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PSAC still pushing government to address ongoing health, safety concerns in federal buildings

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The Terrasses de la Chaudière is prone to occasional bat intrusions due to cracks on the exterior surface of the complex and its proximity to the Ottawa River, according to the PSPC.
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According to a Senate spokesperson, the Senate's in-house compensation team has developed 'effective work-arounds and capacity to promptly fix any errors' associated with the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system.
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The prime minister’s first task should be to figure out to manage the House in a minority situation, says former PCO clerk Mel Cappe. ‘Everything else is irrelevant.’
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The internet and social media are breaking down the traditional ‘gatekeeper’ role of media in campaigns, says Carleton journalism professor Paul Adams.
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NDP MP Jack Harris says the Liberal mandate has been ‘significantly tempered by the attitudes of Canadians about the election and by the necessity for this country to work.'
News|By Mike Lapointe
Democracy Watch says Governor General should speak with all party leaders before deciding who can try forming government, but Emmett Macfarlane says the confidence convention is the linchpin of the parliamentary system.
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High voter turnout in the National Capital Region demonstrates public servants 'must be doing their civic duty,' says PIPSC president Debi Daviau.
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The Hill Times spoke with some podcast hosts taking a deeper dive into the political nitty-gritty, within a medium that only continues to grow in popularity.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is headed to Terrebonne, Que., today to visit a local business before finishing the day with an evening rally in Montreal alongside supporters and Liberal candidates.
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The 'essence of clerkness' is continuity of government, says former PCO clerk Mel Cappe, who says he's 'strongly advised' current PCO clerk Ian Shugart to reach out to Andrew Scheer's team.
'Does that create a legitimacy question, for Trudeau to combine with Singh, or not? There’s no legal impediment to it,' says former CBC Parliament Hill bureau chief Elly Alboim.
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Former Liberal Party adviser Sheamus Murphy says the challenge for the Conservatives in this campaign is that people who voted for Doug Ford 'may not be feeling like they’re getting what they voted for.'
News|By Mike Lapointe
PIPSC president Debi Daviau says her union will work with whoever forms government, but that efforts to change recent provisions 'un-muzzling' federal scientists would have to be pried from her 'cold, dead, fingers.'
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'This is where I do think that there is an interesting question, which is that if you look at the American presidential race, when there’s a serious candidate for the presidency as you have in the Democratic primary right now, you do get the big powerhouse media, meaning The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and maybe to some extent, some of the broadcast media, really go digging for stories deep in people’s history,' says Paul Adams.
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Economists are praising the 'top-notch work' of the Parliamentary Budget Office costing various party election promises so far, while the conspicuous absence of any Liberal reports continues to dog the party's campaign.
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Voters in the Greater Toronto Area prioritize issues that expose fundamental differences between the two main parties right now, says one political science professor.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was hit with a scathing report on Wednesday night, as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer heads to Quebec, with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh en route to Hamilton.
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The Prime Minister, who told reporters he only found out the story was breaking hours before, says he's 'going to be asking Canadians to forgive me for what I did.'
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A culmination of three years of work, the book takes stock of challenges facing Canadian democracy, including the decline of Cabinet government, centralization of the PMO, and 'fault lines' in the public service.
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The Canadian Press is looking to keep costs to a bare minimum, The Globe and Mail will be 'tactical' in their planning, and The Toronto Star will take a 'flexible' approach to covering the federal party leader tours.
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Former public service commissioner says preparatory work needed in government before an election 'best led by a deputy minister,' and that governments tend to avoid major appointments once writ is dropped.
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But a spokesperson for Treasury Board president Joyce Murray says the government continued to demonstrate its commitment to negotiating in good faith in last week’s talks with the union.
Plus, a historic picnic shelter was renamed in honour of late Tory MP Gord Brown, and a Simon Fraser University survey finds a lack of trust undermining Canadian democracy.
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John Ibbitson, author of many books including a biography of former prime minister Stephen Harper, says it's 'unusual' for sitting heads of governments to sit with biographers.
It won't be known for 30 years if the addition of a third shipyard will lead to the 'demise' of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, says a Royal Military College defence studies professor Craig Stone.
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Canadian Digital Service CEO Aaron Snow says the 'ambitious, but not totally outlandish deadline' prompted the release of a roadmap to meet that goal.
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A number of unions have registered as third party advertisers in the lead up to the October election, but PSAC, PIPSC and CUPW, all big spenders in 2015, haven't locked down their exact spending goals yet.
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The Conservatives are trying to maintain 'the greatest level of flexibility' they can by avoiding outlining specific immigration targets leading up to the election, says pollster Nik Nanos.
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Alex Benay says digital has changed everything and is going to continue changing everything—'so why wouldn’t it change the civil service role as well?'
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Environmental expert Ian Bruce hopes the critical role of land use in combatting climate change is 'something that all governments in Canada will take seriously—especially the new federal government.'
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With the Conservatives now banking on a five-year balanced budget plan, former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says campaigning on modest deficits 'may be the new normal.'

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