National Newswatch

Senate committee approves dozens of energy-industry-friendly amendments to C-69

May 16 2019 — — A Senate committee has approved dozens of amendments — primarily aimed at mollifying the energy industry — to the Liberal government’s controversial environmental assessment legislation. Bill C-69 is supposed to improve the way the environmental impact of major energy and transportation projects are evaluated, making the assessments more stringent so that they are less likely […]

Rolling Stones put Canada Day weekend show back on tour schedule

May 16 2019 — — The Rolling Stones are sticking to their Canada Day weekend concert date after all. The British rockers say they’ve put the only Canadian stop on their North American tour back on their schedule as planned, after it was postponed when Mick Jagger underwent heart surgery earlier this year. The Stones will perform on June 29 […]

Create new coast-to-cost energy corridor to get pipelines built: Scheer

May 16 2019 — — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Canada needs a coast-to-coast energy corridor where it would be easy to build pipelines and power lines. In a speech laying out his economic vision before the next election, the opposition leader says having one dedicated route would make it easier to approve major new energy projects. He says all […]

Bank of Canada identifies climate change as important economic weak spot

May 16 2019 — — The Bank of Canada is highlighting its expanding concerns about climate change and, for the first time, is listing it among the top weak spots for the economy and the financial system. The central bank’s financial system health report Thursday included climate change as an important vulnerability, elevating it to a category alongside its long-running […]

Feds ‘deeply concerned’ by China’s arrests of Canadians Kovrig, Spavor

May 16 2019 — — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government is “deeply concerned” about China’s decision to formally arrest two Canadians citizens it has been holding since December. Goodale says the move is an “arbitrary action” and that Canada will continue to demand the appropriate treatment of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. He says no evidence has […]

Replacing Phoenix pay system cheaper than fixing its mess, PBO reports

May 16 2019 — — Parliament’s spending watchdog says the cost of building and putting in place a new pay system for federal civil servants should pale in comparison to stabilizing the failed Phoenix system. In a report released today, the Parliamentary Budget Office says buying a new computer system for public servants’ pay, testing it and training people to […]

Canada introducing digital charter to combat hate speech, misinformation

May 16 2019 — — A new digital charter will dictate how the country will combat hate speech, misinformation and online electoral interference in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a technology conference in Paris on Thursday. Trudeau made the announcement at the VivaTech conference, an international summit that brings together startups and technology leaders. The announcement was short on […]

CDS decided to suspend Mark Norman, Sajjan says he supported decision

May 15 2019 — — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says he supported the chief of defence staff’s decision to suspend Vice-Admiral Mark Norman in 2017, more than a year before he was charged with breach of trust for allegedly leaking government secrets about military procurement. But Sajjan says the decision was Gen. Jonathan Vance’s alone. The public prosecutor abruptly stayed […]

Appeal court says doctors have to give referrals for services they oppose

May 15 2019 — Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's highest court ruled Wednesday that doctors in the province must give referrals for medical services that clash with their religious beliefs, calling it a compromise that balances the rights of physicians and the interests of patients. In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel dismissed an appeal seeking to overturn a divisional court decision that upheld the requirement for […]

Scheer says Trudeau is a hypocrite who is using climate change as distraction

May 15 2019 — — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he will support a Liberal motion declaring climate change a national emergency if the Liberals agree to amend it to admit their climate-change plan is a hypocritical failure. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is pushing the motion partly to force the Conservatives to show their hand on their climate-change policy by […]

B.C. to hold public inquiry into money laundering

May 15 2019 — — The British Columbia government will hold a public inquiry into money laundering. Premier John Horgan says money laundering has had numerous impacts on people in the province including a rise in opioid deaths and higher housing costs. The government released two reports last week estimating $7.4 billion in illegal cash was laundered in the province […]