National Newswatch

Canada’s tax agency limiting audits, debt collection to focus on COVID-19 aid

Mar 28 2020 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s tax agency is limiting audits and debt collection, and equipping thousands of its employees with remote-access technology, reinventing itself in real-time as it braces for a tidal wave of coronavirus-related benefits claims. Like their fellow citizens, Canada Revenue Agency workers have been following the advice of public health professionals to avoid crowds and remain […]

Morneau challenged to ensure COVID-19 aid won’t bail out ‘high-polluting industries’

Mar 25 2020 — Carl Meyer — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Canada’s emergency COVID-19 legislation won’t “discriminate” between businesses, after he was challenged on Wednesday by a senator to ensure it wouldn’t bail out “sunsetting, high-polluting industries.” Canadians must be able to afford food right now, Morneau told the Senate of Canada on Wednesday, and if a wide range of businesses, […]

Canadians ‘will always be able to come home,’ Freeland clarifies as COVID-19 questions swirl

Mar 17 2020 — Carl Meyer — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland clarified Tuesday that “Canadians will always be able to come home,” as questions continued to swirl around how the government’s new COVID-19 travel restrictions will work in practice. Every Canadian citizen has the constitutional right to enter, remain in and leave Canada, under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But […]

Immigrants…they get the job done

Mar 12 2020 — Bruce Anderson — Immigrants do get the job done. But is it a problem if not enough people know that? In the last couple of weeks, we at Abacus Data conducted some fresh public opinion research on this topic. Here’s what we found. When asked whether more or less immigration was the best way to grow the economy, […]

Senator says Canadians are soured on big oilsands projects

Feb 22 2020 — Carl Meyer — Canadians won’t “tolerate too much more large activity in the oilsands,” and after the Trans Mountain controversy, it may be a bridge too far for the Liberal government to approve the Teck Resources Frontier mine, Independent Sen. Mary Coyle says. Coyle, who was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2017 and represents Nova Scotia […]

Scheer blasted as ‘racist and absurd’ for telling Wet’suwet’en supporters to ‘check their privilege’

Feb 14 2020 — Carl Meyer — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer appeared in the halls of Canada’s seat of power Friday, walked up to the microphone and cameras waiting for him to address a national audience and told those who have been standing in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en to “check their privilege.” The Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation told National Observer […]

Carleton’s new election-integrity scholar comes from Facebook. The NDP says that’s like Dracula overseeing the blood supply

Jan 27 2020 — Carl Meyer — The NDP’s ethics critic says Carleton University’s decision to name a Facebook Canada official as a “visiting scholar in election integrity” is like “inviting Dracula to oversee the security of the blood supply.” NDP MP Charlie Angus told National Observer that the university’s appointment of Kevin Chan, head of public policy at Facebook Canada, made […]

RCMP, let journalists witness Unist’ot’en Camp

Jan 15 2020 — Linda Solomon Wood — Members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have fought for many years to keep three pipelines from running through their land in northern B.C. At stake, the protesters say, is their way of life, their culture and their system of governance which was recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark Delgamuukw decision in […]

Dirty, cheap marine fuel ban will affect Canada’s Arctic

Jan 4 2020 — Carl Meyer — New rules cracking down on pollution from dirty, cheap marine fuel kicked into gear this week, placing stricter requirements on cargo vessels and cruise ships that are plying northern waters thanks to climate change. As of Jan. 1, Canada is enforcing a new UN-backed cap on the amount of sulphur allowed in heavy fuel oil […]

Alberta’s $30-million bonfire

Jan 3 2020 — Chris Turner — The Alberta government’s Canadian Energy Centre — its long-promised, much-hyped “rapid-response war room,” a provincial corporation with a $30-million annual budget — finally launched on Dec. 11. It embarked on its noble mission with all appropriate pomp and ceremony, by which I mean there was a website and a sort of self-promotional video. The video […]