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Contradictory spending, slow pace trouble Trudeau government’s emissions-reduction plans: Environment Commissioner

Nov 25 2021 — Marieke Walsh — Canada has the worst emissions record in the G7 since 2015, contradictory policies and has been slow to implement the plans to meet its current targets after three decades of missed climate-change pledges, the federal environment commissioner says. Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Jerry DeMarco released a report Thursday that chronicles three decades […]

Senior military officer placed on leave months after sexual-misconduct investigation against him started

Oct 15 2021 — Marieke Walsh — The Canadian Forces’ chief of military personnel is being investigated for sexual misconduct by military police and went on leave effective immediately on Friday – months after the probe was launched. Lieutenant-General Steven Whelan was promoted to his current rank and placed in charge of military personnel and rooting out bad behaviour in the Forces […]

Majority of federal Conservative candidates won’t disclose COVID-19 vaccination status

Sep 18 2021 — Marieke Walsh — The vast majority of Conservative candidates are not disclosing their vaccination status, even as their party leader has championed vaccinations as key to getting through the pandemic. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has said if his party wins government, it would ensure the country’s COVID-19 vaccination rate goes above 90 per cent, but he is the […]

Liberals face possible federal, provincial privacy probes for use of facial recognition technology

Jun 25 2021 — Marieke Walsh — Facial recognition technology used by the governing Liberals to verify the identities of people voting in the party’s candidate nomination elections may be investigated by privacy commissioners at the federal and provincial levels. After The Globe and Mail reported on Wednesday that the Liberal Party of Canada is using the technology, the federal NDP asked […]

Canada releases redacted versions of COVID-19 vaccine contracts

Jun 11 2021 — Marieke Walsh — The federal government released all of its largest COVID-19 vaccine contracts late on Friday, but heavy redactions prevent the public from seeing much of the relevant information, including the prices per dose and the delivery schedules for the shots. The 364-page document containing Canada’s contracts with its seven vaccine suppliers was sent to members of […]

Liberal Party triggers ‘electoral urgency’ rule for nominations

Jun 4 2021 — Marieke Walsh — The federal Liberal Party has triggered its “electoral urgency” rule for nominations, allowing the party to change any rules governing candidate selection and speed up the pace of nominations. The rule will take effect on Friday, party spokesperson Braeden Caley told The Globe and Mail on Thursday. Mr. Caley said the decision is a routine […]

Sajjan was involved in Vance pay raise, top civil servant says

Mar 26 2021 — Marieke Walsh — A top civil servant contradicted Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s denial of any role in awarding former chief of defence staff Jonathan Vance a pay raise after the Prime Minister’s Office and Mr. Sajjan were made aware of sexual misconduct allegations against him. Janine Sherman, who as a deputy secretary to the cabinet is one of […]

Ottawa plans to help U.S. drug giant expand Winnipeg vaccine-production plant

Mar 15 2021 — Marieke Walsh — The federal government is in advanced talks with a U.S. pharmaceutical giant to fund the expansion of its Winnipeg plant, which already has the technology to do the final stages of production for several types of vaccines, including the highly sought-after mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne says his government plans to help Emergent […]