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Demonstrators in Ottawa took to the streets on Feb. 7, 2020, in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, demanding the RCMP pull back from the First Nation's territory. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

UNDRIP provides ‘guide’ to resolving tensions among Indigenous communities over questions of authority, say experts

News|By Beatrice Paez
'We have to move beyond public platitudes and eloquent statements; we need a reality whereby Indigenous law and institutions are placed on the same level as common law,' says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.

UN nuclear disarmament rep ‘counting on Canada’ to help bridge tricky international divides

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Disarmament is not something idealistic or a utopian ideology,' says UN high rep for disarmament affairs Izumi Nakamitsu, and that it's 'part of security.'

Black Canadian groups call on feds to address economic inequities facing community

News|By Beatrice Paez
'The work they’re doing is going to need to speak for itself,' says Liberal strategist Tiffany Gooch, about the party's recovery from the prime minister's blackface scandal.

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‘Just live your life,’ women’s rights advocate tells survivors of violence

News|By Palak Mangat
'Focusing on resilience ignores the systemic problem that forces people to fight so hard in the first place,' says Julie Lalonde.

‘A real lack of leadership’: critics call for better response from feds as Wet’suwet’en blockades continue

‘Negotiations should take as long as they need to,’ says Ellen Gabriel, a former Mohawk spokesperson during the Oka Crisis.

‘I don’t celebrate Black History Month, I celebrate Black history 12 months of the year’: Sen. Bernard on her fight for equality

News|By David Lochead
After sitting as a Senator for more than three years, Wanda Thomas Bernard says she is more determined than ever to continue fighting for causes like social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

Advocate calling for a simplified suicide hotline number gets ally in Sen. Batters

News|By Beatrice Paez
'Silence is never the right response when suicide is the subject,' says Kathleen Finlay. 'It’s too important an issue for our political leaders to stay silent on.'

Collaborate and listen: Bloc Québécois hopes to leverage minority Parliament dynamics to make mark

‘Now that it’s a minority government, they have to listen to everybody,’ says Bloc MP Rhéal Fortin, his party’s justice critic.

Tory leadership candidates champion CANZUK pact, but trade experts question idea’s merit

News|By Neil Moss
Canada already has a free trade agreement with Australia and New Zealand as part of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

‘Data, privacy, trade’: ministers tasked with AI file contending with fast, fundamental changes

News|By Mike Lapointe
But public servants say the social impact on workers is not being properly taken into account as the use of artificial intelligence in government advances.
Demonstrators in Ottawa took to the streets on Feb. 7, 2020, in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, demanding the RCMP pull back from the First Nation's territory. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

UNDRIP provides ‘guide’ to resolving tensions among Indigenous communities over questions of authority, say experts

News|By Beatrice Paez
'We have to move beyond public platitudes and eloquent statements; we need a reality whereby Indigenous law and institutions are placed on the same level as common law,' says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.

The priceless post-truthiness of ‘westlessness’

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
There’s a new favourite word to add to our expanding lexicon of Orwellian, new world order gibberish.

Being premier of Newfoundland and Labrador may be the toughest job in the country

Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The province is in debt, its population is aging, and the once-strong fishery is a shadow of itself. The picturesque Newfoundland and Labrador of those television ads is in trouble.

Political rumbles on the horizon for Newfoundland and Labrador

Opinion|By Tim Powers
While the Liberals sort out their leadership, the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador is not beyond its own political theatrics.

ISG Senators propose rule changes to prevent ‘partisan obstruction’ from blocking private members’ bills 

Senate Conservative leader Don Plett says the changes are ‘ridiculous,’ but ISG Senators Murray Sinclair and Pierre Dalphond say there needs to be a path to a vote on bills after 15 died in the last Parliament.

Backlogs, lengthy delays await Indian status applicants following removal of sex discrimination law

The government says each status application could take between six months and two years, which advocates call an 'appalling' delay to deal with state-sponsored discrimination. 

Don’t go down ‘rabbit hole’ in Trade Committee’s study of new NAFTA implementation bill, warn trade experts

News|By Neil Moss
NDP MP Daniel Blaikie says it's worth taking 'a little extra time' to understand the 'full implications' of the new NAFTA, as well as to look at how Canada can improve its internal international trade process.

Nuclear disarmament rep’s visit a good time to flex Canadian foreign policy muscle

Opinion|By Douglas Roche
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would better display Canada’s worthiness for a UN Security Council seat by action to back the body's efforts to put some teeth in nuclear disarmament.

Winning the battle against the invisible coronavirus enemy will take confidence and solidarity

Opinion|By Cong Peiwu
China’s effort to fight the epidemic is in our own interests, as well as in the interests of the world. Therefore, supporting and helping China means safeguarding those common interests.

Trudeau’s grand African adventure the Fyre Festival of Security Council campaigns

Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Canada has not been good to Africa and goes to the continent with either its hands out, or its fingers waving, as Trudeau has been wont to do with African countries.

Agriculture Minister Bibeau was the most-lobbied MP in 2019

In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018.

Opposition critics, House committees to be key lobbying targets in minority Parliament, say lobbyists

News|By Beatrice Paez
'If you want to advance a file, it’s no longer enough for the governing party to be onside,' says Yaroslav Baran of Earnscliffe Strategy Group.

CIJA, Dairy Farmers lead last lobbyist push before election call

Lobbyists filed 772 reports last month, down from 972 in July, and from the 1,478 reports filed in June.

Former Harper adviser Benjamin Perrin pens book on opioid crisis

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Charlie Angus joins Wet'suwet'en solidarity protests, former MP Gord Brown is getting a posthumous lifetime achievement award, and Canada is hosting a Lima Group ministerial meeting this week.

Read all about it: Digital Government Minister Murray’s team so far

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Hill Climbers takes a look at International Development Minister Karina Gould’s office, where Hanna Button has stayed on as director of policy.

Same staff, new office: a look at federal Public Safety Minister Blair’s team

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough has similarly brought a number of staff from her old office as public services minister to her new post, including now-policy director Nicholas Kang.

It’s Louis Riel Day today in Manitoba, Salhany offers a fresh book on Canada’s ‘most famous trial in court history’

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Hillites honour Christie Blatchford, and scribes gather to talk shop and drink beer at Feb. 13 CAJ shindig.

Press Gallery keeps Bingham Cup, defeats U.S. Embassy team in dominating fashion

Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Rob Russo is soon to be honoured with public policy journalism award, and Jane Philpott has been unveiled as Queen's University new health sciences dean.

Innovation Minister Bains names former PMO adviser as his policy head

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, there are more staffing changes to note in the Prime Minister’s Office, including the exit of Elyse Surette-DiMuzio, who’s now working for the Pete for America campaign south of the border.

Fighting climate change together takes action on all fronts

Opinion|By Mary Ann Yule
Looking at the statistics about the path of our planet can be daunting, and sometimes downright deflating. To reverse course in the decade ahead, we must begin working together.

Court challenges, opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion remain after feds’ Appeal Court win

On Feb. 4, the Federal Court of Appeal struck down one Indigenous-led challenge of the Trans Mountain expansion project’s re-approval, but the pushback continues.

Foreign troop deployment at traditionally low levels in Africa amid Security Council campaign

News|By Neil Moss
Canada currently has 120 Canadian Force members deployed to Africa, down from 427 members that were deployed to the continent during Canada's contribution to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali.

Privacy and data should be a top priority for ‘energetic’ Innovation Minister Bains, say experts

The federal government should be prioritizing data and privacy issues, given the increased global focus on the subject, says MaRS Discovery District's Cory Mulvihill.

A modest proposal for the assisted demise of democracy

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
For which babies boiled and fricasseed provide both inspiration and a cautionary tale. With thanks and apologies to J. Swift.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Jan. 17, 2020, with David Morrison, his defence policy adviser, shortly before holding a press conference and an update at the National Press Theatre on the downing of Flight PS752 tragedy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Minority rules: 2020’s most influential figures to watch in federal politics

Feature
This year’s Top 100 Most Influential List reflects the power brokers who will help shape the terms of how this minority Parliament will shake out.
The return of Parliament is more than an event in the news cycle. It’s a time to look ahead, and to thoughtfully consider the important role each branch of government will play in that future, and in the life of each individual Canadian.
Opinion|David Coletto
Our worldview, our desire for control, and the way we get information are just three things that new MPs should consider as they orient themselves to life in Ottawa and as elected representatives. But the implications of these three forces matter to everyone who seeks to engage and connect with Canadians.
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Politics This Morning: Blair says RCMP offer to leave should pave way for end to blockades

Plus, the PM plans to convene the incident response group to discuss the string of issues—coronavirus, the blockades, and the downing of Flight 752—that have been competing for the government's attention in recent weeks.

Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
The Japanese planners were foolish to put four reactors on the coast in a region where earthquakes and consequent tsunamis were to be expected from time to time.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
Lost in the powerful emotion of hate is the fact that Omar Khadr was just 15 years old at the time he was captured by U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan.
Opinion|Alex Marland
How can Canadian politicians navigate party discipline? That was the theme of a well-attended public forum held in St. John’s on Feb. 6. Sponsored by the Royal Society of Canada (Atlantic) and MUN.
Opinion|Jay Ritchlin
Summit shows importance of nature-based climate solutions to meet environmental targets.
Opinion|Trevor Heck
Part of the challenge is that outside of agriculture circles, agriculture and innovation aren’t routinely talked about in tandem, particularly in the context of delivering broader public benefits.
As time passes, we inch closer and closer to irreversible damage. There is a need to act now and to take bold steps in addressing this crisis.

‘Government can do so much by doing less’: Desmond Cole on shedding discomfiting light on systemic injustices

'When Black or Indigenous or other people of colour get into the political system, it always assumed it’s they who must carry this change for the rest of us,' says journalist and activist Desmond Cole.
Feature|Kate Malloy

Bourrie brings New France explorer Pierre-Esprit Radisson’s story to life in Bush Runner

Mark Bourrie talks about his book, Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson.

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Trade Minister Ng scoops up PMO’s Catenaro as communications director

Plus, Hill Climbers takes a look at Seniors Minister Deb Schulte’s team.

A look at Natural Resources Minister O’Regan’s current 15-member team

Meanwhile, senior staff currently in Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos’ office include policy director Dylan Marando, communications director Karl Sasseville, and chief of staff Marjorie Michel.
Feature|Neil Moss

Raptors boss Masai Ujiri joins Trudeau on Africa trip

Plus, Liberal MP Omar Alghabra joins the Privy Council, and Dominic Barton listed as China's ambassador.
Feature|Neil Moss

Wooden mace used in House to mark 104 years since Parliament fire

Plus, MPs celebrate Robbie Burns Night on the Hill, and Ambassador Dominic Barton to appear before the Canada-China Committee.

Parole officers still floundering from Harper budget cuts, says union head supporting Tory parole board motion

The Conservative opposition motion condemning the decision made by the Parole Board of Canada that led to Marylène Lévesque death passed unanimously in the House on Feb. 5.

‘Job action only way to get this government to move,’ says union president, as CRA members head to strike votes

‘If we have a strike mandate in early April and we’re in tax season and they don’t wake up and smell the coffee … guess what’s going to happen,’ says Union of Taxation Employees president Marc Brière.

Senator Rob Black celebrates Canadian farmers and whisky

The snow was blowing outside, but the whisky was flowing inside.

Taiwan president’s re-election could signal diplomatic shift in China: analysts

A China expert says he’s concerned Taiwan's January election could prompt a shift in approach from China, with some pointing to tensions in Hong Kong as an example.

Afghan envoy fills two-year Ottawa vacancy with focus on trade, investment

Canada is the first head of mission posting for new Afghanistan Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Soroosh Yousufzai, whose predecessor left amidst controversy.

Champagne talks foreign policy at Montreal lunch event on Feb. 21

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne will talk about Canada’s foreign policy at a Feb. 21 event hosted by the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Protesters demonstrate in Ottawa in support of the Wet'suwet'en Nation.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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