National Newswatch

Trudeau Liberals limit scrutiny with fewer sitting days in the House

Oct 18 2021 — Bill Curry — The Liberal government’s move to limit House of Commons sitting days this year and delay the return of Parliament until late November is part of an effort to avoid scrutiny, opposition MPs say, amid a needed debate over pandemic economic supports. The Prime Minister’s Office has said that the House won’t resume sitting until Nov. […]

Trudeau to visit Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc Nation in Kamloops, B.C.

Oct 18 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to visit Kamloops, B.C., today, where the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc Nation announced it had found what are believed to be some 200 unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school last spring. Since May, numerous Indigenous nations have reported finding unmarked graves at former residential schools with […]

NDP calls for independent social media regulator as scrutiny of Facebook heats up

Oct 18 2021 — — New Democrats are demanding the federal government crack down on social media giants following recent revelations by a Facebook executive. At a news conference in Ottawa this morning, NDP MP Charlie Angus called on Ottawa to establish an independent regulator to address disinformation, hateful posts and algorithm transparency at digital platforms. Angus says Facebook seems […]

Canada decries shutdown of UN panel documenting possible war crimes in Yemen

Oct 18 2021 — Steven Chase — The federal government is speaking out after the United Nations Human Rights Council, including such countries as Russia, China and Venezuela, shut down the only independent and international probe into Yemen’s long and deadly civil war. A UN-appointed panel of experts on Yemen has since 2017 documented incidents of indiscriminate airstrikes and shelling, as well […]

Grain a great cargo when the Seaway can get it

Oct 18 2021 — Alex Binkley — Grain represented one-third of Seaway traffic in 2020. Ottawa—While rising grain shipments were a boon to the St. Lawrence Seaway during 2020 and the first half of 2021, their decline this fall and next year because of drought in Canada and the U.S. will dampen the waterway’s short-term traffic prospects. An analysis of the Seaway’s […]

Canadian among missionaries kidnapped in Haiti, organization says

Oct 17 2021 — — A Canadian was among 17 missionaries allegedly kidnapped in Haiti on Saturday, Christian Aid Ministries said in a statement on its website. The U.S.-based mission organization said Sunday that five children are also believed to be in the group. The organization said they were on returning from a trip to help build an orphanage. “We […]