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Feds have a long way to go to make progress on plastics pollution 

By Keith Brooks      

The federal government should mandate a minimum of least 75 per cent of recycled plastic content in all new products. High recycled content targets create a market demand for recycled materials.

In Canada, just 11 per cent of plastic is recycled. Every year, 10,000 metric tonnes of plastic end up in the Great Lakes alone. Nationally, we throw out enough single-use plastic bags to reach the moon and back. We produce more garbage per person than any other country in the developed world. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

The federal government has promised to release a draft of its long-awaited national plan for cutting plastic pollution at this Friday’s Council of Canadian Ministers of the Environment (CCME) meeting. Unfortunately, the CCME has a history of voluntary agreements with little bark and no bite. But on plastics, we need something more.

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Trudeau’s penchant for political appointees shows lack of appreciation for ambassadors’ work: former senior diplomat

News|By Neil Moss
'[Trudeau] neglects the fact that you need experience and competent people,' says Guy Saint-Jacques, a former Canadian ambassador to China from 2012 to 2016.

A look at rookie MP Sloan’s underdog leadership campaign

Team Sloan is led by former Scheer staffer Paula Iturri, and includes Ashley Brown as tour director and Daniel Paolini, who’s currently a member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party executive.

Wernick’s warning of political violence reflects increasing polarization, say politicos, experts

There’s been a normalization of hateful language online, says terrorism expert Jessica Davis, who noted a ‘Trudeau effect’ in the extreme animosity voiced by some online.

Prison watchdog has ‘grave’ concerns that CSC rates Indigenous, Black inmates as higher risk

Disproportionate number of Black and Indigenous offenders placed in higher security institutions by the CSC 'doesn’t add up,' says Sen. Bernard.

More nuanced, test-focused approach needed to reopen Canada-U.S. border, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has called for Canada and the United States to 'immediately craft a comprehensive framework for phased reopening of the border.'

Canada, host countries should bolster efforts to mitigate COVID-19 spread in ‘displaced communities,’ says refugee advocacy group

News|By Beatrice Paez
'It is hard to imagine a crisis—even one half its dimension—where the international community had done so little to rally together,' says Refugees International.

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.

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.

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.
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