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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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‘We need to hold people to account, not allow them to scare us off,’ says departing Senator Vern White

Senator Vern White is leaving the Red Chamber and moving to Finland. He discussed the rise of the far right, the Senate reforms, national security and more in an interview with The Hill Times.

On Truth and Reconciliation Day, Liberals should reflect on past mistakes, resist urge to defend themselves: Blackstock

News|By Stuart Benson
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller says there's been a 'sea-change' in addressing issues like long-term drinking water advisories, but that success required a culture of respect, patience, and trust.

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Feature|By Christopher Guly
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King Charles has opportunity to renounce Discovery Doctrine, says national chief, MPs

'Very low' number of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 calls to action have been implemented, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald.

‘Every part of it has been a privilege’: Heather Bradley retiring after almost three decades as comms head to the House Speaker

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Heather Bradley will mark her last day on the Hill on Oct. 7, with former Global Affairs speechwriter Amélie Crosson already lined up to succeed her.

‘Time is past urgent’: legislation needed to help Canadian aid groups work in Afghanistan, says Sen. Omidvar

News|By Neil Moss
Canadian aid organizations' work in Afghanistan has been hampered by domestic criminal law, since providing humanitarian assistance could indirectly support the Taliban.

New NDP attack ad against Poilievre part of its ‘fight to be relevant,’ says pollster

News|By Ian Campbell
While political ads often seek to present evidence for their claims, this ad instead relies on trust in the brand, said one expert in digital strategy.

More transparency needed on Canada’s sanctions on Russia, say critics

News|By Neil Moss
From June 7 and Aug. 9, the Canadian government placed an additional 79 Russian individuals and 78 Russian entities under sanction, but seemingly no additional assets were frozen.
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