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Halifax's Irving Shipbuilding, pictured, was one of two shipyards—along with Seaspan Shipyards—tasked with building all vessels for the National Shipbuilding Strategy that are more than 1,000 tonnes. In May, the federal government announced a third shipyard would be brought into the strategy. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Grits, Tories back addition of third shipyard to Canadian plan, but questions abound over future boom-bust cycle return

It won't be known for 30 years if the addition of a third shipyard will lead to the 'demise' of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, says Royal Military College defence studies professor Craig Stone.
The $2.6-billion contract will help reduce emissions by 60 per cent, says Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, but PSAC is concerned with public-private partnerships they say 'regularly fail.'
Opinion|Scott Taylor
In two recent instances of media requests for comment, Irving Shipbuilding overreacted and behaved like a schoolyard bully instead of simply providing requested information to the government.
Bill C-97 puts into law the Liberals’ 2018 promise to public servants to allow them to repay only the net of Phoenix-caused excess salary in a different tax year.
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The Upper Chamber will switch over to a new payroll system provided by ADP Canada in the new year, after months of testing.
One of the lessons learned from the West Block reno was that MPs weren’t consulted enough, says House deputy clerk Michel Patrice.
Feature|Emily Haws
The Feb. 21 response to a House Public Accounts Committee report highlighting deputy minister turnover lacks deliverables and specifics, says Conservative Pat Kelly, but NDP and Liberal MPs say they're generally impressed by the government's response.
The public service has continued to function despite the ongoing payroll system debacle, but people, and the government’s foundation, will crack under the strain.
It will ‘inevitably take some time to settle into a new building with advanced technology and security features,’ says the office of Senate Speaker George Furey.
The Accessible Canada Act is a good start. It should be passed, and changes made to the Disability Tax Credit, among other improvements.
Recommendations on the winning bid for a new pay system are expected to come in spring, but it 'certainly' won't be ready by the end of 2019, says a pay team official.
Meanwhile, some MPs say they're still frustrated by the lack of constituency office support on Phoenix cases, and efforts continue to reduce the pay-problem case backlog, which on Nov. 28 was 289,000 open files.
Opinion|, David Perry
Last year, DND actually spent most of its procurement money; hopefully the same will occur this year.
Governments in Canada are taking baby steps while the rest of the world is already far ahead on the gruelling marathon of technological development.
Long processes, problematic procurement tools, and security clearances were noted as the top complaints of both federal officials and suppliers in the last year.
Twenty-seven MPs and cabinet ministers had moved into new offices in the Wellington, Justice, and Confederation buildings by Oct. 1, according to House staff.
Federal directives limit the government from commissioning studies that explicitly advance its own self-interests.
Chief information officer Alex Benay says the new system won’t be deployed government-wide at first, and could run in parallel with Phoenix for a time.
The Senate's report is the latest study in recent months to highlight the failure of the Phoenix pay system, which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of backlogged pay files for public servants.
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