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Senate leaders doubtful conversion therapy, Broadcasting Act bills will pass before summer break

By Peter Mazereeuw      

The House of Commons sent four bills to the Senate just days before it was due to adjourn for the summer.

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault's bill to bring the so-called 'web giants' under the Broadcasting Act will likely have to wait until the fall before it will be advanced in the Senate, say some Senators. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Two of the Senate’s leaders say they doubt that government bills to ban conversion therapy for youth and regulate entertainment streaming services will be passed before the Red Chamber adjourns for the summer.

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Legislative bottleneck facing Parliament in rush before December break

Two bills that died on the Order Paper have been reintroduced in the current Parliament: Bill C-4, which unanimously passed in the House on Dec. 1, and Bill C-3, which received first reading on Nov. 26.

Feds must ‘better understand’ cryptocurrencies, say NDP, but Conservatives warn Ottawa could ‘get in the way’

While the Bank of Canada has said cryptocurrencies do not pose 'any significant risk' to the financial system or economy, higher inflation could result in more Canadians using them as a store of wealth, says CPC MP.

‘This is a once-in-a-history opportunity’: Indigenous delegation prepares to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican 

Phil Fontaine says he hopes that the Christmastime gathering at the Vatican will begin the process of healing and have it come full circle next year when the Pope sets foot on Indigenous land in Canada.

MP Fast calls for more help for Abbotsford: ‘many of these families have lost everything’

Fast said all three levels of government had 'known for decades' that the flooding was going to happen, and now is the time for investments in critical flood infrastructure.

Advocates, NDP welcome ‘long overdue’ paid sick day legislation for federally regulated employees

News|By Mike Lapointe
But the CFIB says it's wary of the legislation, saying it would expect the government to introduce bills favouring economic growth—and not additional costs to be bared by small business owners.

Canada’s measured response to Ethiopian crisis leaves some wanting more forceful action

News|By Neil Moss
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed twice in the last month, but it is unclear how involved Canada is with the peace process.

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.

Almost half of newsrooms entirely white: CAJ survey

News|By Mike Lapointe
Almost 80 per cent of outlets reported having no visible minorities or Indigenous journalists in one of the top three leadership roles in their newsroom, according to the CAJ's newsroom diversity survey.

‘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.
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