National Newswatch

Canadian man’s bullet-riddled body found in Burkina Faso, officials say

Jan 17 2019 — — Canadian officials are condemning the killers of a Canadian mining company executive whose bullet-riddled body has been found in Burkina Faso. Kirk Woodman, a Halifax man who worked for Vancouver-based Progress Minerals Inc., was found dead Wednesday in Oudalan province, an official with the west African country’s Ministry of Security said Thursday. Jean Paul Badoum […]

China hits back at Freeland’s criticism of detention of Canadians

Jan 17 2019 — — China is rebuffing the latest broadside from Canada over its detention of Canadian citizens, rejecting the assertion that China’s behaviour poses a threat to all nations. Instead, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said today that people from China could be at risk following Canada’s detention of a Chinese telecom executive for “no reason.”

U.S. calls Chinese death sentence against Canadian ‘politically motivated’

Jan 16 2019 — — The United States has denounced a death sentence imposed on a British Columbia man in China as “politically motivated,” adding heft to Ottawa’s effort to intensify international pressure on Beijing to spare his life and to release two other detained Canadians. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland conferred Tuesday and […]

Hudbay Minerals investor pushing for leadership change in proxy fight

Jan 16 2019 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A Hudbay Minerals Inc. investor has released a proposed slate of candidates as it looks to oust the current board of directors in a proxy fight. Waterton Global Resource Management, Inc., which holds about 11.9 per cent of Hudbay shares, says changes to the board and CEO are needed to address the company's underperformance. The investment fund […]

Lametti appointment raises hope for less restrictive assisted dying law

Jan 16 2019 — — The appointment of David Lametti as Canada’s new justice minister has given new hope to those who believe the Trudeau government’s law on medically assisted dying is too restrictive. Lametti was one of just four Liberal MPs who voted against the government’s 2016 legislation that made it legal for incurably ill Canadians to get medical […]

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Jan 16 2019 — — Canada’s minister for public safety says right-wing, white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups are an increasing concern and threat to Canadians. Ralph Goodale said the groups promote hate, which manifests itself in violent anti-Semitism or in other crimes. “The van attack along Yonge Street in Toronto earlier last year had those kinds of roots,” Goodale said […]

Trudeau fields range of questions on immigration and foreign policy at townhall

Jan 16 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday slammed what he called the dictatorship of Venezuela as he tackled audience questions ranging from Canada’s approach to Indigenous issues to immigration and foreign policy. Speaking at one of a series of election-year townhall meetings across the country, Trudeau reserved some of his harshest words of the evening at […]