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Lack of privacy oversight could hurt buy-in for COVID contact-tracing app, say critics

'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.
The protest began at 3 p.m. on Parliament Hill and ended at the Ottawa Human Rights memorial outside City Hall.
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages and the American election gets closer, Canadian foreign policy experts weigh in on how the pandemic has affected bilateral relations, and where we go from here.
The Liberal's defence policy, Strong, Secure and Engaged, could be in for post-pandemic trouble. Vance was in the military during the 1990s "decade of darkness" and could be around for another round of big cuts.
The auditor general has had to pause all by three audits as it faces funding challenges and massive commitments to audit the pandemic response.
Some 4,000 people, from scientists, to web developers, to architects, have volunteered their time to help Canada fight COVID-19.
Although there have been high-level talks with his office, as the government discusses with app developers, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien says he hasn’t heard any of the finer points.
Dr. Alyward was supposed to testify before the committee on April 14. The committee has set a May 1 deadline for him to appear.
Green-infrastructure groups are also hoping to capitalize on Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna's past experience as environment minister.
In April, MPs received a 2.1 per cent pay increase. This raised MPs' base salary by just more than $3,750 annually, from $178,900 to $182,656. If every MP gave to charities, it would be a total of nearly $1.3-million.
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.

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