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Threats Against MPs are Completely Out of Hand

Last week, the House of Commons Procedure and House Affairs Committee (PROC) began reviewing the House’s policy on workplace harassment and violence prevention. This, in years’ past, would register as an innocuous meeting not worthy of generating even a small story in the back of a paper or deep in a website. That’s not what happened, as the PROC Committee heard witness after witness, frequently MPs, recount in excruciating detail the extreme level of harassment, threats of...
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June 3

Loblaws is Once Again at the Centre of Alleged Anti-Competitive Behaviour

To say that a significant portion of Canadians are getting fed up with Loblaws’ chain of grocery stores is, at this point, underselling customers’ frustrations with the grocery giant. According to Statistics Canada, grocery prices have risen by 21.4 percent over the past three years, a painful rise that salaries haven’t come close to keeping up with. While Loblaws maintains they had no choice but to raise prices to astronomical levels for consumers, another “no...
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May 27

Disruptions on the Horizons Report Gives Us a Guide to Canada’s Upcoming Challenges

This week, Policy Horizons Canada, a think tank that explores trends to examine potential challenges future Canadians and governments may need to contend with, released a report titled Disruptions on the Horizons. It’s an interesting document that tasked over 500 separate stakeholders with describing what they believe to be the most likely to reshape or challenge the Canadian way of life. It’s a fascinating thought experiment that lays out the major issues we will likely need to...
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May 22

Federal Government Doesn’t Need to Use the Notwithstanding Clause

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms being signed. The Charter forms an enormous part of our Constitution, and carries with it the fundamental guarantees of our freedoms, including the freedom of association, expression, & religion, and of our rights, including equality, mobility, & legal rights that form much of the backbone of our judicial system. The Charter is as fundamental to the Canadian way of life as the maple leaf, so much so...
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May 13

Foreign Meddling didn’t Affect Election Outcomes, but did Undermine our Trust

“Our electoral system is robust. Active foreign interference did occur during the last two general federal general elections, but they did not undermine the integrity of our electoral system. Our system remains sound. Voters were able to cast their ballots, their votes were duly registered and counted, and there is nothing to suggest that there was any interference whatsoever in this regard, nor did this foreign interference have any impact on which Party formed the government in the last...
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May 6

We Need to See Leadership to Reduce Plastic Pollution

Last week, Ottawa hosted the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international plan to combat plastic pollution, otherwise known as INC-4. The meeting was designed with the hope that UN Member States would agree to a shared approach towards combatting plastic pollution because we have a long way to go to deal with this ever-growing problem.
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April 29

GC Strategies Partners Astonishing Call to the Bar of the House

Last week, one of the partners of GC Strategies, the contractor responsible for the ArriveCan boondoggle, was questioned by the entire House of Commons. The individual in question, Kristian Firth, joins the rare ranks of the select few people to ever be admonished by the Speaker of the House. But more so than that, he became the first person in 111 years to actually be questioned by MPs within the House of Commons chambers itself.
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April 22

Budget 2024 is Focused on Affordability, but Lacks Teeth to go After Corporate Giants

This week, the government put forward yet another budget that lays out their agenda for the upcoming year. It comes at a time where some of the biggest issues of our time, including the costs of housing and food, require real work and investments to correct course. On one hand, some of the measures included in the budget will provide tangible benefits to working Canadians. On the other, it feels like many of the measures outlined are a day late and a dollar short.
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April 15

Amid Food Insecurity, Now is the Time for a National School Food Program

Food bank usage across the country is at its highest level since 1989, according to Food Bank Canada. We know that people are struggling to put nutritious food on their tables, and its affecting everyone. Large grocery chains like Loblaws are raking in record profits while Canadian families deal with the fallout of their greed. PROOF, an interdisciplinary research program that examines household food insecurity in Canada, shows that 17.8 percent of households are currently dealing with food...
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April 8

Canadians Need Clarity on Oil and Gas Price Gouging

Most Canadians are obviously feeling the financial pinch these days. Inflation, while definitely coming down from the massive highs of 2022, still averaged 3.9 percent in 2023, according to Statistics Canada, which is still nearly double the Bank of Canada’s benchmark goal of 2 percent year-over-year. One area where they are really feeling the pinch is the price of oil and gas. Prices have risen dramatically in the past few years, allowing oil and gas companies to shatter profit records...
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