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‘Parallel pandemic of racism’: Asian-Canadian advocates call for House study on resurgence of anti-Asian hate

By Beatrice Paez      

It took the shootings in Atlanta, Ga., ‘for the world to take a hard look at the ongoing experiences of anti-Asian racism,’ says Kennes Lin of the Chinese Canadian National Council.

NDP MP Jenny Kwan, pictured centre on Feb. 24, 2020, with NDP MPs Charlie Angus, left, Leah Gazan, and Niki Ashton at a protest in support of the Wetʼsuwetʼen nation against the Coastal Gasoline pipeline. Ms. Kwan wants a study 'into the roots of anti-Asian racism and strategies to prevent and deter anti-Asian racism.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Asian-Canadian advocates are calling on Parliament to convene a committee study to examine the “disturbing rise” of racially motivated physical, verbal, and online attacks against Asians since the pandemic started. 

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Security key factor in successful Block 2 design that will complete ‘Parliament square’

Now, negotiations begin with Zeidler Architecture Inc. and David Chipperfield Architects to finalize the contract by fall, with construction expected to begin within 18 to 24 months.

Alberta court decision a chance to fix flawed environmental impact assessment regime, says Green MP May

The government says it plans to appeal the May 10 Alberta Court of Appeal decision that found the Impact Assessment Act is unconstitutional because it infringes on provincial jurisdiction.

Federal ministers, MPs, and staff working on high-stakes Ontario election

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal MP Michael Coteau predicts that Ontarians will vote Liberal in tight Liberal-NDP races in order to oust the Ford government.

Canada supports rapid accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO, but experts say it needs to improve its Arctic defences

News|By Dennis Kovtun
Fearing Russian aggression, Finland and Sweden will likely apply for NATO membership. While Canada supports the membership of these countries, it needs to step up its own contributions, especially in the Arctic: experts.

A ‘Parliamentary Precinct family reunion’: Politics and the Pen in person for first time in two years

News|By Stuart Benson
This year’s finalists feature some of the country’s best non-fiction writing on Canada’s financial future, China relations, the SNC-Lavalin affair, and historic and influential women in politics.

Ontario election will be a test on how upset Canadians are with incumbents and affordability issues, say some MPs and Nanos

News|By Abbas Rana
The decision Ontarians make at the ballot box on June 2 will come down to who has the best plan to address the affordability issues of Ontarians, says Liberal MP Michael Coteau.

Groups return to ‘invaluable’ in-person advocacy on the Hill after years lobbying behind screens

For the first time since COVID-19’s outbreak in 2020, some organizations lobbied on the Hill for a 'relationship building’ experience unmatched by virtual events, says Direct Sellers Association of Canada’s Peter Maddox.

New blood donation policy still targets queer men and trans women, advocates argue

News|By Stuart Benson
While every donor will now be asked the same questions, the new policy’s focus on anal sex and barring those who take PrEP is seen by some as more egregious and intrusive than the previous blanket ban.

Experts, critics wary of feds’ ‘clearly opposite’ private investing plan to rejig infrastructure bank

Infrastructure Bank CEO Ehren Cory has talked about finding win-win projects that serve both public and private interests, but critics say this middle ground has proved elusive.
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