National Newswatch

Either outcome of U.S. election will be ‘significant’ for Canada: Freeland

Oct 28 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says that “either outcome” of next week’s U.S. presidential election will “be significant for Canada.” During a virtual speech to the Toronto Global Forum, Freeland said—as Trudeau has in the past—that the federal government is preparing behind the scenes for the various potential scenarios that the […]

Canada’s top doctor calls for ‘structural change’ to address COVID-19 inequities

Oct 28 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam is calling for “structural change” across health, social, and economic sectors in the wake of COVID-19, in a new report highlighting the successes and shortfalls in the country’s pandemic response to date. In the Public Health Agency’s annual report made public on Wednesday, Tam offers new insights […]

Motion to study feds’ COVID-19 response passes, despite Liberal objections

Oct 26 2020 — Rachel Aiello — In a show of opposition solidarity, the Conservative motion requesting a health committee study into the federal government’s COVID-19 response and the disclosure of what could be thousands of pages of pandemic documents passed on Monday, despite Liberal objections. With the Bloc Quebecois, NDP, and Greens voting in favour of the proposal, the committee will […]

Ethics committee shuts down efforts to acquire speaking contracts involving Trudeau, wife

Oct 26 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — The House of Commons ethics committee has voted against a motion to obtain all records related to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau’s speaking engagements since Oct. 14, 2008, when the prime minister became an elected official. The Conservative-backed motion, introduced by MP Michael Barrett, would have required Speakers’ Spotlight, the […]

AFN, NDP call for Trudeau to remove RCMP Commissioner Lucki

Oct 23 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to remove RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki. On Friday, Bellegarde issued a series of tweets in which he asks for Lucki to be replaced with someone “who will focus their attention on public safety and combatting […]

Airlines can’t defy the gravity of this pandemic without a government lift

Oct 23 2020 — Don Martin — Long before takeoff you see and feel the airline-jolting turbulence kicked up by COVID-19. Flying into the second wave is an eerie and unsustainable combination of dreamy passenger conditions inside a daily nightmare for airlines now turning to the federal government for financial lift. Take my flight to Nanaimo this week, a trip greeted with […]

Alberta to host rapid COVID-19 testing pilot of international travellers

Oct 22 2020 — — Calgary International Airport and the Coutts border crossing will be the first in Canada to replace mandatory 14-day quarantines for international travellers with rapid testing, the Alberta Government announced Thursday. The pilot project will be conducted in partnership with the federal government and travel industry. The program will start in early November at the Coutts […]

Surprise! Trudeau, even more than Harper, is the master of parliamentary manipulation

Oct 21 2020 — Don Martin — There was always a faint ray of hope that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would actually live up to his promise to do politics differently after the soul-wearying years under control freak Stephen Harper. Cross-party co-operation, transparency, respect for Parliament, MP empowerment and merit-based, non-partisan appointments all headlined the Trudeau kumbaya playbook. But it’s been five […]

Ottawa’s top doctor warns of COVID-19 spread in organized team sports; At least 28 cases with ‘hundreds’ of contacts

Oct 21 2020 — — Ottawa’s medical officer of health says the public health unit is investigating the spread of COVID-19 in organized team sports in the city. “Ottawa Public Health is investigating several situations where transmission of COVID-19 has occurred in relation to organized team sports,” Dr. Vera Etches said at a press conference Wednesday morning. “COVID-19 transmission is […]

Ontario MPP to gather with anti-maskers at Queen’s Park

Oct 21 2020 — — Kingston-area MPP Randy Hillier will gather a group of supporters without masks at Queen’s Park Wednesday to test what he called the Ford government’s “unlawful orders.” In a video statement, the independent MPP said “I will not be protesting, I will be gathering with friends.”