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Fintech caught in grey zone, stakeholders say, as feds study Bank Act

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As Finance Canada is in the midst of its review of the Bank Act, observers are saying the rules need to better accommodate the emerging financial technology sector—known as “fintech”—and bring banking regulations into the…
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Conservatives at last week’s Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa strategized how they can bridge the gap between their core 26 per cent voter base and the 51 per cent of Canadians open to voting for…
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Yad Garcha, CEO of Bionic Power, understands why most small business owners are wary of doing business with the federal government, calling the process bureaucratic, but for him government procurement was always the end goal. The…
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It's the department that never sleeps. The Privy Council Office could be described as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s department, and Clerk Michael Wernick as his deputy minister. One of the most important government bodies, it…
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Global Affairs Canada employees at the Lester B. Pearson Building were sent home twice in January after problems with the building's heating system, a problem the union says employees have been grappling with for more…
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Brand name drug companies are warning the government to think through its proposed regulations for the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board, saying it could curb investment in Canadian research and development. However, one University of…
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Expect deputy ministers to be on the move in the coming weeks, say observers, after longtime DM Yaprak Baltacıoğlu, secretary of the Treasury Board, announced her retirement last week.  Ms. Baltacıoğlu, who's been a deputy minister…
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The Treasury Board Secretariat has been hit with more than 4,000 individual complaints from government employees related to the Phoenix pay system, an amount that a labour relations expert says could be a slog to…
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Planning the future of diversity in the public service is not possible with out-of-date data, leaving certain groups unintentionally sidelined, a joint task force studying equity initiatives found, after a months-long examination of inclusion and…
The government's oft-maligned online mandate letter tracking tool will be more comprehensive in the next six months, according to the Liberals' "deliverology" expert, allowing users to track the government’s progress in more detail, more frequently. During…
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Health Canada says it will launch a national public education advertising campaign on cannabis in the spring, though critics say it should have already been in place in order to educate the public ahead of…
When it comes to how messy the legal fallout could be if U.S. President Donald Trump withdraws from NAFTA, “it’s going to be somewhere between a cluster-bleep, [and] a gongshow,” said the Canada West Foundation’s Carlo…
Members of Parliament are growing increasingly frustrated with what some see as a lack of government support to their constituency offices to help residents affected by the error-ridden Phoenix pay system, and the opposition Conservatives…
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Ailish Campbell’s eight-year-old son tells his friends his mom sells bread and airplanes. And he’s not totally wrong—wheat and aircraft are two of Canada’s largest exports. As Canada's chief trade commissioner, Ms. Campbell travels about…
Imagine someone gives you $30, but you only see $20 of it because of extenuating circumstances. Then they want $30 back, leaving you with $10 less than you started with. On a much larger scale…
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After hearing from hundreds of advocacy groups about what should be in this year's federal budget, the Liberal-dominated House Finance Committee decided last month against recommending spending cuts despite the growing budget deficit, instead urging…
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The Liberal government has promised to increase the federal debt to invest in infrastructure it says will boost the economy, but economists are divided on whether the increased public debt, and the money spent to…
The Top 25 1. Justin Trudeau, prime minister 2.Gerald Butts, principal secretary to the prime minister 3. Katie Telford, chief of staff to the prime minister 4. Michael Wernick, clerk of the privy council 5. Chrystia…
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The rise and fall of political fortunes in Ottawa can almost always be traced back to decisions made by the players in federal politics, including those in the spotlight and in the backrooms. Questionable judgment…
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Hill journalists, freelancers, and online news organizations will have an easier time getting accredited with the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery if proposed changes pass, aimed at addressing the fractured media landscape and updating the gallery's…
MPs with large Jewish populations in their ridings said constituents mostly agree with Canada’s stance on the question of Jerusalem despite the United States’ controversial decision to formally recognize the city as Israel’s capital. Conservative…
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A new Phoenix pay system update shows there remain 54,000 open cases related to collective agreements yet to be processed, signalling the lingering backlog will probably continue for several months. There were 335,000 cases beyond normal…
The Canadian forestry industry is getting ready for another long-term softwood lumber dispute, with Susan Yurkovich, president of the British Columbia Lumber Trade Council, saying she does not expect the United States government or the…
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Young women are not sure they can successfully complete basic training when they consider a career in the Canadian Armed Forces, and think they are committing for life, says Elizabeth Hardy. But neither of these…
Industry associations and environmental groups are mostly backing the increased government collaboration recommended as part of a new environmental assessment process, though some worry that cutting out the individual steps could lead to cutting corners.…
Two MPs with young children are applauding a new House committee report that recommends the House not count parental leave as absence, and formalize that infants are allowed in the House Chamber. Two MPs who are mothers…
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If you’ve wondered why federal public servants have not filed a class-action lawsuit against the government over the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system, it’s because they can’t. Section 236 of the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations…
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As the clock ticks on regulatory permits, the fate of the Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline becomes less certain. Trans Mountain appealed to the National Energy Board in October regarding its inability to get…
With no rural-specific programming, opposition MPs representing rural ridings say they are concerned the Liberals' new housing strategy is going to leave their constituents out in the cold. The National Housing Strategy, as announced Nov.…
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Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale scooped up the most from a high-end federal government gift shop in the first nine months of the year, 49 gifts, while Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen spent the most. Mr. Hussen…
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Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough told the House Government Operations and Estimates Committee she is hopeful that all government employees will be paid correctly, and on time by the end of 2018, but…
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Canada isn't ready to back down in the spat between plane-makers Bombardier and Boeing, which has turned into a multi-country trade dispute, federal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains signalled in a Q&A with The Hill Times.…

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