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Parliament Hill has an opportunity to lead on workplace mental health

By Louise Bradley      

From improved communication about employee assistance programs, to more readily available information about problematic substance use, to hearing from people with lived experience like Paul Wernick, there are ways to reshape a workplace culture—even one as entrenched as that of Parliament Hill.

Paul Wernick, pictured at 24 Sussex Dr., with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photograph courtesy of Paul Wernick

OTTAWA—Before I moved to Ottawa from Newfoundland, I thought of Parliament Hill as hallowed halls where laws were passed or a raucous Chamber where barbs were tossed and jabs were parried. It was only after I came to work in the nation’s capital—and had occasion to meet some of the many staffers who work on the Hill—did I pause to consider the storied venue for what it is first and foremost: a workplace.

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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.

Opposition MPs decry lack of transparency around government’s COVID-19 advertising spending

News|By Mike Lapointe
Just over $48.5-million was added to the Privy Council Office’s budget for 'communications and marketing (COVID-19)' in the most recent round of supplementary estimates, which were passed by Parliament on June 17.

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

Argentina, Chile, DRC, Hungary, and Madagascar say they backed Canada’s UN Security Council bid, but closest allies are silent

News|By Neil Moss
The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand were among 17 countries that wouldn't comment on whether they backed Canada's recent bid for a Security Council seat.
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