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Canada’s passport backlog ‘virtually eliminated,’ minister says

Jan 24 2023 — Rachel Gilmore — Families, Children and Social Development Minister Karina Gould says the passport backlog has been “virtually eliminated” and processing times in passport offices are back to pre-pandemic levels. The announcement comes amid a three-day Liberal cabinet retreat in Hamilton, Ont. “Since its peak in June 2022, after dedicating resources to ensure these Canadians receive their passports, […]

‘Fill-the-gaps’ programs can’t replace Liberal promise of pharmacare, advocates say

Jan 24 2023 — Teresa Wright — As political pressure builds on the federal Liberals’ pledge to usher in Canada’s first ever national drug coverage program, questions are being raised about implementation delays and whether Ottawa’s vision for pharmacare will indeed materialize as a universal, single-payer program. Last week, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh told reporters he wants to see a national framework […]

Another Liberal minister contracted foodie firm with ties to senior staffer

Jan 20 2023 — — A second Liberal minister gave thousands in contracts to a foodie firm with family ties to a senior staffer in Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office, Global News has learned. Marci Ien, the minister of women and gender equality, gave $10,000 in constituency contracts to Munch More Media, a Toronto-based public relations firm specializing in promoting […]

Smith responds to allegations staff member emailed Alberta Crown Prosecution Service over Coutts blockade

Jan 20 2023 — — After a report surfaced Thursday about allegations that a staffer for Premier Danielle Smith emailed the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service to question their judgment on some cases, the premier’s office has issued a statement saying “this is a serious allegation” and “appropriate action will be taken” if the allegations are true. The CBC reported Thursday […]

Hussen’s office gave $93k in PR work to senior staffer’s sister’s foodie firm

Jan 20 2023 — — Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office admitted Thursday night that his senior staffer is the sister of the director of a foodie communications firm that received $93,050 in constituency funds. Hussen’s office confirmed that his director of policy, Tia Tariq, is sisters with Hiba Tariq, the director of Munch More Media, the company that has been […]

David Crosby, legendary singer-songwriter, dies at 81

Jan 19 2023 — — David Crosby, the legendary singer-songwriter who founded some of the defining rock groups of the 1960s, has died at the age of 81, according to media reports on Thursday. Variety shared a statement from Crosby’s wife saying the musician died after “a long illness” and was surrounded by his family when he passed. “Although he […]

Fund to fight gun crime a political opportunity for federal Liberals

Jan 19 2023 — David Akin — Across the country, Liberal MPs have spent the week handing out millions of dollars to municipalities to fight gun crime and remind voters about their intention to ban handguns and strengthen gun control laws, measures which internal government polling obtained by Global News appears to indicate are political winners for the Trudeau government. On Thursday […]

Hussen spent $93k constituency funds on PR help from foodie firm Munch More Media

Jan 19 2023 — — Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen used $93,050 in constituency funds for public relations help from a foodie communications firm with a connection to a former senior staffer, public records show. House of Commons rules permit MPs to use constituency funds for professional communications work, but Hussen is one of just a handful of cabinet ministers who […]

Canada to send Ukraine 200 more armoured vehicles as Anand makes surprise visit to Kyiv

Jan 18 2023 — — Canada’s Defence Minister Anita Anand has made a surprise visit to Ukraine and announced Wednesday more military support to help Kyiv respond to Russia’s invasion. Anand said Ottawa will be donating an additional 200 Canadian-made armoured vehicles worth $90 million. The vehicles are being purchased from Roshel, a company based in Mississauga, Ont. This is […]