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Katherine Koostachin joins PMO as a senior policy adviser

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef is in need of a new director of policy following Yanique Williams’ recent exit.
The Senate has, for one, recommended a partial infill be built in Centre Block’s eastern courtyard, while the House’s working group has endorsed an expansion of the lobbies into its western courtyard.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Louis Hamann recently exited his role as director of communications to Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne.
Opinions are mixed as to how useful the committee's pre-budget study even is, with former PBO Kevin Page saying, historically, it's been a 'wasted opportunity.'
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
John Nieuwenhuis has joined the OLO, as has Dan Robertson, who's been recruited to serve as a senior adviser to the leader on communications.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Tania Amghar is back in Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s office, among other recent additions to the minister’s team.
‘It’s easier to have confrontational, adversarial approaches when you’ve got a distance and a screen between you,’ says Liberal MP Rob Oliphant, reflecting on the House’s new remote system.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Recent additions to the Liberal research bureau include two new researchers: Cristina Aliu and Elisabeth Paul. Plus, Hill Climbers takes a quick look at Liberal Whip Mark Holland’s team.
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Crown-Indigenous Relations Canada says ‘the opening of the short-term use of the Indigenous Peoples’ Space is yet to be determined.’
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Joshua Bragg is back on Parliament Hill as a senior adviser to Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay, who also recently promoted Sarah Cozzi to director of policy.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Daniel Saad has joined Mr. Hussen’s office as a senior policy adviser, while Ladan Nur has been brought on board as the minister’s new adviser on Western regional affairs.
Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perreault is asking for the Elections Act to be amended in three areas to help the agency better adapt the election process to ensure safety and accessibility during a pandemic.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Adam Austen has exited as deputy director of communications to the foreign affairs minister.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand has a new chief of staff in her office.
Plus, recent reporting by the CBC has breathed new life into concerns over the government's judicial appointments process.
‘I’m living the dream,’ says Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux of his regular House of Commons presence. With more than 550 House interventions so far this Parliament, he’s second only to the Speaker.
Workers are currently removing the painted canvas that lined the ceiling of the House of Commons Chamber and stained glass from the Memorial Chamber for restoration.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef has a new communications assistant, and Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller recently hired Nicola Cox.
Public Services and Procurement Canada is planning to survey the public on its plans for Parliament Hill, something that wasn’t done ahead of renovations to either the West Block or the Senate of Canada Building.
Up to mid-September, the House of Commons has spent roughly $3.2-million related to COVID-19, according to chief financial officer Daniel Paquette.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Diversity Minister Bardish Chagger has a couple of new policy and regional affairs advisers on her team.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
International Trade Minister Mary Ng has a new press secretary in her office, with Youmy Han recently replacing Ryan Nearing in the role.
Manitoba Senator Patricia Bovey is pushing to see more diversity represented in the art hanging throughout the building the Upper Chamber calls home, calling the new display the ‘first iteration’ of those efforts.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, special advisers Leslie O’Leary and Mike McNair both recently marked their last day in the Prime Minister’s Office, again.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
François-Philippe Champagne hires Daniel Lauzon, Lawrence MacAulay hires Patricia Beh, and Mélanie Joly names her director of parliamentary affairs, Sandra Aubé, as her acting chief of staff.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Veteran Conservative staffer Martin Bélanger will be working closely with new leader Erin O’Toole’s chief of staff, Tausha Michaud.
Plus, the Senate Internal Economy Committee is meeting today to discuss financial compensation for former employees to ex-senator Don Meredith.
Political strategists say they expect a mini-budget or beefed-up economic statement before year’s end, something former PBO Kevin Page says ‘can’t wait’ until next spring.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay recently promoted Cameron McNeill to press secretary, among a number of other recent political staffing moves.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, press secretary Maéva Proteau recently left the finance minister’s office to take over as director of communications to Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly.
House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, the Liberal research bureau has a new communications director, and there are a couple of staff departures from the Conservative OLO to note.

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