Only a few days into his new job as an executive at Canada’s energy regulator Sylvain Bédard asked for help. A list of six questions from National Observer had arrived in his email inbox.  Most of the questions were about botched security arrangements for a National Energy Board (NEB) pipeline hearing in Montreal.  One of the questions described a... More
Ed Hand | April 25, 2017 | in Op-Ed
Ending violence against women is one of the top three priorities of Ottawa Police Chief, Charles Bordeleau.   It's too bad some of those on the front lines, "didn't get the memo".  In a world where more than 70% of female victims don't report harassment or intimidation, you would think those on the front lines would be more in tune with the need... More
The head of Canada's financial intelligence agency has admitted it signed a deal that interfered with the government's legal obligations under federal freedom of information legislation. The director of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) made the admission on Tuesday as he elaborated on a confidential... More
Michael Geist | March 24, 2017 | in Blog Post
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is expected to file a notice of renegotiation of the North American free trade agreement within weeks, paving the way for talks that could reshape the Canadian economy. It became clear last week that the renegotiation will involve much more than just a few “tweaks”, as a U.S. congressional hearing saw officials... More

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The Kanata North Business Association presents; Robots, Virtual Reality & Digital Forensics. Come see the future of technology May 24th from 5 to 7:30 pm... more
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Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner will be on "Town Hall Live with Michael A. Charbon" on Monday, April 24 at 7 pm. Schreiner will discuss the... more
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The Centre for International Governance Innovation, the well-respected independent think tank based in Waterloo, has posted the first part of an exceptional... more
IT Innovation
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Ottawa – A CBC investigation revealed that cell phones exceed maximum permitted exposures during normal use, and expose Canadians to three to four times more... more
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The beginning of April saw the City of Ottawa begin to offer discounted bus passes to low-income residents - those falling below the Statistics Canada Low... more
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Does Ottawa Need a Community Land Trust Last fall, the City of Ottawa's  submission to the new national housing strategy consultation described a long standing... more
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affordable housing
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West Quebec painter John F. Marok served champagne and snacks at the closing of his exhibition Explorations and Excavations: the Lights and Shadows of Gatineau... more
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  Canadians can be proud of their notable contributions to the United Nations, including vital support for the Land Mines Treaty and the International Criminal... more
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Dear Minister Naqvi, There is something inherently corrupt about a justice system that allows a police officer who is charged with three serious criminal... more
Yasir Naqvi
Ontario Liberal Party
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Ottawa Police Services
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There are so many  ways Canadians celebrate  July 1, Canada Day--A family picnic, a walk in one of our many parks, attending the Parliament Hill ceremonies/... more
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It’s a beautiful day and the weather is finally seasonal. The snow has almost all melted away. Spring is here and the long, snowy winter is over. I’m... more
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