National Newswatch

Vancouver Pride Live: Prime Minister Trudeau to march in Pride Parade

Aug 4 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will participate in Sunday’s Pride Parade in Vancouver. Trudeau made history at the event in 2016 when he became the first the sitting Prime Minister to march in the city’s annual LGBTQ2+ celebration. This past week, the prime minister paid a surprise visit to the […]

Majority of federal Liberals’ Vancouver Granville riding executive quit in support of Wilson-Raybould

Jun 4 2019 — — The bulk of the federal Liberals’ Vancouver Granville riding association executive have quit after sitting MP Jody Wilson-Raybould revealed she would run as an Independent in October’s election. And according to former riding association chair John Turner, most of those people will now switch to Wilson-Raybould’s new campaign. “Several of the people will be moving […]

Two people killed during hostage taking in Surrey

Mar 29 2019 — — Two people are dead following a hostage taking in Surrey’s Central City area on Friday. B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office, a civilian body that investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, says it has been notified of an “officer-involved shooting in Surrey.”

Jody Wilson-Raybould ‘overwhelmed, grateful’ — and seeking re-election

Mar 3 2019 — Michael Smyth — Jody Wilson-Raybould says she is “overwhelmed and grateful” about an outpouring of public support since her scorching testimony in the SNC-Lavalin scandal. And despite a nasty internal backlash after her explosive appearance before the federal justice committee, she has no intention of quitting the Liberal caucus in Ottawa. “It really has been quite remarkable,” Wilson-Raybould […]

Justin Trudeau joins Burnaby South byelection circus

Feb 12 2019 — Daphne Bramham — Usually a federal party leader running in a riding is enough to spark more than a frisson of interest. It’s certainly attracted the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Ignoring the sometime tradition of not running a candidate against another leader, Trudeau is actively campaigning in Burnaby South this week. Yet, even if NDP Leader […]

More B.C. legislature employees allege mistreatment, the speaker says

Feb 11 2019 — — The number of former and current legislature employees complaining about alleged mistreatment grows almost daily, and the tally now also includes political staffers, Speaker Darryl Plecas says. Two weeks ago, Plecas’s chief of staff Alan Mullen said about 20 people who worked for the B.C. legislature — in areas such as the financial services branch, […]

Twenty former B.C. legislature employees say they were fired for raising concerns about wasteful spending

Jan 26 2019 — — Over the last several months, “an alarming number” of former legislature employees have contacted Speaker Darryl Plecas to say they were improperly fired after voicing concerns about “corruption” involving taxpayers’ money, says the Speaker’s chief of staff. “They have described corruption, they have also described being terminated for what is alleged to be asking questions,” […]

China death sentence dispute takes toll on B.C. tourism businesses

Jan 16 2019 — — The death sentence given to Canadian drug trafficker Robert Schellenberg by a Chinese court has spooked Canadian tourists planning to visit the People’s Republic. “Everyone is feeling it,” said Canadian travel agent Julius Yan, president of Laurus Travel. “The last couple of days, and especially this morning, we have been getting calls from people who […]

Hereditary chiefs demand their court-ordered right to be consulted

Jan 10 2019 — Daphne Bramham — For most of the last 50 years, Indigenous people have tried to negotiate, litigate and protest their way to a new relationship with Canada. In the past 21 years, they have won landmark rulings upholding their title to traditional territories, and their inherent rights including the right to self-government. Repeatedly, the Supreme Court has ruled […]

Recall campaign revs up against B.C. Speaker Darryl Plecas

Jan 8 2019 — Rob Shaw — A recall campaign targeting Speaker of the legislature Darryl Plecas will begin at the end of January, says the organizer. Robin Roy, who runs the BCrecall2018 Facebook page, said his group plans to submit recall paperwork to Elections B.C. in the last week of the month to target Plecas, the MLA for Abbotsford South. “If […]