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‘Canadian-style systemic racism’: Black public servants file suit against federal government

Proposed class-action lawsuit alleges Canada’s application of the Employment Equity Act violates the Charter equality rights of Black employees.
Plus, the House of Commons lobbies will get some new hardware after pages complain about health and safety lapses behind the scenes, and cabinet ministers want an emergency debate on Nova Scotia lobster dispute.
Plus, Green Leader Annamie Paul repeats her call for the Toronto Centre byelection to be postponed as coronavirus cases rise.
'Since I'm not running again, and since I expect that we will have a long and challenging recovery, I think it's important that the prime minister has by his side a finance minister has that longer-term vision': Morneau.
Plus, the Bloc Québécois get ready to embark on their summer tour as critics call for Liberals to act on compensation for the agriculture sector.
Plus, MPs and Senators get ready for a Canada Day that’s ‘just not the same’ as celebrations past.
Fifteen per cent of Black federal employees indicated they had been a victim of discrimination on the job in the past 12 months, compared to only eight per cent of the public service, overall.
Plus, the Conservatives propose fixes for ‘flaws’ in feds’ small-business support measures.
Plus, Gov. Gen. Julie Payette welcomes Speakers and other parliamentary presiding officers from across the Commonwealth as they converge in Ottawa for a four-day conference.
In a riding where voters are deeply engaged in the political process, candidates avoid the low-hanging fruit and stay out of the mud as they grapple with who to send to the House of Commons.
With former Liberal Raj Grewal not in the running after his gambling scandal, the NDP are mounting a fierce campaign in party leader Jagmeet Singh’s home turf.
Incumbent Liberal MP Arif Virani and NDP opponent Paul Taylor are both selling their housing platforms in Parkdale–High Park, Ont., where homelessness is a growing issue.
103 out of the 105 sitting Senators completed the mandatory anti-harassment training in the Red Chamber, along with 96 per cent of staffers.
Senators have proposed dozens of changes to the Liberals' impact assessment and gun bills, have concerns about its solitary confinement legislation, and recommended its tanker-ban bill not proceed.
Senators rejected staff-suggested changes to the rules governing how they spend money from their office budgets, in favour of examining the rules and coming up with their own changes.
As the PM continues his sojourn in Paris to fight online hate, opposition MPs at home are manoeuvring to have an investigation into how his government handled the Mark Norman case.
‘All the rooms that aren’t heritage won’t necessarily be there,’ says Sen. Scott Tannas, as plans to cut 2,500 square metres coalesce.
Bill C-97 puts into law the Liberals’ 2018 promise to public servants to allow them to repay only the net of Phoenix-caused excess salary in a different tax year.
The Senate’s Conservative whip says his party isn’t interested in obstructing Bill C-59 as it moves through the Red Chamber.
Only one government employee has had their security clearance revoked, despite thousands of instances of improperly secured protected and classified documents in the last three years.
‘We are committed to making legislative changes’ to continue with Senate modernization, says the office of Government House Leader Bardish Chagger.
After studying barriers facing women in politics, the Status of Women Committee also suggests calling for a crackdown on gender-based heckling.
‘Imagine losing your job, getting fired, but you’re fired by basically your entire riding and your whole life has been serving these people, and there’s just a lot wrapped up in it:’ Tory House leader Candice Bergen.
The Trudeau cabinet could make the decision ‘on any given Tuesday’ to make the necessary changes, says Sharon McIvor, who brought the most recent complaint to a UN human rights body.
The National Security and Defence Committee stripped away key elements of Bill C-71, which sponsor Sen. André Pratte says he hopes will be restored before the Chamber’s final vote.
There was ‘quite a backlash’ over the original plan to only go to B.C. for the oil tanker ban study, says Transport Committee chair Sen. David Tkachuk.
Feature|By Charelle Evelyn
One-year contracts for Senators’ employees contribute to the high-pressure environment where harassment can occur, the Human Resources Subcommittee heard.
‘All we need is just one incident and we’re going to be back trying to defend our expenses again,' Sen. Elizabeth Marshall says. Progress is stalled on creating a committee meant to oversee Senators' spending.
This month, the Energy and Transport committees will hit the road to study bills C-48 and C-69, with a combined budget of $628,732.
The Upper Chamber will switch over to a new payroll system provided by ADP Canada in the new year, after months of testing.
Changes the Senate Legal Affairs Committee is proposing to Bill C-58 include a 30-day limit to extensions beyond the initial 30-day window government departments have to respond to requests.
The Board of Internal Economy approved $2.49-million in new human resources funding to help MPs better respond to what HR chief Pierre Parent calls ‘evolving social expectations.’

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