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Scrap troubled student service grant, funnel money into existing relief programs, says student advocate

By Palak Mangat      

'At this point, any type of placement students are placed in, they wouldn't be able to receive the full benefit coming out of it, because it is already July,' says Nicole Brayiannis of the Canadian Federation of Students.

Student experts and political observers say how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured May 7 at Rideau Cottage, and his government respond to the 'quagmire' surrounding WE Charity and the Canada Student Service Grant is crucial. Some students are calling on the feds to scrap the program entirely and direct funds to other relief measures targeted at students. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

As fallout over the prime minister’s involvement in a now-abandoned plan to award WE Charity oversight of a $900-million program plays out, his government’s efforts to move past the controversy and roll out the student relief program could influence how younger voters evaluate his performance, say some observers, while some student advocates are calling on Ottawa to ditch the program altogether, and instead funnel that money into existing aid programs.

Palak Mangat

Palak Mangat is an online reporter with The Hill Times.
- pmangat@hilltimes.com


PM’s ‘Tiger Team’ meant to address diversity, inclusion in Canada’s national intelligence and security community hasn’t met since 2018

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Building diverse and inclusive workforces is essential to the effectiveness of the security and intelligence community,' according to the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians' annual report.

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.

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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