National Newswatch

Food industry in for a shakeup due to the pandemic

Aug 14 2020 — Alex Binkley — Affordable foods and more automated processing are the future.   Ottawa—The pandemic will create a massive economic ripple effect through the food system that will make consumers much more price sensitive and processors automating their plants as much as possible, says Dana McCauley of the University of Guelph. There has already been a shift to […]

Latest Château Laurier design pleases heritage group, mayor

Aug 13 2020 — — Both Heritage Ottawa and Mayor Jim Watson say they’re pleased with the latest design for an expansion of the city’s iconic Château Laurier hotel. According to Heritage Ottawa, the “dramatically altered” design represents a “ground-breaking change” that “will see an end to the widely vilified horizontal bar-shaped structure that blocked the rear view of the […]

WE Charity laying off staff, looking to sell real estate in Toronto

Aug 13 2020 — — WE Charity is scaling back its operations, making dozens of layoffs in Canada and the United Kingdom and looking to sell some of its real estate holdings in Toronto. The charity has been embroiled in a political controversy since the Trudeau government chose it to run a now-abandoned youth volunteer program. WE Charity says its […]

WE Charity now registered to lobby, executive tells Commons committee

Aug 13 2020 — Beatrice Britneff — Executives from WE Charity say the organization — under scrutiny for a now-cancelled deal to deliver a student volunteer grant program — is now registered to lobby the federal government. The charity had been criticized, particularly by opposition MPs, for not being registered to lobby despite its communications with the government over delivering the multi-million-dollar […]

Budget watchdog says COVID-19 wage subsidy might cost less than predicted

Aug 13 2020 — — Canada’s official fiscal watchdog says the federal wage subsidy program might cost $14 billion less than the government predicted. A new report today by Parliamentary Budget Office analyst Ben Segel-Brown estimates subsidizing wages for companies during the COVID-19 pandemic will cost $67.9 billion through the end of December. Finance Minister Bill Morneau estimated in his […]

Stronach family settles feud that divided founder Frank and daughter Belinda

Aug 13 2020 — — A high-profile feud among members of the Stronach family has been settled. Under a settlement announced by The Stronach Group, control of the family fortune is basically split between two factions. Former politician and business executive Belinda Stronach will remain chairwoman and president of The Stronach Group, with full control of its horse racing, gaming, […]

Common-law partner of Nova Scotia mass shooter sues his estate

Aug 13 2020 — — The common-law partner of the Nova Scotia man responsible for April’s shooting rampage has launched a lawsuit against his estate. The woman was the first victim of Gabriel Wortman when he began his attack on the evening of April 18. In her statement of claim, which has been filed with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, […]

Details emerge of lawsuit over government’s coronavirus response

Aug 13 2020 — — CBC News has obtained an unredacted copy of a lawsuit launched by an anti-vaccination advocacy group against the government response to the coronavirus crisis, the details of which can now be independently verified and publicly reported for the first time. The lawsuit was filed by Aylmer, Ont.-based Vaccine Choice Canada and seven individuals in the […]

Trudeau, Morneau, Telford must resign, or trigger an election: Blanchet

Aug 12 2020 — — The leader of the Bloc Quebecois says if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Katie Telford, the prime minister’s chief of staff, don’t resign, he will try to trigger an election in October. Yves-Francois Blanchet told reporters today revelations in the WE controversy — as well as new details about a contract […]