National Newswatch

Scope of right-wing extremism vexed security officials, documents show

Jan 26 2020 — — Canadian security officials have been grappling not only with how to address the growing threat of right-wing extremism, but also the best means of defining the phenomenon and explaining it to the public, newly released documents show. In a briefing for deputy ministers responsible for national security, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the RCMP […]

Deputy prime minister asks Opposition not to delay new NAFTA

Jan 26 2020 — — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is asking the Opposition parties not to hold up the new North American free trade deal. Freeland has sent a letter to the leaders of the Conservatives, NDP, Bloc Quebecois and Greens on the eve of the return of the House of Commons asking for their support. The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada […]

Quebec police wrap up fourth day of search for missing snowmobilers from France

Jan 25 2020 — The Canadian Press — ST-HENRI-DE-TAILLON, Que. — Quebec provincial police suspended their search Saturday evening for four missing tourists after a snowmobile accident in the province's Lac-Saint-Jean region earlier this week. Authorities ended their search at nightfall and will decide early Sunday whether to resume searching a fifth day for the men from eastern France who haven't been seen since Tuesday night. […]

Personal spending a party matter, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says

Jan 25 2020 — — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says how he used party funds to pay personal expenses is an internal matter and he won’t provide any details. Revelations that Scheer was using Conservative donors’ money to pay private school tuition for his children emerged as he announced his decision to resign as leader in December. Taking questions from […]

Trump defends Sanders, stoking Democratic divisions

Jan 25 2020 — Julie Pace — WASHINGTON — As tensions between Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren rose earlier this month, Sanders found himself with an unusual ally: President Donald Trump. During a raucous campaign rally in which Trump critiqued some of his Democratic challengers, the president launched into an unprompted defence of Sanders. Warren had accused Sanders of […]

Teachers to strike in Durham, Lambton Kent and Algoma on Thursday

Jan 25 2020 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says it will bring its strikes to the Durham, Lambton Kent and Algoma school boards on Thursday. The job action will be part of a second week of rotating walkouts from the union representing 83,000 public elementary and occasional teachers in Ontario. The strike will add to tensions between the province and its four major teachers' unions, which […]

Kit Hood, co-creator of ‘Degrassi’ Canadian TV series, has died

Jan 25 2020 — — For “Degrassi” star Stacie Mistysyn, series co-creator Christopher (Kit) Hood was like another parent in some ways. When Mistysyn performed in “Cabaret” in high school, Hood was there to support her, along with fellow “Degrassi” co-creator Linda Schuyler. And when Mistysyn needed advice on whether she should do a certain film in her post-“Degrassi” days, […]

One body found as police search for missing French snowmobilers for third day

Jan 24 2020 — The Canadian Press — ST-HENRI-DE-TAILLON, Que. — Rescue divers with Quebec's provincial police have pulled the body of one of the five missing French snowmobilers out of the waters of a river in the province's Lac-Saint-Jean region. Four other tourists from eastern France remain unaccounted for Friday as authorities continued to search on land, on the water and from the air. Police say the […]

Canada slips in global corruption ranking in aftermath of SNC-Lavalin scandal

Jan 24 2020 — — Canada has slipped in the annual Transparency International ranking of countries considered among the least corrupt, in light of the SNC-Lavalin controversy. According to the Berlin-based organization’s most recent corruption perception index, Canada now ranks 12th on the list of 180 countries assessed, behind Germany, the Netherlands and Norway. This is a decrease of three […]

Champagne hopeful about UN Security Council bid despite stiff competition

Jan 24 2020 — — Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about Canada’s chances of winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council this year as the government ramps up its campaign in Africa. Speaking to reporters after a trip to Mali and Morocco, Champagne brushed off criticism by many analysts who say that Canada’s low […]