National Newswatch

Extremism on the rise in Alberta, first-of-its-kind report says

Apr 25 2019 — — Hate crimes appear to be on the rise in Alberta with the province becoming home to a number of extremist movements, according to a draft report obtained by CTV News. The federally funded 92-page report from the Organization for the Prevention of Violence examines six types of extremist groups currently active in Alberta, ranging from […]

Ontario cottage country town declares state of emergency due to flooding

Apr 25 2019 — — A town located in the heart of central Ontario’s cottage country has declared a state of emergency due to rising water levels and widespread flooding. On Tuesday, Mayor Graydon Smith announced the town of Bracebridge, Ont., located nearly a two-hour drive north of Toronto, would activate its emergency plan. The town cited concerning waters levels […]

Incoming P.E.I. premier doesn’t plan to join carbon tax fight

Apr 24 2019 — — The election of a Progressive Conservative government in Prince Edward Island doesn’t mean the federal government will face another vocal opponent hell-bent on stopping its carbon-pricing plan. “I don’t see us joining a fight right now to fight the carbon tax,” premier-designate Dennis King said Wednesday on CTV’s Power Play. Provincial opposition to the federal […]

Wilson-Raybould slams feds for ‘incremental’ progress on Indigenous rights recognition

Apr 24 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Former Liberal justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is slamming the federal government she was once a part of for making only “incremental” progress on the Indigenous justice file and their promise to “decolonialize” Canadian laws and policies. “My fear and disappointment is that despite sounding the alarm, providing the advice, pushing and challenging, sharing perspectives of […]

Philippines’ Duterte threatens ‘war’ if Canada doesn’t take trash back

Apr 23 2019 — — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to “declare war” if Canada doesn’t take back the trash a Canadian company sent there more than six years ago, according to local media reports. If Canada doesn’t reclaim the garbage as early as next week, Duterte said he would send the garbage back himself, according to news outlets The […]

PM’s ‘grand bargain’ on energy died on Alberta election day: Kenney

Apr 21 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Premier-designate Jason Kenney says that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s so-called “grand bargain” of seeking to advance resource development by gaining the approval of those with environmental concerns died on Alberta’s election day. “Yeah, that bargain with the Notley government ended on election day. And it was from our perspective, and I think the vast majority […]

Gas prices break records in B.C. for second weekend in a row

Apr 20 2019 — — For the second weekend in a row, gas prices in British Columbia reached another record-breaking high. At one station in the Metro Vancouver area, drivers forked over $1.72 per litre, and experts say prices will move little over the next few days. Analysts recommend filling up in the evenings, when stations tend to lower their […]

After Kenney’s big win, Trudeau emphasizes climate change fight, diversity as ‘strength’

Apr 17 2019 — Rachel Aiello — The morning after former federal Conservative minister Jason Kenney led his UCP party to a majority election victory in Alberta, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau focused his message on the fight against climate change and the value of diversity. Speaking to Liberal Party supporters in Waterloo, Ont., Trudeau did not address Tuesday night’s results—United Conservatives won […]

What Jason Kenney’s UCP victory in Alberta could mean for the rest of Canada

Apr 17 2019 — — After a bitter four-week campaign fraught with controversies and personal attacks, Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party has unseated Rachel Notley and the NDP in Alberta’s provincial election. The UCP win marks a return to centre-right politics for Alberta after Notley disrupted 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule with her win in 2015. It also marks […]

Alberta Party leader calls on RCMP to investigate alleged robocall

Apr 14 2019 — — An Alberta resident says he received an automated phone call claiming to be from the leader of the Alberta Party and endorsing United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney. The Alberta Party’s leader says he made no such endorsement and is calling for an investigation. Bob Wispinski, who lives in Ardrossan, says he received the “robocall” […]

Philpott may run again under another party banner, denies being ‘attention-seeking’

Apr 14 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Former Liberal cabinet minister-turned Independent MP Jane Philpott says she’s currently seriously exploring a range of options to continue her tenure as a federally elected politician, and is pushing back on accusations made about her intentions and motivations throughout the SNC-Lavalin scandal. In an interview with CTV’s Question Period host Evan Solomon, Philpott spoke at […]

Pain at the pump: Record-high gas prices frustrate B.C. drivers

Apr 13 2019 — — Record high gas prices in British Columbia are causing consumers to change their habits and pushing the provincial government to consider relief for those who cannot afford the increase. For the third time this week, gas prices in the Metro Vancouver area broke records. With prices hovering around $1.70 per litre, filling up a car […]