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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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‘We need to hold people to account, not allow them to scare us off,’ says departing Senator Vern White

Senator Vern White is leaving the Red Chamber and moving to Finland. He discussed the rise of the far right, the Senate reforms, national security and more in an interview with The Hill Times.

On Truth and Reconciliation Day, Liberals should reflect on past mistakes, resist urge to defend themselves: Blackstock

News|By Stuart Benson
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller says there's been a 'sea-change' in addressing issues like long-term drinking water advisories, but that success required a culture of respect, patience, and trust.

‘Iconic’ Bill Blaikie: ‘a giant of a man’ among the ‘most distinguished social democrats of our age,’ says Ed Broadbent

Feature|By Christopher Guly
Former NDP MP Bill Blaikie, who died on Sept. 24 of kidney cancer at the age of 71, will be remembered as a powerful and effective opposition MP.

Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty an attempt to ‘name the elephant in the room,’ say supporters

After the president of Vanuatu recently became the first national leader to signal support for the treaty, advocates are urging the Canadian government to live up to its 'global responsibility.'

King Charles has opportunity to renounce Discovery Doctrine, says national chief, MPs

'Very low' number of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 calls to action have been implemented, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald.

‘Every part of it has been a privilege’: Heather Bradley retiring after almost three decades as comms head to the House Speaker

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Heather Bradley will mark her last day on the Hill on Oct. 7, with former Global Affairs speechwriter Amélie Crosson already lined up to succeed her.

‘Time is past urgent’: legislation needed to help Canadian aid groups work in Afghanistan, says Sen. Omidvar

News|By Neil Moss
Canadian aid organizations' work in Afghanistan has been hampered by domestic criminal law, since providing humanitarian assistance could indirectly support the Taliban.

New NDP attack ad against Poilievre part of its ‘fight to be relevant,’ says pollster

News|By Ian Campbell
While political ads often seek to present evidence for their claims, this ad instead relies on trust in the brand, said one expert in digital strategy.

More transparency needed on Canada’s sanctions on Russia, say critics

News|By Neil Moss
From June 7 and Aug. 9, the Canadian government placed an additional 79 Russian individuals and 78 Russian entities under sanction, but seemingly no additional assets were frozen.
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