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‘Always a rolling target to bring about big change’: Fergus says he’s optimistic in feds’ anti-racism strategy progress, ‘but we’re not there yet’

By Mike Lapointe       

But NDP MP Matthew Green says 'there just seems to be ongoing reluctance for this government to go beyond the aesthetics of big ticket announcements and into the actual work of dismantling anti-Black racism and racism within their government.'

Liberal MP Greg Fergus says 'when you look back at the journey, you can say there’s some pretty big progress. But if you were to compare it to where we know we should be, we’re not there yet.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Nearly 18 months following the introduction of the federal government’s anti-racism strategy and nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth Bardish Chagger says although the government is making progress, “there’s a lot of work to do here and it’s going to take some time.”

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International Development Minister Sajjan taps Ashley Wright to lead his new office

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Chiefs of staff have also been confirmed in the offices of ministers Dominic LeBlanc, Dan Vandal, Kamal Khera, and Helena Jaczek.

‘We’re still here’: MP Idlout on bringing Inuktitut to the House

Governor General Mary Simon's use of Inuktitut during last month's Throne Speech was a historic first, and new Nunavut MP Lori Idlout is making efforts of her own to incorporate her mother tongue into her work.

New Fisheries Minister Murray has list of ‘urgent’ priorities to grapple with

News|By Alice Chen
In a big portfolio with major decisions ranging from Indigenous rights, to environmental concerns, to shipbuilding, observers say ‘hard-working’ Joyce Murray has a lot of pressure on her shoulders.

‘In this fight we shouldn’t be left alone’: Kosovo urges Canada to combat influence of Russia, China in Western Balkans

News|By Neil Moss
President Vjosa Osmani says that Kosovo is 'absolutely ready' to join NATO to have the protection of the military alliance, but also to contribute to its work.

‘Extremely dangerous’ nuclear weapons arms race needs to be confronted, says Austrian diplomat

Feature|By Neil Moss
'The famous doomsday clock is now standing at 100 seconds before midnight, which is actually closer to midnight than at any time during the Cold War,' says Austria's Alexander Kmentt.

‘Absolutely shameful’: RCMP conduct, arrest of journalists in spotlight as Wet’suwet’en opposition to pipeline flares up

The Canadian Association of Journalists and 40 other news organizations and press freedom groups have written to Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino asking for him to drop the charges against two journalists arrested.

‘Fasten your seatbelts’: Fortier’s quick rise to oversee ‘enormous’ Treasury Board amid historic spending

Treasury Board President Mona Fortier's job will be improving public service recruitment, and strengthening oversight on spending and financial reporting in the government's multi-billion-dollar spending estimates.

‘Out of step with other nations’: Canada’s Crown copyright laws in need of an overhaul, say library associations

Experts say there is a lack of clarity around open licensing and permissions for government publications, which could be remedied by following the lead of other Commonwealth countries.

Conservatives’ survey has would-be candidates worried O’Toole will change nomination rules to reward loyalists

News|By Abbas Rana
The party is asking members if they think it’s more important to select a candidate who has the ‘greatest opportunity to win,’ or to have an open nomination process.
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