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Prison watchdog has ‘grave’ concerns that CSC rates Indigenous, Black inmates as higher risk

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Disproportionate number of Black and Indigenous offenders placed in higher security institutions by the CSC 'doesn’t add up,' says Sen. Bernard.

Correctional Investigator of Canada Ivan Zinger, pictured in October 2017, says he’s frustrated the CSC has yet to say how it will address a 2018 Supreme Court decision that found its risk assessment tools may be discriminatory. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Indigenous and Black prisoners continue to be more likely to be placed in higher security prisons, which justice advocates say is a clear example of systemic racism within the Correctional Service of Canada, leading to longer sentences and unfair treatment.

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Conservative membership verification process to make high-stakes leadership race even more divisive, say top political players

News|By Abbas Rana
A 'small army' of Conservative Party staffers are going through hundreds of thousands of party memberships with 'rigour and speed' to weed out fraudulent memberships, says party spokesman Yaroslav Baran.

Win or lose, Poilievre may already represent ‘heart and soul’ of Conservative caucus

News|By Stuart Benson
Even if Pierre Poilievre doesn’t win, Conservative pundits and political analysts believe that whoever does will have to accommodate Poilievre. But if he does win, he’ll need to reach out to his Quebec and Atlantic caucu

‘Never been afraid to punch above our weight’: set to retire this fall, Peter Van Dusen reflects on 21 years at CPAC

News|By Mike Lapointe
When Peter Van Dusen was first hired by CPAC more than 20 years ago, it pretty much covered the House proceedings, but he turned it around. Today, it covers news, leadership conventions, and election campaigns.

Parliament Hill braces for Canada Day protest as MPs face threats

House Sgt.-at-Arms Pat McDonnell told the House Affairs Committee last week that staff and MPs were harassed on a daily basis during the Freedom Convoy's occupation of downtown Ottawa in February.

Government should be ‘pretty pleased’ with first session of Parliament, but summer will be ‘the calm before the storm,’ say observers

Pundits continue to be split on how much of a role the government should play when it comes to easing the burden of 'red-hot inflation' in the coming months.

Rule change lets MPs charge House up to $36,000 annually for constituency rentals amid office budget pressures

Plus, the Board approved a 10 per cent increase to the Travel Status Expenses Account to help offset the rise in MP secondary residence rental costs in the National Capital Region.

New staffers on board for ministers Fraser, Petitpas Taylor

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Among others, Cib Cabillan is now issues manager to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, and Audrey Léveseque Aubut has joined Official Languages Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor’s parliamentary affairs team.

Charest’s route to Conservative leader ‘very similar to the party’s path to victory,’ says Kheiriddin

News|By Ian Campbell
Strategists and pollsters say the Conservative Party membership is divided into ‘two different audiences,’ meaning persuasion will be difficult and campaigns should focus on bringing out their own vote.

‘Unfair’ to blame lone GAC official as ‘process failure’ led to Russian embassy visit, say analysts, former diplomats

News|By Neil Moss
Before participating in a national day event, there are broad discussions between the protocol office and the geographic unit at Global Affairs before a decision is made to attend, say former diplomats.
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