National Newswatch

Barry and Honey Sherman were murdered, sources say

Jan 19 2018 — Kevin Donovan — It’s double murder, not murder-suicide. Barry and Honey Sherman were killed in what looks like a professional, contract killing. That’s the conclusion of a variety of experts who have been hired by the family to probe the case. Here’s the new information: There are markings on the Shermans’ wrists, an indication that at some point […]

Former McGuinty chief of staff David Livingston found guilty of deleting documents in wake of power plants’ cancellation

Jan 19 2018 — Rob Ferguson — A former chief of staff to ex-premier Dalton McGuinty has been found guilty of deleting documents in a “dishonest” scramble to protect the Liberal government from the fallout of scrapping two power plants at public expense before an election almost seven years ago. “No issues were more challenging ‎or dangerous to the minority Liberal government,” […]

‘Justice is long overdue’ for training school survivors, says MP who spent three ‘painful’ years at one

Jan 19 2018 — — David Sweet walks slowly down a snow-covered laneway cutting through the campus of what used to be St. Joseph’s Training School, a residential reform institution for boys deemed “delinquent” or “unmanageable” decades ago by the courts. It’s early January and Sweet, a federal Conservative Member of Parliament, is walking a reporter and photographer through the […]

A bizarre public-vs.-private debate in Canadian politics

Jan 19 2018 — Susan Delacourt — On his official itinerary for last weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was said to be having “personal” time in Ottawa. Social media, however, told a slightly different story. In photos circulating on Facebook and Instagram, Trudeau is shown spending part of last Saturday at a Liberal Party of Canada national executive meeting. It looks like […]

Wynne gets an earful in Ottawa town hall

Jan 19 2018 — Robert Benzie — It was no leisurely skate on the Rideau Canal for Premier Kathleen Wynne as she took her town hall road show to Ottawa. As at previous forums in Toronto and Brampton last fall, Wynne faced some tough questions from the public Thursday evening on a slew of policy matters. “The violence in our schools is […]

The misguided attempts to bar Donald Trump from Canada

Jan 18 2018 — Tim Harper — Last week, Donald Trump suddenly discovered he didn’t like the American embassy in London and cancelled a state visit there. He claimed to be upset that Barack Obama had sold the previous embassy “for peanuts” (never mind the deal was done by the George W. Bush administration) but his decision to stay home was really […]

The Liberal party’s parity problem in Ontario

Jan 18 2018 — Martin Regg Cohn — A pre-election cabinet shuffle is a big deal in the life and death cycle of any government, a last chance for reincarnation or resurrection. The Liberals are putting their best face(s) forward in the final months before a June 7 vote. But Wednesday’s cabinet unveiling also lays bare the party’s exposed flanks after 14 years […]

Federal prosecutors take over Tory nomination case being probed by police

Jan 17 2018 — Robert Benzie — Federal prosecutors have been assigned to the case of a Progressive Conservative candidate election currently under criminal investigation amid allegations of forgery and fraud. Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General has asked the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to handle the matter that has been investigated by Hamilton Police since last June. That’s to avoid […]

More than 12,000 Canadians call on finance minister to raise corporate taxes, close loopholes

Jan 16 2018 — Marco Chown Oved — More than 12,000 Canadians have signed an online petition calling on Finance Minister Bill Morneau to ensure Canada’s biggest corporations pay their fair share of taxes. The petition on Change.org was launched by advocacy group Democracy Watch after the Star, in partnership with Corporate Knights magazine, published an investigation last month that showed how individuals […]

Researchers raise concerns as Twitter, Facebook seek role in Canadian election debates

Jan 16 2018 — — Facebook and Twitter want a role in the election debate show, reigniting broader questions about social media’s function in the democratic process. Ottawa is currently designing a policy to create an independent body to organize political party leaders’ debates in the 2019 federal election and beyond. Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould will meet behind closed […]