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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RCMP's use of Clearview AI facial recognition technology under investigation

One day after the RCMP admitted to using controversial facial recognition technology, the federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner is opening an investigation into whether its use violates federal privacy law.

Separate policing services would not solve Indigenous-Crown tensions on their own, critics say

As tensions between the RCMP and Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs in British Columbia continue to drive protests across the country, some observers are suggesting the federal government could use an existing policing program to help resolve the impasse.

Blockades are not terrorism, says Blair following exchange with Conservative MP

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says while he's concerned about ongoing protests along rail tracks in Quebec and Ontario, they don't constitute acts of terrorism as some Conservative MPs are suggesting.

Arrests, travel disruptions as Wet'suwet'en solidarity protests spread across Canada

Transportation disruptions spread across the country Tuesday, as demonstrators continued to protest in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who oppose a $6-billion natural gas pipeline project in northern B.C.

OPP arrest 10 demonstrators at Tyendinaga blockade site, charges pending

Ten protesters have been charged by Ontario Provincial Police officers who moved against the rail blockade near Belleville, Ont. this morning — where protests by the Mohawks of Tyendinaga have crippled passenger and freight train traffic for more than two weeks in solidarity with anti-pipeline protests in northern B.C.

B.C. RCMP say they'll leave outpost on Wet'suwet'en territory if road is kept clear

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says he's hopeful the RCMP's offer to leave their outpost on Wet'suwet'en territory in northern B.C. will lead to the barricades coming down, as talks continue to try and defuse the rail blockades crippling the country's rail network.

CBSA, CSC don't do enough to curb workplace harassment and violence, says auditor general

The Canada Border Services Agency and Correctional Service Canada knew about ongoing problems with harassment, discrimination and violence in their workplaces but didn't do enough to address them, says a new report from the Office of the Auditor General.

Information about 69,000 Phoenix pay system victims sent in error

More than 69,000 public servants caught up in the Phoenix pay system debacle are now victims of a privacy breach after their personal information was accidentally emailed to the wrong people, says Public Services and Procurement Canada.

Crippling rail blockades spark debate over policing and politics

Protests that have shut down most of Canada's rail system have opened a debate about the intersection of politics and policing, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisting government must remain hands off and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer insisting it's time to direct the RCMP to end the blockades.

Personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians breached by federal departments and agencies

Federal departments or agencies have mishandled personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians over the past two years, according to new figures tabled in the House of Commons — and not everyone who was swept up in a privacy breach was told about it.

Trudeau urges quick resolution as anti-pipeline protests cripple train network

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he plans to speak with members of his cabinet Wednesday to discuss "next steps" in the ongoing anti-pipeline protests that have hamstrung the country's rail network.

Federal government warning of voter coercion, foreign election interference through private messaging services

The federal government is worried about the risk of voter coercion and foreign election interference through private messaging services — a concern that could pit the right to privacy against Canada's election laws.

Baird 'seriously considering' Conservative leadership bid: Kenney

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he believes his former cabinet colleague John Baird is "seriously considering" a run for the Conservative leadership.

Conservative MP apologizes after asking NDP MP whether she's 'considered' sex work

A Conservative MP has apologized after he asked an NDP MP whether she's considered sex work as part of a debate in the House of Commons about the Parole Board of Canada.

Proposed bill on sexual assault awareness training for judges 'above politics,' Ambrose says

Former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says she expects all-party support to finally pass legislation to require judges to undergo sensitivity training before they can preside over sexual assault cases.