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Black Conservatives urge more engagement, action from CPC and beyond after endorsement flop

Jun 17 2020 — Laura Ryckewaert — Leadership races are natural moments for self-reflection, and Black Conservative Party supporters say they hope the current race, and ongoing anti-Black racism protests, prompt a conversation about what more the party can do to address systemic racism and bring more Black Canadians into its fold—a conversation they say hasn’t happened yet in the race. “The […]

MacKay leadership camp touts strength in numbers

May 27 2020 — Laura Ryckewaert — Former Progressive Conservative leader Peter MacKay is fighting to lead the party he once helped found, and his team, led by former MP Alex Nuttall, is touting strength in numbers, claiming a lead in membership sales to go with a lead in notable endorsements and funds raised to date.

Senate playing catch-up on Centre Block renovation plans, but Red Chamber’s footprint to remain untouched

May 20 2020 — Laura Ryckewaert — After a slow start to the year, Senators are playing catch-up on proposed plans for the Centre Block building’s renovation and construction of the final Visitors’ Welcome Centre, with the Upper Chamber’s oversight subcommittee still being formed, but Alberta Senator Scott Tannas says he thinks so long as it gets underway soon, Senators will still […]

Experienced team returns to back O’Toole in leadership bid

May 13 2020 — Laura Ryckewaert — Conservative MP Erin O’Toole is once again gunning for the party’s helm and supporting him is a familiar team of experienced hands, including national campaign manager Fred DeLorey. But this year’s race is unlike any other, being waged amid the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting physical distancing restrictions. “No one has ever run a campaign during […]

MPs join fight to stamp out COVID-19 disinformation that’s ‘spreading faster than the virus’

Apr 8 2020 — Laura Ryckewaert — The World Health Organization has warned of an “infodemic” of misinformation and disinformation around COVID-19, and as authorities, companies, and individuals work to combat it, two Members of Parliament have joined an international initiative aimed at calling out and fact-checking online content around the virus. “We’ve seen misinformation in many other contexts—electoral contexts and certainly […]

BOIE settles on reno feedback forum, initial list of sacred Centre Block spaces to preserve

Mar 18 2020 — Laura Ryckewaert — Before it adjourned amid COVID-19 precautions, the House of Commons’ Board of Internal Economy struck a new subcommittee to oversee Centre Block renovations and ruled out the possibility of expanding the existing House Chamber, among other things. Only representatives from recognized parties in the House—those with at least 12 sitting MPs—were involved in those decisions. […]

Revamping Centre Block: virtual tools, new levels of collaboration put to use

Jan 29 2020 — Laura Ryckewaert — Four times larger than the West Block renovation project, the mission to revamp the Centre Block building—and build a new underground facility alongside it—is no small feat, and to tackle it, officials have introduced new technologies and levels of collaboration. It’s a “complex project on multiple levels,” said Jennifer Garrett, director general of the Centre […]

One patrol ship and 118 Crown vehicles vandalized, part of $24.2-million in lost property in 2018-19

Jan 15 2020 — Laura Ryckewaert — A vandalized mid-shore patrol vessel sent the total tally for government losses due to an offence or other illegal act skyrocketing to $12.1-million in 2018-19, as revealed in the 2019 public accounts. Lost and stolen items over the last fiscal year included 586 BlackBerrys, iPhones, and other cellular devices; 3,059 pieces of combat clothing; 352 […]

From staffer to MP: five former Hill staffers among newly elected

Oct 30 2019 — Laura Ryckewaert — The post-election push to get the class of 2019 settled in is underway, and among the MPs-elect are five former federal staffers, who have a leg up when it comes to the, at times, daunting task of learning the ropes of life on Parliament Hill. Thirty-eight former full-time political staffers ran as non-incumbent candidates this […]