Russian hackers behind recent cyber attacks against Canadian COVID-19 research organizations: CSE

Article contentOTTAWA – Canada’s digital spy agency says Russian intelligence services are behind recent cyber attacks attempting to steal information and intellectual property from Canadian research labs working on potential COVID-19 vaccines.In a statement published Thursday morning, CSE says that a well-known Russian hacker group known as APT29, “the Dukes” or “Cozy Bear” was...

U.S. states seeing surge in new cases, but experts don’t see a preview for Canada

Article contentOTTAWA – Canadian experts looking at a surge of new COVID-19 cases in several U.S. states say it should be a warning to Canada, but not a cause for alarm.Several U.S. states have seen huge spikes in COVID-19 cases in the past weeks. On Friday, Arizona reported 3,217 new cases of the disease and Florida saw 4,049. In California, there were 4,351 cases, Texas saw 4,189 and Georgia...

“That is a surprise”: Doctors still waiting for feared surge of COVID-19 patients in Canadian ICUs

They have been bracing for the worst, a deluge of desperately sick patients who strain resources to the limit and lead to desperate choices over how to ration care.Doctors, nurses and other staff who run the nation’s intensive-care units have feared for their own safety, too, amid shortages of protective equipment.But, perhaps surprisingly, some critical-care physicians in the hardest-hit...

‘What are you at?’ Donald Trump presses Trudeau over Canada’s NATO defence spending

LONDON — U.S. President Donald Trump put Justin Trudeau on the spot Tuesday over Canada’s NATO defence spending.“What are you at? What is your number?” Trump pointedly asked, referring to how much Canada spends on NATO defence as a percentage of its GDP. The two men met on the sidelines of a major NATO military alliance meeting in London.Prime Minister Trudeau replied, “The number we...

Can anything stop Jason Kenney? Alberta premier rides high approval rating as his party gathers for convention

EDMONTON — On Monday, Premier Jason Kenney stood beside the Toronto MP and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in his office at the Alberta legislature and warmly welcomed her, an “Alberta girl” from Peace River, Alta., back home.That was after earlier this month, in a speech before conservative faithful, condemning the “record of assaults” of Freeland’s own Liberal...

Scheer pushes back against ‘naysayers’ attacking his leadership in speech to conservative gathering

CALGARY — Andrew Scheer, facing growing criticism from within the ranks of his federal Conservative party, delivered a speech before a friendly crowd Friday night in Calgary as he pushed back against those in the party calling for his resignation after failing to win last month’s federal election. At the annual convention of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, the federal Conservative...

Media coverage about Andrew Scheer’s faith hurt him with voters: Angus Reid poll

A month after an election campaign that was uniquely focused on the religious views of Andrew Scheer, a new poll shows just how negatively the electorate viewed his Catholic faith.Among voters who knew he was a Catholic, 51% said the Conservative leader’s personal faith had a negative impact on their opinion of him.The poll from the Angus Reid Institute comes after an election campaign where...

Canada needs carbon tax of $210 a tonne by 2030 to meet Paris targets, report says

OTTAWA — Canada will either have to raise carbon prices to 0 per tonne or adopt more expensive policies funded by higher income taxes to meet its 2030 Paris targets, says an environmental economics group in a new report.Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission finds carbon pricing is the most cost-effective way for Canada to hit its targets, but also acknowledges that carbon taxes can be politically...

Chrystia Freeland, Jason Kenney meet in Alberta ‘to look for common ground’

EDMONTON — The Alberta government received its second overture in as many weeks from the federal Liberals as Chrystia Freeland visited Edmonton on Monday and spoke with Premier Jason Kenney, seeking, they both said, “common ground” on issues facing the Alberta-Ottawa relationship.The two played nice in a quick statement and photo op, with Kenney warmly welcoming Freeland to Alberta and...

Scheer returning to Parliament minus two senior advisers, as questions about his leadership future linger

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will return to Parliament this winter without two of his most senior political advisers, adding to a perception that his leadership future is increasingly in question following a bruising election loss. Scheer on Saturday said chief of staff Marc-Andre Leclerc and communications director Brock Harrison had been relieved of their duties, effective...