National Newswatch

Feds select Ontario business as first recipient of new climate money

Jan 10 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — The Trudeau government has selected an Ontario company as the first “winner” of funds under a part of the federal climate change plan on Thursday. “This is a big solution that’s going to make a difference in the lives of people in Ontario. It’s focused on how we cool buildings,” Environment and Climate Change Minister […]

‘Waste of money’: $300,000 CPP ad campaign sparks outrage

Jan 10 2019 — — A $300,000 ad campaign from the Canada Pension Plan has landed some prime-time slots on Canadian television, but has critics decrying it as a waste of taxpayer money. The two-month campaign is designed to promote the work of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, using slogans like “investing today for your tomorrow” as a cover […]

Canada open to receiving Saudi woman fleeing family, officials confirm

Jan 9 2019 — — Canada has signalled it would be open to receiving a Saudi refugee who barricaded herself inside a Bangkok hotel room, government officials have confirmed to CTV News. Canadian authorities, in behind-the-scenes conversations, have indicated they would be open to taking in Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who fled her family and renounced Islam, which is punishable by […]

Twitter Canada confirms hack of Tory Senator’s account

Jan 7 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Twitter Canada has confirmed that Conservative Senator Linda Frum’s Twitter account was hacked late Sunday night, after racial slurs and personal information including Frum driver’s licence were tweeted to her over 16,000 followers. In a statement, Twitter Canada’s Cam Gordon said that the account was “quickly restored.” “Our policy team meets and is in contact […]

Canadian senator’s personal data leaked online in apparent Twitter hack

Jan 7 2019 — — Conservative Senator Linda Frum’s Twitter account was hacked Sunday night, with those responsible sharing personal information including her drivers license and using racial slurs in their tweets. “hi linda, can u drive us to the mall please?” read one tweet. The tweet then shared an image of both the front and back of

Former national security adviser questions feds’ plan to prevent election meddling

Jan 6 2019 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former national security adviser is questioning whether federal departments are prepared for the risk of election meddling in 2019 and whether the federal Liberals’ legislation meant to tackle foreign interference goes far enough. “I don’t think that the reports that were issued by the government—by [the Communications Security Establishment (CSE)]—is comprehensive […]

Former PM Kim Campbell calls Trump expletive on Twitter

Jan 5 2019 — — Former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell used the same expletive to describe U.S. President Donald Trump as a newly elected Democratic congresswoman who is now under fire for her comments. Campbell, Canada’s first female prime minister, tweeted just before 10 a.m. on Saturday: “He really IS a mother——!” Campbell attached a video of Trump reiterating […]

‘Give Canada the Northwest Angle’: Petition says land doesn’t belong to U.S.

Jan 3 2019 — Josh Dehaas — An anonymous petitioner is asking the U.S. federal government to give a small piece of territory “back” to Canada, saying that’s where it rightfully belongs. According to a petition on the White House website, a 320-square-kilometer chunk of land known as the Northwest Angle belongs in Manitoba, not Minnesota. “Negotiators of the initial Canada–U.S. border […]

Federal parties navigating 2019 under new political fundraising rules

Jan 3 2019 — Rachel Aiello — A core aspect of federal parties’ political fundraising received a rule overhaul just before it became an election year in Canada. The revised approach comes just as all parties put a more concerted eye towards padding their campaign war chests before the next election, scheduled for nine months from now. Holding events with steep ticket […]

Police visit man’s home after tweet targeting Ont. MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Dec 31 2018 — Josh Dehaas — An Ontario man who encouraged people on Twitter to protest against a Progressive Conservative politician at his parents’ home over the holidays, says that he was shocked when a police officer showed up at his door over the weekend. Rob Gill, a former candidate for city council in St. Catharines, Ont., tells that he […]

Trump may ban U.S. companies from buying Huawei tech: report

Dec 28 2018 — — U.S. President Donald Trump may issue an executive order in the new year that would bar American companies from using equipment made by Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE due to spying concerns, according to a report from Reuters, a U.K.-based news agency. Such an executive order would follow similar moves by countries like Australia […]

Unemployment rate for immigrants to Canada at lowest level in years

Dec 28 2018 — Rachel Aiello — The employment gap between newcomers and Canadian-born workers continues to narrow as immigrants make up a growing percentage of the Canadian labour force, says new data from Statistics Canada. According to a Dec. 24 report from Statistics Canada, the immigrant unemployment level is at its lowest since 2006, when the data first started to be […]

Santa Claus lives and pays taxes in Canada, government affirms

Dec 24 2018 — Rachel Aiello — He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake. No, it’s not the head of the country’s spy agency, but another all-knowing Canadian: Santa Claus. That’s right, according to various government departments and agencies, Good Ol’ Saint Nicholas is a Canadian citizen who lives, and pays taxes here. “As is the longstanding view […]