Shared Services Canada to begin talks on allowing federal departments to ‘opt out’ from centralized IT service

The Trudeau government has loosened the rules requiring departments to centralize all IT services through Shared Services Canada, though it remains unclear if and how they will exercise this new power.


Trump’s pick for ambassador to Canada talks NAFTA at U.S. Senate nomination hearing

Kelly Knight Craft speaks to members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 20. U.S. President Donald Trump nominated her to be his top representative in Canada on June 15, in a push to get her to Ottawa before the two countries start NAFTA negotiations in August with Mexico. Screenshot courtesy of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee website

While the two countries have strong trade ties, 'I believe we can do even better,' Kelly Knight Craft told members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She said she would promote 'free and fair trade to ensure that American businesses and workers can compete on a level playing field.'

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    Thursday , July 20 , 2017

    Liberal MP Bob Bratina (Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, Ont.) celebrates his birthday today. He turns 73.

    Thursday , July 20 , 2017

    A farewell shindig for former CBC Radio Hill reporter Louise Elliott is being held Thursday, July 20, 5:30 p.m. onwards. South Block Whisky Bar (148 Sparks St.). Email Karina Roman to let her know if you’ll come:

    Thursday , July 20 , 2017

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to appear at an evening fundraiser for the Liberal Party. July 20. 6:30 p.m. $750-$1,500. Paramount Fine Foods Restaurant, 1290 Crestlawn Dr., Mississauga Ont. Media coverage is being facilitated for this event and the names of guests in attendance will be listed online within 45 days.

    Thursday , July 20 , 2017

    The Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Armed Forces will host the 21st annual Fortissimo celebration on the lawns of Parliament Hill, 7-9 p.m. from July 20 to 22. The event features military and musical displays including a fly-by, presentations by the Dominion Carillon, the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Massed Pipes and Drums of the Canadian Armed Forces, and more.

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