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Library and Archives Canada service cuts hindering research, historians complain

Oct 22 2021 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — Researchers say recent service cuts at Canada's national archives are making their work — already hampered by COVID-19 — even more challenging. In a letter to Library and Archives Canada, the Canadian Historical Association urges the institution to reconsider reductions that have left its archival reading room open just three days a week. […]

RCMP union will support Mounties who shun COVID-19 vaccination despite federal order

Oct 8 2021 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — The union representing RCMP officers says it will support decisions by members "to be vaccinated or not" against COVID-19 following a federal order that Mounties be immunized. The Liberal government announced this week that core public servants, including members and reservists of the RCMP, must be vaccinated or face suspension without pay as […]

COVID-19 shot ‘could save your life,’ RCMP boss says after federal vaccination order

Oct 7 2021 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki is publicly touting vaccination against COVID-19 following the Liberal government's announcement that Mounties must be immunized. In a tweet Thursday, Lucki urged getting vaccinated without delay, saying it could "save your life or the life of someone you love." Under a federal policy announced Wednesday, core public servants, including […]

Gun-control group urges Trudeau to name new minister to advance Liberal promises

Sep 29 2021 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — An influential voice on gun control says it is time for a new cabinet minister to usher in the re-elected Liberal government's promised firearm measures.  In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the group PolySeSouvient calls for the appointment of a minister who "truly supports gun control."  PolySeSouvient has frequently expressed frustration […]

COVID-19 pandemic looms over final stretch of federal election campaign

Sep 18 2021 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic coloured some heated political debate Saturday in the final stretch of the federal election campaign. Justin Trudeau touted the importance of getting vaccinated as key to a safer future, while the NDP's Jagmeet Singh criticized the Liberal leader for failing to push harder for paid sick […]

Refugee claimants take Safe Third Country Agreement appeal to Supreme Court

Sep 15 2021 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — Refugee claimants and their advocates are asking the Supreme Court of Canada to review a decision that affirmed the constitutionality of a key pact between Ottawa and Washington on asylum seekers. In a submission to the high court, they say the case raises "foundational questions of constitutional law" concerning access to remedies for […]

Dozens of lawyers call for suspension of extradition with France over Diab case

Sep 14 2021 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — More than 100 legal professionals are asking Canada to suspend its extradition treaty with France over concerns "an innocent man" could face trial there in a terrorism case. In a new letter to Justice Minister David Lametti, many prominent lawyers say there is no evidence to support sending Ottawa sociology professor Hassan Diab […]

Ministers defend evacuation efforts in Afghanistan amid dire security challenges

Aug 22 2021 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — Canada airlifted another 121 people from strife-ridden Afghanistan on Saturday, including Canadian citizens and family members as well as Afghan nationals accepted for resettlement by Ottawa and its allies, officials said Sunday. Canada will work tirelessly to evacuate people from Afghanistan "for as long as it is safe to do so," Defence Minister […]

Muslim charity wants court to freeze suspension, citing ‘irreparable harm’

Aug 20 2021 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — A Muslim charity is asking a court to freeze a federal suspension, which prohibits it from issuing tax receipts, while a challenge of the penalty plays out.  Ottawa-based Human Concern International says the one-year suspension levied last month will cause "irreparable harm" to the organization and thousands of beneficiaries.  The Canada Revenue Agency […]

Telltale transactions help financial intelligence centre combat sex trafficking

Jul 30 2021 — Jim Bronskill — OTTAWA — Transactional clues — from hotel bills paid in cash to purchases of escort-service ads — are helping Canada's financial intelligence agency detect human trafficking in the sex trade.  The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada is now learning from its sleuthing efforts in recent years to make pinpointing traffickers a little […]