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Feds target 90,000 temporary workers, international students for permanent residency this year

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While gaining a change in immigration status can be ‘transformational,’ the new policy does not go far enough as it excludes those not proficient in English or French, says one expert.
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The office says it doesn’t anticipate difficulty obtaining information related to its audit, including closely guarded vaccine contracts.
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After vowing to hire about 350 new workers and extend the contracts of roughly 160 existing staff members last summer, teams will be simultaneously ‘up and running’ in the next quarter, the feds say.
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Plus, two former prime ministers got their COVID-19 vaccine jabs last week, and there are some changes involving a couple of familiar faces in Hill media circles.
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Following ‘a couple sleepless nights in the lead-up’ to the Conservatives’ convention, the Liberals and NDP look to rally supporters at their upcoming virtual events.
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Noting the now-defunct temporary benefit was rolled out ‘in record time,’ the auditor general tabled a report that confirms ensuring the ‘integrity’ of the funds will be a years-long process.
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The party tried to offer a ‘variety’ of visuals throughout the convention, but with shifting public health guidelines, it appeared to opt for a visual presentation that seemed ‘stale,’ says one observer.
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A senior official at Natural Resources Canada says the pandemic has stalled work on a 2018 joint initiative to track Canada’s progress on phasing out inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies.
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Plus, Independent Senator Kim Pate has amassed more than 19,000 followers on TikTok, and NDP MP Charlie Angus says WE Charity taking aim at him on its website is akin to 'gaslighting.'
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A plan to tackle the high cost of drugs for rare diseases, which the feds’ advisory panel recommended be in place by Jan. 1, 2022, will be out sometime next year, the government says.
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The push from social conservative groups to exercise influence over the party’s policy and governance process appears to have ‘failed,’ says longtime strategist Geoff Norquay.
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Plus, former Liberal justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould's new memoir will be released this fall, and there are changes at the CBC and Le Devoir parliamentary bureaus.
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The Canadian Constitution Foundation, which is arguing the program restricts people’s liberty and freedom to avoid unreasonable detention, is seeking $10,000 in damages.
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There’s ‘no appetite’ among most Canadian political elites to touch the constitutional amending formula needed to ditch the Crown, ‘because it’s seen as playing with fire and threatening national unity,’ says one expert.
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Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the proposal of a national child care system is an ‘economic triple play’ that boosts women’s participation in the overall workforce.
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Plus, there are changes over at public affairs firm Sussex Strategy Group, and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association gears up for its virtual bash on March 24.
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Some journalists say the issue of access should be taken up with the government and parties sooner rather than later, as Ottawa prepares to release its spring budget.
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While expressing ‘empathy’ for the pandemic’s impact is helpful, it is still ‘half the job,’ says Margaret Eaton of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
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Statistics Canada figures suggest Ottawa did ‘the right thing’ with its COVID-19 economic relief measures, says Senator Diane Bellemare. ‘Otherwise, the impact would have been worse.'
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Plus, writers can ready themselves to apply for a new Writers' Trust of Canada $60,000 award, and Hillites wish Jean-Yves Duclos a speedy recovery.
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It will ultimately be up to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and other policing partners to get buy-in from their colleagues to implement the initiative on the ground.
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The fight to have Ottawa recognize Jordan’s Principle in its compensation model to First Nation children has stretched back years.
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Health officials warned last week against loosening public health measures as COVID-19 variants spread across Canada. Now, one official predicts herd immunity targets for vaccinations will also creep to higher levels.
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Plus, three veteran political observers are launching a podcast and a savvy duo is launching their new venture in hopes of helping businesses 'get shit done.'
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Delivering on some teacher groups' request for a reduction in class sizes will be difficult because of staffing shortages, says one expert.
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Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski insists MPs are 'instructed' to filibuster parliamentary proceedings, as the tactic makes up a 'game plan' that is dictated to them from the party.
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Plus, Michael Lee-Murphy moves into the editor role at The Wire Report and Erin O'Toole shares an image of a model who says he would not vote for him.
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Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard says she took Public Safety Minister Bill Blair ‘at his word’ when he told her he ‘takes his responsibilities for transparency seriously’ nearly three months ago.
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While there has been some progress on helping pharmacies prepare workers to administer vaccines, delivery delays have left timelines to bring the sites into the fold up in the air.
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The call for Ottawa to back a guaranteed livable income has gained traction in recent months, with proponents saying it should replace the range of COVID-19 relief measures the feds have rolled out
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Plus, old ventilation shafts and the limestone foundation of the old Victoria Tower are among the remnants archaeologists dug up last summer, more than a century after the 1916 Centre Block fire.

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