National Newswatch

Canada ‘not ready’ for growing national security threats, former officials warn

May 24 2022 — Alex Boutilier — The Canadian government is not ready to handle an increasingly dangerous national security environment, a report by former senior national security officials warn. It’s the latest in a series of increasingly vocal warnings that Ottawa’s national security framework is not prepared to deal with the challenges of modern security threats, including economic espionage, foreign interference […]

COVID-19 vaccine rules, equalization ‘derailed’ support for Kenney: Smith

May 22 2022 — Amanda Connolly — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney‘s imposition of COVID-19 vaccine mandate and other public health measures, along with the province’s desire for equalization changes, are what “derailed” his leadership, suggests leadership rival Danielle Smith. In an interview with The West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, Smith said Kenney’s decisions to put in place public health measures as COVID-19 spiked […]

Huawei 5G ban could be costly for Canadian consumers, smaller telcos

May 20 2022 — — Canada’s move to ban technology from Chinese vendors Huawei Technologies and ZTE from its 5G networks will have a bigger impact on smaller players in the telecom industry than the biggest carriers and could end up costing Canadians more on the wireless bills, observers say. Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne announced late Thursday afternoon that Huawei’s […]

Major military sexual misconduct report to land with defence minister amid culture crisis

May 20 2022 — Amanda Connolly — The hotly-anticipated final report from former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour into how best to fix the military sexual misconduct crisis is expected to land with Defence Minister Anita Anand on Friday. It comes as the Canadian Forces remains under heavy scrutiny for what experts have repeatedly described as endemic abuses of power, sexism, racism […]

China will see Canada’s Huawei, ZTE bans as ‘a slap in the face,’ experts warn

May 20 2022 — — Canada’s decision to ban Huawei and ZTE from the country’s 5G telecommunications network will be a blow to an already tense relationship with China, experts warn. Although it’s not yet clear if China will retaliate beyond strong condemnation of Canada’s decision, experts say the possibility exists that the risk has increased for Canadian travellers and […]

Kenney’s plan to step down as UCP leader shows how hard merging 2 parties is: political commentator

May 19 2022 — — The difficulty that can result from merging two political parties was underscored by Premier Jason Kenney’s announcement Wednesday that he intends to step down as leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, according to one political commentator. “The first problem that has to be acknowledged, and we’re seeing this at the federal level as well, is […]

Trudeau says Tory ‘tough on crime’ rhetoric only tough on Black, Indigenous Canadians

May 18 2022 — Amanda Connolly — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that policies the Conservatives claimed were “tough on crime” were “really just tough on Black Canadians and Indigenous Canadians.” He made the comment during a heated exchange in question period that saw Conservatives accuse the Liberals of planning to “make it allowable for criminals to get house arrest” […]

Food, shelter push inflation in Canada to 6.8% in April: Statistics Canada

May 18 2022 — — The annual rate of inflation hit 6.8 per cent in April, marking a slight uptick from a month earlier, according to Statistics Canada. Last month’s figures mark the highest levels of inflation since January 1991 and are a slight increase from the rate of 6.7 per cent recorded in March. The agency pointed to the […]