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New deal for jobs, justice, health, environment

By David Boyd and Peter Wood      

Far from being a burden on the judicial system or the economy, environmental rights can result in better decision-making processes and help avoid conflicts.

The House Environment Committee in 2017 recommended that the right to a healthy environment be recognized in law. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, pictured after her appearance at the Senate Energy Committee, where she testified on the feds' environmental assessment bill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

When Canada adopted universal health care in the late 1960s, it marked a profound shift in the way Canadians saw themselves and each other. Public health became a common good, and everyone soon had access to care. Today’s movement for environmental rights could signal a similar shift in the ways we care for each other and our country. The push for a “green new deal” is creating greater impetus for this shift.

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86 ridings in 40 days: Trudeau’s cross-country sprint may have given party an edge

News
While a whistle stop in a tight race can help tip the outcome, political experts say there are other factors at play in galvanizing the electorate.

As Conservatives squabble, governing Liberals trying to lay low for maximum political advantage, say Liberals

News|By Abbas Rana
The seven-hour Conservative caucus meeting on Nov. 6 was ‘intense,’ with ‘blunt’ criticism of the party’s campaign performance, say Conservative sources

Rodriguez could be shuffled to key government House leader’s post, say Liberal sources

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberals are considering assigning responsibility for the six regional development agencies to several ministers this time around, say Liberal sources.

Shuffling Freeland would be a ‘mistake,’ says former Liberal justice minister Cotler

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Media reports have suggested Chrystia Freeland may end up as the new intergovernmental affairs minister or the finance minister.

Conservative MPs swept most seats by widest margins, and won 32 ridings by 50 per cent of vote

Of the 147 seats where MPs earned more than 20 per cent lead over their closest competitor, the Conservatives 

Senate ditches plans for new payroll provider after finding Phoenix ‘work-arounds’

News|By Mike Lapointe
According to a Senate spokesperson, the Senate's in-house compensation team has developed 'effective work-arounds and capacity to promptly fix any errors' associated with the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system.

Trudeau’s re-election should bolster his international stature, says former diplomat

News|By Neil Moss
'This is a moment where Canada could potentially get ambitious in its international affairs,' says Canadian International Council president Ben Rowswell.

Leadership contest could see 2020 Greens surpass NDP in fundraising, says contender

David Merner, a failed Green candidate from B.C., says there are encouraging signs the party could come close to surpassing the NDP in its fundraising numbers next year. He is vying to take the reins from Elizabeth May.

PSAC still pushing government to address ongoing health, safety concerns in federal buildings

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Terrasses de la Chaudière is prone to occasional bat intrusions due to cracks on the exterior surface of the complex and its proximity to the Ottawa River, according to the PSPC.
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