Canada’s Green Party was on a mission to save the planet. With its credibility in tatters, is there any point in continuing?

OTTAWA — The federal Green Party’s two members of Parliament and its interim leader arrived at a news conference in Ottawa this week to talk about climate change. But when time came for questions from the media, the politicians were forced onto terrain that has exhausted and troubled their party for more than two years: … Read more

Trudeau wants to join allies fighting China’s trade pressure

OTTAWA—Canada will co-ordinate its coming Indo-Pacific strategy with allies like South Korea to align on human rights and trade so China doesn’t pit one country against another vying for “bits of access” to the world’s largest market, says Prime Secretary Justin Trudeau. Standing next to Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Trudeau said “it makes sense” … Read more

Canada’s new ambassador to China vows to raise human rights concerns

OTTAWA — The federal government has chosen a career diplomat who says defending human rights and repairing the Canada-China relationship are her main focus as Ottawa’s new ambassador to China. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Jennifer May, most recently ambassador to Brazil, as his new envoy to Beijing, ditching his practice of putting political appointees … Read more

Canadian Armed Forces reservist who equated COVID-19 vaccinations with ‘murder’ pleads guilty to misconduct

A Canadian Armed Forces reservist was fined $4,200 and will receive a “severe reprimand” after pleading guilty on Thursday to a misconduct charge for urging military personnel not to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, which he linked to murder. The charge of “conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline” against Officer Cadet Ladislas Kenderesi, 60, … Read more

Justin Trudeau will have final decision on lifting COVID-19 border restrictions, sources say

OTTAWA — A federal cabinet committee that has steered Canada’s COVID-19 response has unanimously recommended to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada lift its COVID-19 border restrictions, sources tell the Star. Cabinet orders that revised those measures in late June — and are set to expire at midnight on Sept. 30 — include vaccination mandates … Read more

Here’s how Ottawa wants to regulate Netflix, Google, Facebook and all the web giants

OTTAWA—Online streaming, online news and online safety. Those are the three areas the federal government wants to target in an attempt to regulate the lawless expanse that is the internet. It’s the first time Canada has waded into the thorny world of holding tech giants and social media platforms to account for the content they … Read more

Julie Payette says she wasn’t invited to the Queen’s funeral

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traveled to London with a Canadian delegation for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, one ex-dignitary was notably absent. Former governor general Julie Payette — who resigned amid a toxic workplace scandal in 2021 — was “unfortunately” not invited to be part of the delegation, her office confirmed in … Read more

A broad review of Canada’s COVID-19 response is ‘essential,’ says federal health minister

OTTAWA — There should be broad-based review of how the COVID-19 pandemic was handled from a public health, social and economic perspective, says federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. In an interview with the Star, Duclos said a government decision could come soon on what kind of formal review should be held. When asked if it … Read more

Woman questioned about inconsistent testimony at Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin’s sex assault trial

Warning: This story contains details of an allegation of sexual assault. The complainant in the sexual assault trial of Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin maintained on Tuesday that she was sure “without a doubt” he was her attacker, after the defense highlighted a number of inconsistencies in her testimony. Fortin has pleaded not guilty and his lawyer … Read more

Woman tells sexual assault trial she was ‘horrified’ during encounter with Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin

Warning: this story contains a graphic description of an allegation of sexual assault. In 1988, when they were both military college students, a woman awoke in her barracks to find Dany Fortin masturbating himself with her hand, she testified at Fortin’s sexual assault trial on Monday. It was the first time details about the allegation … Read more