National Newswatch

18-year-old with terminal cancer who urged Canadians to vote dies

Nov 17 2019 — — An 18-year-old Winnipeg woman who made a viral video urging people to vote in October’s federal election has died. In early October, Maddison Yetman was diagnosed with an advanced form of sarcoma and told she had between a few days and a few weeks to live. But she didn’t let that stand in the way […]

Trudeau expected to create larger cabinet, new environmental roles

Nov 16 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce a larger cabinet on Wednesday with a greater focus on regional representation and the creation of new environmental roles. After the Tories’ sweep of Western Canada in last month’s election, some senior officials have hinted at the idea of having regional ministers who could represent concerns of […]

Calgary-area UCP MLAs say they won’t support conscience rights bill

Nov 17 2019 — — A controversial private member’s bill meant to extend protection for physicians’ conscience rights will not be supported by a pair of Calgary-area MLAs, who’ve spoken out against the bill in its current form. Introduced in the legislature by Peace River UCP backbencher Dan Williams last week, Bill 207 would prevent patients from submitting a professional […]

Undercover Mountie tried to blame theft on disability

Nov 17 2019 — — An undercover Mountie who was caught stealing and then tried to blame the episode on a disability has had her grievance denied. The details of the case are included in the recent tranche of appeals heard by the RCMP’s disciplinary review body. According to a summary of the undated case, the officer was arrested and […]

CSIS ran ‘high risk’ spy operations without telling government

Nov 16 2019 — Alex Boutilier — Canada’s domestic intelligence agency repeatedly broke rules by authorizing “high risk” spy operations without the knowledge of its political masters. Documents obtained by the Star show then-public safety minister Ralph Goodale was informed in June 2018 that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service failed to inform him of “human source operations assessed as posing a high […]

Fixing equalization will not be easy, but there are other options, say experts

Nov 16 2019 — Peter Zimonjic — As the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan continue to demand a better deal within the federation, all eyes are beginning to focus on the controversial government equalization program. It was crafted to help poorer provinces deliver the same level of government services as richer ones, but Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe […]

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from HNIC

Nov 16 2019 — — Ron MacLean addressed Don Cherry’s dismissal with a lengthy monologue during the first period intermission of Saturday’s “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcast, saying “Coach’s Corner is no more.” MacLean opened the intermission segment — the first since Sportsnet fired Cherry on Monday — by speaking alone on camera for nearly five minutes. “We are all […]

Trudeau urged to give Freeland domestic portfolio, name her deputy PM

Nov 15 2019 — Katie Simpson — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to move Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland into a new portfolio and give her additional powers by naming her deputy prime minister. The idea has been discussed behind closed doors, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks. However, sources close to Freeland say she enjoys […]

‘Proud’ pages souring on Scheer?

Nov 15 2019 — — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has apparently fallen out of favour with the conservative group best known for its online advocacy that helped elect Doug Ford in Ontario. iPolitics reviewed the Canada Proud Facebook page on Friday and found that it had posted 200 times since the election. While almost half the posts (87) negatively targeted […]

‘Reject this arrogance’: Jason Kenney has message for Quebecers amid dispute with Bloc leader

Nov 16 2019 — — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is urging Quebecers to reject the “arrogance” of Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet. Kenney and Blanchet have been sparring with each other after the Bloc leader this week made dismissive remarks about Alberta’s oil industry. Kenney returned to the fray on Friday when he addressed the Rural Municipalities of Alberta Fall […]

CN conductors’ union gives 72-hour strike notice as talks continue

Nov 16 2019 — — Canadian National Railways conductors, trainpersons and yardpersons have given strike notice ahead of a Tuesday deadline. The union, which represents 3,200 workers, provided the 72-hour notice today as contract negotiations continue over the weekend. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference warned in October it was prepared to launch job action after over six months of unsuccessful […]

Singh says Prairie premiers ‘distracting’ from real issues, need to ‘do better’

Nov 16 2019 — Rachel Aiello — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says that clearly “people are feeling neglected” by Ottawa, but that the way the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan are going about raising those concerns are “distracting” from the “real” problems. In an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period, Singh said that the issues and pressures Albertans and […]