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Innovation Minister Bains hires new press secretary, Danielle Keenan

Until recently, Danielle Keenan was busy at work as an issues manager for Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould.
Concern has also been raised over the federal government’s signalled plan to use input from the NEB’s ‘unduly rushed’ reconsideration as part of its consultation redo with Indigenous peoples.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, the Conservative official opposition has a new press secretary: Mathew Clancy.
Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien used strong terms to urge the government to make parties subject to privacy laws last week, noting even tech giants like Apple and Facebook recognize ‘the status quo cannot continue.'
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
‘There are millions of Canadians today who are a descendent of a veteran of the war, and I hope that this book helps them, and others, to know this generation of Canadians,’ says Tim Cook.
Plus, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott has hired on Kevin Deagle as a new policy adviser, and Simon Robertson has left Employment Minister Patty Hajdu’s office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, the NDP leader has a new interim chief of staff and the Conservative leader lost a media manager.
Conservative MP Peter Kent’s recent experience with hacking drove home the danger such cyber threats pose to the electoral process, and he says more needs to be done.
Veteran NDP staffer Theresa Kavanagh set to pack up almost 30 years of memories after being elected to Ottawa city council.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Ashley Michnowski has stepped in as acting communications director to Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
The PMO’s Canada-U.S. relations team headed by Brian Clow is on the hunt for new blood: a new special assistant, that is.
The heads of all three unions representing security officers on the Hill are hailing the labour board’s ruling as a win, but won’t stop protest actions until it’s clear negotiations are happening in good faith.
The Conservative Party is using its 'sizeable war chest to start to move the needle,' by using a 'veiled populist appeal,' and targeting middle-aged suburban men and women in two new ads.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains recently hired new aides.
‘Staying the course when it’s the wrong course is not leadership,’ said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May of the Liberal government’s response to a recent UN report on the impacts of climate change.
Science Minister Kirsty Duncan recently bade farewell to her press secretary, Ann Marie Paquet.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, there are a flurry of staff changes in the LRB, including former Ontario Liberal staffer Kevin Den Heijer’s addition as special assistant for Ontario regional affairs.
Twenty-seven MPs and cabinet ministers had moved into new offices in the Wellington, Justice, and Confederation buildings by Oct. 1, according to House staff.
‘The clock could well be running out for certain species, such as the West coast’s southern resident killer whale,’ says federal commissioner Julie Gelfand.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Two new political aides recently joined Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough’s office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers has left the Prime Minister’s Office to take over as communications director to Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Finance Minister Bill Morneau has a new adviser in his office, and recently gave his director of policy, Justin To, the added title of deputy chief of staff.
Meanwhile, Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault told MPs last week that he’s already out of time to implement some changes in Bill C-76 in time for October 2019.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Marc-André Leclerc has officially taken over as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s permanent chief of staff.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould's 302-page justice reform package is aimed at reducing court delays, restricting the option of preliminary inquiries to offences, and improving the jury selection process.
Two former Ontario Liberal staffers recently joined the Prime Minister’s Office, and another has landed in Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan’s office.

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