National Newswatch

Newspaper ads attacking teachers’ unions an ‘apparent contravention’ of campaign laws, Elections Ontario says

Jun 24 2020 — — Wed., June 24, 2020timer3 min. read Full-page newspaper ads attacking teachers’ unions that were traced to a Vaughan lawyer with Progressive Conservative ties appear to have violated Ontario election laws. The controversial ads, published in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the National Post and the Toronto Sun in February, were “an apparent contravention” […]

Was this decision why the Conservatives lost the election?

Jun 24 2020 — Susan Delacourt — Do Canadian conservatives watch more TV than other partisans? One would have to assume that is the case, given what the federal political parties have revealed about their spending patterns during last year’s election. Election-spending reports are always interesting as exercises in accountability, but they also tell some fascinating stories of political culture and where […]

Mountie who tackled Alberta First Nation chief facing unrelated assault charge

Jun 24 2020 — — The Alberta First Nation chief whose violent arrest became part of a national conversation on systemic racism says was “shocked” to learn the Mountie who tackled him had recently been charged with assault in connection with a previous, off-duty incident. Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation made the comment Wednesday, as the […]

South Korea and Taiwan show Canada how to avoid a second wave of COVID-19, experts tell MPs

Jun 23 2020 — Tonda MacCharles — Canada could avoid a second wave of the coronavirus if it learns the lessons of South Korea and Taiwan and attacks testing, tracing and treatment of COVID-19 cases and practices “dynamic distancing” from the get-go, MPs heard Tuesday. That means as the economy reopens, communities must be ready to reimpose physical distancing and socially restrictive […]

RCMP probing O’Toole campaign allegation that it was hacked by MacKay campaign

Jun 22 2020 — — The RCMP is looking into allegations that a senior member of Peter MacKay’s Conservative leadership campaign accessed confidential video-conferencing records of rival candidate Erin O’Toole. In a brief statement Monday, the Mounties’ national division confirmed that it is “examining this matter carefully” and “will take appropriate actions as required.” The force declined any further comment. […]

Racism against Chinese-Canadians now commonplace during pandemic, survey finds

Jun 22 2020 — — “Every day, I pray that you people die.” That’s just one example of the kind of insults and name-calling that half of Chinese-Canadians say they have experienced since the coronavirus pandemic arrived in North America, according to a poll by Angus Reid Institute and the University of Alberta released Monday. The survey results, taken from […]

What we’ve learned so far from the pandemic

Jun 21 2020 — Robin V. Sears — For many of us across Canada, this past week was the first time that we could share a beer and a burger with friends on a patio. There was a small childlike giddiness to the occasions. It feels like we can see the end of the tunnel now, even if it is still a long […]