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Behind the scenes: the government reveals details for national inquiry into missing, murdered indigenous women

By Rachel Aiello      

A look at the details revealed in the stirring, long-awaited announcement, and the people in attendance, emotions evoked, and interactions that took place during the historic event.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould speaking to the newly-named commissioners tasked with taking on the two-year National Inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. Ms. Wilson-Raybould visibly teared up, feather in-hand, when she took the stage to speak. The Hill Times Photography by Andrew Meade

Early this morning, as the smell of sage from a woman’s smudge stick lingered outside of the Museum of History in Gatineau, the federal government announced that the long-awaited National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women will get underway on Sept. 1, 2016. The three ministers who have led the Liberal government on this file publicly and emotionally passed the torch of responsibility to the five newly-named commissioners of the National Inquiry. It is an enormous task that will last two years.

Trump administration’s demand for 3M to halt shipment of masks will ‘hurt’ Canada, U.S., Trudeau says

News|By Palak Mangat 1:40 PM ET
The government is also spending $100-million to help food banks, which have been hit hard during the pandemic with fewer donations and limited volunteers.

Canada’s top doctor ‘voice of reason’ in face of uncertainty over COVID-19 fallout, say politicos, experts

News|By Beatrice Paez
In a time of great uncertainty and anxiety, Dr. Theresa Tam has emerged as a 'compelling' figure who has an ability to deliver information without dramatizing the stakes. 'She gives us straightforward, evidence-based

Dole out funding for COVID-19 ads soon, say experts, as ethnic media outlets face cash crunch

News|By Palak Mangat
'If they want the ads to be amplified, having community partners of each of those language groups would be useful,' says former MP Olivia Chow.

Ottawa should declare northern flights essential as ‘decimated’ service puts Inuit at risk of losing ‘only link’ to key services, says ITK

The government said it is committed to ‘maintaining a focused, safe and reliable air transport network for these communities.’

Wage subsidies ‘critical,’ a ‘lifeline’ for businesses to survive pandemic, says Chamber of Commerce president

News|By Mike Lapointe
'This subsidy will make a real difference in your lives and help everyone affected bridge to better times,' said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday, March 27.

Mental health a ‘missing piece’ in feds’ COVID-19 response, say critics, advocates

NDP MP Don Davies says the situation calls for an ‘extraordinary response’ and supports for mental health, which one advocate says should come ‘imminently.’

Food supply, emergency vehicle repair: keeping Canada-U.S. trade open key to fight against COVID-19, say stakeholders

The 'biggest point of concern right now' is 'making sure that we keep those shipments of fresh vegetables and other commodities rolling in by truck across the border, truck or train,' says John Manley.

Refusing to commit to firm timeline, Trudeau says it’s ‘realistic’ measures will last until July

The government is working to recall Parliament to consider passing what the prime minister has cast as the 'biggest economic measures' in Canada’s history.

Introduction of electronic, remote voting not called for yet, but should be re-examined by House committee, say some MPs

Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie says she doesn’t think such a reconsideration is warranted yet, but could be if COVID-19 keeps Parliament away into the fall.
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