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“Dreaming big”: Former astronaut Julie Payette to be next Governor General

OTTAWA—Former astronaut Julie Payette appeared emotional Thursday after being officially declared Canada’s next Governor General, taking a moment to salute her family, friends, and colleagues on Earth and a few above the planet. The 53-year-old from Montreal will become the fourth female to be the monarch’s representative in Canada when she is sworn in later …

Downie takes to Parliament Hill to speak out for Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

OTTAWA—Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie made a rare public appearance Sunday to bring attention to the ongoing plight of some of Canada’s young indigenous people, likening it to the same kind of pain young people suffered in the now defunct residential schools. He told young people gathered at festivities surrounding “We Day,” the movement inspired …

Are 30 somethings earning more than their parents? StatCan study says yes

OTTAWA — A new study from Statistics Canada appears to suggest that 30- and 40-something Canadians are more likely to live the American dream of earning more than their parents than their counterparts south of the border. The research released Tuesday by the national statistics office found that overall, Canadian children who turned 30 and …

Ottawa warms up to Senators playoff run as PM says time to join the bandwagon

OTTAWA — Politics, like hockey, has its unwritten rules — and on Friday, Justin Trudeau broke one of them, daring to suggest the country should jump on the bandwagon of the only Canadian team left in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Ottawa Senators, who will face the Pittsburgh Penguins beginning Saturday to decide the top …

Terrorism concerns lead to security changes at passport offices

OTTAWA –The federal government has been quietly making changes to passport offices in a bid to improve security and address concerns that the facilities could be easy targets for a terrorist attack. Civil servants in passport and other government offices have for years faced bomb threats, and hostility from individuals who are disgruntled, drunk or …

Think twice about campaign promise of seniors’ price index, docs urge Liberals

OTTAWA –The Trudeau government should tread carefully on a Liberal promise to find a new way of making sure elderly benefits keep pace with rising costs, newly released documents suggest. The idea of a so-called “seniors’ price index” arises from a 2005 Statistics Canada study that showed the cost of goods purchased by older Canadians …

Trudeau says child care budget plan ‘huge’ as critics call it overselling

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are putting on a political press to sell their child-care budget pledge, calling it ambitious in the face of questions about whether the funding is too modest to make a significant difference for families. The Liberals have promised to spend $7.5 billion over a decade on child care, starting with …

Trudeau says child care budget plan ‘huge’ as critics call it overselling

OTTAWA –The federal Liberals are putting on a political press to sell their child-care budget pledge, calling it ambitious in the face of questions about whether the funding is too modest to make a significant difference for families. The Liberals have promised to spend $7.5 billion over a decade on child care, starting with $500 …

Liberals open to letting more private dollars pay for public services: Morneau

OTTAWA — New federal government spending programs are being put to a new litmus test, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Thursday — whether or not they offer the potential for luring private-sector investment. Squeezed by deeper deficits, the Liberals only have so much fiscal wiggle room, which had Morneau putting spending proposals for his latest …

Liberal budget details $11.2B in affordable housing, plus push for private cash

OTTAWA — Cities and affordable housing providers will find themselves with $11.2 billion more to spend on new and existing units over the coming decade, part of a multi-pronged push detailed in Wednesday’s federal budget to help people find homes. The money, which comes from the government’s social infrastructure fund, includes $5 billion to encourage …

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