National Newswatch

The Karen Wang press conference was a gong show

Jan 17 2019 — — It took about 30 seconds after Karen Wang pulled up for the tears to start flowing. Not from Wang – her mother began sobbing as soon as the media got close to her. Wang’s mom and sister accompanied her to the Burnaby Public Library next to Metrotown for a press conference Thursday that she announced […]

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery denies allegations of grooming, inappropriate sexual behaviour

Jan 17 2019 — Amanda Connolly — Marc Emery, the prominent marijuana advocate often described as the “Prince of Pot,” is facing allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour. In an 1,800-word post published on Facebook just after midnight, Emery denied several allegations that Toronto journalist Deidre Olsen posted on Twitter on Wednesday night that accused him of grooming and exploiting young women from […]

Bernier looks to strike some popular chords during first East Coast stops

Jan 17 2019 — — Maxime Bernier looked to garner support for his fledgling People’s Party of Canada Thursday as he spoke to a small business audience in New Brunswick — his first East Coast foray since starting his new party four months ago. He pitched his support for a revived Energy East pipeline, reducing equalization and removing barriers to […]

Free-tuition program is gone, tuition reduced and student fees are no longer mandatory, Ford government announces

Jan 17 2019 — — The free tuition program introduced by the Liberal government will soon be a thing of the past, with the Ontario government returning to a grant-and-loan system it says is more financially sustainable and that will still help needy students attend college or university. As part of a package of post-secondary reforms announced Thursday, Minister of […]

Canadian officials look for answers as Trump unveils missile-defence plan

Jan 17 2019 — — U.S. President Donald Trump is rolling out an ambitious vision for bolstering his country’s defences against missile attacks whose scope and costs could have major implications for Canada and North American security. Canadian officials were watching closely as Trump revealed his vision following a U.S. review of American and allied defences against new missiles developed […]

Lametti ‘interested’ but won’t commit to changing assisted-dying law

Jan 17 2019 — — Newly appointed Justice Minister David Lametti says he’s interested in hearing proposals aimed at ensuring grievously ill Canadians aren’t forced to end their lives prematurely rather than risk losing the mental capacity required to receive medical assistance to die. Lametti, who was named to the Justice portfolio on Monday, won’t promise to change Canada’s two-and-a-half-year-old […]

Ambassador to China to brief MPs on detained Canadians

Jan 17 2019 — Rachel Gilmore — John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, will appear before a House of Commons committee Friday to brief members on efforts to secure the release of the two Canadians detained in that country. McCallum is expected to brief the committee in a closed door meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday. The development comes after a joint […]

Canadian man’s bullet-riddled body found in Burkina Faso, officials say

Jan 17 2019 — — Canadian officials are condemning the killers of a Canadian mining company executive whose bullet-riddled body has been found in Burkina Faso. Kirk Woodman, a Halifax man who worked for Vancouver-based Progress Minerals Inc., was found dead Wednesday in Oudalan province, an official with the west African country’s Ministry of Security said Thursday. Jean Paul Badoum […]

Karen Wang wants PM, Liberals to give her another chance

Jan 17 2019 — Joe Warmington — Karen Wang says her apology to NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh stands. But her resignation as the Liberal candidate for Burnaby South does not. In fact, the 43-year-old mother of two and daycare operator has written Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other senior Liberal party brass withdrawing the resignation she sent out Wednesday. Wang is holding […]

Ford government poised to dissolve regional health agencies, sources say

Jan 17 2019 — Mike Crawley — In what would be its first major move to restructure Ontario’s health system, the Doug Ford government is considering a sharp cut to the bureaucracies that are supposed to co-ordinate health care services at the local level. CBC News has learned that the PCs are taking aim at the province’s 14 local health integration networks […]