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Directive for prosecutors to apply leniency for some drug-possession cases gets nod from Canada’s top doc

By Palak Mangat      

'As much as I hear the calls [to decriminalize simple drug possession] across the country from many people, it’s something worth deliberating about, but certainly there is no silver bullet approach to dealing with problematic substance use in the country,' says Health Minister Patty Hajdu.

Federal chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says Ottawa's most recent 'prosecutorial guidance' to its federal lawyers 'is a step in the right direction.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Canada’s chief public health officer is voicing her support for a directive that federal prosecutors are following to prosecute only the most serious cases involving drug possession amid a spike in the number of deaths by overdose.

Palak Mangat

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


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MPs scrutinize parole board following report on murder of Quebec woman

The parole strategy for convicted killer was ‘completely unacceptable,’ says CSC commissioner Anne Kelly after a report found the authorities missed warning signs before a woman’s death last year.

Freelance translators raise concerns over proposed terms of new contract

Some of the proposed changes include a requirement that freelancers be available for 15.5 hours a day, the elimination of pay for some duties currently covered, and longer exposure to distance interpreting.

Payette’s resignation yet another self-inflicted wound for Trudeau Liberals, say former senior Grits

News|By Abbas Rana
Justin Trudeau should take his time and follow a proper screening process in choosing Julie Payette’s successor, says Prof. Donald Savoie.

Sloan’s ouster should have come earlier, say Conservative observers

News|By Palak Mangat
'Since his election, Mr. Sloan has conducted a master class of bigotry and bullying,' says Conservative strategist Geoff Norquay, who served as a top aide to former prime minister Stephen Harper.

House agrees to extend hybrid sittings, takes step closer to adopting remote voting app

News|By Beatrice Paez
It's up to each leader of the four recognized parties to inform the House Speaker they're 'satisfied' that all issues have been addressed and to give the green light for adopting the app.

Beyak retires from Senate, ‘stands by’ defence of residential schools

News|By Palak Mangat
Her decision to retire takes place just ahead of the Senate’s return on Feb. 2 and on the first day of the House of Commons’ return from its holiday recess. 

Employment numbers ‘devastating,’ indicate ‘very profound’ economic crisis brewing, says NDP MP Julian

News|By Mike Lapointe
Employment numbers in Canada have dropped for the first time since April 2020, when record government spending began propping up the job market. Observers say they're not surprised by the decrease.

Finance, trade, and climate bills should top Liberal priorities as House returns: MPs, stakeholders

The Liberals can start with low-hanging fruit in bills C-14 and C-18.

Carr’s cabinet post praised by Prairie stakeholders, but experts and MP wary of road ahead

Jim Carr is one of four Liberal MPs elected in the three Prairie provinces, and is now representing the region at the cabinet table.
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