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Government should prepare now for automation economy, even if layoffs aren’t imminent, say experts

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Despite mixed opinions from experts as to how soon automation will lead to significant layoffs, both proponents of new technologies in industry and those more apprehensive to their adoption say it's better for the federal…
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The PMO bureau charged with resolving harassment complaints shouldn’t have reached out to a potential victim of inappropriate behaviour while a third-party investigation was ongoing, because such an action can hurt the integrity of the…
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In response to some criticism that he fanned the flames of Ottawa’s rumour mill in a column he penned featuring a sensational story of a “very powerful” politician who used affidavits to silence victims, Warren…
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Veterans advocates are criticizing the Trudeau government's new Centre of Excellence on post traumatic stress disorder and related mental health conditions for wrongly prioritizing researchers and doctors instead of improving in-patient treatment for Canadians dealing with…
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Government’s anti-workplace harassment legislation: Bill C-65 The government’s anti-harassment legislation, Bill C-65, aims to prevent and address sexual harassment and violence in federally regulated workplaces, which forms about eight per cent of the national workforce. The…
MPs say a “transformational change" is happening on the Hill, spurred by the recent “avalanche” of allegations of sexual harassment, harassment, and misconduct in Canadian federal politics, and some say they're “terrified,” by the culture…
In future election-season vetting, political parties need to ask potential candidates whether they’ve committed an act that can be seen as sexually inappropriate, say two former members of Liberal candidate-vetting committees, although they acknowledge filtering…
More stories of sexual misconduct and harassment are bound to surface on Parliament Hill in the coming weeks and months, with highly-publicized allegations levelled against Patrick Brown and Kent Hehr giving renewed urgency to the #MeToo…
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Conservative MPs are expressing shock and disappointment after learning about sexual misconduct allegations levelled against former caucus colleague Patrick Brown, who resigned as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party early Thursday morning after two young…
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PARLIAMENT HILL—Failed NDP leadership candidate Charlie Angus deleted a tweet he posted criticizing his party for fixating too heavily on image and style because he didn't want to be seen as coming out against "new…
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The newly created Indigenous Services Ministry has been handed the responsibility for improving physical and social infrastructure in First Nation communities across the country, including an expanded number of water systems, and health and education services.…
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set off the countdown clock when he announced last month that cannabis would be legal in Canada by the summer of 2018, however there are still plenty of issues to sort…
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Health Canada is taking the lead on the marijuana file in Ottawa in advance of the summer deadline for legalization, overseeing product licensing and regulations, quality monitoring, health research, and public education.  In preparation, the department…
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Industry groups shut out of in-person consultations with Health Canada in its current effort to overhaul Canada’s Food Guide have delivered their concerns—and their own set of potentially competing goals—to politicians and other federal departments.…
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Iranian-Canadian rookie Liberal MP Ali Ehassi says the heavy-handed response to massive street protests against the government in Iran is "heart-wrenching" to watch, though remained tight-lipped on whether he continues to support efforts by the…
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Former ethics commissioner Mary Dawson is voicing support for eliminating an exemption in federal ethics rules allowing public office holders to accept gifts from close friends and relatives that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unsuccessfully used to…
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The Liberal majority on the House Ethics Committee has defeated a Conservative motion to have Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appear before the committee to discuss his vacation on the Aga Khan’s private island in 2016.…
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The explosive release of excerpts from a new tell-all book about the inner workings of the White House has tongues wagging in Ottawa, but the fallout likely won't impact how Canada's pursues its interests south of…
The Top 25 1. Justin Trudeau, prime minister 2.Gerald Butts, principal secretary to the prime minister 3. Katie Telford, chief of staff to the prime minister 4. Michael Wernick, clerk of the privy council 5. Chrystia…
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It's been a busy three years for Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde. Since he was elected as national representative for the influential association of chiefs in 2014, the Liberals have swept to…
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Assembly of First Nations national chief Perry Bellegarde says he believes that First Nations voters are emerging as an electoral force in federal votes, singling out 51 ridings in the 2015 election where that presence…
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he accepts "full responsibility" and is "sorry" for not clearing his Barbados vacation with the Aga Khan last year, which Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson's concluded broke federal…
Three weeks ago, Honey Sherman was on Parliament Hill for a special occasion. The prominent Toronto philanthropist was there to receive a 150th anniversary Senate medal on the floor of the Upper Chamber in recognition…
First Nations people are now voting in federal elections more than ever before and emerging as such an influential force in Canadian politics that candidates of all stripes will have to consider Indigenous issues when…
Good Tuesday morning, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is comin' to town. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting with America’s top diplomat behind closed doors in Centre Block at 6 p.m. this evening. It’s Mr.…
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Assembly of First Nations national chief Perry Bellegarde, who's running for re-election in July 2018, says he's the best person to continue the unprecedented momentum right now in Crown-First Nations relations, despite some criticism that's…
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They say the sun only shines until supper time: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was voted the most valuable politician in Ottawa but more people would rather dine with former U.S. president Barack Obama, according to…
Better access to capital and markets are needed to accelerate clean technology adoption and production in the natural resources sector, which Ottawa recently noted has lagged behind other economic sectors in adopting low-carbon technologies, say…
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An explosive report from cable news giant CNN depicting the sale of West African migrants into slavery in Libya is "swathed in doubts" and amounts to nothing more than political manoeuvring meant to “tarnish and distort…
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The federal government needs to bolster spending on water and wastewater treatment by the hundreds of millions, if not billions, if it hopes to put an end to the alarmingly high number of boil water…
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The latest iteration of legislation expanding Indian status eligibility to all Indigenous women and descendants who previously lost it or did not qualify would cost the federal government an additional $407-million each year, according to an…
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While the Trudeau government is refusing to back down from its plan mandating provinces and territories impose a carbon levy in 2018, it must still contend with competing concerns over regional pushback, rising American competition,…

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