National Newswatch

Canada failing to address rising complaints about foreign intimidation of rights activists, Amnesty International says

Aug 12 2020 — Steven Chase — Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said Ottawa will not tolerate the intimidation of human rights activists in this country by foreign governments after a democracy activist told a parliamentary committee she and her family have faced threats from Beijing over the past year. But Amnesty International said Wednesday that Canada’s response to rising complaints about […]

‘Ontario is in a recession’: Ontario now projecting $38.5-billion deficit in 2020-21

Aug 12 2020 — Laura Stone — The Ontario government’s deficit will balloon to $38.5-billion in 2021, almost double the size predicted in March, as Finance Minister Rod Phillips declared the province is in a recession as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Progressive Conservative government released its first quarter financial report on Wednesday, which revealed it will now spend $30-billion […]

Calls for further action on Hong Kong spark concern over impact on detained Canadians in China

Aug 11 2020 — Steven Chase — The Canadian government is being urged to do more than issue written condemnation of China’s crackdown on Hong Kong, but a governing Liberal MP says he’s concerned how further action might imperil efforts to free two Canadians locked up by Beijing. A parliamentary committee holding hearings Tuesday on the deterioration of civil rights in Hong […]

Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s job could be in jeopardy after clashes with Prime Minister, sources say

Aug 11 2020 — Robert Fife — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not committed to keeping Bill Morneau on as the key architect of the federal government’s economic revival plan after the two men clashed over the Finance Department’s policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis, sources say. Insiders say Mr. Trudeau is uncertain whether Mr. Morneau is the right fit to navigate […]

Alberta to adopt national COVID-19 exposure app

Aug 9 2020 — — The Alberta government will adopt the federal COVID-19 exposure app, after earlier insisting Ottawa should help the province fix its own smartphone contact tracing system that had been beset by technical limitations and user complaints. Alberta was the first jurisdiction in Canada to release a smartphone app designed to track potential exposure to the coronavirus. […]

Saudi Crown Prince sent hit squad to Canada, exiled spy chief alleges

Aug 6 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince dispatched a hit squad to Toronto in an attempt to murder a former high-ranking intelligence officer, an effort made shortly after the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, according to allegations contained in court documents filed in Washington. The target was Saad Aljabri, 61, who held a senior intelligence […]

CSIS warns about China’s efforts to recruit Canadian scientists

Aug 6 2020 — Robert Fife and Steven Chase — The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has warned the country’s universities and research institutions that Beijing is using academic recruitment programs such as its Thousand Talents Plan to attract scientists to China in hopes of obtaining cutting-edge science and technology for economic and military advantage. The federal spy agency says the Thousand Talents Plan (TTP), which […]