Posts by: Penny Collenette

 

The federal government has a web of legislation and regulations to deal with sexual harassment but doesn’t have a way to effectively track the extent to which it’s happening in its own workplace. A “dearth” of data was among the findings of a parliamentary committee’s report into sexual harassment in the...

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In the wake of Wednesday’s shooting at Canada’s Parliament Hill, experts warned against assuming there are gaps in Canada’s national security policies, but said the shooting highlights a long-term problem of disorganized and lax security at Parliament. According to various eyewitness reports, the gunman...

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Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s sad and unfolding story has sparked a wider discussion of governance. Just what are the ethics of the intersection of personal heath and public duty? Are there new norms of behaviour? And who tells the story? Something once so private has now become so public. Mr. Ford’s cancer diagnosis...

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The House of Commons is in need of a new chief legal expert to advise MPs, the Speaker and ultra-secretive Board of Internal Economy on parliamentary matters, at a time House administration is ensnared in some contentious political and legal disputes. The Commons has been without a law clerk and parliamentary...

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The new Clerk of the Privy Council faces significant challenges as head of a federal bureaucracy struggling with low morale, an erosion of policy expertise and what some worry is the politicization of the public service. Janice Charette was named Canada’s top public servant on Wednesday by Prime Minister Stephen...

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Elections Canada dispute cut from site. Staff of Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover anonymously edited her Wikipedia page to remove controversial details about her run-ins with Elections Canada. The information disappeared last week and involved a 2013 request by Elections Canada that the Saint Boniface...

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After a campaign that saw federal Conservatives taking relentless pot shots at the Ontario Liberals, can Stephen Harper and the newly re-elected Kathleen Wynne now make up and be friends? Tories on Parliament Hill had chided Wynne and the Liberals over their economic plans during the provincial campaign, while...

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SNC-Lavalin seeking money for 'extras' on McGill University hospital deal. Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette is balking at a request from scandal-plagued SNC-Lavalin for an additional $191 million to complete the McGill University Hospital Centre in what was supposed to be a $1.343-billion fixed-price...

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National Assembly Ethic commissioner will not release findings Pierre Karl Peladeau's new position within the PQ could bring a new set of possible conflict of interest situation, say a number of experts in ethics and governance. Last Friday, Peladeau was named party critic for the economy, entrepreneurship,...

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Apathy is Boring Montreal, Quebec April 10th 2014 Introduction Apathy is Boring is a national youth-led non-partisan charitable organization that has been working to educate Canadian youth about democracy since 2004. In keeping with our strict non-partisanship policy, we do not advocate on matters of public...

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