National Newswatch

Ottawa considering increasing China travel risk warnings for Canadians

Dec 11 2018 — — The federal government is considering increasing the risk level for Canadian travellers to China, CTV News has learned. The prospect of issuing a travel warning for Canadians in, or travelling to China is being considered among other options. No final decision has been made about whether this is a step that will be taken, and […]

‘The Guardians’ are Time Person of the Year in 2018

Dec 11 2018 — — Time has selected a group of journalists they labelled as “The Guardians” for the magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year. The four journalists include murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi; Maria Ressa, an editor of a Philippine news website critical of its president’s violent policies; Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe, two Reuters journalists imprisoned in […]

Musk shows interest in buying soon-to-close GM plants for Tesla

Dec 9 2018 — — Elon Musk says he might purchase soon-to-be-shuttered General Motors factories and start assembling Teslas inside them. Musk made the remarks in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes”, saying he might be interested in purchasing some of the five facilities GM plans to stop using by the end of 2019. A controversial figure known for making […]

Fighting carbon tax ‘doesn’t actually constitute a climate change plan’: LeBlanc

Dec 9 2018 — — Several provinces are challenging the federal government’s carbon tax in court, but the federal minister overseeing interprovincial affairs says legal spats won’t do anything to stop climate change. “Going to a Court of Appeal with a black gown on and a big briefcase doesn’t actually constitute a climate change plan,” Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern […]

Spy agency expects ‘state-sponsored’ attempts to sway public opinion

Dec 6 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Canada’s cyber spy agency is warning that in 2019—an election year—state-sponsored actors are “very likely” to try to sway Canadians’ public opinion. “In the coming year, we anticipate state-sponsored cyber threat actors will attempt to advance their national strategic objectives by targeting Canadians’ opinions through malicious online influence activity,” says the CSE in a newly […]

Alberta to cut oil production by 8.7 per cent to deal with low prices

Dec 2 2018 — — Alberta’s premier announced on Sunday that the province will temporarily cut its oil production in an attempt to reverse a historic price gap that has seen Alberta crude sell for significantly less than the world price. Premier Rachel Notley said the province will mandate a temporary oil production cut of 325,000 barrels of oil per […]

Mulroney says Trudeau ‘did the right thing’ by signing trade deal

Dec 1 2018 — — Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “did the right thing” by signing a new North American free trade agreement on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “When somebody gives you a document that you agree with and says, ‘This is NAFTA,’ you sign. You don’t horse around,” […]

Canada on track to sign new NAFTA Friday: Freeland

Nov 29 2018 — Rachel Aiello — Canada is “on track” to sign the renegotiated North American free trade pact on Friday, according to Canada’s foreign affairs minister. “Our objective has always been to sign this agreement on November 30, and we are on track to hit that objective,” Chrystia Freeland told reporters in Buenos Aires, which is playing host to the […]