National Newswatch

Scheer proposes modification to CERB to get Canadians back to work

Jun 25 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is pitching a revision to the existing Canada Emergency Response Benefit to incentivize Canadians to return to work or look for a job as the economy reopens. As it stands, the program cuts off eligibility to those who make more than $1,000 per month, which the Tories have argued is […]

After Trudeau’s toughest talk, the Canada-China meltdown goes radioactive

Jun 25 2020 — Don Martin — He’s rarely, if ever, been this forceful on a foreign file. Somehow overnight Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided to give up on China, endure the diplomatic deep freeze and face the inevitable economic backlash by soundly rejecting the Meng-for-Michaels proposal. Gone were the usual ‘ums’ and ‘uhs’ he mutters while trying to remember talking points.

Feds offering students $1K for every 100 hours of COVID-19 volunteer work

Jun 25 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered new details on the now-launched Canada Student Service Grant program including spelling out how it’ll work, and elaborated on the government’s plans to create thousands of more temporary job openings for young people who are looking for work and experience this summer. The grant to post-secondary students and recent […]

It’s official: Atlantic Canada is ‘bubbling’ on July 3

Jun 24 2020 — — It’s official. The four Atlantic Canadian provinces will be “bubbling” next month. Residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador can visit the Atlantic provinces without having to self-isolate, starting July 3. “Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians have worked hard to flatten the curve and we’re now in a place […]

Canada should retaliate if U.S. issues new tariffs: union

Jun 24 2020 — Rachel Aiello — The largest private sector union is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “stand firm” against the prospect of the re-imposition of tariffs on Canadian aluminum from the U.S. administration and says retaliation should be considered if the Americans follow through. As CTV News has reported, the United States is considering slapping tariffs on aluminum […]

U.S. may soon impose aluminum tariffs on Canada: sources

Jun 23 2020 — — – CTV News has confirmed that the U.S. is once again considering slapping tariffs on aluminum imports coming from Canada. An announcement is possible in the coming weeks, according to two Canadian sources. Bloomberg News first reported the possibility of the U.S. slapping another set of tariffs on Canada on Monday night. The tariffs would […]

Legions across Canada could close permanently, asking feds to help

Jun 23 2020 — — Royal Canadian Legion halls across the country have been shuttered for months due to COVID-19, and now a number of them are facing the prospect of never being able to reopen. With most ineligible for the host of federal aid programs being offered to help keep other businesses and charitable organizations afloat, hundreds of these […]

Pandemic has provided chance to reshape Canada’s future, PM says

Jun 22 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that, while the COVID-19 pandemic has been an “unprecedented challenge,” it’s opening up opportunities to rethink and reshape Canada’s future. “If this pandemic has been an unprecedented challenge for our country, it has also been an important opportunity to figure out what really matters in our communities, to have meaningful […]

The debate’s over. MacKay’s moment to lead has arrived

Jun 19 2020 — Don Martin — OK, he’s ready. Finally. Peter MacKay has been itching to lead the Conservative party since he co-founded it with Stephen Harper 17 years ago. After last night’s one-and-only English leadership debate, it’s clear that, while MacKay might not ooze royal jelly, he’s the only decent shot the Conservatives have left to dethrone Justin Trudeau in […]