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Male MPs, staff are bystanders to sexual misconduct, former staffer says

OTTAWA — It was 2007 and Lauren Dobson-Hughes was a young, ambitious NDP staffer on Parliament Hill when a much older MP suddenly kissed her in front of at least 20 people — and no one seemed to bat an eye. The MP, himself a New Democrat, grabbed her around the waist and dug his …

Artificial intelligence pilot to look for suicide warning signs across Canada

OTTAWA— An Ottawa-based firm has been tapped by the federal government for a three-month pilot project designed to look for warning signs for suicide before tragedy strikes. Advanced Symbolics Inc., is an artificial intelligence service company set to examine suicide hot spots across the country to better understand precursors to suicide. The pilot, expected to …

PM should repay taxpayers for trip to Aga Khan’s private island: opposition

OTTAWA— Opposition parties are demanding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repay taxpayers for all or part of the transportation and security costs for a Christmas vacation to the Aga Khan’s private Bahamian island last year which left taxpayers on the hook for more than $200,000. Trudeau owes it to Canadians to foot the bill after …

More than one third who consumed pot drove within two hours: Health Canada survey

OTTAWA — More than one third of Canadians who reported consuming cannabis in a Health Canada survey said they’d gotten behind the wheel of a car within two hours of pot use. Among respondents who reported consuming cannabis in the previous 12 months, 39 per cent said they had driven a vehicle within two hours of using …

Indigenous leaders sounding alarm over implications of legal pot regime

OTTAWA — Indigenous leaders looking at the prospect of legalized marijuana in Canada say they don’t see a route to riches, but rather a serious risk that the black market in pot will set its sights on their vulnerable communities. Isadore Day, the Ontario regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said Tuesday he …

Doctors call on Ottawa to exempt medicinal marijuana from sales, excise tax

Ottawa must withdraw its plan to charge tax on medicinal marijuana or risk having an adverse effect on patients, a group of more than 50 doctors warned Monday as the federal government hashed out a pot-tax revenue-sharing agreement with the provinces and territories. The doctors, who describe themselves as a group of physicians who routinely …

Bennett mum as chiefs call on Ottawa to replace Buller at helm of MMIW inquiry

OTTAWA — Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is keeping mum on a call by First Nations chiefs for the ouster of the head of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. A special gathering of chiefs hosted by the Assembly of First Nations approved a resolution calling for the federal government to …

Bennett mum as chiefs call on Ottawa to replace Buller at helm of MMIW inquiry

OTTAWA — Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is keeping mum on a call by First Nations chiefs for the ouster of the head of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. A special gathering of chiefs hosted by the Assembly of First Nations approved a resolution calling for the federal government to …

Feds to address First Nations child welfare funding gap, but no dollar details

OTTAWA — The next federal budget will include more money for First Nations child welfare services on reserves, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said Wednesday — but she stopped short of saying how much. The Liberal government is keen to fix the “funding gap” in the resources available to Indigenous children as compared to non-Indigenous …

Survivors slam disabilities minister; Hehr sorry for ‘insulting’ comments

OTTAWA— A contrite-sounding Kent Hehr publicly apologized Tuesday to a group of thalidomide survivors who accused the disabilities minister of belittling them and their cause as a “sob story,” among other insults, during an in-person meeting earlier this year. Hehr, who lives with a disability himself and is in a wheelchair, said he meant no …