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"The fact that the meeting - which has since been cancelled - was to be held in-camera and that the media would be blocked from hearing witnesses is unusual. In addition, it also rare for a bilingual document to be presented to a committee without it being released at the same time to the public."The committee was scheduled to hear from Gérard Latulippe, the president of the Montreal-based agency, and board chairman Aurel Braun.

U.K. politician George Galloway flies to Toronto on Saturday after court decision

Eighteen months ago, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney blocked then-British MP George Galloway from Canada, labeling him a terror supporter and a national security risk. At the time, Galloway was scheduled to appear in four Canadian cities on a speaking tour called "Resisting War: from Gaza to Afghanistan."

Violence and Police Repression at the G20 Summit in Toronto

The violence and repression carried out this past weekend by the authorities in Toronto, where the G20 summit was taking place, was worthy of a police state. An army of security officers, both in uniform and undercover, took over the downtown portion of Toronto, a major world city, creating conditions of “martial law,” in the words of a columnist for the right-wing Toronto Sun.

An open letter to Canadian journalists

On behalf of our members, we are calling on journalists to stand together and push back by refusing to accept vague email responses to substantive questions that require an interview with a cabinet minister or a senior civil servant.

Time to Reform Question Period

If one thing has been made abundantly clear to me during my time as a Member of Parliament, it is that ordinary Canadians are disappointed with the behaviour in Question Period and want to see their Parliamentarians focus on the issues that really matter, instead of cheap political point scoring.

Aid groups advised to ‘shut the f--- up’ on abortion

Aid experts alarmed by Canada’s new anti-abortion stand in foreign policy have received some raw political advice from a Conservative senator: “shut the f--- up” or it could get worse.
“We’ve got five weeks or whatever left until G-8 starts. Shut the f--- up on this issue,” Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth told a group of international-development advocates who gathered on Parliament Hill on Monday to sound the alarm about Canada’s hard-right stand against abortion in foreign aid.

Pattern of delay: Ottawa's Kafkaesque information denial

The Access to Information Act requires Ottawa to respond to requests in 30 days - unless that query is about how the federal government follows its own rules, in which case the response can take two-and-a-half years. Thirty-two months ago, as a slowdown became apparent in the processing of access to information documents, The Globe and Mail filed requests with about a dozen federal agencies seeking an explanation. Responses trickled in. The most recent arrived last week: a 27-page package of heavily redacted documents from the Treasury Board of Canada, the department responsible for this piece of legislation.

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