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POLICY - JUSTICE
The Senate rose for the summer without passing Bill C-337, a private member’s bill which had received unanimous support in the House of Commons in May 2017. By not passing the bill, the Senate decided to roll the dice with the lives of women who were depending on it to do the right thing, writes Kathleen Finlay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Stop letting the system assault victims of sexual violence over and over

The Senate’s failure to pass groundbreaking legislation is just the latest example of women being betrayed by the very institutions they reach out to for help.
‘We have a process in which functional bilingualism is a criterion, but it’s not legal, and I would prefer’ for it to remain that way, says Justice Minister David Lametti.
A Senate committee has raised number of questions about the bill, and they merit serious responses.
The government that once welcomed 25,000-plus Syrian refugees is now seeking to curtail the number of people seeking refugee protection by crossing the border between official entry points. Surely our compassion does not end at the Canada-U.S. border.
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Opinion|Scott Taylor
The stories of Omar Khadr, a Lebanese mechanic who fixed trucks for ISIS, and a U.S. soldier who allegedly killed Iraqi civilians are all getting very different treatment.
Some Senators say proposed changes to the bill requiring sexual assault training for judges have broad support, but ‘games’ may delay the study.
While I teach the values of equality and diversity, I oppose forcing all lawyers to promote these or any other government-prescribed values.
Were I advising him, I would suggest he keep a low profile for now, mend fences, and delegate effectively.
The access-to-information bill needed close scrutiny to turn it into ‘workable legislation,’ says committee chair Sen. Serge Joyal.
My fear is the bill will encourage the worst elements of Quebec society to attack Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish citizens.
The publication of these documents will likely re-energize opposition parties' push for the government to allow his ex-minister to fully air her side of the story and potentially add to calls from some Liberal MPs for her to be expelled from caucus.
While the federal government has pledged to review and modernize the Official Languages Act, it’s been defending a decision in court that will wreak havoc on minority language communities.
Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith described the opposition parties' motion as ‘premature,’ as the Justice Committee is still awaiting a written submission and documents from ex-minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on the same topic.
'When you have this shaking at the top, it slows things down,' says UBC prof Paul Evans, pointing to the resignation of top PMO aide Gerald Butts and PCO clerk Michael Wernick due to the SNC-Lavalin story.
Canadians need to be much more vigilant about anti-immigrant and racist dog-whistling in the public sphere.
Opinion|Tim Powers
After a month trying to clean up this self-made mess, the PM appointed ex-Grit justice minister Anne McLellan as a special adviser, leaving little faith the advice might be free of the appearance of political influence.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
The Quebec engineering company’s desire to gain lucrative contracts in Gaddafi’s Libya led to the fraud and corruption charges it sought to have dealt with through a deferred prosecution agreement.
The Globe and Mail bureau chief's vast source list and eye for detail has helped him expose numerous government scandals, including the SNC-Lavalin affair, which he broke with Steven Chase and Sean Fine.
While Justin Trudeau's poll numbers have sunk amid the controversy, Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh have not seen a boost to their own polling numbers as opposition leaders. But it's still early days, say strategists.
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