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Anti-abortion group RightNow on cross-country tour to recruit volunteers for anti-abortion candidates

RightNow, an anti-abortion group formed in 2016, says it is looking to flip 50 seats to anti-abortion candidates.
Indigenous leaders say climate change, restorative justice, and housing are top election issues. AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the AFN will release its electoral priorities on Sept. 9.
Experts say a few ridings in and around Toronto could be most impacted by Chief Electoral Officer Stephane Perrault's decision not to recommend moving the election date, which overlaps with a Jewish holiday.
A recent Ipsos poll shows Conservatives in the lead with female and millennial voters. Pollsters are cautioning restraint when interpreting its findings.
Sikhs have long been called 'power brokers' in Canadian politics for the ability of Sikh political activists to deliver delegates in nomination and party leader races on the local, provincial, and federal level.
The days when most Canadian Sikhs could be counted on to vote Liberal could be over, experts say.
As internationally mediated talks between the Venezuelan regime and opposition break down, lawmakers and experts are skeptical about the path forward, and are divided on Canada's role in solving the crisis.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Lawn Summer Nights at the Elmdale Lawn Bowling club brings together Hillites for a night of good-natured competition and ridiculous outfits to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Though U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft was in Calgary, the U.S. Embassy's Fourth of July party was still filled with food and fun.
Immigration has been a hot-button wedge issue in past years, but its impact on the 2019 federal election could depend on how many people cross between border points this summer.
The Chinese buzzing is the first move of its kind against a Canadian ship.
MPs and experts say an Australian report on the 'existential risk of climate change' should lead to it being viewed as a national security threat.
At the most recent Arctic Council meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opposed the Council taking a strong tone on climate change.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Ms. Bennett addressed northern food insecurity and the MMIWG report in an email exchange with The Hill Times.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
The Hill Times' annual Party on the Hill brought politicos together for the last big party before the October election.
Some provinces and municipalities have already banned plastic bags, but adding certain single-use plastics to a federal list makes it easier to co-ordinate across the country, advocates say.
In a wide-ranging interview, the environment minister also says she hopes Japan will respond to outreach efforts and sign on to the Ocean Plastics Charter at this month’s G20 summit.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
The 2019 Labatt Election Brew Off was held at the National Arts Centre in support of Equal Voice. Labatt donated $25,000 to Equal Voice in honour of Liberal MP Nick Whalen's winning Belgian Wit beer.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's U.S. counterpart and principal diplomatic contact is U.S. President Donald Trump. So far, they have spoken more than 30 times since November 2016.
If successfully elected, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott have an opportunity to effect change, say observers, but must clear financial, infrastructure hurdles.
The Defence Committee's report gave 13 recommendations for helping Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia defend against Russian aggression. The federal government's response supported some, but not all of the recommendations.
Plus, Celina Caesar-Chavannes named Viola Desmond Award winner, and Jagmeet Singh takes seat on Iron Throne.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Rachel Giese's book, Boys: What it Means to Become a Man, won the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen prize at the 2019 Politics and the Pen event in Ottawa.
Firms are taking different approaches to a new political ad registry regime meant to protect against interference in the next election.
The privacy commissioner's office is considering changes that could mean getting a person's explicit okay in all cases when their data is to be transferred across the border.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
John Delacourt and Stephen Maher held a joint book launch at the Métropolitain on Wednesday night. Both authors celebrated the launch of their third novels. CBC's Adrian Harewood moderated a short discussion.
Paper files are commonly used even when digital copies are available. The Immigration and Refugee Board almost exclusively relies on paper, using fax machines and couriers to share claim information.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
The move to West Block has caused problems, presented opportunities, and has some Parliamentarians pining for the past.
Experts say the Canadian icebreaking fleet isn't sufficient for current or future needs. As climate change breaks Arctic ice, the ships will become more important for the safety of communities and marine shipping routes.
‘For a reporter, this is terrible,' says CBC's Julie Van Dusen. Two suggestions for new scrum spots were rejected, but talks to find a solution continue.
Experts say they are excited about microgrids' potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy resilience.
‘There's a very strong feeling that we can't have the wild west of data,’ says innovation expert Arvind Gupta.

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