Highlights / Seamus O’Regan


Time to rethink mental-health rules for veterans’ families–ombudsman

Canada’s veterans ombudsman says the federal government needs to rethink restrictions that limit mental-health support for veterans’ families. In a report released Tuesday, Nishika Jardine, who was appointed last fall, suggests the new restrictions have harmed many veterans’ families–who face »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Ottawa invests $5M in wildland fires research

With wildland fires growing in frequency and intensity across the country, the federal government will be investing $5 million towards the development of a Wildland Fire Research Network in Canada, Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan announced Wednesday. To increase Canada’s »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

COVID-19: Oil industry asks for a break as environmentalists scoff

As the price of oil hovers at a tenth of what it was a year ago, Canada’s oil and gas producers are asking Ottawa to freeze the carbon tax and delay new climate change regulations while the industry weathers the »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, Indigenous, Politics, Society

B.C. First Nation reports water problems as Ottawa wonders

Problems with their water have long plagued people living in First Nations communities across Canada. A CBC News investigation in 2015 found that 400 out of 618 First Nations in the country had some kind of water problem between 2004 »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, International, Society

Leaders end hunger strike at troubled Attawapkiskat reserve

A band councillor and a former chief at the troubled Ontario reserve of Attawapiskat have ended a 15-day hunger strike. Attawapiskat Councillor Sylvia Koostachin-Metatawabin and former chief Therese Spence said Monday night they would begin eating again after the federal »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, Society

Second First Nation declares water state of emergency

A second First Nation in less than a week has declared a state of emergency over the quality of its water. On Friday, the band council of the Eabametoong First Nation, located about 360 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ontario, »

Health, Indigenous, International, Politics, Society

Métis veterans appear–finally–to be on the verge of being properly recognized

Métis military veterans, members of the 400,000-stong Métis community in Western Canada, may be on the verge of winning something they have wanted–desired–since the end of the Second World War: respect from the federal government. That respect could begin with »


Inuit, First Nations, Métis welcome Canadian gov’s Indigenous child protection legislation

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North Canada’s Inuit, First Nations and Métis organizations say they welcome the Indigenous child protection legislation introduced by the federal government in the House of Commons on Thursday. “With »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Ottawa set to begin overhaul of Indigenous child welfare system

The federal government has unveiled a sweeping overhaul of Canada’s Indigenous child welfare system that will effectively turn over child care to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. News of the plan was revealed last fall by then-Indigenous Services Minister »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Many Canadian vets unhappy about relationship with Ottawa

When the Liberals swept to power in Canada’s 2015 federal election, a lot of people were excited. Not least among them were Canada’s veterans. Justin Trudeau went out of his way–or so it seemed–to court veterans with promises to improve »