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Gurski: Does Ottawa City Hall really need increased security?

Posted on 01 January 2020

There is an old saying: “You can’t fight City Hall.” In Ottawa, we might want to amend that to “You can’t fight City Hall without first going through a security checkpoint.” The Citizen reported recently that the city is installing security access gates at two entrances, and that security staff will check bags, purses and overcoats starting in January, making sure no one brin ...

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Province gives Ottawa hospitals $14.5M for infrastructure upgrades

Posted on 01 January 2020

Ontario is spending $14.5 million this year to help Ottawa hospitals upgrade and repair their infrastructure, provincial health minister Christine Elliott announced Wednesday. Eight hospitals in the Ottawa area are being allocated a little over eight per cent of the $175 million Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund in 2019-20, which is being divvied up among 131 hospitals province-wide. ...

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Ottawa moves to restrict vaping advertisements to prevent youth exposure

Posted on 01 January 2020

OTTAWA — Health Canada is proposing to ban advertising of vaping products in spaces where young people can see them in a bid to rein in the rise of underage e-cigarette use. Minister Patty Hajdu put forward new rules Thursday that would prohibit vaping promotion in specialty shops, businesses and online platforms frequented by youth. ...

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Ottawa delays changes to taxing stock option gains past 2020 budget

Posted on 01 January 2020

The Liberal government is pushing the implementation of changes to the taxing of employee stock options to a later date. Finance Canada had proposed the changes to come into force on Jan. 1, 2020, but announced late Thursday that it was delaying it past the 2020 budget. The new coming-into-force date will be announced in the budget and “provide individuals and businesses time to revi ...

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'Greatest existential threat of our time': Ottawa makes carbon tax case in court

Posted on 01 January 2020

The climate crisis is a national and global issue that can't be fought entirely by the provinces, a lawyer for the federal government argued Tuesday. "The context of this case is the greatest existential threat of our time," said Sharlene Telles-Langdon in her opening arguments in support of Ottawa's carbon tax. The law that brought in the tax is being challenged this week by A ...

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Chrystia Freeland will have to navigate misogyny in her new roles

Posted on 14 December 2019

Chrystia Freeland’s influence in the new Liberal minority government has been upgraded significantly with Justin Trudeau’s recent cabinet announcements. She now serves in dual roles as deputy prime minister and minister of intergovernmental affairs. Freeland will also play key leadership roles on the “agenda, results and communications” and the “economy and the environment” cab ...

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Don't tell the world 'Canada is back' without backing it up: Brian Mulroney hits out in foreign affairs speech

Posted on 13 December 2019

OTTAWA — In a speech that takes veiled shots at Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer and Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is calling for Canada to increase its foreign aid spending, re-engage with the United Nations, and stop telling the world “Canada is back” without taking action to back it up. “The world stage is the big leagues, and if you want to play success ...

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FUREY: The rise of the organized Muslim vote in Canada

Posted on 13 December 2019

A number of puzzled columnists and policy experts are currently trying to figure out why it was that Canada under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has broken with its tradition of voting down United Nations resolutions that denounce Israel and – as happened last week – joining the pile-on to condemn the only Jewish state in the world. So far the working conclusion they’ve arrived a ...

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Western alienation goes to Ottawa as Andrew Scheer and Scott Moe meet with Trudeau

Posted on 17 November 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got a firsthand blast of Western angst on Tuesday as he heard the complaints of Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe in separate private meetings. With the Liberals planning to unveil a Throne Speech on Dec. 5, Trudeau will be meeting with opposition parties this week to look for common ground that will help keep his minori ...

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Leaders of Ottawa Transit Commission continue to criticize citizen transit commissioner

Posted on 17 November 2019

As frustrations continue over problems with Ottawa’s new Light Rail Transit system and reliability of OC Transpo bus service, the Vice-Chair of the city’s Transit Commission took to Twitter to complain about a citizen commissioner’s comments and commentary on the service. Alta Vista Ward Councillor Jean Cloutier tweeted on Sunday that Sarah Wright-Gilbert, a voluntary member o ...