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Latest Château Laurier design pleases heritage group, mayor

Aug 13 2020 — — Both Heritage Ottawa and Mayor Jim Watson say they’re pleased with the latest design for an expansion of the city’s iconic Château Laurier hotel. According to Heritage Ottawa, the “dramatically altered” design represents a “ground-breaking change” that “will see an end to the widely vilified horizontal bar-shaped structure that blocked the rear view of the […]

WE Charity registers to lobby federal government, discloses dozens of interactions with officials

Aug 13 2020 — — WE employees communicated with public office holders 38 times since March, according to lobbying registry. WE Charity has registered to lobby the federal government and retroactively disclosed dozens of previous interactions between its employees and federal officials over the past several months. Dalal Al-Waheidi, WE Charity’s executive director, told MPs on the House of Commons […]

WE Charity laying off staff, looking to sell real estate in Toronto

Aug 13 2020 — — WE Charity is scaling back its operations, making dozens of layoffs in Canada and the United Kingdom and looking to sell some of its real estate holdings in Toronto. The charity has been embroiled in a political controversy since the Trudeau government chose it to run a now-abandoned youth volunteer program. WE Charity says its […]

Stronach family settles feud that divided founder Frank and daughter Belinda

Aug 13 2020 — — A high-profile feud among members of the Stronach family has been settled. Under a settlement announced by The Stronach Group, control of the family fortune is basically split between two factions. Former politician and business executive Belinda Stronach will remain chairwoman and president of The Stronach Group, with full control of its horse racing, gaming, […]

Details emerge of lawsuit over government’s coronavirus response

Aug 13 2020 — — CBC News has obtained an unredacted copy of a lawsuit launched by an anti-vaccination advocacy group against the government response to the coronavirus crisis, the details of which can now be independently verified and publicly reported for the first time. The lawsuit was filed by Aylmer, Ont.-based Vaccine Choice Canada and seven individuals in the […]

MPP Lisa MacLeod under police protection in Ottawa after ‘threatening’ emails and ‘unexplained mischievous incident’

Aug 13 2020 — — Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod will be under police protection in Ottawa after “threatening emails” and an unexplained “mischievous incident” targeting the minister after she appeared on a local radio program to condemn recent harassment against other local female politicians. MacLeod appeared on 580 CFRA to speak out against the harassment recently faced by MP Catherine […]

Trudeau government paying $84M to firm employing Katie Telford’s husband to manage rent assistance aid program

Aug 7 2020 — Christopher Nardi — The Trudeau government is paying up to $84 million to a company that employs Chief of Staff Katie Telford’s husband as a senior executive to administer its COVID-19 emergency commercial rent assistance program for small businesses. Due to the ties between Telford and her husband, Robert Silver, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) assures that their […]

Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s job could be in jeopardy after clashes with Prime Minister, sources say

Aug 11 2020 — Robert Fife — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not committed to keeping Bill Morneau on as the key architect of the federal government’s economic revival plan after the two men clashed over the Finance Department’s policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis, sources say. Insiders say Mr. Trudeau is uncertain whether Mr. Morneau is the right fit to navigate […]

Trudeau, Morneau, Telford must resign, or trigger an election: Blanchet

Aug 12 2020 — — The leader of the Bloc Quebecois says if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Katie Telford, the prime minister’s chief of staff, don’t resign, he will try to trigger an election in October. Yves-Francois Blanchet told reporters today revelations in the WE controversy — as well as new details about a contract […]

Where’s Mark Carney? With no suitable vacancy in Ottawa, he’ll be serving the country as advisor on economic recovery

Aug 10 2020 — John Ivison — The echo chamber of Canadian politics reverberated with some particularly juicy scuttlebutt last week. Mark Carney was set to announce as a Liberal candidate and become Canada’s finance minister, it was heard and said. The utterly imaginary ascended to the level of sure thing, thanks to two events. First, well-regarded York Centre Liberal MP Michael […]

Government ‘dropped the ball’ on WE Charity deal, Qualtrough says

Aug 11 2020 — Kathleen Harris — Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough conceded the government “dropped the ball” on its student volunteer grant program, and said she makes “no excuse or justification” for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s roles in the resulting WE Charity controversy. Speaking at the House of Commons ethics committee Tuesday, Qualtrough said that, in the […]

Here’s Justin Trudeau’s strategy for ending the WE Charity scandal

Jul 25 2020 — — As Justin Trudeau prepares to testify about his role in his government’s controversial deal with WE Charity, those close to him say the prime minister and his party can ride out the scandal. Within the Prime Minister’s Office, senior staff say they have the truth on their side — that the program was conceived by […]

‘Nobody calls out the prime minister’: WE Charity scandal ‘a truly systemic error,’ say some Liberal MPs who also wonder about PM’s advisers

Jul 27 2020 — Abbas Rana — With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yet again on the defensive dealing with the fallout from the We Charity controversy, some Liberal MPs are “upset,” “outraged,” and “disappointed,” describing the scandal a “systemic error” where it appears no cabinet minister was willing to take the risk of telling the prime minister that he should recuse himself […]

Trudeau government paying $84M to firm employing Katie Telford’s husband to manage rent assistance aid program

Aug 7 2020 — Christopher Nardi — The Trudeau government is paying up to $84 million to a company that employs Chief of Staff Katie Telford’s husband as a senior executive to administer its COVID-19 emergency commercial rent assistance program for small businesses. Due to the ties between Telford and her husband, Robert Silver, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) assures that their […]

Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s job could be in jeopardy after clashes with Prime Minister, sources say

Aug 11 2020 — Robert Fife — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not committed to keeping Bill Morneau on as the key architect of the federal government’s economic revival plan after the two men clashed over the Finance Department’s policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis, sources say. Insiders say Mr. Trudeau is uncertain whether Mr. Morneau is the right fit to navigate […]

Trudeau, Morneau, Telford must resign, or trigger an election: Blanchet

Aug 12 2020 — — The leader of the Bloc Quebecois says if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Katie Telford, the prime minister’s chief of staff, don’t resign, he will try to trigger an election in October. Yves-Francois Blanchet told reporters today revelations in the WE controversy — as well as new details about a contract […]

Canadians’ personal data on the table in NAFTA negotiations

Aug 2 2017 — — The personal information of Canadians will be on the negotiating table along with auto parts and labour standards when North American free trade talks begin this month. The United States has served notice it wants an end to measures that restrict cross-border data flows, or require the use or installation of local computing facilities. It […]

RCMP officer among 17 confirmed dead in Nova Scotia killing spree

Apr 19 2020 — — RCMP say 17 people are dead, including one of their officers, after a man who at one point wore a police uniform and drove a mock-up cruiser went on a rampage across northern Nova Scotia in one of the deadliest killing sprees in Canadian history. Police said Sunday night the suspected shooter, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, […]

Jenni Byrne tossed from Harper’s inner circle

Oct 20 2015 — — On his final campaign flight from Abbotsford, B.C. to Calgary, Stephen Harper sat with his closest friends and began putting together the plan for his exit from the Conservative Party leadership. That plan will unfold this morning, as Conservative politicians and the party’s rank-and-file look to a future leadership race — only the merged party’s […]