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A transparency failure conference, Facebook hijinks and dished-out government ‘info’ 

By Ken Rubin      

The culture of secrecy continues under the Trudeau government.

Facebook privacy violations and political parties' use of personal information are becoming more of a public concern. Canadian Christopher Wylie, a former research director with Cambridge Analytica, alleged the firm obtained personal data from some 87 million Facebook users to create targeted political campaigns for the 2016 U.S. presidential election. CNN screenshot photograph

OTTAWA—There is no doubt that public mistrust has been heightened by a growing list of government-managed exclusions of ministerial and other records.

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Conservatives to put 24/7 live camera on ballot holding area for leadership election

News|By Abbas Rana
All four Conservative leadership campaigns are watching the voting process ‘like a hawk,’ to ensure nothing untoward happens in the leadership election vote, says former Conservative MP Brad Trost.

Ex-Liberal MPs running in next election eagerly await start of nomination process

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberal Party is consulting MPs and grassroots members to determine rules for candidate nominations in held and unheld ridings for the next election, says spokesman Braeden Caley.

Trudeau ‘deeply regrets’ failing to recuse himself from WE Charity deal, says he was unaware of group’s payments to mother, brother

News|By Palak Mangat
'I knew that my brother and my mother work as professional public speakers and it is not surprising to me that they got paid by WE,' says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Too soon to say if StatsCan will bring in more racialized researchers, says official; ‘we’re just building those relationships’

News|By Palak Mangat
In July 2019, the agency established the Centre for Indigenous Statistics and Partnerships. It also employs 11 Indigenous liaison advisors to help it collect data on Indigenous people in Canada.

PSAC reaches tentative deal with feds on Phoenix damages, wage increases

News|By Mike Lapointe
Members will soon be invited to participate in online ratification votes when the final text and full details of the tentative agreement are made available, according to the union.

MPs back more modest option for Parliament visitors’ centre as Centre Block renos roll on

'I appreciate we’re not going for the Cadillac option. …  The larger option was much more expensive,' says NDP House Leader Peter Julian. 'We’re talking about over $110-million in savings.'

Canada ‘ill-prepared’ for potential coronavirus second wave, says Senate committee

News|By Beatrice Paez
The committee noted that the Public Health Agency of Canada has yet to revise or finalize its guidance for long-term care homes in light of concerns about its current relevance.

Cultural assessments needed for sentencing reform, say advocates, amid calls to address high Black incarceration rates

Justice advocates agree with the Black Parliamentary Caucus’ recent call for pre-sentencing reports, similar to the Gladue reports for Indigenous offenders, to be used for racialized Canadians.

Disaggregated data key to ensuring representative workplaces, say experts, as PMO skirts Black staff statistic

The PMO declined to provide a specific breakdown of self-identified Black staffers among cabinet offices when asked, but says it plans to circulate further voluntary surveys to better understand its staff ‘later this sum
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