National Newswatch

B.C. judge protects ‘Watch House’ but issues permanent injunction to stop disruptive Kinder Morgan protests

Mar 15 2018 — — B.C. Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Affleck has granted a permanent injunction to keep protesters away from a construction zone in use by Texas energy company Kinder Morgan, explaining that he was “persuaded” the pipeline operator would suffer “irreparable harm” if the courts had done nothing. But his ruling didn’t give the energy company everything it […]

Trump doubles down on lie he told Trudeau about trade deficit

Mar 15 2018 — — U.S. President Donald Trump has doubled down on a lie he told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about trade between Canada and the U.S. The president’s latest rant follows a boast he made in a fundraising speech in Missouri on Wednesday. He said in the speech that he made up facts about trade in a meeting […]

Daunted by Trump’s false statements, Canadian diplomats and data geeks team up with ‘rapid response’

Mar 13 2018 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s diplomatic corps has teamed up with the government’s top statisticians to rapidly deploy facts across the border that can counter all of the false statements about trade, spewed out by U.S. President Donald Trump. The apparent “rapid response” partnership between Canadian data geeks and diplomats was hatched by the federal Foreign Affairs Department along […]

Doug Ford is too close to Donald Trump for comfort

Mar 13 2018 — Toula Drimonis — If you think that a Conservative backlash against the #MeToo movement and women in politics doesn’t exist, you would be wise to pay attention to what’s happening in Ontario. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Doug Ford just beat three well-qualified (and for the most part, experienced) women to win the Ontario Progressive Conservative […]

Philpott wants to see health care ‘by Inuit, for Inuit’

Mar 5 2018 — Carl Meyer — Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott is hoping to deliver more health care closer to northern Indigenous communities, in order to address a crisis leaving Inuit women vulnerable in southern cities like Montreal. Speaking to National Observer in an interview, Philpott said a combination of better addictions treatment, remote medical technology, funding for travel companions, training […]

Former Tory minister Tony Clement defends how Harper government handled Phoenix pay system

Feb 28 2018 — Carl Meyer — Conservative MP and former Treasury Board president Tony Clement is defending the Harper government’s handling of a dysfunctional system that was unable to pay thousands of public servants on time. While in former prime minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet, Clement had a responsibility to oversee how the federal government was spending money as it pursued a […]

Investigation found chief scientist was harassed by CEO at ‘world-class’ Canadian Arctic agency

Feb 26 2018 — — The head of a high-profile government Arctic research agency harassed his organization’s chief scientist and is facing other allegations of harassment, sources have confirmed to National Observer and the Toronto Star. A third-party investigation prepared for the federal government has found that David Scott, the president and chief executive officer of Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR), […]

Notley ends B.C. wine ban

Feb 22 2018 — — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is temporarily ending her province’s ban on B.C. wine after Premier John Horgan announced a new court action to defend rules that could stop Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. “We’ll be buying wine again,” Notley told reporters at a late afternoon news conference.

Senior bureaucrats ‘clinging’ to Harper government rules and muzzling scientists, says survey

Feb 21 2018 — Mike De Souza — Despite some improvements, senior public servants are “clinging” to outdated rules promoted by the Harper government and continuing to muzzle federal scientists, says a new survey released on Wednesday. The poll, commissioned for the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) — a union that represents government professionals and scientists, found that 53 […]

Pipeline regulator executive apologized to staff about ‘witch hunt’

Feb 20 2018 — Mike De Souza — An executive at Canada’s pipeline regulator apologized to staff for hiring a private security firm to investigate them only after the investigation proved unsuccessful and was about to be exposed to the public, reveals newly released correspondence. Sylvain Bédard, executive vice-president of “transparency and strategic engagement” at the National Energy Board (NEB), apologized to employees […]

Former Ottawa MP Paul Dewar battles on after brain surgery

Feb 17 2018 — — Hundreds of NDP delegates from across Canada stood up and applauded for former Ottawa MP Paul Dewar Saturday morning after learning he has been diagnosed with brain cancer and had surgery last week to remove a tumour. Laurier-Sainte-Marie MP Hélène Laverdière and Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus took to the stage to wish Dewar their […]