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Economy, Politics, Society

Ottawa to fast-track $2.2B to help municipalities hit hard by pandemic

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed Monday to accelerate the delivery of $2.2 billion in federal cash transfers to municipalities through the federal Gas Tax Fund to help cash-strapped communities deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to »

Economy, Health

New Democrats propose plan to get money to Canadians quickly

The New Democratic Party (NDP) released a proposal yesterday to cut the administrative load and give direct support to Canadians as well as increase wage subsidies to protect Canadians from losing their jobs throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. The proposal calls »


Liberals move to end Canada Post strike

With Canada’s busiest shopping season ahead of Christmas holidays threatened by a weeks-long rotating postal strike, the federal government is pushing emergency legislation to force Canada Post employees back to work. Labour Minister Patty Hajdu tabled the proposed legislation in »

Politics, Society

‘Déjà vu all over again’: Auditor General slams federal government

Canada’s federal spending watchdog has delivered a blunt and blistering critique of government bureaucracies and urged the “still-new” Parliament to learn from past mistakes “that show up in audit after audit, year after year, and sometimes persist for decades.” “These problems include »

Health, Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

Almost 180 people denied entry to Canada due to Ebola

In October, following Australia’s lead, Canada stopped issuing visas for residents and nationals of West African countries battling Ebola.  It also temporarily suspended the processing of permanent residence applications for people from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. As a result »

Economy, Politics, Society

Study: Canadian government budget cuts are permanent, dramatic and hit services to citizens

Canadian government attempts to balance the federal budget with cuts have reduced services to veterans, lowered the number of employees dealing with food inspection, and generally cut direct services to citizens, according to a new study by the Canadian Centre »

Economy, International, Politics

Politics Today – July 28, 2013

On this edition of Politics Today RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda focusses on the Council of the Federation, a three day meeting of the premiers of Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. The premiers voiced frustration at the lack of cooperation from »

Economy, Politics

Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer says she’s not getting requested government information

Sonia L’Heureux, Canada’s interim Parliamentary Budget Officer, says Canadian government departments and agencies have once again failed to provide requested information so that she can do an analysis into the 2012 federal budget. July 19th was the second deadline the »

Economy, Politics, Society

Newspapers want to know why Canadian government not advertising with them

Canadian newspapers say the federal government is only using 10 percent of its entire advertising budget on newspapers. They want to know why, and they’re using advertising and meetings with MPs to get their point across. A full page ad »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, Politics

The LINK Online 44

This week, Wojtek Gwiazda and Marc Montgomery present highlights of the week’s stories. © Govt of Canada We start off with some interesting but perhaps painful news..at least painful to Canadian’s wallets. A new report from the conservative-leaning think-tank The Fraser »