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Time for ‘rights based approach’ to Indigenous affairs, PM Trudeau says

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to overhaul the way the federal government relates to Indigenous Peoples, proposing a new legislative framework designed to pave the way toward stronger rights and greater control over their own destiny. “We need to both recognize and implement Indigenous rights,” Trudeau said Wednesday in a speech in …

Tougher harassment rules to apply to online spaces, says Labour Minister Hajdu

OTTAWA — The Liberal government wants its proposed stricter rules to crack down on harassment in federal workplaces to reflect the fact that colleagues no longer restrict their interactions to daytime hours at the office. “We know that those boundaries are very blurry and especially in workplaces like ours,” Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said Monday …

Chagger never told of allegations against staffer because he’d already quit

OTTAWA — Liberal cabinet minister Bardish Chagger was never told about allegations that a senior staffer had acted inappropriately towards a job applicant because he had already left Ottawa and returned to the private sector, her spokesman said Monday. “I find these behaviours entirely unacceptable,” Chagger, the minister for small business and tourism, said in …

Time for change on harassment, including on Parliament Hill: minister

OTTAWA—There is nothing new about sexual harassment on Parliament Hill, says Employment Minister Patty Hajdu, but it is time to get serious about supporting its victims and stopping it from happening in the first place. “We talk a lot about getting women into politics and if we can’t actually protect the women staffers in our …

Liberals try to allay fears of faith based groups over summer jobs program

OTTAWA—Faith-based organizations are welcome to seek federal funding to create summer jobs for youth, the Liberal government says, but it has not budged from a new requirement that recipients demonstrate they respect a woman’s right to have an abortion. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he is willing to work with churches and other religious …

Harassment policy governing public servants does not apply to the PMO

OTTAWA — The Prime Minister’s Office has called in an independent investigator to look into unspecified allegations against a senior staffer, but the workplace harassment policy that governs all federal public servants does not technically apply to PMO employees. “That said, we are absolutely informed by it,” Kate Purchase, communications director for Prime Minister Justin …

Trudeau government wants to ‘demystify’ G7 summit by involving Canadians

OTTAWA — The Liberal government wants to lift the mystery surrounding the G7 summit as it prepares to host the gathering next year, in hopes that Canadians will feel more included and, perhaps, less inclined to protest on the periphery. “The idea is to get input from Canadians,” Peter Boehm, the Canadian G7 summit sherpa, …

Trudeau government want to ‘demystify’ G7 summit by involving Canadians

Public Domain, OTTAWA — The Liberal government wants to lift the mystery surrounding the G7 summit as it prepares to host the gathering next year, in hopes that Canadians will feel more included and, perhaps, less inclined to protest on the periphery. “The idea is to get input from Canadians,” Peter Boehm, the Canadian G7 …

State sanctioned LGBTQ discrimination continues, advocates say

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized for past state-sanctioned discrimination against LGBTQ people in Canada, but advocates argue his Liberal government could be doing more to stop it from happening now. “I think there’s a lot of work to do,” said Gary Lacasse, executive director of the Canadian AIDS Society. “We do believe that the apology …

Trudeau apologizes for decades of LGBTQ2 discrimination by federal agencies

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began by telling a story — one that began not that long ago and, in some ways, is still unfolding — about how the federal government spent decades ruining the careers and lives of Canadians because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. “This is the devastating story of people who …