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PM should create permanent emergency preparedness cabinet committee, say experts, political players: be ‘prepared for the next natural disaster, terrorist act or health crisis is the objective’

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A former national security adviser to the prime minister says 'if this country wants the national security agencies to worry about a pandemic, then they need to raise it on the list of priorities set by cabinet.'
Feature|By Mike Lapointe
Patterns of interference, intimidation, and harassment of individual Canadians by the Chinese Communist Party ‘demand a response’ from Canadian government, says veteran journalist Jonathan Manthorpe in his 2019 book.
News|By Mike Lapointe
Bitter partisanship in U.S. could undermine intelligence sharing within the Five Eyes and Ottawa needs to rethink its security and intelligence apparatus this century as the Arctic melts.
News|By Mike Lapointe
With no 'institutionalized' emergency response group, the capacity for ministers to tackle pandemics is 'woefully lacking,' says Mel Cappe.
News|By Mike Lapointe
'In the pandemic, during the lockdowns, people are using alone a lot more, which is partly why we’ve seen a big spike in overdose deaths,' says Green Party MP Paul Manly, who also pointed to increases in tainted drugs.
News|By Mike Lapointe
'Canadian voters will need some time to get to know him and feel comfortable with him, not only as the leader of the opposition, but as the leader of an alternative government,' says strategist Geoff Norquay.
News|By Mike Lapointe
The Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Communications Security Establishment, and the Department of National Defence have conducted campaigns to 'demystify the self-identificat
News|By Mike Lapointe
The historic Fairmont Château Laurier hotel, located above the Rideau Canal locks and just south of the Ottawa River, closed its doors temporarily for the first time in its history since 1912 at noon on March 21.
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News|By Mike Lapointe
Federal departments and agencies are taking numerous precautions and adapting worksites to meet physical distancing requirements, according to the Treasury Board.
News|By Mike Lapointe
The Liberal MP was first elected in the 2015 federal election, taking just over 25,800 votes and 47 per cent of the tally in the Quebec riding of Laval-Les Îles.
News|By Mike Lapointe
'I’m sure with the will of the Lebanese and their friends from all over the world, Beirut will shine again,' says Liberal MP Fayçal El-Khoury.
News|By Mike Lapointe
'Building diverse and inclusive workforces is essential to the effectiveness of the security and intelligence community,' according to the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians' annual report.
News|By Mike Lapointe
'At the end of the day, we need more representation by a diverse group of people in positions of power, in decision-making positions,' says Mr. Harewood.
News|By Mike Lapointe
Former Nova Scotia Senator Donald Oliver says the government should revisit the Employment Equity Act and take people of African descent, or Black people, out of the category called ‘visible minority.'
News|By Mike Lapointe
Former Liberal foreign affairs minister and deputy prime minister John Manley says the U.S. election campaign 'is going to be a very touchy thing for Canadian politicians to handle.'
News|By Mike Lapointe
National president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Chris Aylward says the timing 'couldn’t be worse' for this government to start looking at cuts to public service jobs.
News|By Mike Lapointe
Just over $48.5-million was added to the Privy Council Office’s budget for 'communications and marketing (COVID-19)' in the most recent round of supplementary estimates, which were passed by Parliament on June 17.
News|By Mike Lapointe
Members will soon be invited to participate in online ratification votes when the final text and full details of the tentative agreement are made available, according to the union.
News|By Mike Lapointe
A spokesperson for the heritage minister says 'we are currently looking at models adopted in other countries on appropriate remuneration of news content and will come back with new propositions in due course.'
News|By Mike Lapointe
'Deputy heads of departments have received guidance on how to respond to this easing of restrictions to support plans to increase access to federal workplaces,' according to Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos.
News|By Mike Lapointe
'Obviously, there’s an issue with representation and diversity in journalism as a whole, and on the Hill in particular,' says The Hill Times managing editor Charelle Evelyn.
News|By Mike Lapointe
PIPSC president Debi Daviau says there’s ‘no rush’ to get employees back to work and that public servant should be able to work from home 'for the foreseeable future' if they can.
News|By Mike Lapointe
'We must do better, particularly in the parliamentary bureau,' says CBC’s Ottawa bureau chief Rob Russo. 'We are committed to taking a hard look at ourselves and improving,' says CP's editor-in-chief Andrea Baillie.
News|By Mike Lapointe
'I think the government did a very good job of thinking through what kind of programs would support people in different circumstances,' said Minister Murray.
News|By Mike Lapointe
MPs, former Star journalists, and Torstar's soon-to-be new owners weigh in on the sale of Canada's largest daily newspaper, and what it says about progressive journalism in Canada.
News|By Mike Lapointe
The Bank of Canada didn’t resort to bond buying during the last crisis, but the economic plunge is much deeper this time around, say economists.
News|By Mike Lapointe
'It's in the government's interest and in the country's interest to make the management of COVID an important priority, but not to set aside the other priorities,' says former Tory Senator Hugh Segal.
News|By Mike Lapointe
Demand for renewable energy is set to increase in 2020, according to the International Energy Agency. 'We have an amazing chance to do a really large societal rethink,' says Green Party MP Elizabeth May.
News|By Mike Lapointe
'We’re going to hit an economic wall that will probably be the equivalent of the Great Depression,' said pollster Nik Nanos, who predicts historic levels of unemployment, public debt, and disruption in the workplace.
News|By Mike Lapointe
‘What’s impressed me, is the dog that didn’t bark,’ says former clerk Wernick. ‘We haven’t had any major IT failures, bottlenecks or collapses—not everything has been perfect, but generally things have gone quite well.'
News|By Mike Lapointe
Nobody can forecast what shape the industry is going to be in after any kind of return to normal, says The Globe and Mail publisher Phillip Crawley, one of 10 signees of an 'urgent message' to the government.
News|By Mike Lapointe
Treasury Board spokesperson Martin Potvin says the government's goal is to take 'constructive steps to keep meeting and to prepare for negotiations when they resume.'

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