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Pandemic forces feds to hit pause on climate legislation; environmentalists sanguine about net-zero pledge

By Beatrice Paez and Palak Mangat       

With much of the government’s legislative agenda in limbo amid the COVID-19 crisis, environmental advocates say they’re hopeful the government will still be able to introduce a legislative framework for Canada to meet its pledge to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. 

Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, pictured on Feb. 24, has been working behind the scenes with Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna on Canada's post-COVID-19 recovery plan. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Environmental groups say they expect green programs to form the backbone of the government’s recovery effort when the COVID-19 crisis abates.

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Feds should tout vaccine costs as ‘leverage’ in future talks with premiers, says expert

News|By Palak Mangat
While a ‘missed opportunity’ in the earlier days of the pandemic, some observers worry tying strings to provincial and territorial access to potentially life-saving vaccines could be seen as ‘unethical.’

Election speculation, party conventions likely boosted fundraising haul, say strategists

News|By Beatrice Paez
With so much of everyday life migrating online due to the pandemic, says Michael Edwards of Sussex Strategy, the potential for engaging political supporters who weren’t initially comfortable doing transactions has grown.

Former cabinet minister Sohi to officially launch Edmonton mayoral bid soon, sources say

Prof. Duane Bratt says Amarjeet Sohi would be the ‘front-runner’ in the mayoral election, where at least six candidates have officially joined the race to succeed Don Iveson.

Liberal MPs in Toronto’s hot spots ramp up outreach to support mass immunization, address hesitancy

The province should have targeted vaccines to hot-spot neighbourhoods earlier, before Toronto was ‘on fire’ with COVID cases, says Liberal MP Judy Sgro.

Health Canada gives green light to administer Pfizer vaccine to those aged 12-15

News|By Palak Mangat
Officials were unable to immediately say how the approval will impact the country’s overall herd immunity goal, which has been described as a moving target by experts as more vaccines come online.

Committee jurisdiction unresolved as MPs await study on privacy bill

Conservatives say sending the bill to the Ethics Committee is an attempt to distract the committee from its ongoing work on the WE Charity controversy, while Liberals say Ethics is the natural spot for a privacy bill.

What’s up PROC? Committee filibuster over prorogation study passes 40-hour mark

‘I don’t need to hear from Chrystia Freeland … about their most recent budget for 90 minutes in order to understand the decision about prorogation,’ says NDP MP Daniel Blaikie of a Liberal-suggested compromise.

Constitutional challenge to sex work laws ‘succeeded before’ and will succeed again, says advocacy group

News|By Alice Chen
The current set of laws prohibit working together as well as safely advertising, puts sex workers at undue risk and potentially violates their charter rights.

A national strategy on transgender health care is needed, advocates and experts say

News|By Alice Chen
'There are clear, glaring gaps in coverage and standards for transgender health care in Canada,' says Conservative health critic Michelle Rempel Garner.
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