National Newswatch

Premier Moe promises increased autonomy for Sask. but says no to separation

Oct 28 2020 — — Premier Scott Moe says his pledge for a “strong and independent Saskatchewan” is related to increasing provincial autonomy and not separating from Confederation. In his victory speech Monday night, Moe said his re-elected Saskatchewan Party “will always stand up for a strong and independent Saskatchewan. We will stand up for Saskatchewan because there is simply […]

Canada’s top doctor calls for ‘structural change’ to address COVID-19 inequities

Oct 28 2020 — Rachel Aiello — Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam is calling for “structural change” across health, social, and economic sectors in the wake of COVID-19, in a new report highlighting the successes and shortfalls in the country’s pandemic response to date. In the Public Health Agency’s annual report made public on Wednesday, Tam offers new insights […]

One hopeful Tory candidate wants the Ottawa-Beijing relationship on the ballot

Oct 28 2020 — Neil Moss — A former foreign affairs correspondent seeking the Conservative nomination in an Ottawa-area Liberal-held riding wants the government’s handling of the Canada-China relationship to be an election issue. Traditionally, foreign policy issues have played a marginal role in Canadian elections. “They say foreign policy never is a big deal in Canadian elections since the Second World […]

Transport Canada failed to follow up on dangerous goods violations: report

Oct 28 2020 — — Transport Canada did not follow up on a number of violations made by companies transporting dangerous items like crude oil, according to the latest audit by Canada’s federal environment commissioner. The report, tabled Tuesday in Parliament, showed that the department had still not addressed all the recommendations from a 2011 audit of the transportation of […]

Can Canada sell Biden on Keystone 2.0?

Oct 28 2020 — — Joe Biden was in the White House when Barack Obama tried to kill the Keystone XL pipeline. Should the Democratic contender return as president, he’s vowed to finish the job — unless Canada can convince him otherwise. As Keystone supporters look toward a potential Biden presidency, finding a way to keep the pipeline construction moving […]

Trudeau Liberals (38%, +2) Maintain Lead Over Conservatives (32%, +1) Amid Second Wave of Pandemic

Oct 28 2020 — Darrell Bricker — As Canada reaches all-time daily highs in reported COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals have maintained their lead over Erin O’Toole and the Conservatives at 6 points, inching up from a 5-point gap in polling which followed the Throne Speech and Prime Minister’s televised address. According to a new Ipsos poll conducted […]

Farming blamed for elevated levels of another greenhouse gas

Oct 28 2020 — Alex Binkley — Science magazine calls for reduced use of nitrogen fertilizers.   Ottawa—Farm use of fertilizers to boost crop production is once again getting the wrap for worsening the planet’s greenhouse gas problems without recognizing that the 4-R Program developed by Fertilizer Canada presents a solution. An article in ZME Science, an online publication that generally places […]

Top public servant offers to explain redactions to WE Charity documents

Oct 27 2020 — — The country’s top public servant is offering to testify about controversial redactions to some 5,000 pages of documents the government released on the WE Charity affair. Ian Shugart, clerk of the Privy Council, made the offer Tuesday in a letter to the House of Commons finance committee. The committee has been stalled for several weeks […]