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Trudeau should hire a ‘director of ethics and oversight’ to vet potential conflicts and break ‘serial pattern’ of ethics lapses, say pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
Justin Trudeau's Liberals should ensure they don’t end up in anymore ethical controversies, as these scandals lead people to think that it is ‘time for change,’ says Innovative Research president Greg Lyle.

‘There has never been anything like this before’: experts split on GG’s fate as PCO launches Rideau Hall workplace probe over harassment, bullying claims

‘It’s got to the point, I think, with this particular story, that the governor general should resign,’ says Emmett Macfarlane, professor of constitutional law at the University of Waterloo.

Lewis courts dairy farmers, Sloan attacks WHO as Conservative leadership underdogs burn through cash in late advertising push

Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan spent roughly $20,000 in a week on a last-minute bid to shore up support, while Erin O'Toole's campaign slowed its online ad spending to a trickle.

Former U.S. ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and wife Vicki ‘working hard’ to make Donald Trump ‘a footnote in history’

News|By Abbas Rana
Bruce Heyman and other former Democratic ambassadors to Canada want the voter turnout of Americans living in Canada to at least double from six to 12 per cent in the November election.

Potential privacy threat to Android owners using COVID exposure notification app won’t be fixed until ‘later in the third quarter’

The exposure notification app launched July 31 in Ontario and will be available to residents of other provinces later.

‘No preferential treatment’: Trudeau says government did its ‘due diligence’ in assessing WE

News|By Beatrice Paez
'My primary concern was to make sure that the public service could fully support its recommendation, that without a doubt, WE Charity was the right, and indeed, the only partner to deliver the program,' says Mr. Trudeau.

Chinese envoy says Canada can ‘make up its mind’ in face of U.S. calls to counter China

News|By Beatrice Paez
'Canada is proud of being an independent country, or a country with its own independent foreign policy, so I hope that Canada is wise enough to make its own decision,' says Cong Peiwu, China's ambassador to Canada.

Parliament should label Uyghur persecution as genocide to foster global support against China’s human rights abuses, says former Liberal justice minister

News|By Neil Moss
'There's pretty strong proof and testimony that there have been acts of genocide perpetrated against the Uyghur people,' says NDP MP Heather McPherson.

Deem Indigenous policing essential, boost support for Northern communities to help scrap racism in policing, committee hears

Police are 'being unfairly spotlighted' in a bigger conversation about systemic racism that happens in all arrays of society, says National Police Federation president Brian Sauvé.
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