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Health, International

Military member who sought to ‘arrest’ PM is sentenced to six years in jail

A heavily-armed member of the Canadian military who drove his truck filled with weapons into the main gates of Rideau Hall, the governor general’s residence, last summer before setting out on foot to “arrest” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was sentenced »

International, Politics

Trudeau skates past questions about the future of the monarchy in Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s open to a constitutional debate about the role of the monarchy in Canada. Just not right now. “Obviously, I wish all members of the Royal Family the very best. But my focus, as we’ve »

Politics, Society

Report on Payette’s tenure as governor general is officially released

The report that led to Julie Payette’s resignation as Canada’s governor-general has been made public. Heavily redacted, it was released Wednesday night under the Access to Information Act less than a week after Payette and her secretary, Assunta Di Lorenzo, »


New military chief apologizes for discrimination members have suffered

The new leader of the Canadian Armed Forces has apologized to members of the military who have faced discrimination and harassment while serving. Admiral Art McDonald made the comments as he was sworn in Thursday at a mostly virtual ceremony »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Governor General pays tribute to Canadians’ resilience in New Year’s message

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette has delivered her annual end-of-the-year/New Year’s message–praising Canadians for responding positively to the COVID-19 pandemic and paying tribute to front-line and essential workers, including medical professionals and the military. And she wasn’t alone. This year’s message »


Trudeau prorogues Parliament until Sept. 23

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has prorogued Parliament until Sept. 23, apparently to try to buy some time to ride out the so-called WE Charity controversy. Prorogation, a manoeuvre that ends a parliamentary session, shuts down the House of Commons committees »


Rideau Hall names Cirque du Soleil manager as new chief of staff

Rideau Hall, the official residence in Ottawa of both the Queen and her representative, the Governor General of Canada, has a new chief of staff as the institution tries to cope with allegations of mismanagement and mistreatment of staff under »


Privy Council Office launches workplace probe of Governor General’s office

The Privy Council Office (PCO) says it has launched a “thorough, independent and impartial” workplace probe into claims of harassment and verbal abuse in the office of Gov. Gen. Julie Payette. The investigation follows a CBC News report that quoted »


Governor General’s office denies claims of workplace abuse

The office of Gov. Gen. Julie Payette is denying allegations that the former astronaut has created a toxic work environment for staff at Rideau Hall. The denial follows a report by CBC News on Tuesday claiming that the Queen’s representative »


Quebecers honoured for their brave actions during 2017 mosque shooting

Canada’s Governor General Julie Payette is honouring five Quebecers for their brave actions during the 2017 mosque shooting in Quebec City, according to a news release from yesterday. On January 29, 2017, Alexandre Bissonnette killed six and injured five people »