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Are the Coast Guard icebreakers ready?

By Pierre Leblanc      

As the ice is receding in the Arctic, human activity has been on the rise. Will our Coast Guard icebreakers be there when we need them?

CCGS John G. Diefenbaker conceptual rendering. Image courtesy of Wikipedia

OTTAWA—The temperature at the North Pole on Dec. 22, 2016, was 0 degrees Centigrade, up some 20 degrees higher than average. Nature is baffling scientists by what seems to be an accelerating warming of the Arctic and the predictable impact on sea ice. That and the summer 2016 voyage through the Northwest Passage of the Crystal Serenity with more than 1,600 souls on board and the Chinese plans to use the Northwest Passage should cause us to have a closer look at our fleet of icebreakers to see if we are prepared to deal with the massive changes taking place in the Arctic and our international commitments.

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‘Piecemeal reforms have not saved the lives of Black people’: anti-racism, police brutality protests raise visibility, urgency of long-overdue reforms, say activists, some Parliamentarians

Even as support for structural reforms seeps into the mainstream, some noted it’s dismaying that some politicians continue to deny the existence of systemic racism. 

Amid three million unemployed, digital minister extols benefits of departmental cooperation, rapid rollout of online benefit-finder tool

News|By Mike Lapointe
'I think the government did a very good job of thinking through what kind of programs would support people in different circumstances,' said Minister Murray.

House suspension deal offers ‘insufficient’ scrutiny of feds’ spending amid COVID, say politicos

Four hours to study $87-billion in government spending is inadequate, says Liberal MP John McKay, calling it ‘short-term gain for a long-term pain.’

Pandemic makes delayed MMIWG action plan more urgent, say Senators, advocates

Consultations are ‘dragging on,’ say some who argue COVID-19 shouldn’t be used as an excuse for slow work and bad communication from the Liberals.

‘We’re past talk’: MPs call on feds to re-examine policies underpinning systemic racial inequities

News|By Beatrice Paez
'Breaking a Starbucks window is vandalism; getting tear gas in the face is violence. We must never confuse the two,' says NDP MP Matthew Green.

Don’t piss on our shoes and tell us Black lives matter

Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Unless Trudeau plans to be out on these streets, fighting against police brutality or in cabinet drafting legislation to curb police powers, his, and all the other white voices of his ilk, have no merit here.

Parliamentary association chair defends Canada-China group as critics call for its suspension

News|By Neil Moss
'I think we do need to review the activities of the legislative association,' says Conservative MP and vice-chair Michael Cooper.

Feds extend mandatory face-covering rule to flight workers, weeks after requiring passengers

News|By Palak Mangat
'I do agree that things need to be implemented as quickly as possible. We could've done this a lot sooner. The good news is that we’re doing it now and announcing it today,' says Transport Minister Marc Garneau.

Some MPs express concern over looming changes to disclosure of travel expenses

News|By Palak Mangat
'We saw this during the last election, where members and their designated travellers were singled out, targeted, and exploited for partisan gain,' says Conservative Whip Mark Strahl.
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