National Newswatch

Quebec offers 3rd dose of COVID vaccine to AstraZeneca recipients who want to travel

Jul 26 2021 — — The Quebec government says fully vaccinated residents who have received the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can receive a third dose of an mRNA vaccine before travelling. Quebec is offering the extra shot because some countries don’t recognize the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine made at the Serum Institute of India, and Canadians who have received it could find themselves […]

Tory riding associations’ war chests larger than other parties, analysis shows

Jul 26 2021 — — An in-depth analysis by The Canadian Press of federal parties’ financing at the grassroots level shows Conservative candidates’ riding-based war chests are flush with cash, dramatically outpacing their political rivals. A review of the most recent financial statements filed by riding associations to Elections Canada show that Conservative associations have, on average, just under $61,000 […]

Pandemic pares back pomp of Mary Simon’s installation ceremony as governor general

Jul 25 2021 — — When Mary Simon walks into the Senate on Monday to be installed as the country’s next governor general, she will find the upper chamber sparsely populated. The installation ceremonies for Simon’s predecessors have attracted hundreds of people packed tightly into the Senate, including cabinet ministers, senators, MPs, justices of the Supreme Court of Canada, dignitaries […]

RCMP spied on Canadian nationalist committee as it pushed pro-independence agenda

Jul 25 2021 — — Canada’s spy service closely monitored the burgeoning nationalist movement in the 1960s and ’70s, poring over pamphlets, collecting reports from confidential sources and warily watching for signs of Communist infiltration, once-secret records reveal. The RCMP’s security branch, responsible for sniffing out subversives at the time, quietly tracked the rise of the Committee for an Independent […]

International passengers at Pearson airport may have to line up by vaccination status

Jul 25 2021 — — International travellers arriving at Canada’s largest airport may now be funnelled into different customs lines based on their vaccination status. Toronto’s Pearson International Airport said Saturday it may be splitting passengers coming from the U.S. or other international destinations into vaccinated and partially or non-vaccinated queues. “This is a measure to help streamline the border […]

B.C. welcomes 100 firefighters from Mexico to help fight raging wildfires

Jul 25 2021 — — British Columbia’s public safety minister heaped praise on 100 firefighters from Mexico who arrived in the province Saturday to work “shoulder to shoulder” with local crews battling hundreds of wildfires. Mike Farnworth personally welcomed the firefighters when their plane arrived in Abbotsford, telling reporters that he “cannot thank these men and women enough for answering […]

Symmetry not guaranteed on border policy: envoy

Jul 23 2021 — — Just because Canada and the United States worked closely together to restrict travel across their shared border doesn’t mean they were always going to move in lockstep when the time came to reopen it, Ottawa’s envoy to Washington said Friday. There’s been “enormous” co-ordination and information shared between the two regarding the border since the […]

Greens boost second-quarter fundraising amid party turmoil

Jul 23 2021 — — The federal Green party increased its year-over-year fundraising figures nine per cent last quarter, just as internal strife was spilling into public view. Elections Canada filings show the Greens raised about $682,000 in the second quarter of 2021 compared with roughly $626,600 in the same period a year earlier. The numbers present a different picture […]

Sajjan directed military to provide him with aide in Vancouver

Jul 22 2021 — — Newly released documents show Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan personally directed the military last year to take the unprecedented step of providing him with an assistant in Vancouver. That position ended up going to Maj. Greg McCullough, a military reserve officer who served with Sajjan when the minister was a member of the British Columbia Regiment […]

Conservatives ask auditor general to review tax-change confusion

Jul 22 2021 — — The Opposition Conservatives are asking the auditor general to probe the Finance Department’s handling of tax changes that left small business owners and family farmers confused for weeks. It was a Conservative private member’s bill approved by Parliament in late June that rewrote the tax code so owners could sell the family business to relatives […]