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Vets ombuds Parent to release report card on feds’ response to 10 years of recommendations on July 31

Ontario Minister Responsible for Immigration Lisa MacLeod, pictured on July 24, 2018, testifying at the House Citizenship and Immigration Committee, where she asked the federal government for $200-million to cover the cost of asylum seekers from the United States. The Hill Times photograph Andrew Meade

Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent is scheduled to release his 2018 report card on Tuesday, July 31, on the government’s response to 10 years of recommendations his office has made. The Ottawa Lawn Summer Nights, meanwhile, will hold its last evening bowling fundraiser on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at the historic Elmdale Lawn Bowling Club. The legendary Wednesday evenings are hoping to raise $100,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Last year, the Ottawa Lawn Summer Nights raised $86,000. Here’s what else is going on.

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Rota, first Speaker of Italian descent, encourages MPs to break the glass ceiling

News|By Palak Mangat
'I didn’t plan a speech at all, so it came from the heart,' says House Speaker Anthony Rota of his first remarks when he was elected to the post on Dec. 5.

Iranian investigator into downed Flight 752 should be replaced due to past, says former Liberal justice minister

News|By Neil Moss
Iran's chief justice Ebrahim Raisi was part of a 'death commission' in 1988, during a period of political repression which saw thousands of dissidents executed.

‘We’re flying the plane while we build it’: demolition work in Centre Block has begun

By this winter, PSPC expects work to assess the state of the Centre Block building to be completed, with schematic design plans expected by spring.

Platform costing measure gets nod, but fixes for getting info needed, says PBO

News|By Palak Mangat
'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'

Rookie MPs get crash course on life in ‘Ottawa bubble’

News|By Beatrice Paez
Learn to reach across party lines for relationships and resist sticking to talking points, new MPs told at a Carleton University-hosted orientation event.

Lingering Phoenix issues ‘no surprise’ to union leaders, as annual survey shows increase in pay problems

News|By Mike Lapointe
The 2019 federal budget allocated $523.3-million over five years, starting in 2019–20, to 'ensure that adequate resources are dedicated to addressing pay issues,' according to PSPC.

Senate should be ‘very careful’ of widespread rule changes and ‘unintended consequences,’ says retiring Sen. Day

From a boyhood dream of holding the country’s top political office to almost 20 years in the Red Chamber, retiring Sen. Joseph Day reflects on his parliamentary career.

Agriculture Minister Bibeau was the most-lobbied MP in 2019

In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018.

No more shush deals: Senators ready to press for accountability, harassment reforms once Parliament returns

A Senate subcommittee approved a new policy for dealing with harassment in the Red Chamber before Christmas.
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