National Newswatch

Passengers with COVID-19 keep arriving in Canada on international flights

Aug 11 2020 — — Eighteen flights arriving in Canada from international destinations since the start of August have had people on board with COVID-19. According to the federal government, the flights landed in Canada between Aug. 1 and Aug. 4. They all had passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Canada.

Privacy group going to court over alleged improper use of voters list by Liberals, Tories and NDP

Aug 10 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Blackberry co-creator Jim Balsillie’s digital privacy group is going to court over its disagreement with an April decision from Canada’s elections watchdog, which found that there was no reason to suspect the Liberal, Conservative and New Democrat parties used the voters list improperly. The group, the Centre for Digital Rights (CDR), is alleging that the […]

Two dead, one injured after tornado rips through Virden, Man. Friday evening

Aug 8 2020 — — Two 18-year-olds are dead after police believe they were thrown from their car during a tornado in Virden, Man. on Friday evening. According to RCMP, officers responded to reports of a tornado touching down near Highway 83 and Road 50N in the RM of Pipestone, located approximately 16 kilometres south of Virden, at around 8:10 […]

With so much Liberal help, the Conservative leadership suddenly matters

Aug 6 2020 — Don Martin — There’s a very faint pulse to the Conservative leadership race, which will be decided in just over two weeks. And yet, these are heady days for an Official Opposition watching a Liberal government trying its best to hand them the next election. By any realistic political calculation, the Conservatives should be sleepwalking with terminal dread […]

Feds say aid to Lebanon will be ‘long-term,’ citing need for ‘political and economic reforms’

Aug 6 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — The federal government says beyond an emergency response following Tuesday’s deadly blast in Beirut, it is committed to providing “long-term” aid to Lebanon as it continues to grapple with economic and health crises. International Development Minister Karina Gould provided more details about how Canada’s $5-million aid package would be distributed, including $1.5 million being sent […]

One in five Canadians report hardship due to border closure: Nanos survey

Aug 2 2020 — — Approximately 20 per cent of Canadians say they or their families have experienced some form of hardship due to the closure of the Canada-U.S. land border. A new Nanos Research survey shows that while most Canadians report that they and their families have not been adversely affected by the closure, which has now been in […]

National COVID-19 exposure notification app now available to download

Jul 31 2020 — Rachel Aiello — The federal government-backed exposure notification smartphone app has launched, marking the beginning of a new frontier in the coronavirus fight: alerting participating Canadians when they come in proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app—called COVID Alert— will compile anonymized data and use reports from confirmed positive COVID-19 cases to notify Canadians […]

In a strange twist, Trudeau ignores his own red flags on the WE scandal

Jul 30 2020 — Don Martin — Clearly, we’ve had this WE scandal all wrong. Justin Trudeau, we were told Thursday by the prime minister himself, was a skeptic, not a conflicted advocate, for WE Charity being the key delivery vehicle for a $912-million student volunteer program. News the Kielburger brothers were the only organization capable of launching the handout program was […]

PM: ‘I did absolutely nothing’ to influence WE deal

Jul 30 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is denying any direction from him or his office in the WE Charity affair, telling MPs during his rare and ongoing parliamentary committee appearance that he put off a key cabinet decision on allowing WE Charity to run the now-likely cancelled $912 million student volunteer grant program after he learned the […]

‘We want the truth,’ MPs say as PM prepares to give WE testimony

Jul 29 2020 — Rachel Aiello — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his top aide, chief of staff Katie Telford, are likely preparing to testify before the House of Commons Finance Committee as part of its ongoing study into the WE Charity student grant scandal, opposition MPs are demanding a full accounting of Trudeau’s role in the affair during Thursday’s hearing. […]

Trudeau and Morneau should resign or risk snap election: opposition

Jul 24 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Opposition parties are ratcheting up their calls for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau to resign, with the Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois saying that the Liberals could be facing a fall election, if actions beyond their apologies over their roles in the WE Charity controversy aren’t taken. In a new statement in […]