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OTTAWA - The federal Liberals say they plan to extend a promise of gender parity in cabinet to ensure the same outcome in the hundreds of appointments the government makes to boards, agencies and Crown corporations. Just how the process will work is unclear: The Liberals vowed in the election to overhaul an...

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government should disband the National Energy Board rather than live with a board of directors stacked into the future by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, says a former top government official. Penny Collenette, former Liberal Prime Minister Jean...

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Liberal Party leader was raised in Ottawa home as son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau OTTAWA—When Justin Trudeau takes office next month as Canada’s prime minister, he will return to the residence where he was raised. After spending his early childhood in the official Ottawa home for Canada’s leader,...

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Long campaigns can be dangerous moments in time. Britain’s Harold Macmillan is reported to have said when asked what it was that a prime minister most feared: “Events, dear boy, events.” The tragedy of the Syrian refugee crisis is one such event. On Thursday in Geneva, the United Nations High Commissioner...

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I was pleased to be noted by the Hon. John Manley in a recent book about government transitions, called "Off and Running" by Dr. David Zussman. Page 84: As a consequence of the attention directed at the appointment process during the Mulroney years, Penny Collenette was recruited in 1993 to assume responsibility...

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Analysis TORONTO – A proposed class action lawsuit seeking to sue Joe Fresh for $2-billion about its role in the 2013 Bangladesh garment factory collapse raises thorny legal questions about how much responsibility companies should have over their arms-length operations in other countries. The eight-storey...

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Looking at women in politics

Posted in Newsroom by  •  March 17, 2015

Did you know that in Canada, women only make up 24.6% of members of Parliament (77 out of 307), 31% of senators (38 out of 105) and 26.3% of cabinet ministers (10 out of 38)? Clearly, women are underrepresented on the federal political scene. Yet according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), “How...

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The cola kids of El Salvador

Posted in Newsroom by  •  March 16, 2015

Youth in El Salvador are addicted to soft drinks. resulting in an epidemic of childhood tooth rot and gum disease. SAN SALVADOR — What could be duller than waiting to see the dentist? “Muy aburridos” — so bored! — four boys say as they roll their eyes. It’s just after noon, and Oscar, Josué and...

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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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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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