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News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 14, 2021
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner, pictured at left, appeared to be the first within her party to publicly say her party’s proposed niqab ban amid the 2015 election campaign trail was ‘wrong.’ The policy’s spokesperson was then-minister of state for multiculturalism Tim Uppal, who has since said it ‘alienated Muslim Canadians.’ It comes as caucus colleagues Marilyn Gladu and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole reflected on the London, Ont., attack this month. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, and Sam Garcia
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 14, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 14, 2021
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner, pictured at left, appeared to be the first within her party to publicly say her party’s proposed niqab ban amid the 2015 election campaign trail was ‘wrong.’ The policy’s spokesperson was then-minister of state for multiculturalism Tim Uppal, who has since said it ‘alienated Muslim Canadians.’ It comes as caucus colleagues Marilyn Gladu and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole reflected on the London, Ont., attack this month. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, and Sam Garcia
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | June 14, 2021
Chelsea Mayor Caryl Green, left, says she sympathized with Liberal MP Will Amos, right, trying to strike a balance between his public and private lives. 'I do think we forget to hold with a certain care that the human reality is fragile,' she said. Photograph courtesy of Centraideoutaouais' YouTube and Will Amos' Twitter
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | June 14, 2021
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | June 14, 2021
Chelsea Mayor Caryl Green, left, says she sympathized with Liberal MP Will Amos, right, trying to strike a balance between his public and private lives. 'I do think we forget to hold with a certain care that the human reality is fragile,' she said. Photograph courtesy of Centraideoutaouais' YouTube and Will Amos' Twitter
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 11, 2021
House Speaker Anthony Rota, pictured at right in 2019, recently confirmed that the House Procedure and Affairs Committee will be the only parliamentary body where the incidents involving Liberal MP Will Amos will be discussed. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, file photograph by Jake Wright
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 11, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 11, 2021
House Speaker Anthony Rota, pictured at right in 2019, recently confirmed that the House Procedure and Affairs Committee will be the only parliamentary body where the incidents involving Liberal MP Will Amos will be discussed. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, file photograph by Jake Wright
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 7, 2021
Hospitality workers Elisa Cardona and Kiran Dhillon, pictured from left to right on June 7, say they feel burned after being fired from their positions at a hotel that is being used by Ottawa as part of its hotel quarantine regime. Unite Here’s Michelle Travis, pictured at right on June 7, says there is little detail about when the hotel will no longer be used by Ottawa. Screen capture via ParlVu
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 7, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 7, 2021
Hospitality workers Elisa Cardona and Kiran Dhillon, pictured from left to right on June 7, say they feel burned after being fired from their positions at a hotel that is being used by Ottawa as part of its hotel quarantine regime. Unite Here’s Michelle Travis, pictured at right on June 7, says there is little detail about when the hotel will no longer be used by Ottawa. Screen capture via ParlVu
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | June 7, 2021
The five finalists vying for the Writers' Trust of Canada $25,000 prize are, from left to right: Celina Caesar-Chavannes for Can You Hear Me Now?, Desmond Cole for The Skin We're In, Ronald J. Deibert for Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society, Alex Marland for Whipped: Party Discipline in Canada, and Karin Wells for The Abortion Caravan: When Women Shut Down Government in the Battle for the Right to Choose. Photographs courtesy of The Writers' Trust of Canada
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | June 7, 2021
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | June 7, 2021
The five finalists vying for the Writers' Trust of Canada $25,000 prize are, from left to right: Celina Caesar-Chavannes for Can You Hear Me Now?, Desmond Cole for The Skin We're In, Ronald J. Deibert for Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society, Alex Marland for Whipped: Party Discipline in Canada, and Karin Wells for The Abortion Caravan: When Women Shut Down Government in the Battle for the Right to Choose. Photographs courtesy of The Writers' Trust of Canada
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 4, 2021
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, pictured at right in 2020 as Indigenous Affairs Minister Marc Miller looks on, says the release of the feds’ action plan in response to the MMIWG inquiry means ‘no one will ever be able to accuse any of the partners of having this plan sit on a shelf.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 4, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 4, 2021
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, pictured at right in 2020 as Indigenous Affairs Minister Marc Miller looks on, says the release of the feds’ action plan in response to the MMIWG inquiry means ‘no one will ever be able to accuse any of the partners of having this plan sit on a shelf.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 3, 2021
Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard, pictured in 2018, says she is ‘pleased’ the IRCC has since phased out a policy identifying frequent requestors of information, but those impacted feel some level of damage has been done. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 3, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 3, 2021
Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard, pictured in 2018, says she is ‘pleased’ the IRCC has since phased out a policy identifying frequent requestors of information, but those impacted feel some level of damage has been done. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 1, 2021
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, pictured in 2019, says the feds agree ‘in principle’ with all the recommendations brought forward in a review of the National Defence Act. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 1, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | June 1, 2021
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, pictured in 2019, says the feds agree ‘in principle’ with all the recommendations brought forward in a review of the National Defence Act. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 31, 2021
Justice Minister David Lametti, pictured in 2020, tabled legislation last year that cuts the timeframe to two years for an action plan to guide the work for UNDRIP, down from the three years initially proposed in a previous private member’s bill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 31, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 31, 2021
Justice Minister David Lametti, pictured in 2020, tabled legislation last year that cuts the timeframe to two years for an action plan to guide the work for UNDRIP, down from the three years initially proposed in a previous private member’s bill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 31, 2021
Conservative MP Garnett Genuis, pictured at centre in 2020, has included the likes of Green MP Jenica Atwin, pictured at right in 2019, and Liberal MP John McKay, pictured at left in 2020, in his latest venture: a political podcast. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 31, 2021
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 31, 2021
Conservative MP Garnett Genuis, pictured at centre in 2020, has included the likes of Green MP Jenica Atwin, pictured at right in 2019, and Liberal MP John McKay, pictured at left in 2020, in his latest venture: a political podcast. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 28, 2021
NDP MP Matthew Green, pictured at left in 2019, and entrepreneur Alfred Burgesson, pictured at right in 2020, say there are issues with the underlying 'notions' behind funds earmarked in the government's budget to support Black Canadians, and their delivery, respectively. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, photograph courtesy of Global News’ YouTube
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 28, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 28, 2021
NDP MP Matthew Green, pictured at left in 2019, and entrepreneur Alfred Burgesson, pictured at right in 2020, say there are issues with the underlying 'notions' behind funds earmarked in the government's budget to support Black Canadians, and their delivery, respectively. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, photograph courtesy of Global News’ YouTube
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 26, 2021
Auditor General Karen Hogan, pictured on March 25, says Public Services and Procurement Canada has ‘already begun to take action to recover’ funds from a supplier that was granted an advance payment for N95 masks last summer. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 26, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 26, 2021
Auditor General Karen Hogan, pictured on March 25, says Public Services and Procurement Canada has ‘already begun to take action to recover’ funds from a supplier that was granted an advance payment for N95 masks last summer. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 25, 2021
Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard, pictured in 2018, says while a select few workers helping with access to information requests often know the identity of the requester, it should not be ‘disseminated’ to the larger department. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 25, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 25, 2021
Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard, pictured in 2018, says while a select few workers helping with access to information requests often know the identity of the requester, it should not be ‘disseminated’ to the larger department. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 24, 2021
Joseph Heath is the author of The Machinery of Government: Public Administration and the Liberal State , published by Oxford University Press.The book is described as dealing 'with the question of how civil servants should think about the public good, and how it should inform their work.' Photographs courtesy of Oxford University Press/Donner Prize
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 24, 2021
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 24, 2021
Joseph Heath is the author of The Machinery of Government: Public Administration and the Liberal State , published by Oxford University Press.The book is described as dealing 'with the question of how civil servants should think about the public good, and how it should inform their work.' Photographs courtesy of Oxford University Press/Donner Prize
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 21, 2021
Public Health Agency of Canada President Iain Stewart, pictured May 21, says the group has ‘of course’ had to rely on taking people to court because two provinces have not adopted the Contravention Act, meaning ticketing, like in other jurisdictions, is not possible. Screen capture via ParlVu
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 21, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 21, 2021
Public Health Agency of Canada President Iain Stewart, pictured May 21, says the group has ‘of course’ had to rely on taking people to court because two provinces have not adopted the Contravention Act, meaning ticketing, like in other jurisdictions, is not possible. Screen capture via ParlVu
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 19, 2021
NDP MP Jenny Kwan, pictured at left in 2018, and Avvy Go, a director with the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, pictured in 2019, say Ottawa needs to better support groups working to tackle anti-Asian racism, particularly in the wake of the pandemic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, photograph courtesy of The Agenda with Steve Paikin's YouTube
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 19, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 19, 2021
NDP MP Jenny Kwan, pictured at left in 2018, and Avvy Go, a director with the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, pictured in 2019, say Ottawa needs to better support groups working to tackle anti-Asian racism, particularly in the wake of the pandemic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, photograph courtesy of The Agenda with Steve Paikin's YouTube
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 17, 2021
Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu, left, and NDP MP Daniel Blaikie say the Liberals have put forth an omnibus piece of legislation in budget Bill C-30. While the NDP is likely to support it, the Conservatives have slammed the budget as a ‘massive letdown.’ The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 17, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 17, 2021
Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu, left, and NDP MP Daniel Blaikie say the Liberals have put forth an omnibus piece of legislation in budget Bill C-30. While the NDP is likely to support it, the Conservatives have slammed the budget as a ‘massive letdown.’ The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 17, 2021
You talkin' to me? Then-Hill reporter Richard Brennan, pictured in 2009, offers up one of his icy stares that had many a politicians shaking in their boots. The Hill Times file photograph
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 17, 2021
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 17, 2021
You talkin' to me? Then-Hill reporter Richard Brennan, pictured in 2009, offers up one of his icy stares that had many a politicians shaking in their boots. The Hill Times file photograph
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 14, 2021
Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard, pictured in 2018, says her office has a renewed focus on retaining new hires so they are not scooped up as analysts by other departments and agencies. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 14, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 14, 2021
Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard, pictured in 2018, says her office has a renewed focus on retaining new hires so they are not scooped up as analysts by other departments and agencies. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 13, 2021
Liberal MPs John McKay and Ken Hardie, pictured in 2019 and 2017, respectively, commended Facebook for setting up an appeals process where users can take up their complaints with the company to another body. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, The Hill Times file photograph
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 13, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 13, 2021
Liberal MPs John McKay and Ken Hardie, pictured in 2019 and 2017, respectively, commended Facebook for setting up an appeals process where users can take up their complaints with the company to another body. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, The Hill Times file photograph
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 11, 2021
Kelly Gillis, deputy minister with Infrastructure Canada, pictured in 2018, says any money under the Investing in Canada Plan that has been delayed to future years will not ‘lapse.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 11, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 11, 2021
Kelly Gillis, deputy minister with Infrastructure Canada, pictured in 2018, says any money under the Investing in Canada Plan that has been delayed to future years will not ‘lapse.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 10, 2021
Federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien, pictured in 2019, says changes proposed in a bill that is currently at second reading in the House outline responsibilities of his office that appear to be ‘non-discretionary’ in nature. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 10, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 10, 2021
Federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien, pictured in 2019, says changes proposed in a bill that is currently at second reading in the House outline responsibilities of his office that appear to be ‘non-discretionary’ in nature. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 10, 2021
Not a beach person: Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam, pictured at right in 2020, told Brandon Gonez of The Brandon Gonez Show this month that she prefers to settle in with a good book under the shade, to the sandy shores of a beach. Photograph courtesy of The Brandon Gonez Show's YouTube, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 10, 2021
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 10, 2021
Not a beach person: Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam, pictured at right in 2020, told Brandon Gonez of The Brandon Gonez Show this month that she prefers to settle in with a good book under the shade, to the sandy shores of a beach. Photograph courtesy of The Brandon Gonez Show's YouTube, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 7, 2021
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured April 13, recently promised to boost health transfers to the provinces and territories, discussions he said will take place after the ‘worst’ of the pandemic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 7, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 7, 2021
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured April 13, recently promised to boost health transfers to the provinces and territories, discussions he said will take place after the ‘worst’ of the pandemic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 5, 2021
Dr. Supriya Sharma, chief medical adviser with Health Canada, pictured Feb. 26 with her colleague Dr. Marc Berthiaume, a director with the regulator, says it could get more info from Pfizer to support an expansion of its shot into younger age groups in September. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 5, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 5, 2021
Dr. Supriya Sharma, chief medical adviser with Health Canada, pictured Feb. 26 with her colleague Dr. Marc Berthiaume, a director with the regulator, says it could get more info from Pfizer to support an expansion of its shot into younger age groups in September. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 4, 2021
Syed Hussan, executive director of Migrant Rights Network, pictured May 4, says feelings of ‘disappointment, grief, and despondency’ are setting in for many migrant workers who feel shut out from Ottawa’s recently announced immigration policy. Screen capture via Zoom, Migrant Rights Network
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 4, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 4, 2021
Syed Hussan, executive director of Migrant Rights Network, pictured May 4, says feelings of ‘disappointment, grief, and despondency’ are setting in for many migrant workers who feel shut out from Ottawa’s recently announced immigration policy. Screen capture via Zoom, Migrant Rights Network
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 3, 2021
Dr. Timothy Evans, pictured May 3, spearheads the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force and says preliminary data suggests immunity lasts ‘for at least eight months’ after an infection. Screen capture via ParlVu
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 3, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | May 3, 2021
Dr. Timothy Evans, pictured May 3, spearheads the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force and says preliminary data suggests immunity lasts ‘for at least eight months’ after an infection. Screen capture via ParlVu
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 3, 2021
Not welcome news: opposition leaders like the Greens' Annamie Paul, pictured at left in March, were critical of the government last week after news emerged that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured at right on April 13, will be speaking at a benefit concert focusing on vaccine equity. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 3, 2021
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | May 3, 2021
Not welcome news: opposition leaders like the Greens' Annamie Paul, pictured at left in March, were critical of the government last week after news emerged that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured at right on April 13, will be speaking at a benefit concert focusing on vaccine equity. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | April 30, 2021
Health Minister Patty Hajdu, pictured November 2020, says the government could replace Switch Health if issues persist related to the delivery of test results. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | April 30, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | April 30, 2021
Health Minister Patty Hajdu, pictured November 2020, says the government could replace Switch Health if issues persist related to the delivery of test results. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY BEATRICE PAEZ, PALAK MANGAT | April 28, 2021
Liberal MP John McKay, left, NDP MP Lindsay Mathyssen, and Liberal strategist Amanda Alvaro, centre right, all say the leaking of a nude image of Liberal MP Will Amos, far right, should not have happened. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, photograph courtesy of CBC News' YouTube, photograph courtesy of Will Amos' Twitter
News | BY BEATRICE PAEZ, PALAK MANGAT | April 28, 2021
News | BY BEATRICE PAEZ, PALAK MANGAT | April 28, 2021
Liberal MP John McKay, left, NDP MP Lindsay Mathyssen, and Liberal strategist Amanda Alvaro, centre right, all say the leaking of a nude image of Liberal MP Will Amos, far right, should not have happened. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, photograph courtesy of CBC News' YouTube, photograph courtesy of Will Amos' Twitter
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | April 27, 2021
Canadian Juries Commission founder and CEO Mark Farrant, pictured April 27, says workplaces could be ‘less willing and sympathetic’ in accommodating their workers to serve on juries once courts resume their ‘regular operations.’ Screen capture via ParlVu
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | April 27, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | April 27, 2021
Canadian Juries Commission founder and CEO Mark Farrant, pictured April 27, says workplaces could be ‘less willing and sympathetic’ in accommodating their workers to serve on juries once courts resume their ‘regular operations.’ Screen capture via ParlVu
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | April 26, 2021
Sociology professor Susan Prentice, left, who is advising the federal government, says it is ‘professionally satisfying’ to advise governments, but it can also be taxing. Public health ethicist Alison Thompson, right, who is advising the Ontario government, says her colleagues have considered pivoting from an advisory role to ‘more of an advocacy role’ during the pandemic. Photographs courtesy of Alison Thompson and Susan Prentice’s Twitter profiles
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | April 26, 2021
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | April 26, 2021
Sociology professor Susan Prentice, left, who is advising the federal government, says it is ‘professionally satisfying’ to advise governments, but it can also be taxing. Public health ethicist Alison Thompson, right, who is advising the Ontario government, says her colleagues have considered pivoting from an advisory role to ‘more of an advocacy role’ during the pandemic. Photographs courtesy of Alison Thompson and Susan Prentice’s Twitter profiles
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | April 26, 2021
Hit me with your best shot: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured left on April 21, getting his AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shot from Ottawa family Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth, who runs Common Ground Collaborative Care in the Glebe. Photograph courtesy of Nili Kaplan-Myrth's Twitter
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | April 26, 2021
FeatureBY PALAK MANGAT | April 26, 2021
Hit me with your best shot: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured left on April 21, getting his AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shot from Ottawa family Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth, who runs Common Ground Collaborative Care in the Glebe. Photograph courtesy of Nili Kaplan-Myrth's Twitter
News | BY PALAK MANGAT | April 23, 2021
Procurement Minister Anita Anand, pictured in December 2020 with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in her tracks, says Ottawa engaged in ‘aggressive’ negotiations with pharmaceutical companies about vaccine procurement beginning last August. A September note from a PMO worker suggests the feds paid more than $8 per dose for an AstraZeneca vaccine at the time. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia