National Newswatch

Former senator Don Meredith charged with sexual assault

Oct 1 2022 — — Ottawa police have announced charges against a former Canadian senator. Don Meredith, 58, of Toronto, is charged with three counts of sexual assault and one count of criminal harassment in connection with alleged incidents in 2013 and 2014, which police say were reported by an adult woman. Meredith was charged Saturday and released on a […]

NDP calls out Poilievre and Conservatives for opposing kids dental benefit while MPs enjoy comprehensive coverage

Sep 28 2022 — Glen McGregor — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says it’s “ridiculous” that Conservative MPs will vote against a proposed dental benefit for children in low-income families when they enjoy far more comprehensive dental care coverage for their own families. “Conservative MPs are planning to vote against giving kids dental care when their leader has had publicly-paid dental care for […]

Canadian actor Robert Cormier dead at 33

Sep 28 2022 — — Canadian actor Robert Cormier, who appeared in shows like “Heartland” and “American Gods,” has died at age 33. An employee at Ridley Funeral Home confirmed the death to CTV News Toronto, but did not reveal the cause and declined to comment further. According to an obituary on the funeral home’s website, Cormier died on Sept. […]

Scheer says Conservative caucus will support Liberal GST rebate plan

Sep 25 2022 — Rachel Aiello — Conservative House Leader Andrew Scheer says Pierre Poilievre’s caucus will be supporting the Liberal government’s bill to temporarily double the GST credit. After days of Conservative MPs making comments suggesting they’d support the legislation, in an interview on CTV’s Question Period, Scheer confirmed that will be the case, saying “putting tax dollars back in the […]

Blocked at the border no more: Good riddance to the ArriveCAN app

Sep 23 2022 — Don Martin — Finally and mercifully, ArriveCAN is dead on arrival at airports and border crossings as mandatory vaccination for foreign entry to Canada is lifted by month’s end, according to government sources. The glitch-prone app, which frantic foreigners scrambled to download in customs lineups or while huddled in cars near land points of entry, had its day […]

After Trudeau video backlash, do world leaders have the right to sing or party?

Sep 21 2022 — — This past weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the subject of backlash after a video of him singing at a London, U.K., hotel bar two days before Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was circulated widely online. In the 15-second video recorded Saturday, Trudeau can be seen wearing a t-shirt and singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, while […]

Ministers mum on expected COVID-19 travel rule changes, defend ArriveCan as ‘critical’ border tool

Sep 21 2022 — Rachel Aiello — Parliament Hill was abuzz Wednesday amid reports that the federal government is planning on dropping COVID-19 vaccine requirements at the border, doing away with mandatory random COVID-19 testing, and making the ArriveCan application optional. The government is expected to make these policy changes by the end of the month, sources told CTV News and other […]

Anti-hate experts urge action against right-wing extremism in Canada

Sep 16 2022 — — Anti-hate experts are urging policy makers to take action against what they describe as growing right-wing extremism in Canada. One of these experts says research suggests that millions of Canadians have been drawn into the far right over the course of the pandemic, some of whom have been indoctrinated by misinformation and lies that were […]

Firebrand Poilievre now starts the hard search for wider support as a no-pivot party leader

Sep 11 2022 — Don Martin — It’s a daring experiment by the Conservatives – overwhelmingly elect a hard-right fire-breathing leader and expect enough voters to gravitate in his direction to win a federal election. That wasn’t the case with post-Harper leaders Andrew Scheer and Erin O’Toole, who shifted right-wing positions toward the mainstream in what became a futile effort to find […]