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Military’s investigative arm ‘uniquely poised’ to probe allegations at the top, says officer, but critics question its independence

The public should have 'full confidence’ in the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, says a former vice chief, while the unit’s commander says it’s ‘uniquely poised’ to handle military complaints.
Gary Walbourne says he considered the allegations against Canada’s top military commander a matter of ‘national concern,’ and he expected the minister to ‘do more.’
With only 55 per cent complete at the end of March 2019, the results to date are 'encouraging,' and the turnaround suggests a priority was placed on this goal, says former diplomat Roy Norton.
Former military ombudsman Gary Walbourne has agreed to a summons from the House Defence Committee to appear next week to address a 2018 complaint his office received.
Canada’s Auditor General Karen Hogan looked into how departments are better planning procurements for complex IT solutions, including lessons learned from the problem-plagued Phoenix payroll system.
Plus, Canada and the United States are working toward a joint vehicle emissions standard, according to Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.
Federal prison authorities say the Liberal law requires the agency to give prisoner’s the ‘opportunity’ for time out of cell, and often prisoners refuse.
Plus, a third vaccine approval may be on its way. Health Canada is in the 'final stages' of its review of AstraZeneca but is awaiting answers to some of the regulator’s questions.
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The House National Defence Committee passed a motion to summon former military ombudsman Gary Walbourne to address a 2018 complaint his office received, and whether he met with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.
Rebel Media has launched a number of lawsuits against reporters and their news outlets, two of which were recently dismissed under anti-SLAPP laws.
Canadian researchers say Pfizer vaccine's second dose can be delayed because the first is highly effective, early data that Canadian health officials are looking at.
Plus, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says Indigenous communities are being vaccinated at six times the rate of the general population.
There’s a ‘disconnect’ between the government’s goals to attract francophone immigrants, and the ‘reality’ that sees many French speakers from African nations denied entry, says NDP MP Jenny Kwan.
Plus, former Tory finance critic Pierre Poilievre is shuffled to newly created jobs and industry file.
The Canadian Forces has launched a formal inquiry into sexual-misconduct allegations against former chief of defence staff, Jonathan Vance. A House committee agreed on Tuesday to launch its own study on the matter.
‘They need a plan’: Opposition MPs questioned whether the government’s vaccine rollout is realistic, saying provinces need more details to keep up with the 70 million doses expected by September.
Plus, former chief of the defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance will be investigated over allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
Canada promises the express entry pathway for skilled foreign workers will take six months, but lawyers say it's ‘not working’ as none of the programs met that standard last fiscal year.
With less than a month before Canada’s MAID law must change to comply with a court deadline, Justice Minister David Lametti promises to consider any Senate amendments in ‘good faith.’
‘Now is just not the time to be flying,’ says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he announced new international travel measures to stop more COVID-19 variants entering Canada.
Depressed insolvency rates are ‘encouraging’ but likely offer more reasons for concern than optimism, say economists, with businesses insolvency down by more than a third during the two quarters affected by COVID-19.
Plus, ousted Ramesh Liberal MP Sangha says his comments were ‘taken out of context.’
The parole strategy for convicted killer was ‘completely unacceptable,’ says CSC commissioner Anne Kelly after a report found the authorities missed warning signs before a woman’s death last year.
Some of the proposed changes include a requirement that freelancers be available for 15.5 hours a day, the elimination of pay for some duties currently covered, and longer exposure to distance interpreting.
The prime minister didn’t apologize to workers at Rideau Hall, when asked if he owed staff who struggled under her tenure that acknowledgement, instead pivoting to describe their work over the years as 'exceptional.'
The killing of Marylène Lévesque by a parolee in January 2020 was a ‘catastrophic failure, which is tantamount to a wrongful death,’ says prison watchdog Ivan Zinger.
Plus, former Conservative Party leadership contender Derek Sloan has been ousted from the party after a caucus vote.
The U.S. insurrection was an ‘inevitable consequence,’ says documentary filmmaker Daniel Lombroso, after years of far-right activity he witnessed first-hand.
The government is facing class-action lawsuits and a constitutional challenge based on the conditions thousands of prisoners are being kept in that advocates describe as similar to solitary confinement.
Plus, outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump has made history with a second impeachment for ‘incitement of insurrection’ for his part in the Capitol Hill riots one week ago.
In 2019-20, federal departments and agencies met 1,352 performance targets, missed 556, and tracked 431 more that didn’t have available results.
Three inmates have died from COVID-19 and of the 1,149 positive cases recorded in Canada’s prisons, 167 remain active in the midst of outbreaks in three federal institutions.

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