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O’Toole does about-face on vaccine mandate for MPs in Commons, now says decision ‘infringes’ on their rights

Oct 23 2021 — Christopher Nardi — In an interview Wednesday, O’Toole said he ‘will respect’ the decision to require that MPs be fully vaccinated if they want to sit in the House of Commons in person After first saying that he “will respect” the House of Commons’ internal management committee ruling that MPs need to be fully vaccinated to enter Parliament […]

NDP supporter ordered to pay $7,330 after making series of illegal donations to party

Jul 24 2021 — Christopher Nardi — An NDP supporter must pay $7,330 after the federal elections watchdog caught him making a series of illegal donations to the party and various leadership candidates between 2015 and 2017. According to a compliance agreement published Friday by the Commissioner of Canada Elections, Dartmouth, N.S., resident Dennis Theman donated $6,600 to no less than seven […]

Liberal MP William Amos says he appeared naked on camera twice because of ‘hyperactive multitasking’, ‘lack of focus’

Jul 9 2021 — Christopher Nardi — May run again in next election — but that may not be as the Liberals’ candidate. Liberal MP William Amos says he mistakenly appeared naked twice during virtual House of Commons proceedings because of issues with “hyperactive multitasking” and a “lack of focus” and not because of any “mental health disorder.”

Conservatives ask lobbying commissioner to investigate contacts by former Liberal minister Sheila Copps

Apr 1 2021 — Christopher Nardi — The Conservatives are asking the commissioner of lobbying to investigate if former Liberal Minister Sheila Copps broke the law last spring when she reached out to the government regarding a COVID-19 “procurement opportunity”. But Copps told the National Post that she ran any personal protection equipment (PPE) purchasing discussions she had with government by the […]

‘Shocked, astonished, horrified’: WE’s dubious fundraising methods could have negative impact on other charities

Mar 1 2021 — Christopher Nardi — Canadians experienced “extraordinary changes in their economic well-being” during the pandemic as they gained thousands of dollars more from COVID-19 support payments than they lost in wages, according to new data from Statistics Canada. During one three month period last year, young and middle-aged households generally gained around $3,000 more through support measures, particularly the […]

Cannabis CEO sues federal government over decision to ‘incarcerate’ travellers in quarantine hotels

Feb 12 2021 — Christopher Nardi — From a house on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, the CEO of a Canadian cannabis company is asking the federal court to quash the Trudeau government’s “arbitrary and capricious” decision to “incarcerate” travellers returning to the country in quarantine hotels. “I personally woke up the morning that that was announced, and said ‘Holy s—, […]

Longtime friend had role in Julie Payette’s downfall by backing ‘toxic workplace’ findings

Feb 11 2021 — Christopher Nardi — The former top bureaucrat at Rideau Hall corroborated the findings of the damning workplace review that led to Julie Payette’s resignation, effectively tipping the scales against the former governor general, National Post has learned. Assunta di Lorenzo was a long-time friend of Payette’s when the governor general hired her as head of the Office of […]

Head of Radio-Canada apologizes for spending month of December in Miami, but won’t face disciplinary action

Jan 14 2021 — Christopher Nardi — The head of Radio-Canada, the French arm of Canada’s public broadcaster, apologized but will not face disciplinary action for spending the month of December in Miami despite public health advice strongly discouraging travel. “As Canadians were strongly advised to avoid staying abroad, I understand the reaction to my trip. I am sincerely sorry and I […]

Head of Radio-Canada spent month of December in his Miami condo despite public health warnings

Jan 14 2021 — Christopher Nardi — The head of Radio-Canada, the French arm of Canada’s public broadcaster, spent nearly the entire month of December working and vacationing in Miami, despite public health advice strongly discouraging travel, the National Post has learned. Michel Bissonnette, CBC/Radio-Canada’s executive vice-president of French Services and the public broadcaster’s second-in-command, went to his condo — located right […]