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On the road again: many media organizations taking ‘flexible’ approach to party leader tour coverage

News|By Mike Lapointe
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.
Feature|By Mike Lapointe
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.
News|By Mike Lapointe
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.
News|By Mike Lapointe
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.
News|By Mike Lapointe
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.
News|By Mike Lapointe
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?'
News|By Mike Lapointe
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.'
News|By Mike Lapointe
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.'
News|By Mike Lapointe
A senior government climatologist says 'everything seems out of the ordinary with the North,' while the Green Party leader says she thinks Canadians want a leader who recognizes 'we've entered the era of consequences.'
News|By Mike Lapointe
An accord signed by the federal justice minister and the chief justice of the Supreme Court ‘enhances our collective understanding of judicial independence,’ says the court's executive legal officer.
The NDP’s defence critic says he ‘believes it’s possible' for the winning jets to be built at home, but one expert says the government risks picking a ‘sub-optimal’ plane if it goes for a cheaper, made-in-Canada option.
News|By Mike Lapointe
The independent journalism panel has recommended the CRA take the lead on deciding which organizations should benefit from the government's media bailout fund.
News|By Mike Lapointe
Conservative MP Peter Kent calls the The National's four host configuration 'a messy format,' while NDP MP Peter Julian says the four hosts have been effective in 'putting forward often very courageous positions.'
News|By Mike Lapointe
A House Government Operations and Estimates Committee report highlights a lack of tools and services available to military members and veterans to help them navigate the federal public service hiring process.
News|By Mike Lapointe
A former CSIS analyst says the RCMP had a ‘strong case’ against journalist Ben Makuch, but the vice-president of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression says the ruling will ‘hurt the institution of journalism.'
News|By Mike Lapointe
The provincial NDP critic says inquiry is 'only going to increase opposition to energy development in Alberta,' with one expert calling it attempt to put a 'chill' on activism in Canada.
News|By Mike Lapointe
The president of the Canadian Association of Journalists called the voluntary buyouts at The Globe ‘the canary in the coal mines’ within the Canadian journalism industry.
News|By Mike Lapointe
Public service transition planning now starts 'well in advance of elections', says David Zussman.
News|By Mike Lapointe
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers calls the recent Global Energy Monitor report 'misleading', and says Canada has the 'strongest environmental performance' among LNG-producing nations.
News|By Mike Lapointe
The new reality of Canada’s online political advertising landscape has taken shape, as rules surrounding ad transparency measures have kicked in with the beginning of the ‘pre-writ’ period on June 30.
News|By Mike Lapointe
Union reps attribute rise in approved mental health disability claims to the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system, as well as changes in workplace culture that have reduced the stigma around mental health reporting.
News|By Mike Lapointe
Critics say it's unclear how the definition of Islamophobia within the report will inform law enforcement, while the report's definition of anti-Semitism comes with a 'fraught history.'
News|By Mike Lapointe
ACFO president Dany Richard attributed the agreement to the Trudeau government’s focus on gender equality and pay equity.
News|By Mike Lapointe
In his foreign policy speech in May, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said the level of political involvement in military procurement was to Canada’s ‘detriment.’
News|By Mike Lapointe
The question of the night at the panel on race and politics: what happens to democracy when people in power don’t reflect the people they represent?

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