Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Catherine Luelo as the new chief information officer of Canada, effective later this month on July 26. Previously the senior vice-president and chief information officer at Air Canada from 2017-2021, Ms. Luelo also served as vice-president, information technology and then chief information officer at energy infrastructure company Enbridge Inc. from 2012-2017. The office provides “strategic direction and leadership in the pursuit of excellence” in information management, information technology, security, privacy and access to information across government, according to the government’s website. Ms. Luelo will follow in the footsteps of former chief information officer Alex Benay who stepped down from the role in 2019. Appointed in 2017, Mr. Benay was tasked with heading the government's transition to digital service delivery as well as leading the way off of the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system that has dogged the government for years. https://twitter.com/DigitalCDN/status/1413609808855453696 Mr. Trudeau also reappointed Bob Hamilton as commissioner of Revenue, effective Aug. 1. Mr. Hamilton, who has been in the position since August 2016, has had an extensive career in the public service, including time as deputy minister of natural resources from 2014-2016, deputy minister of the environment from 2012 to 2014, and senior associate secretary of the Treasury Board and lead on the Canada-United States. On June 8, in front of the House Public Accounts Committee, Mr. Hamilton said that "one of the things the pandemic has made us all realize is the importance of digitization for now and for the future," noting that over 90 per cent of individual tax returns are now filed electronically. "I think the agency has been in the vanguard of trying to make our operations more electronic and more digitized," continued Mr. Hamilton. "Nevertheless, we saw pockets of the organization where we relied on paper extensively. Developing new programs in a pandemic can sometimes perpetuate that." NDP MPs call for investigation into ‘Canada's mass crimes' As Indigenous communities continue to uncover unmarked burial sites at former residential schools around the country, NDP MPs Mumilaaq Qaqqaq and Charlie Angus are calling on Justice Minister David Lametti to conduct an independent investigation with guidance from the International Criminal Court. In a video shared on July 12 on Twitter, Ms. Qaqqaq said that without a call to action, “the federal institution and Catholic church won’t do anything.” The MPs' calls following the discovery of a fourth unmarked burial site this year, most recently in Penelakut Island, formerly known as Kuper Island, near Chemainus, B.C. More than 160 unmarked graves were discovered there last week. As part of the campaign, Ms. Qaqqaq and Mr. Angus are asking Canadians to send an email to Minister Lametti demanding an independent investigation, with international observers, into Canada’s mass crimes. https://twitter.com/MumilaaqQaqqaq/status/1413173509069713414 In a video shared on Twitter, Mr. Angus said that documents from the Catholic Church should be handed over, as "the documents of the crimes are in this building, the names of the perpetrators are in this building." "They have been protected and sealed by the government and we're saying, enough is enough," said Mr. Angus. The MPs' letter calls for the federal government to “end its long history of cover-up and collusion with the church" and ask for a prosecutor with authority to demand access to all documents being held, The MPs are also asking that authority figures make public any relevant information that is found within these documents. “The days of asking for the church to help out are over. The days of protecting the privileges and privacy of the perpetrators is done,” according to the letter, which had been emailed 16,452 times as of July 16. Canadian celebrities and MPs oppose $77-billion fighter jet purchase Over 100 Canadian musicians, politicians, authors and academics signed a public letter addressed to the prime minister opposing the Liberal government's plan to purchase 88 new fighter jets. The letter was released on July 14 and has been signed 672 times as of July 15 by celebrities such as Neil Young, Sarah Harmer, Tegan and Sara and authors Yann Martel, Gabor Maté and Michael Ondaatje. It has also been signed by Green Party MP Elizabeth May, former diplomat Stephen Lewis, and an American linguistics professor Noam Chomsky, among others. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government is set to purchase $77-billion worth of fighter jets. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade The No New Fighter Jets Coalition, the organization behind the campaign, is made up of advocacy groups, organizations, and individuals from across Canada. The campaign is advocating for people to sign the petition to stop the procurement of the fighter jets that are said to cost Canada $19-billion. The full lifecycle cost of the jets is estimated to be $77-billion, according to the letter. On May 19, 2021, the organization presented a parliamentary petition to the House of Commons that was sponsored by Green Party MP Paul Manly, signed by 1,139 people from across the country. The petition calls for the cancellation of the $19-billion allocated to purchase the 88 aircraft, saying that "resources are desperately needed for a just recovery from the pandemic, investment in Indigenous communities and a swift transition away from fossil fuels." https://twitter.com/nofighterjets/status/1415437122618732545 "The Trudeau government shouldn’t be spending tens of billion dollars on unnecessary, climate-destroying, dangerous fighter jets, especially during a global pandemic,” said Bianca Mugyenyi, director of the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, in a July 14 press release. Tamara Lorincz, senior researcher with the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace added that “as the devastating heat wave and forest fires in British Columbia and Alberta have demonstrated, we are in a climate emergency," according to the release. iPolitics deputy editor relocates to Toronto, may 'dabble' in federal reporting Deputy editor at iPolitics Charlie Pinkerton took to Twitter to announce he is taking on a new role with the organization, and is headed to Toronto to cover Ontario politics at Queen's Park. Mr. Pinkerton will mostly be reporting on what’s happening in Ontario, but might still “dabble in some reporting on the federal side,” according to his July 12 tweet. https://twitter.com/CharliePinkerto/status/1414592741229662219 A graduate from the Carleton University journalism program, Mr. Pinkerton was eager to prove himself in the digital media landscape. He first started off as a reporter for The London Free Press and has worked his way up to covering federal politics and sports in Canada’s capital. Colleagues took to Twitter to congratulate him on his move and new position, with Queen's Park reporters welcoming him with open arms. “Wow, congrats Charlie! And welcome!” said Emma McIntosh, a reporter at Canada’s National Observer. Susan Delacourt, national columnist with The Toronto Star, gave him a “hearty congrats" in a July 12 tweet, adding "you will be missed in Ottawa!” During his time at iPolitics, Mr. Pinkerton covered parliamentary committees and Question Period, and also penned "The Sprout," a daily brief on agriculture. NCCM welcomes a new member to its Advisory Council Conservative Senator Salma Ataullahjan has joined the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) Advisory Council. Appointed in 2010 to the Senate of Canada as a representative of Ontario, Sen. Ataullahjan was the first Red Chamber appointee of Pakistani origin. A long-time advocate for racialized communities, women and youth in Canada, Sen. Ataullahjan is the deputy chair of the Senate Committee on Human Rights where she has proposed several studies. Growing up in a politically involved family, her father a Pakistani senator himself, Sen. Ataullahjan naturally gravitated to political roles. In 2020, Sen. Ataullahjan was named Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health for the pivotal role she played in creating landmark resolutions in those areas. She is also a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committee and chair of the Senate Human Rights Committee. Sen. Ataullahjan has been involved in many community organizations and served as the executive board of the Canadian branch of The Citizens Foundation and other local organizations. https://twitter.com/patrickbrownont/status/1414200878194741249 In a July 10 tweet, NCCM said “we look forward to benefitting from her welcomed expertise and perspective." The NCCM is an independent, non-partisan organization for the promotion of human rights. It works with grassroots communities and does work around activism, developing strategies for anti-discrimination, and public advocacy. In response, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown called it a "wise" choice, noting in a tweet that she is "kind, generous, and sophisticated." "The world needs more Salmas!” —With files from Mike Lapointe email@example.com The Hill Times CORRECTION: This article was updated on July 19, 2021. Sen. Ataullahjan is no longer a member of the Senate National Finance Committee and is now chair of the Senate Human Rights Committee.