National Newswatch

Where are Trudeau and his selfies now?

Aug 24 2016 — Andrew Dreschel — Well, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is finally showing its age. It’s less than a year old and it’s acting like it. It’s still learning to walk, it’s still learning to touch, and it’s still learning all sorts of new ways to politically drool over itself and others. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is the latest […]

Jack Layton’s legacy endures five years after his death

Aug 22 2016 — — Love transcended sorrow in August 2011 when Canadians gathered in Nathan Phillips Square to bid farewell to the late Jack Layton. Thousands scrawled their goodbyes in chalk that covered the walls and concrete tiles, transforming the plaza in front of Toronto City Hall into a spontaneous memorial. The flames of orange candles flickered in the […]

The politics of Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau’s wardrobe

Nov 12 2015 — — Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau has all the hallmarks of a style-icon-in-the-making with many ready to brand her Canada’s Kate Middleton. They both married into a dynasty and share a glossy mane, but that’s where the comparisons end. It’s almost impossible to picture The Duchess, for instance, walking her kids to school in a pair of distressed denim […]

NDP’s Alex Johnstone ‘didn’t know’ what Auschwitz was

Sep 23 2015 — — After apologizing for making a penis joke about Auschwitz, a Hamilton NDP candidate says she didn’t know what the notorious Holocaust death camp was until the controversy erupted. “Well, I didn’t know what Auschwitz was, or I didn’t up until today,” Alex Johnstone said in an interview following a candidates’ debate Tuesday night. Johnstone had […]

NDP’s Alex Johnstone sorry about 2008 Auschwitz comment

Sep 23 2015 — — Hamilton NDP candidate Alex Johnstone is apologizing for a penis joke she made about Auschwitz seven years ago on social media. In the Facebook post, Johnstone remarks that the electrified fence posts in around the Nazi-run death camp in Poland shown in her friend’s Facebook photo are phallic in shape. “Ahhh, the infamous Pollish, phallic, […]

Leaders expected to focus on seat-rich 905 area before election

Jul 3 2015 — — The political summertime barbecue season — the last for leaders to take advantage of before the fall federal election — will have a decidedly 905 flavour. Polls have indicated it is a three-way statistical tie between the governing Conservatives, New Democrats and Liberals in Ontario, where the majority of seats are gathered around the Greater […]

Lawyer thinks suspension is ‘politically motivated’

May 6 2015 — — Last month, Hussein Hamdani helped organize a major Liberal fundraiser in Burlington featuring party leader Justin Trudeau as the star attraction. The event, which was held at a private home, drew about 120 Muslim-Canadians, mainly from the GTA, who were or recently became members of the Liberal Laurier Club, an elite group of donors who’ve […]

Transport minister issues edict requiring two crew members in cockpit

Mar 26 2015 — — Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says effective immediately, any Canadian airline carrying passengers will be required to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times. The federal government imposed the emergency directive today in the aftermath of the Germanwings plane crash in France. Raitt says the directive requires two members of the cabin crew […]

Toilet cams in cells spark court challenges

Mar 20 2015 — Bill Dunphy — Do police have the right to videotape you using a toilet? It turns out they do — if you’re in custody, according to several — but not all — recent Ontario court decisions. But regardless of which way these cases land, they’re already changing the way police deal with prisoners. It’s a case of safety […]

NDP getting troops ready for a spring election call

Feb 21 2015 — Daniel Nolan — The federal NDP believe Prime Minister Stephen Harper might call a spring election and has told riding associations to be ready for a snap vote by April 1. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair “wants everybody ready to go April 1, whether or not the actual nominations will be done. He wants all of the infrastructure in […]