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Stronger social policies help all of us, not only the poor

By David Crane      

September's Throne Speech should outline how the government will help create a better deal for low-income Canadians, in the short and long term.

Activists marched to Parliament Hill in 2017 to protest the government's social housing program. The event was organized by the Front d'action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU) and supported by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP). The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—The COVID-19 pandemic clearly shows how dependent our society is on frontline workers. Caregivers in nursing homes, grocery clerks, and warehouse and delivery workers are just some examples of the people we have depended on to keep our society functioning in the worst public health crisis in many decades.

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‘Open defiance’: Opposition slams feds for failure to produce Winnipeg lab documents amid formal rebuke of PHAC head

After delivering the admonishment, House Speaker Anthony Rota said he would consider MPs’ comments on the failure to release confidential documents, again, as he deliberates on on the ‘unprecedented situation.’

Public Service Employee Survey results show increase in job satisfaction, awareness of mental health supports amid COVID-19 pandemic

News|By Mike Lapointe
Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos says he believes the government will emerge from the pandemic with a 'stronger and even more diversified' public service that will be better able to reach out to Canadians.

Skylights and a Charter display: diving into plans for the Centre Block project

Among the newly unveiled plans is a permanent display of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to be located in the underground Parliament Welcome Centre complex.

With O’Toole behind in polls, U.K. consultants unlikely to be helpful for Conservatives, say some politicos

News|By Abbas Rana
But others say the U.K. consultants have won high-profile campaigns in the recent past and will provide useful insights and a fresh perspective to the Conservative campaign in Canada.

Canada’s Public Service Employee Survey 2020 says: employees happier and former top agencies still on top

Opinion
The COVID-19 pandemic, while affecting everyone in Canada, might also have given many employees a better sense of the value of their service to Canadians. Whatever the reason, they are a happier bunch.

Pandemic reveals Canada’s access-to-information system in ‘a critical state,’ and need for ‘urgent’ resources, says top watchdog

Canada’s information commissioner dealt with a third fewer complaints due to COVID-19, even as some departments stopped fulfilling their legal obligations under the access act.

‘Parliament is a high court, it is the grand inquest of the nation’: PHAC president ordered to appear before Commons

News
The rare order followed two others this year, dating back to March 31, when the House Special Committee on Canada-China Relations made the first such request.

Centre Block reno, welcome centre construction pegged at upwards of $5-billion by PSPC, to finish by 2030-31

While PSPC anticipates construction work will be complete by 2030 or 2031, assistant deputy minister Rob Wright on June 17 noted it will be another year after that before the building is ready to be reoccupied.

As Liberals trumpet merits of NSICOP, opposition MPs want ‘supremacy of Parliament’ respected

News|By Neil Moss
The government failed to abide by an order of the House to turnover unredacted documents related to the firing of two scientists at a Winnipeg lab leading to a Conservative question of privilege.
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