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Amid trauma of missing and murdered Indigenous women, stories of resilience stand out, says chief commissioner

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls held its final hearings in Ottawa last week, featuring closing submissions from parties.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, there’s a new correspondence writer in the Prime Minister’s Office, and Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef has a new policy adviser.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
It took two decades and the efforts of a high school teacher and a government geologist to debunk what leading scholars accepted, and defended, as history-altering fact.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hana Kokanovic has left Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos’ office to become a policy adviser to Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor.
Burnaby South, B.C., byelection offers a key chance for NDP leader Jagmeet Singh to take the national spotlight, but ‘failure is not an option,’ says former NDP staffer Farouk Karim.
Plus, Alexandra Bernier is no longer an advance in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
There’s been a string of recent staffing changes in the Liberal caucus’ research bureau, including five new hires.
Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould has bid farewell to her press secretary, Nicky Cayer.
‘While we have been playing on our phones and apps, our democratic institutions and our civil conversation seem to have been upended by frat boy billionaires from California,’ said Mr. Angus at the U.K. meeting Nov. 27.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, ex-MP’s assistant and CJPAC fellow Miled Hill is now a policy adviser to Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
Pollster Nik Nanos says Ontario Premier Doug Ford's support is 'very important' to Andrew Scheer's Conservatives, but also says Mr. Scheer has to ensure his personal brand is not 'subsumed by Doug Ford.'
‘I think I’m having withdrawal pains already. I will miss that building,’ says Saskatchewan Conservative Senator and longtime Centre Block occupant Raynell Andreychuk.
Elizabeth Cheesbrough recently joined Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office as a new senior policy adviser.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Leader Jagmeet Singh has hired ex-Manitoba cabinet minister Jennifer Howard as NDP chief of staff, starting Dec. 4.
Meanwhile, Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair recently made a number of policy staff hires.
The first-of-its-kind challenge of two 2014 rulings by the House Board of Internal Economy will set important legal precedent when it comes to the application and scope of parliamentary privilege protections in Canada.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Dan Lindenas has joined Treasury Board President Scott Brison’s office, where he’ll soon take over as director of policy.
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.

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