Catharine Tunney


Catharine Tunney is a reporter with CBC's Parliamentary bureau in Ottawa. She previously worked at CBC in Nova Scotia. She can be reached at or @cattunneyCBC.

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Hundreds of workers at cybersecurity agency vote to strike

Hundreds of cybersecurity workers at Canada's foreign signals intelligence agency have voted to strike, a move that comes amid growing conerns about cyber attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As RCMP pleads for funds, national security committee launches mandate review

One of Canada's key national security oversight committees announced this morning it is launching a review of the federal policing mandate of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police — a probe that comes as concerns mount about the force's ability to adequately police emerging threats.

Crown seeks 6-year prison sentence for Corey Hurren, CAF member who stormed Rideau Hall gates

Corey Hurren will have to wait a few weeks to hear his sentence for storming the gates of Rideau Hall with loaded firearms and multiple rounds of ammunition last summer.

RCMP says most reports of child porn on Mindgeek's platforms don't meet legal threshold for charges

The RCMP says it's investigating all claims about sexual abuse material being hosted by the Montreal-based company Mindgeek, but most of the referrals to date don't meet the Criminal Code definition of child pornography.

Liberals introduce new bill to relax penalties for drug offences

The federal government has introduced a new bill to repeal mandatory minimum penalties for certain drug offences — penalties the Liberals say have disproportionately harmed Indigenous and Black offenders and those struggling with addictions.

Liberals introduce buy-back program for banned firearms but price tag unclear

The federal government introduced new gun control legislation today that would introduce a buy-back program for barred firearms, allow municipalities to ban handguns and increase criminal penalties for gun smuggling and trafficking.

Call centre, web portal to book vaccine appointments coming soon to Ontario: Hillier

The head of Ontario’s vaccine distribution plan says a call centre and online reservation system will be up and running in the next few weeks to help coordinate appointments as the province moves to inoculate those next in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Hotel quarantine measures for air travellers come into effect Feb. 22: Trudeau

Air travellers landing in Canada will have to quarantine in a hotel, at their own expense, starting Feb. 22, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Indian PM Modi promises to help Canada's vaccination efforts in conversation with Trudeau

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his country — home to the world's largest vaccine maker — will "do its best" to help Canada secure supplies of coveted COVID-19 vaccine doses.

State actors have done 'significant harm' to Canadian companies, says head of spy agency

The head of Canada’s spy agency said today Canadian companies in almost all sectors of the economy have been targeted by hostile foreign actors — and named Russia and China as two of his main sources of concern.