National Newswatch

There’s more of a case for requiring the governor-general be bilingual than a Supreme Court justice

Jul 28 2021 — Andrew Coyne — There was something ersatz about the controversy over the new governor-general’s lack of bilingualism – or rather, since Mary Simon is fluent in both English and Inuktitut, her lack of proficiency in French. Francophone commentators who had never previously disclosed a belief that there should even be a representative of the Queen in Canada were […]

Lithuania says Beijing’s arrest of two Michaels was ‘wake-up call’ for democracies

Jul 28 2021 — Steven Chase — A senior foreign ministry official in Lithuania, which has drawn China’s ire in recent months for strengthening ties with Taiwan and helping Hong Kong dissidents, says Beijing’s arrest of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor was a “wake-up call” for democratic countries in their dealings with the Chinese Communist Party. Mantas Adomenas is vice-minister of foreign […]

New COVID-19 cases surge in B.C. among the unvaccinated

Jul 27 2021 — — New cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia have more than doubled since the province relaxed most of its health measures, a surge driven by an alarming rise in infections among unvaccinated people in the Interior. During the past weekend, the Interior Health Authority added 155 new cases. The authority, which encompasses Kelowna and Kamloops, has […]

Halifax security forum organizers to stage January conference in Taiwan, just weeks before controversial Beijing Olympics

Jul 21 2021 — Steven Chase — The organizers of the annual Halifax defence and security forum that drew the ire of Beijing for lauding Taiwan’s President are staging a similar gathering in Taipei in January – just weeks before the controversial 2022 Winter Olympics in China. It’s being billed as a show of support for the self-governing democracy of Taiwan, which […]

As Green Party withdraws non-confidence vote, Elizabeth May declines to comment on turmoil surrounding Leader Annamie Paul

Jul 19 2021 — Ian Bailey — Green Party Leader Annamie Paul will not face a non-confidence vote this week that could have led to her being ousted from her role as a federal election looms. The party’s 13-member governing party had been scheduled to make their vote on Tuesday; however, former leadership contender Dimitri Lascaris said it is his understanding that […]