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How Robert ‘Fife the knife’ broke the SNC-Lavalin story and 40 years of other scoops

By Emily Haws      

The Globe and Mail bureau chief's vast source list and eye for detail has helped him expose numerous government scandals, including the SNC-Lavalin affair, which he broke with Steven Chase and Sean Fine.

'If you see that smile that he has, you know that he’s up to something, you know that he has something,' says Senator Jim Munson of Globe and Mail Ottawa bureau chief Robert Fife, pictured. 'You know that he’s ready to pounce.' The Hill Times file photograph

Robert Fife, the Globe and Mail Ottawa bureau chief and one of the reporters behind the explosive SNC-Lavalin story that’s rocked politics in Ottawa for a month, has been breaking stories for decades due to his vast network of sources, keen eye for detail, and knack for telling when people aren’t telling the truth, say Hill colleagues.

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Ottawa mayor calls on Trudeau to send cash to people with disabilities, pass Bill C-17

News|By Peter Mazereeuw 11:54 AM ET
'To date, there have not been direct attempts by the federal government to address the concerns of many Canadians with disabilities who have few alternatives,' Mayor Jim Watson wrote in the July 14 letter.

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.

Hybrid summer circuit in the cards as politicians try to strike balance between public health and politics

'The summer’s often the time to strengthen your fortifications or build up your beachheads and it’s harder to do this year,' says Tim Powers.

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.

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.
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