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Old and new priorities compete for space in Liberals’ fall agenda

Talk of pharmacare, childcare and clean energy is nothing new, but a re-surging pandemic could sideline everything else.
'What we really need is some more official announcement by somebody who actually holds power, which is the current public safety minister, Bill Blair,' says former police watchdog Ian Scott.
'To date, there have not been direct attempts by the federal government to address the concerns of many Canadians with disabilities who have few alternatives,' Mayor Jim Watson wrote in the July 14 letter.
The time is ripe for the Liberals to strike a deal on pharmacare, says former Liberal adviser John Delacourt.
Without status, many migrants are left without rights.
Concerns about wait times undoubtedly fuel a misguided sense that more private pay will be the cure—a sense that is capitalized upon by those seeking to make a profit.
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
Going through +2° higher average global temperature means that some tropical and sub-tropical areas will become lethally hot outdoors in the summertime for weeks at a time.
My sense is, it’s going to be a tight race. So, get ready to batten the hatches, things south of the border will likely get mighty interesting. 
News|By Palak Mangat
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the Liberals' Throne Speech committed to 'more policies that would invade provincial jurisdiction than I could count.'
Plus, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the speech was 'clear' that a fiscal update in the fall would be coming, when pressed on whether a budget for this year was in the works.
News|By Palak Mangat
While the conditions for Liberal longevity might not have been ripe, Liberal strategist Charles Bird says late former prime minister John Turner came to the leadership when 'he was already something of a living legend.'
The Throne Speech promised action on climate change like the country has never seen before, but some experts and politicians are skeptical the Liberal government can deliver.
Plus, a state funeral for the late former prime minister John Turner is set for Oct. 6.
News|By Palak Mangat
'Writing this book has brought me close to Canadians and the wonder of our national diversity. This prize is the icing on the amazing cake that has been my life': former Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin.
News|By Beatrice Paez
The speech did not promise a full-fledged budget, but said an update to the feds’ COVID-19 Economic Response plan would be coming this fall.
Other nations such as Norway and Iceland have captured the tremendous potential of their seafood sectors through strong political and government support and strategic plans and partnerships.
The Standing Orders have to be amended to allow MPs to vote remotely, and according to Bloc deputy House leader Christine Normandin, there’s agreement among parties for those changes to be made temporary.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
While Atlantic Canada has done a good job of managing COVID-19 counts, it is breathtakingly short-sighted to assume that the retention of the 'bubble' for a sustained period is effective policy.
Lobbyists will also be keeping an eye on progress on the government's backlog of big-ticket legislation and regulatory reforms this session.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Lieutenant General-Wayne Eyre's recent message to the CAF was clear: 'If you have those types of beliefs—get out. We don’t want you.'
Opinion|By Bruce Carson
It is arguable that in the calculation as to whether to go or not, there is more pressure on Trudeau to get it right than falls on the shoulders of the other three leaders.
With talk of a possible snap election, a continuing pandemic, and a minority Parliament to boot, the second session of the 43rd Parliament should be an interesting one.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, past Grit PM John Turner has died at 91, and CBC parliamentary bureau chief Rob Russo is leaving the newsroom after seven years.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The Canadian comedy that just swept the Emmys can’t possibly stop now. Here’s a suggestion.
Opinion|By Molly Bartlett
The tropics are key to regulating climate, supplying and filtering water, and providing pollinators for the world’s food crops. 
Without Taiwan’s meaningful inclusion in the UN system, the efforts of the UN will be hampered and the ability of countries like Canada to pursue an ambitious international agenda will be reduced.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Bringing new ideas about creating a better Canada to life will require time and an ongoing, historic commitment once the pandemic recedes.
Plus, Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, issues her latest warning about the spike in cases, saying that unless people limit social gatherings, another lockdown may be coming.
News|By Neil Moss
If Joe Biden wins the U.S. presidency, he will be constrained in the use of unilateral tariffs, say experts, while Donald Trump's re-election may leave Canada once again targeted by national security tariffs.

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