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Canada among the most dangerous places for language interpreters

By Nicole Gagnon      

While no MP or parliamentary administrator wants to see interpreters get hurt, the question is: will they change the way they do business to ensure the upcoming parliamentary session does not mark open season on interpreters’ health and safety?

Nicole Gagnon, with International Association of Conference Interpreters, says, 'in spite of encouragement, many participants, including MPs and ministers, still are not using the proper headset, cabled microphone and hardwire connection to the internet when participating in parliamentary committee and House proceedings.' Photograph courtesy of ParlVu screenshot

OTTAWA—A new international study places Canada among the countries with the highest rate of acoustic shock incidents suffered by language interpreters.

Pace of virtual inspections on migrant worker conditions a concern, say critics, with half completed this summer

'This [program] should be a win-win-win situation, and it’s turned out to be a lose-lose-lose situation and it has to be rectified,' says Independent Sen. Ratna Omidvar.

One hopeful Tory candidate wants the Ottawa-Beijing relationship on the ballot

News|By Neil Moss
'In the riding and everywhere in Canada today, there are questions about the rise of China,' says Matthew Fisher, who is hoping to be the Conservative candidate in Kanata-Carleton, Ont.

Senators say publishing details of powerful committee’s internal work part of ‘evolution’ to greater transparency

‘The more we can, the more we want to be open,’ says ISG Sen. Saint-Germain of move to make public details of the the Senate Internal Economy Committee's seven subgroups.

‘We need courage’: Bloc, NDP MPs push for House to recognize Uyghur genocide in face of Beijing pressure

News|By Neil Moss
Chinese Ambassador Cong Peiwu told reporters on Oct. 15 a parliamentary recognition that the Chinese government is committing genocide against the Uyghurs would be met with a 'strong reaction.'

Industry looks to hash out new regulations on cannabis beverages

A year after edibles hit the Canadian market, some outstanding issues remain.

Byelection results should give Liberals ‘pause’ after strong showing from Greens, Conservatives, say experts

News|By Beatrice Paez
'While the Liberal fortress held... based on these results, I’m not certain an early election would produce a majority government,' says professor Tracey Raney.

RCMP neck-hold review ‘ongoing’ four months after Lucki’s promise

RCMP headquarters began tracking the use of the 'carotid control hold' by its officers nationwide in September. It has been used once since then, says a spokesperson.

MPs pass Conservative motion to initiate expansive committee study on feds’ pandemic response, despite Liberals’ objections

News|By Palak Mangat
A number of Liberals abstained from voting on an amendment that extended the government's timeline for disclosing documents sought under the motion.

Liberals fend off challenges in pair of byelections, but shed support in Grit stronghold in process

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