National Newswatch

Air passengers losing patience with enforcement agency as backlog of complaints balloons

Aug 13 2022 — — Canadians whose travel plans have been derailed by flight delays or cancellations say they’re losing patience with the agency responsible for enforcing compensation rules. The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) — a quasi-judicial tribunal and regulator tasked with settling disputes between airlines and customers — has been dealing with a backlog of air passenger complaints since […]

International partners had concern about Canada’s ‘ability to handle’ convoy protests

Aug 12 2022 — — Two days before the Emergencies Act was invoked last February to quell anti-government convoy protests, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned cabinet ministers that international partners were concerned Canada wasn’t able to control the situation. The warning is contained in heavily redacted summaries of three meetings of the government’s incident response group and one meeting of […]

Canada considered jobs, inflation in decision to return Russian turbine: documents

Aug 12 2022 — — Newly released documents show that Ottawa considered the impact on Canadian jobs and global inflation in its decision to return a turbine being repaired in Montreal to a Russian energy giant. The “memorandum for action” prepared by Global Affairs recommended Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly grant a permit exempting Siemens Canada from sanctions against Russia […]

Emergencies Act used after lack of ‘breakthrough’ with convoy demonstrators: feds

Aug 12 2022 — Amanda Connolly — The federal government’s unprecedented decision to invoke the Emergencies Act came after suggestions of a potential “breakthrough” with demonstrators associated with the so-called “Freedom Convoy” came to naught. In a statement on Friday, a spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino confirmed a report first published by the Toronto Star on Thursday evening, acknowledging that […]

Canadian trade minister vows to keep pushing U.S. on global tax deal

Aug 12 2022 — — POLITICS 2h ago Canadian trade minister vows to keep pushing U.S. on global tax deal Stephen Wicary, Bloomberg News Now ShowingOECD Says 136 Nations Agree to Global Corporate-Tax Accord1:21 OECD Says 136 Nations Agree to Global Corporate-Tax Accord Up NextIreland relents to join global tax restructuring3:22 Ireland relents to join global tax restructuring Canada’s trade […]

Majority of Albertans opposed to provincial police force: survey

Aug 12 2022 — — A majority of Albertans aren’t sold on the idea of replacing the RCMP with a provincial police force, a recent survey suggests. Fifty-five per cent of Albertans oppose Alberta ditching the Mounties for its own police service, according to a Pollara survey commissioned by the National Police Federation, the union representing RCMP officers across the […]

RCMP briefed MPs on cellphone spyware risks, foreign interference

Aug 11 2022 — Alex Boutilier and Mercedes Stephenson — Canada’s national police force has briefed MPs about the risk that foreign states are using sophisticated spyware to intercept their electronic communications, Global News has learned. It’s not clear which states are believed to be spying on Canadian politicians, but the RCMP’s top national security official, Mark Flynn, told the House of Commons Ethics committee […]

Trudeau government was told of ‘potential for a breakthrough’ with protesters a day before it used Emergencies Act, cabinet documents reveal

Aug 11 2022 — Alex Ballingall — The night before the Liberal government invoked the Emergencies Act to deal with so-called “Freedom Convoy” protesters, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national security adviser told the federal cabinet that “there was potential for a breakthrough” with the occupation around Parliament Hill, newly released documents show. The revelation comes from meeting minutes and agendas submitted last […]

Quebec City police reopening probe into 2014 Gatineau Olympiques alleged group sexual assault, league says

Aug 12 2022 — Ashley Burke — Police in Quebec City are reopening their investigation into an alleged group sexual assault eight years ago involving four players with the 2014 Gatineau Olympiques, according to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Karl Janhke, the hockey league’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement to CBC News that “we will offer our complete co-operation […]

Ford government offered to meet with Ambassador Bridge protesters if they lifted blockade, documents reveal

Aug 11 2022 — — Protesters who shut down the vital trade corridor over the Ambassador Bridge to denounce COVID-19 health measures earlier this year rejected an offer from the Ontario government to meet and discuss their concerns if they lifted their blockade, newly released documents say. The documents also reveal that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and top officials in […]