National Newswatch

MPs adopt motion calling for flights from COVID-19 hot spots to stop

Apr 22 2021 — — MPs unanimously agreed Canada should suspend international flights from countries where COIVD-19 outbreaks are raging just a few hours before the federal government is expected to announce new restrictions on incoming travel. The House of Commons adopted a motion from the Bloc Québécois this afternoon calling for flights carrying non-essential travellers from certain countries, such […]

The inside story behind Doug Ford’s COVID-19 climbdowns

Apr 22 2021 — Mike Crawley — The move by Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet to give police arbitrary powers and to shut playgrounds across Ontario was made in a rush, without evidence the moves would help rein in the third wave of COVID-19, multiple sources tell CBC News. Various sources close to the government say the decisions came amid panic […]

Opposition pushes for flight bans as Ottawa considers further border restrictions

Apr 22 2021 — — Opposition leaders are again pressuring the federal government to suspend flights from certain countries to clamp down on the spread of COVID variants — a decision Ottawa could make as soon as today. The renewed calls to toughen the border comes as a massive surge of COVID-19 cases ravages India. “We need to move quickly […]

Ottawa consulting on stricter border measures, won’t stop flights from India

Apr 22 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is indicating the federal government is looking at additional COVID-19 measures to protect international borders but won’t stop flights into Canada from India. In an interview with Global News Wednesday, Trudeau said community spread continues to be the main concern and not international travel. “We are looking at a range of […]

Emergency parliamentary debate on pandemic devolves into partisan finger-pointing

Apr 22 2021 — — An emergency parliamentary debate that was supposed to be a forum for cross-party collaboration on better ways to combat the COVID-19 pandemic devolved Wednesday into another round of partisan finger-pointing. Veteran Green MP Elizabeth May requested the debate, arguing that the wildfire spread of more contagious and deadly variants of the COVID-19 virus requires politicians […]

IN HER WORDS: The woman behind 2018 Vance allegation tells her story

Apr 21 2021 — — The woman who shared an allegation of inappropriate behaviour by Gen. Jonathan Vance with the military ombudsman in 2018 says she did so hoping the matter would be handled discreetly. And she says she brought it forward hoping Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan would be made aware and weigh the allegation as he considered both the […]

Former Trudeau adviser to testify before committee on Vance allegations: chairwoman

Apr 21 2021 — — The chairwoman of a parliamentary committee examining allegations of sexual misconduct involving former defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former adviser has agreed to appear before the panel. Liberal MP Karen McCrimmon, who chairs the House of Commons defence committee, confirmed that members have been told Elder Marques is prepared to […]

Biden says U.S. plans to offer Canada extra COVID-19 vaccines in future

Apr 21 2021 — — U.S. President Joe Biden says he’s planning to give surplus COVID-19 vaccines to other countries, including Canada, in the future as his country’s vaccination rollout hits another milestone. Biden said he spoke to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday about providing additional vaccine assistance to Canada, but also suggested some of the extra vaccines could go […]

Canada eyes policy on travel from India due to massive COVID surge

Apr 21 2021 — — The federal government is looking into flights arriving from India due to a massive surge of COVID-19 cases ravaging that country, Canada’s top public health doctor said Wednesday as at least one province urged Ottawa to tighten the border. The government generally believes that limiting travel from specific countries can only go so far, said […]

‘Practically impossible’ to keep COVID-19 variants out, officials say, as flights from hotspots continue

Apr 21 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — It’s almost “impossible” to keep concerning mutations of COVID-19 out of the country, Canada’s top doctors warned on Wednesday. Since April 6, more than 100 international flights landing in Canada have carried at least one positive COVID-19 case on board, according to the federal government. “We know that, with viruses, it’s practically impossible to prevent […]