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2021 holds promise, despite challenging start

By Christian Burgsmüller      

On climate action, our mission in the European Union is to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow later this year will certainly be pivotal in this regard. Alongside Canada, we will capitalize on growing momentum to push for a swift implementation of the Paris Agreement and urge our international partners to adopt similarly ambitious policies and significantly increase their emissions reduction targets. Brussels and Ottawa are currently mulling over how best to prevent carbon leakage, while preserving the competitiveness of their industries. We are keen to coordinate our respective approaches to a possible carbon border adjustment mechanism, writes Christian Burgsmüller. Image courtesy of COP26

This year—marking the 45th anniversary of the European Union diplomatic mission in Canada—will be a defining time in transatlantic relations.

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Change is the word: Meet the seven candidates for AFN national chief

The Assembly of First Nations will elect a new national chief on July 7. Four men and three women are in the running, coming from First Nations communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.

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.

Community-centred, Indigenous approach needed for mental health in the North, say territory denizens

News|By Alice Chen
‘It’s not an academic pursuit anymore. These are real stories of real people,’ says Yukon Premier Sandy Silver, who notes the current per-capita approach 'does not work,' and makes them 'scramble to do more with less.'

New vision for National Press Building requested after years of decline

News|By Alice Chen
After years of bleeding media tenants due to short-term leases, rent hikes, and limited space, Parliamentary Press Gallery members want a new, collaborative relationship with the building's federal landlord.

CBSA workers to start strike votes this week amid Canada-U.S. talks on easing border restrictions

News|By Mike Lapointe
Although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden discussed reopening the Canada-U.S. border at the recent G7 Leaders' Summit, a firm date has not yet been set.

Reflections on anti-Muslim rhetoric from Tory MPs welcome in wake of London attack, but proof will be on campaign trail, say observers

News|By Palak Mangat
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, when asked whether his party owes an apology to the Muslim community for past policies—after two members of his caucus expressed regret over 2015 campaign tactics—says ‘all parties need

Canada should revoke diplomatic relations with Holy See if Catholic Church won’t apologize for residential schools; and church should be subpoenaed, search warrants issued, says NDP MP Green

News|By Mike Lapointe
In his last visit to the Vatican, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he directly asked Pope Francis to move forward on apologizing and on making records surrounding residential schools available.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson ‘could be persuaded’ to run for federal Liberals in Edmonton Centre, say some Alberta insiders

News|By Abbas Rana
Former Edmonton Centre Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault is also preparing for the Liberal nomination to try to reclaim his seat.

‘A pox on both your Houses’: Grits, Tories battle to manipulate dwindling hours left for lawmaking

Silly season is in full swing, as the Liberals try to pass bills on GHG reduction targets and conversion therapy before the summer.
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