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Government should be careful in using cellphone data to track COVID-19, advocates say

By Anja Karadeglija      

‘In normal times, most Canadians would respond to the collection and use of sensitive health and location information with a hard no. But these are not normal times,’ says professor Michael Geist.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured speaking to the media on March 23, 2020, outside of Rideau Cottage, says he wouldn’t rule out using location data from Canadians’ phones to trace the path of the novel coronavirus. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Privacy experts and the Conservatives are warning the federal government that if it follows the lead of other countries and begins using cellphone location data to track the spread of COVID-19, it should do so under strict limits and safeguards for Canadians’ privacy.

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Dip in RCMP watchdog’s budget shakes faith in its ability to exercise oversight, says NDP MP Harris

News|By Beatrice Paez
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says the legislation it introduced in January, which died on the Order Paper in the summer, came with a budgetary increase that would help the civilian body hold the RCMP to account.

Tick tock: Liberals call for swift implementation of new Canada-U.K. trade pact as legislative process remains murky

News|By Neil Moss
There are 13 sitting days left before the House rises on Dec. 11. Liberals say the text of the new Canada-U.K. transitional deal may not be available for another two to four weeks.

NDP’s spring convention offers chance to pit party’s vision against governing Liberals’, say members

News|By Beatrice Paez
For New Democrats, conventions often generate 'vigorous and energetic' debate on 'emerging policy' issues among the party faithful, says former NDP MP Libby Davies. 

Veteran MP Kent won’t seek re-election, becoming third CPC MP to bow out of next race

Feature|By Neil Moss
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End of five-year lobby ban comes with confusion for some Harper-era staffers

Recent confusion centred on whether the ban ends five years after the first Trudeau cabinet was sworn in, or five years after former staffers received their last paycheque from the government.

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Economic development, industry, health, and the environment were among the top-cited subjects in October’s 2,611 filings in the federal lobbying registry.

When it comes to dissenting female MPs and dissenting white male MPs, Trudeau’s got a double standard, says former Grit MP Caesar-Chavannes

News|By Abbas Rana
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As provinces enlist military’s support in managing COVID-19, experts say it’s pulling the Forces away from training efforts

News|By Palak Mangat
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