National Newswatch

Canada’s allies take aim at China’s Hong Kong law. What will Ottawa do?

Jul 2 2020 — Tonda MacCharles — China’s sweeping new national security law extending the Communist government’s control over Hong Kong takes aim not only at pro-democracy protesters but also non-residents, foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, and international media. It subjects all persons in Hong Kong, including non-residents acting “from outside the region,” to strict bans on political activities that Beijing deems to […]

Canadian Forces Ranger from Manitoba arrested roaming grounds of Trudeau’s residence with a weapon

Jul 2 2020 — Alex Boutlier and Justin Ling — The armed Canadian Forces reservist arrested near Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s residence Thursday appears to have posted a conspiracy theory about COVID-19 just minutes before allegedly crashing a truck through the gates at Rideau Hall. A source with direct knowledge of the investigation confirmed Corey Hurren, a Canadian Forces Ranger from Manitoba, was arrested early […]

Manitoba town reeve ‘shocked’ over armed man’s arrest at Rideau Hall

Jul 3 2020 — — The armed man arrested after allegedly ramming his truck through the front gate of Rideau Hall always had a friendly word for customers who came to the grocery store where he worked in a small municipality about 400 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, the town reeve said. Corey Hurren, of Bowsman, Man., was a “good community […]

Canadian drivers with U.S. licence plates harassed by fellow Canadians

Jul 3 2020 — Sophia Harris — Some Canadians driving cars with U.S. licence plates say they’ve endured vandalism, harassment and even a minor assault from fellow Canadians convinced that they’re Americans illegally in Canada. Lisa Watt said she was harassed twice in Calgary last month — she believes because of her Texas licence plates. In one incident, she said a driver […]

Peter MacKay has highest total donations, Erin O’Toole raised most in Q2 and Leslyn Lewis has cracked $1-million

Jul 3 2020 — Marieke Walsh — Peter MacKay has so far raised the most money in a Conservative leadership race that shows Erin O’Toole closing the fundraising gap and political rookie Leslyn Lewis cracking $1-million, according to figures from each campaign. However, Mr. O’Toole and Ms. Lewis outpaced Mr. MacKay in the number of donors they have contributing to their campaigns […]

Tories ask procurement watchdog to review contracts between Ottawa, WE Charity

Jul 2 2020 — — The Conservatives are asking the federal procurement watchdog to review the circumstances around several sole-sourced contracts between the Liberal government and WE Charity. That includes an arrangement that will see the Toronto-based youth organization manage a $900-million federal program for student volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic. That sole-source contract has prompted questions about a potential […]

Supreme Court dismisses Indigenous appeal of Trans Mountain approval

Jul 2 2020 — — The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear a new appeal from British Columbia First Nations over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The court on Thursday dismissed the appeal from the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribes and Coldwater Indian Band, effectively ending the years-long legal battle over the project.

Canadian released from Egyptian prison after almost 500 days in custody

Jul 2 2020 — John Paul Tasker — Canadian engineer Yasser Ahmed Albaz is out of an Egyptian prison after nearly 500 days in custody and has been reunited with his family in Oakville, Ont., his daughter said today. Albaz arrived at Toronto’s Pearson Airport this morning. His health has “deteriorated” and his top priority now is seeking some much-needed medical treatment after […]

Feds’ policing reforms should respect self-governance of Indigenous people, say experts, Parliamentarians, in wake of deadly, violent run-ins with police

Jul 2 2020 — — As the government works toward a new legislative framework aimed at improving the relationship between police and Indigenous people, some Parliamentarians and Indigenous experts say reforms should be rooted in self-determination, greater autonomy, and self-governance. Such changes could better reflect Ottawa’s commitment to reconciliation and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, […]