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Slammed by COVID, Canada’s aviation industry looking to federal government for help

Airlines, airports, and the aerospace sectors are all facing unique challenges. Some have been given direct government support, while others are asking for targeted relief.
'The level of correspondence has been hard to describe,' says rookie Green MP Jenica Atwin. 'People are really worried. They're really stressed out.'
Neil Brodie, former ministerial staffer, suggests the situation may eventually breathe new life into efforts by some parties to revisit the per-vote subsidy.
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says funds earmarked for Indigenous communities will flow directly to them to allow for 'maximum flexibility to help adapt responses to address local needs.'
The government has already announced funding for artificial intelligence researchers and developers to help fight COVID-19. Experts say the technology could do more, if done right.
The virus-induced economic slowdown comes at a tough time for the agri-food industry, which was already struggling with international trade restrictions, the affects of poor harvests, and fallout from recent rail disrupt
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
'Politics and the Pen is probably the exact opposite of social distancing. We cram so many people into the ballroom that you can barely keep one to two inches away,' said Jim Armour.  
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
The elbow-tap greeting, which has taken Parliament Hill by storm over the last few days, was the most common handshake replacement. Toe-tapping was also happening, though more so among the younger staffers.
The announcement ‘doesn’t reflect what’s in his mandate letter,’ says NDP natural resources critic Richard Cannings, nor did nuclear energy didn’t come up in a briefing he had with the minister.
Despite the large gap in self-reported and actual voter turnout, the data in the StatsCan survey is still valuable to researchers.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Pat Sorbara's new book, Make 'em Howl, offers lessons learned over a more than four decade career in federal and provincial politics as a high-ranking Liberal staffer.
Beijing's envoy to Canada also suggests that if Ottawa were to release Meng Wanzhou, the bilateral relationship would not only return to status quo, but would be brought to new heights.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
It was the 15th anniversary of the event, and the seventh year eBay partnered with Proof.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Transport Minister Marc Garneau is facing criticism over how he's handled the recent blockades, but behind the scenes in political Ottawa, he's considered 'a great brief' and 'exceptionally well-informed about his files.
The federal government should be prioritizing data and privacy issues, given the increased global focus on the subject, says MaRS Discovery District's Cory Mulvihill.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
The snow was blowing outside, but the whisky was flowing inside.
Minister Lametti said he intends to table a bill in February, a month before the Qeubec court deadline.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Need a bite and short on time? The Hill cafeterias may be your best bet.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
From Stornoway to Sir John A, the party circuit gets cooking when the weather gets warm.
The Lobby Act is two years past a mandated review by Parliament.
A new website is expected within the next few months, according to the OCL.
The 400 block of Gilmour street, where the shooting occurred, is blocks from Parliament Hill
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Don Martin will soon be found on a golf course in Florida.
Energy experts say SMRs could be an environmentally friendly baseload option compared to intermittent sources like wind and solar.
MPs used a ranked-ballot voting system to elect the new House Speaker.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
Queen Elizabeth, on her first royal visit to Canada in 1957, delivered John Diefenbaker's first Throne Speech. In 1977, she delivered Pierre Trudeau's Throne Speech as well in Canada.
Increasing the carbon tax to $210 per tonne by 2030 would allow Canada to meet greenhouse gas emission targets, the report said.
Feature|By Aidan Chamandy
After 15 years, Hamilton Centre will have a new representative in parliament, but expect more continuity than change.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has also called for a national aerospace strategy.
Despite Liberal policy aiming for 25 per cent female recruits by 2026, the number of women in Regular Forces and Primary Reserves is still below 16 per cent, according to latest data.

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