passengers. The commission is worried the proposed deal could significantly reduce […]