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Certification hearing set for multi-billion-dollar Black public servants’ class-action suit

By Mike Lapointe      

Following a May amendment to the claim, the number of proposed class members has increased from more than 500 to 1,031 current and former Black federal public servants who are now seeking $2.5-billion in damages.

Nicholas Marcus Thompson, left, one of the representative proposed class members in a class-action lawsuit against the federal government, Kofi Achampong, principal lawyer and government relations adviser with Achampong Law, and Courtney Betty, the lawyer leading the class action. Photographs courtesy of Twitter, LinkedIn, and Courtney Betty

A Federal Court judge has directed that a proposed multi-billion-dollar class-action lawsuit against the federal government, launched on the part of now more than 1,000 current and former Black federal public servants, be moved forward with a certification hearing scheduled for three days, beginning Sept. 21, 2022.

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Conservative MPs, strategists unpack the ‘undoing of Jason Kenney’ in Alberta

The outgoing premier’s response to COVID, caucus management, and leadership style led to his undoing, say Conservative strategists, lessons Tory leadership contenders should consider.

Putin’s nuclear threats demonstrate need to abolish nuclear weapons, say top advocates

News|By Dennis Kovtun
After he attacked Ukraine, Russian leader Vladimir Putin often rattled his nuclear sabre. Disarmament advocates say this is a reminder that the West, and the world, should work on ridding themselves of nuclear weapons.

Backbench Liberals shift from government in push for tougher response to Israel

News|By Neil Moss
A group of Liberal MPs have taken to social media to step ahead of the government and condemn Israel's actions.

Poilievre’s YouTube channel a way to talk directly to voters, but the platform may build ‘deeper popularity in a smaller group’

News|By Ian Campbell
Experts in social media and digital politics say that Pierre Poilievre is seeking to bypass the media and talk directly to voters with his extensive use of online video on platforms like YouTube.

Too soon to gauge staying power of ‘freedom’ theme in Conservative politics, now at fore of leadership race, say strategists

News|By Mike Lapointe
The political rhetoric surrounding 'freedom' isn't necessarily new, says Yan Plante, but the pandemic put an even greater emphasis on it and has a chance to grow deeper roots depending on who wins the Conservative race.

Map quest: four provinces reach key stage of electoral redistribution process

B.C. is jumping from 43 to 44 ridings, and the province’s proposed new electoral district is being carved out of its southern interior, between Vernon and Kelowna.

Impoverished Canadians accessing MAiD victims of ‘systemic coercion,’ say disability advocates

News|By Stuart Benson
Parliamentarians were told they did not properly consult the disabled community, and urged to pause expansion to persons with mental illnesses as sole underlying condition in 2023.

Brown rips Poilievre over ‘slow and selective’ response to Buffalo shooting, as politicians of all stripes denounce ‘white replacement theory’

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Any and all racism is evil and must be stopped,' says Conservative MP and party leadership hopeful Pierre Poilievre. 'Any individual who engages in racism is personally responsible for his behaviour.'

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.
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