National Newswatch

Free menstrual products a must, but start with the poor first

May 12 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — For all the stigma stomping we’ve achieved in recent years, there’s one that still persists. And considering the monthly reality for nearly half the population — dating back to literally the dawn of humanity — it’s an odd one. Some would be surprised that Canada’s behind the global curve on access to menstrual products, but […]

Norman case another blow to Canada’s justice system

May 12 2019 — Jaime Watt — Another year, yet another unsuccessful highly public prosecution. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors announced a stay of charges against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, ending a four-year circus that took an untold toll on the reputation, finances and family of a career public servant with an otherwise unblemished reputation.

Jagmeet Singh sets a new standard for political memoirs

May 12 2019 — Robin V. Sears — John Diefenbaker, Tommy Douglas, and David Lewis each had difficult, even scarring, childhoods. Illness, poverty, prejudice were part of their early lives. Yet, like their fellow party leaders of that era, those painful memories were not part of their public biography. It was not acceptable to discuss that type of personal history as recently as […]

Greens are racing NDP to the climate-change punch

May 10 2019 — Chantal Hébert — On the day his party lost a B.C. seat to the Greens in a byelection this week, Jagmeet Singh took Justin Trudeau to task about climate change, an issue he raised again over the next two days. It was a change of pace of sorts for the NDP leader. There have been twenty-four House sittings […]

Collapse of trial of Vice Admiral Mark Norman reverberates across Ottawa

May 10 2019 — Tonda MacCharles — Vice Admiral Mark Norman’s criminal trial for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets about a delayed navy ship contract is over, but the Navy commander has still not returned to active duty, and the political, legal and operational implications of the ill-fated case are reverberating across official Ottawa. The professional fallout for Norman, who was effectively cleared […]

Canada best equipped to resist populist wave, Trudeau says at ‘fireside’ talk in Toronto

May 10 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered a full-throated defense of Canada’s place in an increasingly anxious, nativist, protectionist world on Thursday, arguing that Canadian faith in the merits of trade makes us uniquely positioned to lead the way forward. Citing the succession of trade pacts inked on his watch, including the pitfall-strewn renegotiation of NAFTA during […]

Facebook says far-right, anti-Muslim content doesn’t violate its standards

May 10 2019 — — A Facebook page that promotes false, far-right and anti-Muslim content using deceptive techniques has been allowed to continue operating for nearly a month while the social media platform investigated its activities. Now, Facebook says the page doesn’t violate its community standards, showing how close to the line purveyors of false or misleading information can play […]

Scheer government would ban Huawei from 5G networks

May 8 2019 — Alex Boutilier — A Conservative government under Andrew Scheer would ban Chinese telecom giant Huawei from participating in Canada’s next generation wireless networks, the Star has learned. Scheer’s office confirmed Wednesday that the Conservatives would ban Huawei products from Canada’s 5G infrastructure if they form the government after this fall’s federal election.

It’s a little rich for MPs to criticize the affluent

May 7 2019 — Susan Delacourt — It takes a certain amount of nerve to rail against elites and privilege when your minimum salary hovers around $180,000 a year. Yet this is now the daily spectacle in Canada’s House of Commons, with MPs on all sides shaking their fists against millionaires, large corporations and pretty much anything that takes a few more […]