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Canada in ‘regular’ conversation with Turkey on extremist travellers, says new ambassador

The new Turkish ambassador advocates for renewed free trade talks, says increasing flights from Toronto a key connection.
Jody Wilson-Raybould’s hiring of Thomas Cromwell as counsel is ‘good for the client, good for the PMO, good for Canada,’ says a Supreme Court specialist.
NDP candidate Julia Sánchez says she has a good campaign team in Montreal, and isn’t losing out on party resources focused on leader Jagmeet Singh's byelection race in B.C.
Federico Hoyos moves from his post as one of Colombia’s youngest members of Congress to the youngest in its diplomatic ranks.
Federal political parties are ‘totally unregulated, and there’s no oversight, and we have no way of looking behind the door,’ says Prof. Teresa Scassa.
Dewar, 56, his party's former foreign affairs critic and leadership candidate, announced last year that he had terminal brain cancer.
The high-level visit last week highlights the ‘many connections’ between the countries, says Slovakia’s new ambassador to Canada Vít Koziak.
Quebec ministers featured prominently in the cabinet committee shuffle last week, among them Tourism Minister Mélanie Joly and Justice Minister David Lametti.
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On Jan. 28, Robert-Falcon Ouellette became the first MP to speak in an Indigenous language while the House provided live translation.
Conservative Martha MacQuarrie is the only named candidate in the race, with the Liberals setting an April timeline for finding Scott Brison’s ballot successor.
The most-lobbied staffers last year worked on money files like innovation and finance, as well as the environment, a hot-button issue legislatively.
Environment and Agriculture were among the most-lobbied departments.
The National Association of Federal Retirees says it was told in recent meetings with Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office the government ‘is not moving forward’ with Bill C-27.
With Parliament's Centre Block set to close for a decade or more, Parliamentarians and staffers have been reflecting about what the building means to Canada.
Senator Grant Mitchell says the interest ‘means the reformed Senate is working,’ while others are reluctant to accept too many meetings.
Adeyinka Asekun is proud of the first-ever Canada-Nigeria Investment Summit last year that brought a Canadian Governor General to Nigeria for the first time.
MPs rebuffed NDP and Conservative request that a portion of John McCallum’s address be public, arguing ‘the lives of Canadians are at stake.’
Promoting Seamus O’Regan and shuffling Jody Wilson-Raybould signals the Liberals are moving away from a 'progressive approach' to Indigenous relations, downgrading its importance, says expert Hayden King.
The Conservatives have 186 nominees named, the Liberals have more than 160, and the NDP are in a distant third with 21.
The TSB’s performance results are partially affected by things outside of its control, and it doesn’t want enforcement powers, says a spokesman.
Unifor was one of the most active groups, pushing government officials on the media bailout, shipbuilding, and GM’s closure of Oshawa’s auto plant.
The Conservative Party said it’s offered two names—one several months ago—to fill its spots on the National Security and Intelligence Committee, but hasn’t heard back from the government.
Lawyer Rick Woodburn says prosecutors have to wait too long for samples from the lab, leading to worrying court delays and cases being thrown out.
Also, Kazakhstan celebrates its 27th anniversary of independence and deepening relations with Canada after the historic visit of a Canadian Governor General.
'If Canada actually achieves these targets smoothly, we should seriously question that,' says researcher Aniket Bhushan.
The group just reached the 50 members needed to file an application to be a formal body and hopes to join the 13 groups that receive annual Parliamentary funding.
‘There are particular moments that come in our lives that give us the opportunity to be the best part of ourselves—and such a moment will soon be upon us,' says Lopa Banerjee.
In the last fiscal year, federal departments and agencies missed 610 performance targets out of a total 2,587 tracked.
Panellists at the Pearson Centre’s Year 4 conference say campaigns kick into high gear, and the ex-premier says governing is like a ‘political straitjacket.’
Lesotho's new high commissioner says Canadian know-how on democratic institutions and small business skills are of use to Lesotho, which faces widespread unemployment.
The Baltic country tries to ‘push the envelope’ in the information and communications technology sector, which Toomas Lukk says is the ‘future of humankind.’
Over the past year the Senate Human Rights Committee has visited almost 30 prisons, where members were most struck by the 'hopelessness' of inmates.

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