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Preparations, but no NAFTA plan B yet, says trade minister

Jan 14 2018 — Rachel Aiello — With the next round of NAFTA talks approaching, and uncertainty about where the U.S. stands from one day to the next, Canada’s International Trade Minister said there’s no clear “plan B” if the trilateral deal gets torn up. “It’s not about a plan B, it’s about (having) every eventuality mapped out,” Francois-Philippe Champagne told CTV […]

‘We are better than this’: PM condemns hijab attack

Jan 12 2018 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned an attack on an 11-year-old girl whose hijab was allegedly cut with a pair of scissors. “My heart goes out the young girl who was attacked, seemingly for her religion,” Trudeau told reporters in London, Ont. “We all need to remind ourselves of today and every day that we […]

Investigation underway on whether top military lawyers suppressed damning report

Jan 12 2018 — — Top military officers are under investigation over whether they unlawfully suppressed a report that is critical of the military justice system, CTV News has learned. The Judge Advocate General (JAG) oversees the administration of military justice in the Canadian Armed Forces. High-ranking officers within the office of the JAG are the focus of the probe, […]

Political correctness behind Sir John A. pub name change

Jan 11 2018 — Don Martin — The Maple Leaf flapped over Highclere Castle today, home of the famous Downton Abbey television series. It was to celebrate Sir John A. Macdonald’s 203rd birthday and to acknowledge he worked there while drafting the British North America Act. But there’s another flap very close to home for Canada’s first prime minister, which foreshadows his […]

Canada preparing for U.S. NAFTA withdrawal

Jan 11 2018 — Rachel Aiello — With senior Canadian officials acknowledging there is an increasing chance that President Donald Trump is preparing to pull the U.S. out of NAFTA, Canada’s main minister on the file, Chrystia Freeland says Canada is ready. Freeland, Canada’s foreign affairs minister and point-person on Canada-U.S. relations said that it’s been well known since before the renegotiations […]

Report obtained by CTV News shows lack of confidence in military justice system

Jan 11 2018 — — The military justice system, operated by the Canadian Armed Forces, is where troops are supposed to find justice, but an internal report obtained exclusively by CTV News reveals a lack of confidence that extends to the highest levels. Ordered in May 2016, the 560-page draft document titled “Court Martial Comprehensive Review Interim Report” was completed […]

Sherman lawyer suggests police misled public

Jan 9 2018 — — A lawyer for the children of Barry and Honey Sherman has accused Toronto police of misleading the public with its initial statements about the late couple’s deaths. Brian Greenspan says the Toronto Police Service’s early statements about the case invited the public to wrongly infer that the couple’s deaths were the result of a murder-suicide. […]

Ethics czar clears Morneau over sale of shares

Jan 8 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Finance Minister Bill Morneau has been cleared by ethics commissioner Mary Dawson regarding his 2015 sell-off of Morneau Shepell shares, CTV News has learned. Dawson was asked by the opposition to look into the minister over his selling of Morneau Shepell shares in the fall of 2015. The opposition had alleged Morneau had been in […]

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ winner dedicates Golden Globe win to Margaret Atwood

Jan 7 2018 — — Elisabeth Moss dedicated her Golden Globe Award win to Canadian literary legend Margaret Atwood. The Los Angeles-born star won the best actress in a television drama category for her role in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” an adaptation of Atwood’s best-selling novel. In her acceptance speech at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Moss read […]

Canadian envoy to Myanmar was on ‘private holiday’ with diplomat husband

Jan 7 2018 — — Global Affairs has confirmed that Canada’s ambassador to Myanmar was on a “private holiday” in the southeast Asian nation with her diplomat husband, after questions emerged over a New Year’s tweet he posted. Peter MacArthur, Canada’s ambassador to Indonesia, was criticized on social media for praising Myanmar’s idyllic beach scenery in a Jan. 1 tweet […]

Global Affairs won’t confirm if ambassador joined diplomat husband on Myanmar beach

Jan 6 2018 — — After a Canadian diplomat deleted an “insensitive” tweet about a “perfect” beach in Myanmar, Global Affairs is refusing to confirm if his wife, Canada’s ambassador to Myanmar, had joined him on holiday in a country that is facing widespread international condemnation for a brutal ethnic cleansing campaign. “First day of 2018 unfolded on a Myanmar […]

Sunwing plane clips WestJet plane at Toronto airport, sparking fire

Jan 5 2018 — — WestJet says one of its planes had just arrived in Toronto from Cancun Friday night when it was struck by a Sunwing aircraft, an incident that sparked flames and prompted an emergency evacuation on a freezing cold night. WestJet says 168 guests and six crew were aboard flight WS2425 when it was struck by the […]

Trudeau to visit schools, focus on economy during town hall tour

Jan 5 2018 — Rachel Aiello — The economy and jobs will top the list of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s talking points when he kicks off his six-stop town hall tour in Halifax next week. PM Trudeau’s first stop will be at Sackville High School in Lower Sackville, N.S. on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. The following afternoon, he will be […]