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Mandatory anti-harassment training coming for MPs’ staffers on and off the Hill

By Charelle Evelyn      

A March 1 Board of Internal Economy decision expands compulsory classroom sessions to MPs' staffers, but constituency logistics are still up in the air.

Liberal MP Sean Fraser, seated right, speaks to staffers at a House Transport Committee meeting in September. Starting this fall, in-person anti-harassment training will be mandatory for staff, volunteers, and interns—including those in constituency offices. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

This fall, anyone working in an MP’s office can expect to follow in their boss’s footsteps and be required to take in-person anti-harassment training, following a House of Commons Board of Internal Economy decision earlier this month.

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Despite limited leverage, Canada has duty to mount full-throated condemnation of China’s national security law, say experts, Parliamentarians

News|By Beatrice Paez
'We can’t lose sight of the fact that Hong Kong has been a fabric of Canada, and we owe it to Hong Kongers to be very public about our opposition to what is taking place,' says Sen. Jim Munson.

U.S. academic who saw Trump victory in 2016 says president’s re-election bid in serious trouble

News|By Abbas Rana
‘The Radical Left Lamestream Media, together with their partner, the Do Nothing Democrats, are trying to spread a new narrative that President Trump was slow in reacting to Covid 19,’ says U.S. President Donald Trump in a tweet.

Narrow focus to supporting ‘subpopulations,’ says expert, in preparation for second wave of the pandemic

News|By Palak Mangat
In recognition of how the pandemic is disproportionately affecting racialized communities, the feds' anti-racism secretariat has set up an taskforce to address inequities.

Online tool tracks more than 100 pandemic-related racism incidents since February

News|By Palak Mangat
The three more common types of harassment were verbal insults, denial of access to public areas, and intentional spitting or coughing. 

Canada’s next trade battle: consensus building at the WTO

News|By Neil Moss
A Global Affairs trade official told the House Committee on International Trade in March that Canada has had little engagement with the United States on reforming the WTO to date.

Health agency reveals race-based data guideline as calls grow for nation-wide collection 

‘Until we know where the discrepancies and inequities in health are, we can never tackle them,’ says the Alliance for Healthier Communities.

No ‘magic’ response: diplomats discuss international lessons learned from COVID-19

'We’re living a gigantic world-wide experiment of geology, economy, and psychology, and we will only know later what happened,' says German Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser.

MacKay leadership camp touts strength in numbers

Former MP Alex Nuttall is Peter MacKay’s campaign manager, with ex-Ford aide Michael Diamond as his deputy, and veteran staffer William Stairs acting as a key adviser.

Post-pandemic world presents real opportunity to change U.S.-Canada relationship, experts say

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages and the American election gets closer, Canadian foreign policy experts weigh in on how the pandemic has affected bilateral relations, and where we go from here.
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