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Ongoing fed support ‘essential’ as pandemic has laid bare cracks in ‘outdated’ municipal financing system, say experts

News|By Mike Lapointe
Even with economic recovery in sight after a brutal year that saw deep holes cut into municipal revenues across the country, experts are calling for a rethink of our expectations from our cities.
News|By Neil Moss
Ambassador Cong Peiwu says that MPs who voted for the Feb. 22 motion to recognize the Uyghur genocide did so to 'secure political gains' and said allegations of genocide are 'lies of the century.'
MPs will be able to continue to charge the central House budget for the cost of items like masks and hand sanitizer, or office reconfiguration as a result of COVID-19, until Sept. 30, among other measures.
Press Gallery president Jordan Press says Hill journalists have been incredibly accommodating to Parliamentarians, but are now asking political parties to meet the gallery halfway.
Opinion
While Canada is mired in inaction, other advanced economies are stepping up. Europe is in the process of establishing mandatory, human rights legislation on due diligence.
Even though Justin Trudeau's actions toward China might seem bumbling, he will likely escape all this diplomatic controversy more or less intact.
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
Before retreating, Amnesty explicitly said that it knew about his past statements but considered them 'not relevant' because of his political plight.
The situation of the Conservative Party is hardly helped when its leader appears to abandon 'small-c conservatism' and accepts the dominant, monochromatic liberal narrative about the CPC.
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News|By Palak Mangat
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.
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.
Dr. Howard Njoo says it's too early to say whether the approval of Johnson and Johnson's vaccine could move up projections for vaccinations earlier than September.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Elections Canada says number of conditions—the pandemic, the 'minority government context,' campus closures—make the program unfeasible, as setting up those polling stations 'requires significant planning.'
Plus Canada’s national immunization advisory body has updated its recommendations, permitting four months between first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
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.’
News|By Palak Mangat
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.
Opinion
If the democratic world does not want to allow autocracy and the big lie to permanently dominate a critical part of Asia, which also involves the expansion of China’s influence to the edge of the Indian sub-continent, it
Opinion|By Gwynne Dyer
MBS is frightening, but he’s really not very bright. And a Saudi leader who the U.S. president won’t even talk to does not have a brilliant future.
Opinion|By Alan Williams
Before the feds sign an implementation contract let’s investigate our options. Let’s make sure we get what we need, balancing requirements, costs and mandate.
Opinion|By Corinne Le Quéré
Canada’s legislation needs an immediate science-led and ambitious five-year emissions reduction milestone, beginning in 2025, to drive a green recovery from the pandemic.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Erin O’Toole will have to ascertain what criticisms are legitimate and should be addressed, as opposed to the normal malcontent cacophony. While the latter can be the most distracting, it's the former that really counts.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
I know how it feels to be completely let down and discarded by the system to which you were so loyal and in which you invested so much. For me, I had to step back from that which was causing me harm.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
It is difficult to claim you ‘jumped’ to do the right thing if the whistleblower’s handprints are clearly imprinted on your back.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The objective of nationalists is to sabotage Justin Trudeau, who needs Quebec votes at the next election, by attacking his father’s legacy. It’s ugly politics and worse journalism—but not surprising, considering the sour
Plus, the Canadian economy contracts by 5.4 per cent, the sharpest decline on record.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Pierre-Yves Bourque has taken over as director of parliamentary affairs to the foreign affairs minister, following Brook Simpson’s exit to do the same job for now-Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne.
News|By Alice Chen
While modern technologies make a virtual gathering possible, longtime Liberal Kevin Bosch says he 'can’t wait to get back to a time when there are real flesh and blood conventions again.'
Feature|By Neil Moss
The 'Ambassador of Note' distinction is given to envoys that were involved in an 'ongoing activity or a single major event' that had 'significant impact on Canadian foreign policy or on how Canada was seen in the world.'
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The post-COVID era will be politically definitive. Canadians will have to decide if they are a progressive social democracy or a nation of backward-looking reactionaries with one foot in the Trump camp.

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