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‘Very, very few’ Syrian refugees came to Canada from refugee camps: CBSA official Bolduc

By Abbas Rana      

According to a backgrounder on Immigration Canada's website, the government chose Syrian refugees with the help of the United Nations Refugee Agency who were most vulnerable and posed no security risk. This includes complete families, women at risk, and people in the LGBT community.

National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, left, Immigration Minister John McCallum, and Health Minister Jane Philpott, are pictured Nov. 19, at a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan with a UNHCR staffer. Photograph courtesy of Immigration Canada

“Very, very few” of the thousands of Syrian refugees who have come to Canada came from refugee camps and most had been living in rented apartments in Syria’s neighbouring countries, a senior CBSA official told Parliament in February.

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‘This can never happen again’: downtown residents launch Ottawa People’s Commission to address failures to keep community safe during convoy protests

News|By Stuart Benson 6:56 PM ET
The commission will focus on hearing the experiences of those who live and work in downtown Ottawa during February's convoy protests as residents prepare for a potential 're-occupation.'

Feds underestimated gun owners’ response to proposed handgun freeze, says NDP, and couldn’t react in time

News|By Kevin Philipupillai 6:41 PM ET
The House Public Safety Committee could have fast-tracked regulations imposing the handgun freeze before the summer break if the motion had been brought to a vote.

‘Parliament is a face-to-face institution’: Dale Smith on the hybrid House and lost collegiality in the Commons

Feature|By Peter Mazereeuw
‘Parliament is going to find itself in an interpretation crisis in the next couple of years if things continue along this particular path,’ says press gallery journalist Dale Smith.

From robocalls to a robust regime, elections commissioner Côté reflects on a decade of decisions

Yves Côté’s outgoing recommendations include calls to expand the administrative monetary penalties regime, bring parties under privacy laws, and require ‘due diligence’ when it comes to online platform use.

Union of Veterans’ Affairs Employees cries foul over private rehab contract that feds say will mean ‘fewer steps’ for vets, case managers

News|By Mike Lapointe
The five-and-a-half-year, $560-million contract was awarded in June 2021, but union leaders say it went ahead ‘without adequate input and feedback’ from those on the ground.

Conservative membership verification process to make high-stakes leadership race even more divisive, say top political players

News|By Abbas Rana
A 'small army' of Conservative Party staffers are going through hundreds of thousands of party memberships with 'rigour and speed' to weed out fraudulent memberships, says party spokesman Yaroslav Baran.

Coalition warns of ‘death knell’ to cryptocurrency industry under proposed tax law changes

Proposed changes to the Excise Tax Act could shut cryptocurrency companies out of an GST/HST input tax credit that benefits the traditional mining sector.

AFN losing credibility after controversial suspension of its national chief, say Indigenous advocates

News|By Chelsea Nash
Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald says she is being targeted by the AFN’s executive for her efforts to bring accountability and transparency to the organization, and is now rallying support.

Win or lose, Poilievre may already represent ‘heart and soul’ of Conservative caucus

News|By Stuart Benson
Even if Pierre Poilievre doesn’t win, Conservative pundits and political analysts believe that whoever does will have to accommodate Poilievre. But if he does win, he’ll need to reach out to his Quebec and Atlantic caucu
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