National Newswatch

Ontario’s construction industry pushes for wearable COVID-19 tracing app

Aug 4 2020 — Laura Stone — A labour union representing Ontario’s construction industry says its members won’t use the federal government’s new COVID-19 tracking app because it requires the use of smartphones, which are prohibited on job sites for safety reasons. Instead, Joseph Mancinelli, the international vice-president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), is urging the government to […]

Migrant workers on farms across Canada are being told they can’t leave, raising human rights concerns

Aug 4 2020 — — Agriculture employers in several provinces are restricting the movement of migrant farm workers during the pandemic, raising questions about the human rights of temporary foreign workers who in some cases aren’t allowed to leave the premises, even to get groceries. In an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19 at agri-food operations, some employers are […]

Barred from public office, Hong Kong legislators with Canadian ties now afraid to ask international community for help

Aug 3 2020 — Steven Chase — Two Hong Kong legislators with significant Canadian ties were among 12 pro-democracy candidates recently stripped of the right to run for office in the former British colony as the Beijing-led crackdown on opposition and dissent continues. Both Dennis Kwok and Alvin Yeung are former Canadians who relinquished their citizenship to enter public life in Hong […]

The threat WE poses to Justin Trudeau and his office

Aug 1 2020 — Lori Turnbull — June 25 may have been a little more than a month ago, but it feels like a year has passed. That’s the day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, amid the pandemic, announced that WE Charity would administer a federal grant program designed to connect students with paid volunteer opportunities. That’s also when the alarm bells started […]

Trudeau praises ‘excellent work’ of WE Charity, despite recent challenges

Jul 31 2020 — — The WE Charity, which now finds itself at the centre of a political controversy involving the Liberal government, has done “excellent work” and the current situation is deeply regrettable, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. While speaking in Ottawa, the Prime Minister was asked about whether he shares in the responsibility for the hit that […]

Kovrig, Spavor mark a ‘sobering’ milestone in detention

Jul 31 2020 — Nathan VanderKlippe — Less than two weeks after Chinese authorities formally charged two Canadians with espionage, Ambassador Dominic Barton travelled nearly 700 kilometres from Beijing, hoping to end a half year of being barred from seeing Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. The unusual Canada Day trip brought Mr. Barton to Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province. Mr. Spavor […]

Auditor-General to probe lapse in Canada’s pandemic warning system

Jul 30 2020 — — Canada’s Auditor-General is planning to investigate what went wrong with the country’s once-vaunted early warning system for pandemics after the unit curtailed its surveillance work and ceased issuing alerts more than a year ago, raising questions about whether it failed when it was needed most. Sources close to the matter said the Auditor-General is planning […]