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Canada’s military is dishonoured again

By Eugene Lang      

Twenty-five years ago, it was thought that an inspector general was a step too far, too independent, too much civilian oversight of the chain of command.

The ombudsman, established instead of an inspector general, is now at the centre of a controversy for reporting to the minister of national defence a sexual harassment complaint against General Jonathan Vance, pictured, the former chief of defence staff, writes Eugene Lang. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

“It is recommended that The National Defence Act, as a matter of high priority, be amended to establish an independent review body, the Office of the Inspector General, with well-defined and independent jurisdiction and comprehensive powers … The Inspector General would receive and investigate complaints about officer misconduct and about possible injustices to individuals within the Canadian Forces … including: abuse of authority or position (for example, failure to investigate, failure to take corrective actions, or unlawful command influence); and improper personnel actions (for example, unequal treatment of Canadian Forces members, harassment including racial harassment, failure to provide due process, reprisals) … Among the Inspector General’s functions would be to correct or assist in correcting injustices to individuals.”

Has the Hill changed for women in the workplace post-#MeToo?

News|By Alice Chen
New prescribed policies, procedures forced people to think about how they were acting, creating a 'profound' change in terms of staff understanding how they need to relate in the workplace, says the PMO's Marci Surkes.

Syrian security situation used as guise for not having political will to repatriate detained Canadians, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
'I think [the Canadian government] needs to demonstrate a stronger case that there is a real security problem and it has never been able to do so,' says former diplomat Daniel Livermore.

New Senator working group to explore diversity, inclusion training in Red Chamber

Ontario ISG Senator Rosemary Moodie says the new group shows the ‘significant investment’ the Senate is putting into pursuing ‘meaningful improvement.’

Lone wolf MPs break down what it’s like to be a region’s solitary party voice

News|By Alice Chen
'It’s like you walk around and you have a target on your back … there is something a bit, not sadistic, but satisfying in getting rid of the last MP standing,' says McGill Prof. Daniel Béland.

Senate eyes filling The Chambers as renovation plans progress

More interim office space will be needed to house Senators who are set to be displaced by future renovation projects in the Parliamentary Precinct.

UNDRIP law a ‘game changer’ for reconciliation, says AFN’s Bellegarde, calling for accelerated plan in two years

Requiring free, prior, and informed consent is not a veto, says a former judge, it’s about how the government ‘operationalizes’ its approach to projects early on.

Federal auditor general to start probe into vaccines this year

News|By Palak Mangat
The office says it doesn’t anticipate difficulty obtaining information related to its audit, including closely guarded vaccine contracts.

Duelling Liberal, NDP conventions a pre-election glimpse into campaign readiness

It was more important for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to distinguish his offer from the Liberal government, say politicos, with both parties presenting resolutions that offered similar progressive policy solutions. 

Canadians are ‘confused and anxious’: COVID-19’s third wave making Trudeau Liberals ‘vulnerable,’ say pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
Canadians are tired and worried and they aren't making distinctions between the federal and provincial governments.
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