National Newswatch

Russian Pranksters Duped Canadian Politicians Looking to Hear From Putin Critic

May 4 2021 — Justin Ling — A pair of Russian pranksters, pretending to be imprisoned Russian dissident Alexei Navalny’s right-hand man, duped the Canadian House of Commons foreign affairs committee during a closed-door meeting in late April. On April 22, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development held a meeting to hear about the plight of Navalny—and they called […]

Justin Trudeau Says Solitary Confinement Is ‘Unacceptable’ Following Report Saying His Government Uses Solitary Confinement

Mar 3 2021 — Justin Ling — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it is “unacceptable” that his government continues to use solitary confinement in federal prisons. Asked by VICE World News on Wednesday about new data showing that the unconstitutional practice of solitary confinement, and outright torture, is commonplace in Canada’s prisons, Trudeau did not say what he would actually do to […]

Canada Introduces New Bill to Reduce Small-Time Drug Prosecutions

Feb 18 2021 — Justin Ling — The Trudeau government has unveiled sweeping new justice legislation, aimed to ramp down prosecutions for drug crimes and address the growing problem of over-incarcerating Black and Indigenous peoples. The new law, if passed, would prioritize treatment for drug users, instead of prosecution and possible incarceration. While not full drug decriminalization, it is a step forward […]

This Controversial Canadian Senator Donated to Trump’s Re-Election Effort, Violating Campaign Finance Laws

Oct 27 2020 — Justin Ling — A controversial Canadian senator donated to Donald Trump’s re-election effort, violating U.S. campaign finance law in the process, amid an election where accusations of foreign influence and cash are flying back and forth. In early May, Senator Lynn Beyak made a $300 contribution to the Republican National Committee, per a publicly available Federal Electoral Commission […]

Seven Chief Public Health Officers Call for Drug Decriminalization, But Justin Trudeau Isn’t Budging

Sep 2 2020 — Justin Ling — The chief public health officers of British Columbia, Vancouver, Yukon, Quebec, Toronto, and Montreal have all endorsed the decriminalization of illicit drugs for personal use. Canada’s chief public health officer says it’s time to start discussing it. The premier of B.C. and the mayor of Vancouver have both implored Ottawa to stop using police to […]

Head of Panel Reviewing Solitary Confinement Blasts Trudeau Government

Aug 28 2020 — Justin Ling — Criminologist Anthony Doob isn’t accepting the Trudeau government’s vague offer to return to his role as chair of an independent review panel, tasked with overseeing the elimination of solitary confinement in Canada. “I told the Minister that reassurances, promises, commitments, etc., about getting the data were not sufficient for me even to consider accepting a […]

Justin Trudeau’s Billion Dollar Scandal Is a Story of Power, Branding, and Charity

Jul 22 2020 — Justin Ling — It’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s summer scandal. He and his finance minister are under investigation from an ethics watchdog. Two Parliamentary committees have started investigating the affair and want Trudeau to testify. In the middle of it all is a $912 million contract, awarded without competition to the Canadian-founded WE Charity, a household name thanks […]

The Government Said It’s Releasing Many Inmates to Combat COVID-19. It’s Not

May 1 2020 — Justin Ling — Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, the man responsible for Canada’s federal prisons, has said that “literally hundreds” of inmates have been released amid the threat of COVID-19. Blair says he has personally instructed both the federal prisons system and the national parole board to “to use their authorities to facilitate the release of inmates.”

Canada’s Prisons Are a Coronavirus Time Bomb, Say Guards and Inmates

Mar 27 2020 — Justin Ling — One of the guys in Michael’s institution went down to the dining hall, not feeling well. He started coughing. Then he vomited, right there, where the other guys were eating. Since then, inmates haven’t been allowed in the dining hall. This is prison in Canada in the era of COVID-19. For days, prisoners sat in […]

Justin Trudeau Has a Beard Now. What Does It Mean?

Jan 6 2020 — — Even before Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a surprise majority in 2015, Canadians have been unsettlingly fixated on his appearance. For better but mostly worse, the nation has managed to turn Trudeau’s every haircut and possible dye job into a national story. The prime minister has been compared to a Disney prince, he’s made […]