Federal Politics

A dentist holds instruments in Skokie, Ill., on Friday, June 12, 2020. The House of Commons has voted to pass third reading of the Liberal’s dental-care benefit bill, which will allow the government to send cheques to modest-income families to pay for their kids’ dental needs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Charles Rex Arbogast

Federal dental care benefit gets go-ahead from House of Commons

Bill gives children in families who make less than $90,000 a year as much as $650 per child

A dentist holds instruments in Skokie, Ill., on Friday, June 12, 2020. The House of Commons has voted to pass third reading of the Liberal’s dental-care benefit bill, which will allow the government to send cheques to modest-income families to pay for their kids’ dental needs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Charles Rex Arbogast
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference with Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at the State Department in Washington. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Ottawa today, where he will meet with Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jacquelyn Martin

Officials dodge question of Canada’s possible role in military mission in Haiti

Haiti ravaged by plunderous gangs amid a worsening cholera outbreak

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference with Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at the State Department in Washington. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Ottawa today, where he will meet with Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jacquelyn Martin
Wendy Cukier reads a message on her smartphone as she stands in the foyer of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Friday, March 27, 2015. An umbrella group of gun-control advocates says any exceptions to the federal handgun freeze should be very narrowly defined. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canadians must choose between hobbies and children’s lives: gun-control group

Federal regulatory freeze restricts importing, buying, selling or otherwise transferring handguns

Wendy Cukier reads a message on her smartphone as she stands in the foyer of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Friday, March 27, 2015. An umbrella group of gun-control advocates says any exceptions to the federal handgun freeze should be very narrowly defined. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller, centre, Minister of Justice David Lametti and and Minister of Indigenous Services Patty Hajdu, appearing via video conference at left, participate in a news conference regarding the order from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to compensate Indigenous children and their families, in Ottawa, on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Tribunal says $40B Indigenous child-welfare agreement doesn’t satisfy all orders

Tribunal throws future of the deal into question as it urged the parties to continue negotiating

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller, centre, Minister of Justice David Lametti and and Minister of Indigenous Services Patty Hajdu, appearing via video conference at left, participate in a news conference regarding the order from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to compensate Indigenous children and their families, in Ottawa, on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A dentist holds instruments in Skokie, Ill., on Friday, June 12, 2020. The House of Commons standing committee on health voted Monday night to adopt Bill C-31, sending it back to the House for a vote. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Charles Rex Arbogast

New dental benefit vulnerable to fraud without verification measures: PBO

Liberals fast-tracked Bill C-31 through the health committee Monday

A dentist holds instruments in Skokie, Ill., on Friday, June 12, 2020. The House of Commons standing committee on health voted Monday night to adopt Bill C-31, sending it back to the House for a vote. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Charles Rex Arbogast
Gregory Lick, the National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman, speaks during a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Ombudsman slams military’s treatment of injured reservists, rangers

Organization failing to address long-standing gaps for Canada’s part-time soldiers

Gregory Lick, the National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman, speaks during a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau references a joke image of himself with a mullet haircut during his speech at the Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau references a joke image of himself with a mullet haircut during his speech at the Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby
An Atlantic salmon is seen during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The executive director of British Columbia’s salmon farmers association says a formalized consultation process for the future of the industry is welcome after several years of “ad hoc” discussions stemming from the Liberal government’s pledge in 2019 to end open-net pen salmon aquaculture off B.C.’s coast.��THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver Island First Nations worry feds flip-flopping on B.C. fish farms transition

BC Salmon Farmers Association ‘heartened’ after its round of meetings with Fisheries minister

An Atlantic salmon is seen during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The executive director of British Columbia’s salmon farmers association says a formalized consultation process for the future of the industry is welcome after several years of “ad hoc” discussions stemming from the Liberal government’s pledge in 2019 to end open-net pen salmon aquaculture off B.C.’s coast.��THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward
Ontario Provincial Police Supt. Craig Abrams appears as a witness at the Public Order Emergency Commission in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OPP officer says Emergencies Act wasn’t needed to end Ottawa ‘Freedom Convoy’ protest

OPP chief says Ottawa police chief did not trust team of public order and emergency planning experts

Ontario Provincial Police Supt. Craig Abrams appears as a witness at the Public Order Emergency Commission in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Marco Mendicino speaks during a news conference, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022 in Ottawa. The federal government says measures to freeze the number of handguns in Canada are now in effect. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Federal freeze on buying, selling handguns now in effect, says public safety minister

Accompanying legislative measures have yet to be approved by Parliament

Marco Mendicino speaks during a news conference, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022 in Ottawa. The federal government says measures to freeze the number of handguns in Canada are now in effect. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters before attending caucus on Parliament Hill, Wednesday, October 19, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Liberal GST rebate bill passes as government pushes cost-of-living measures

Those eligible for the GST rebate will receive a lump-sum payment

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters before attending caucus on Parliament Hill, Wednesday, October 19, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a Q-and-A at a net-zero conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. Trudeau says he will guarantee that Canada will in fact meet its latest emissions target. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Trudeau guarantees Canada will meet its emissions target this time

Canada has set 8 different climate targets since 1988 and never come close to meeting one

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a Q-and-A at a net-zero conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. Trudeau says he will guarantee that Canada will in fact meet its latest emissions target. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Peace Tower is seen behind police at a gate along Queen Street as they restrict access to the streets around Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. The inquiry into the federal government’s use of the Emergencies Act during February’s “Freedom Convoy” protest in Ottawa continues today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Ottawa mayor, PM accused Ford of shirking responsibility on ‘Freedom Convoy’ response

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson testifying today at the Public Order Emergency Commission

The Peace Tower is seen behind police at a gate along Queen Street as they restrict access to the streets around Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. The inquiry into the federal government’s use of the Emergencies Act during February’s “Freedom Convoy” protest in Ottawa continues today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Marco Mendicino speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Mendicino visited on Monday families of victims who died during a mass stabbing, then signed an agreement to explore new ways to improve safety on some First Nations in Saskatchewan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ottawa signs agreement to find Indigenous policing solutions after mass stabbing

Chief echoed his calls for Ottawa to help his community establish its own police force

Marco Mendicino speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Mendicino visited on Monday families of victims who died during a mass stabbing, then signed an agreement to explore new ways to improve safety on some First Nations in Saskatchewan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A person walks among trucks on Wellington Street on the 18th day of a protest against COVID-19 measures that has grown into a broader anti-government protest, in Ottawa, on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Parliament security took issue with city moving convoy trucks near Parliament Hill

Emergencies Act public inquiry focuses on City of Ottawa plan to move trucks from residential areas

A person walks among trucks on Wellington Street on the 18th day of a protest against COVID-19 measures that has grown into a broader anti-government protest, in Ottawa, on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault is seen during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. Guilbeault says there is more work to do with Canadian banks after another round of carbon price rebates went out to Canadians without making it clear what the money is. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Feds ask banks to help make carbon-price rebate deposits more clear

Ottawa is trying to make rebates more visible by sending them directly to people every three months

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault is seen during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. Guilbeault says there is more work to do with Canadian banks after another round of carbon price rebates went out to Canadians without making it clear what the money is. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Police walk the line to remove all truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after protesters blocked the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

RCMP refused release of badge numbers, fearing convoy supporters would dox officers

RCMP Commissioner asked to approve decision, force recognized questions around transparency

Police walk the line to remove all truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after protesters blocked the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Police officers patrol on foot along Albert Street as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that has been marked by gridlock and the sound of truck horns reaches its 14th day, in Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Protest convoy truck noise caused hearing loss, woman tells Emergencies Act inquiry

Witness called protest an assault on her hearing that left her hopeless and trapped in her home

Police officers patrol on foot along Albert Street as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that has been marked by gridlock and the sound of truck horns reaches its 14th day, in Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Commissioner Paul Rouleau speaks during the first day of hearings at the Public Order Emergency Commission inquiry, Thursday, October 13, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Two provinces say they were blindsided by decision to invoke Emergencies Act

Saskatchewan and Alberta objected to use, believed law did not need to be applied across country

Commissioner Paul Rouleau speaks during the first day of hearings at the Public Order Emergency Commission inquiry, Thursday, October 13, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Thomas Cromwell looks on before being invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Cromwell recommended wholesale change at Hockey Canada a day before the embattled sports organization’s president and CEO and board resigned on Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Hockey Canada board resigned after justice Thomas Cromwell’s recommendation

Report: Hockey Canada’s leadership had lost the confidence of stakeholders, major teardown needed

Former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Thomas Cromwell looks on before being invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Cromwell recommended wholesale change at Hockey Canada a day before the embattled sports organization’s president and CEO and board resigned on Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
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