‘Everywhere you are told that Russia is good and Ukraine is bad’: A Toronto man’s crusade against China’s propaganda around the war in Ukraine

Terrence Shen says he had an awakening after arriving in Canada in 2004 to attend university. He began taking stock of all he had been taught by the Chinese Communist Party’s education system while growing up in Beijing and came to a conclusion: He’d been “cheated” by the government and education system in China, where … Read more

Ottawa city councillors demand investigation into floodplain development permit

Two Ottawa councillors have asked the city’s auditor-general and Ontario’s Ombudsman to review how a developer received permission to construct a large new subdivision in a river floodplain. Ottawa and other fast-growing cities have an urgent need for new housing, a need that sometimes conflicts with regulations and guidelines that seek to prevent development within … Read more

Ottawa to conduct public interest assessment of WestJet-Sunwing deal

OTTAWA – The federal government will conduct a public interest assessment of WestJet Airlines Ltd.’s deal to buy Sunwing Airlines and Sunwing Vacations. In a statement, Ottawa says the review will be done with input from the Commissioner of Competition, who will assess impacts on competition. The assessment will include consultations with industry and other … Read more

Jail ‘Freedom Convoy’ organizer Tamara Lich again, Crown argues in heated hearing

OTTAWA – A Crown prosecutor argued on Thursday that Tamara Lich, an organizer of the “Freedom Convoy,” breached her bail conditions by accepting an award for her leadership during the Ottawa protest. A judge initially denied Lich bail after her arrest during the massive protest that overtook downtown Ottawa for more than three weeks in … Read more

Residential school survivors told Ottawa they didn’t want to ‘wear’ decision to raise flags from half-mast: documents

The Canadian flag on the Peace Tower flies at half-mast, on June 2, 2021.Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press Documents show some residential school survivors told Ottawa they didn’t want to “wear” a decision to raise the Canadian flag, as the government spent months mulling how to lift the Maple Leaf from half-mast. Hoisting the flag became … Read more

Ottawa’s new top dog is a good boy named Stewart who resides at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier

New pooch in charge. Making a dash through Ottawa last week — on the trail of royals, tulips and whatnot — I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Stewart, the newly installed house-dog at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. “Come meet,” one of his many minders urged me as I was having a look around my … Read more

Camilla has the children spellbound on Ottawa school visit – The Royal Family Channel

Camilla has the children spellbound on Ottawa school visitThe Royal Family Channel Princess Diana’s Shadow Looms Over Charles and Camilla’s Canada TourNewsweek Queen and Charles ‘closer than ever’ as ‘family-first’ Camilla heals bondsExpress Camilla Parker Bowles opts for fluffy hat and £ 3,350 Chanel bag to arrive in CanadaExpress Camilla meets Trudeau in £ 48 … Read more

China lifts restrictions on Canadian canola: Ottawa announces

OTTAWA – The federal government says China has lifted its restrictions on Canadian canola after a three-year trade dispute. Ottawa says it has been advised that China has reinstated market access for two Canadian canola companies. In March 2019, the Chinese government blocked canola shipments from Richardson International Ltd. and Viterra Inc. by suspending their … Read more

National anti-trans hate strategy needed, says Amita Kuttner

The Green Party of Canada is calling on the federal government to develop a targeted anti-transgender hate strategy, citing a “rising tide of hate” both in Canada and abroad. Amita Kuttner, who is Canada’s first transgender federal party leader, made the call during a press conference on Parliament Hill on Tuesday, marking the International Day … Read more

Screenwriter Tracy Dawson considered posing as a man to further her career. She wrote a book about it instead

Author and comedy writer Tracy Dawson.Kathleen Munroe/Handout The actor and screenwriter Tracy Dawson was meeting with TV executives about a writing gig when one of them told her the shows she was interested in didn’t have any “female needs” in terms of writing staff. Dawson, who started her career at Second City and whose acting … Read more