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New Senator working group to explore diversity, inclusion training in Red Chamber

Ontario ISG Senator Rosemary Moodie says the new group shows the ‘significant investment’ the Senate is putting into pursuing ‘meaningful improvement.’
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, a new videographer has been hired by the Prime Minister’s Office, and Julie Robinson has been promoted to deputy director of human resources.
More interim office space will be needed to house Senators who are set to be displaced by future renovation projects in the Parliamentary Precinct.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has a new press secretary: Josie Sabatino.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers takes a look at two waivers granted to ex-staffers by Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion.
'Because things change so often and so quickly, these policies [passed at conventions] are sometimes not relevant after a year or two years,’ says Conservative EDA president Zach Segal.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair has a new regional affairs adviser for B.C., the West, and the North on his team.
The new post-election measures include giving departing MPs the option to buy the House-provided mobile device they’ve been using at ‘fair market value.’
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The BOIE was recently told 40 per cent of committee witnesses have received House-provided microphone headsets, distributed as part of efforts to mitigate the risk to interpreters, in time for their testimony.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault and Associate Finance Minister Mona Fortier have each seen a couple of staffing moves in their office of late.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef has a new special assistant for parliamentary affairs, Johise Namwira, among other recent staff moves.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Ayesha Chughtai has also joined the top office as the new regional adviser for the North and Prairies, among other recent PMO staff changes.
The Conflict of Interest Code for MPs is overdue for its legislated five-year review—as is the federal Conflict of Interest Act, and the Lobbying Act—a review that appears unlikely to happen in this Parliament.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Erin Flanagan exited as director of climate, energy, and regulatory affairs to the environment minister in late February and is now working for PSP Investments in Montreal.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Geoffroi Montpetit is leaving as chief of staff to International Development Minister Karina Gould at the end of the month to become administrator of the International Organization for La Francophonie.
Central to concerns over the contract terms proposed by Public Services and Procurement Canada late last year is its definition of what constitutes a distance interpreting event.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Rafik Grine joined the trade minister's office earlier this month as a policy adviser.
That's only part of the picture, as much government spending has already been approved, and billions more—including new promises in this year's budget—will be reflected in supplementary estimates.
A former procedural clerk with the House of Commons has one idea for how to ameliorate the situation: make translation and interpretation for the House and Senate a common service under the Library of Parliament.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Seniors Minister Deb Schulte has a handful of new faces in her ministerial office, and there’s been some movement in the NDP’s caucus communications team.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
A former staffer in the Liberal research bureau, Christiana Agustin is among five recent additions to Mr. Hussen's office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Pierre-Yves Bourque has taken over as director of parliamentary affairs to the foreign affairs minister, following Brook Simpson’s exit to do the same job for now-Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne.
MPs will be able to continue to charge the central House budget for the cost of items like masks and hand sanitizer, or office reconfiguration as a result of COVID-19, until Sept. 30, among other measures.
As of January, $185-million of the $761-million approved for the first five years of work on the Centre Block building and construction of the underground welcome centre, up to 2021-22, has been spent.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Valérie Glazer has been hired as director of communications to the new minister, while Angad Dhillon has been named director of operations.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Mike Bossio has been nominated to run for the Liberals in his former Ontario riding, which he lost to Conservative-turned-Independent MP Derek Sloan in 2019.
After being ‘in a hurry’ to table the bill in December amid strong public polling, Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu says she thinks the delay now is a reflection of a dip in Liberal fortunes.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Brook Simpson has followed the minister to his new portfolio as director of parliamentary affairs, as has François Massicotte, who’s been promoted to director of operations.
The course is one element of a larger, three-year plan tackling diversity and inclusion in the Senate that is currently being developed.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Justice Minister David Lametti recently bid farewell to his director of operations, and named a new director of parliamentary affairs.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand has a couple of new advisers, while Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has promoted a new senior communications aide.
'When I look back … I want to feel that we did all that we could to recruit a truly diverse slate of candidates and people who were truly committed to their communities,’ says new Green Party Leader Annamie Paul.

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