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Former innovation minister Bains was most-lobbied minister in 2020

Mr. Bains, who was lobbied 214 times in 2020, took the top spot from the 2019 leader, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.
Non-cabinet MPs were lobbied nearly 10,000 times in 2020.
The plan didn't have any funding attached to it, but key stakeholders say they'll be watching for it in the 2021 budget.
The first ministers' meeting will take place just day after Health Canada gave regulatory approval to Pfizer/BioNTech's vaccine, setting the stage for vaccinations to start as early as the middle of next week.
'Just planting the trees isn’t enough, they have to be looked after, particularly in urban situations,' says UBC professor John Innes. 'A lot of the effectiveness of this program will be dependent on the aftercare.'
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Natural Resources parliamentary secretary Paul Lefebvre confirmed on Nov. 18 that the action plan will be delayed.
The aerospace industry is a big contributor to GDP and employs hundreds of thousands of Canadians. Many of Canada's biggest competitors in the space, like France, have doled out billions in sector specific relief.
Recent confusion centred on whether the ban ends five years after the first Trudeau cabinet was sworn in, or five years after former staffers received their last paycheque from the government.
In 2019, 17 regular force members and three reservists died by suicide, which was the highest number since 2014.
The aviation sector is anticipating a sectoral relief package after Transport Minister Marc Garneau's Nov. 8 announcement.
A year after edibles hit the Canadian market, some outstanding issues remain.
The chief science adviser position was never institutionalized and the post has not existed for most of Canadian history. With science at the forefront of public debate during the pandemic, some are hoping for change.
Green bonds are fixed-income financial instruments usually used to secure funding for sustainable infrastructure projects.
The new legislation must come into effect by Dec. 18 in order to meet the deadline imposed by a Quebec court after the September 2019 Truchon case and subsequent appeals by both the federal and Quebec governments.
The federal government's latest COVID response bill has $116-million to expand virtual care and mental health services. While Parliamentarians welcome the investments, some are saying it doesn't match the need.
The Throne Speech promised action on climate change like the country has never seen before, but some experts and politicians are skeptical the Liberal government can deliver.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
The first definitive history of Canada's time on the UN Security Council is a must read for anyone interested in Canadian foreign policy.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
The Politics & the Pen event is a night 'to support free expression, deep scholarship, and gifted writers wrestling with historic and contemporary issues that shape our ever-changing and unfinished country.'
Recent Statistics Canada findings indicate socio-economic factors alone can't account for the disparities in educational outcomes between Black Canadians and the rest of the population.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Four Liberal MPs and health experts recently penned an op-ed arguing that challenge trials are worth the risk.
StatsCan has released a number of large-scale, disaggregated studies on the Black population in Canada since early 2019.
Studies out of Trinity College Dublin in Ireland suggest 'there is essentially no correlation between received signal strength and distance' of two phones.
Documents released to the House Government Operations Committee give a glimpse into how lucrative the federal technology procurement space is.
The exposure notification app launched July 31 in Ontario and will be available to residents of other provinces later.
As countries across the globe spend billions in green recovery efforts, dozens of Canadian experts and corporate leaders are urging the government to follow suit.
The governing Liberals 'will pay a heavy political price,' if they don't introduce a new wealth tax, said NDP finance critic Peter Julian.
'I get we're in a pandemic, and I'm very supportive of using the technology, but until I know that it respects the basic rights and has the highest standards, I can't see that it's going to work,' said MP Charlie Angus.
The Ontario privacy commissioner says he hasn’t seen the app in the final form ahead of the planned July 2 rollout, but is ‘satisfied that privacy is being properly considered.'
'There have been a number of programs that were rolled out initially that didn't take into account the unique circumstances of Indigenous business,' says Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business president Tabatha Bull.
A recent OECD study looked at the economic impact of a second wave of COVID-19, and suggested it could cause nearly a double-digit drop in Canada's GDP.
Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal says he's hearing most about the need for more money for housing and infrastructure as northerners grapple with the pandemic fallout.

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