National Newswatch

Ottawa freezing Hockey Canada funding amid firestorm over alleged sex assaults

Jun 22 2022 — Amanda Connolly — The Canadian government is freezing federal funding to Hockey Canada as the organization remains embroiled in a firestorm of scrutiny over its handling of sexual assault allegations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday called the organization’s handling of the allegations “unacceptable,” while Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge said Hockey Canada will be “held accountable.”

Poilievre encourages anti-vaccine mandate protests amid reports of Canada Day rally

Jun 21 2022 — Alex Boutilier and Mercedes Stephenson — Pierre Poilievre says he supports “all Canadians who peacefully stand up for their rights” amid reports a second so-called convoy protest is planned for Ottawa. In a statement Tuesday, Poilievre denied claims the presumptive Conservative leadership frontrunner would greet the potential protest planned for Canada Day in Ottawa. But he called vaccine mandates “unfair, unscientific […]

Hockey Canada says players were not required to cooperate in 2018 sex assault probe

Jun 21 2022 — — Junior hockey players who may have been involved in an alleged sexual assault at a Hockey Canada event in 2018 were not required to cooperate in an investigation into the matter, the organization’s top executives told MPs Monday. Outgoing CEO Tom Renney and president and COO Scott Smith, who will soon be replacing Renney as CEO, told a House […]

Ottawa’s cybersecurity bill has ‘good bones’ — but secrecy rules need work, experts say

Jun 16 2022 — Amanda Connolly — The federal government’s new legislation proposing sweeping new powers to direct cybersecurity for private sector critical infrastructure operators has “good bones,” according to experts. But they warn that provisions in the bill to gag any operator from disclosing orders from the government to fix their systems — potentially requiring tens of millions of dollars in […]

Rempel Garner says she’s considering bid to become leader of UCP in Alberta

Jun 16 2022 — — With a prominent former federal politician planning to leave his post as Alberta’s premier, another prominent politician who still serves as an MP says she is considering whether to run for his job. Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner, a member of the Conservative Party of Canada, announced in a thread on Twitter Wednesday […]

Freeland says Canada’s economic reputation was at risk, prompting Emergencies Act

Jun 15 2022 — — The risk to Canada’s economic reputation was behind the federal government’s invocation of the Emergencies Act to deter the “Freedom Convoy” blockades across the country, the deputy prime minister and finance minister repeatedly told MPs Tuesday. But Chrystia Freeland — the highest-ranking minister yet to appear before the special committee investigating the government’s unprecedented use […]

Trudeau denounces Canadian official attending Russia Day celebration

Jun 14 2022 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced the attendance of a Canadian official at a Russia Day party at the Russian embassy while Canada is attempting to separate itself from the country due to the war in Ukraine. “Obviously, it is absolutely unacceptable for any Canadian representative to be at this event,” Trudeau said Tuesday during question […]