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Tory, Liberal Senate leaders call assisted suicide bill 'unconstitutional' as deadline nears

National Post - ‎3 hours ago‎
OTTAWA - The leaders of both Liberal and Conservative Senate caucuses say they believe the government's assisted-dying legislation is unconstitutional - and both say it's impossible for legislation to pass before the Supreme Court's June 6 deadline ...
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Liberals want to end jailing of child migrants, public safety minister says - ‎9 hours ago‎
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says he wants to end the Canada Border Services Agency's practice of detaining child migrants.

Experts warn against rushing assisted dying bill through Parliament

Calgary Herald - ‎7 hours ago‎
It's expected to be voted on early this week, before being passed on to the Senate. The new law comes after the landmark Carter v. Canada decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that set a June 6 deadline - one many, including some senators, have ...

Today in history

North Bay Now (press release) (registration) (blog) - ‎16 hours ago‎
1913 - Military - The Senate of Canada rejects by a vote of 51 to 24 Robert Borden's bill to assist the Royal Navy instead of developing a Royal Canadian Navy.

Patients to be moved out of Covenant Health facilities for assisted deaths - ‎5 hours ago‎
The Supreme Court of Canada ordered the federal government to have a law in place by June 6. Even if Bill C-14 is passed this week, it faces a battle in the Senate, making it unlikely it will become law by the court's deadline. Nonetheless, Payne said ...

Cohen: Yes, Mr. Trudeau, you CAN fix the Senate

Ottawa Citizen - ‎May 17, 2016‎
Here is another timeless truth: The Senate of Canada cannot be changed. It is beyond reform, renewal, repair or redemption.
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Key Canada Events for Week of May 30

Wall Street Journal - ‎17 hours ago‎
Highlights on this week's events calendar include the wrap-up of Canadian bank earnings season and some key economic indicators, including first-quarter gross domestic product figures.
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Kady O'Malley: The Liberals have a pretty big to-do list for the 19 days before Parliament's summer shutdown

National Post - ‎11 hours ago‎
(Monsef can, at least, take comfort in not having to worry what the Senate thinks of her proposal, since it only needs to be passed by the House - a luxury in which her colleague LeBlanc, alas, cannot indulge. ... C-10 (Air Canada Public Participation ...

MP Dean Allison hosts roundtable on death and aging - ‎13 hours ago‎
Local MP Dean Allison hosted a roundtable discussion last week on physician assisted death, as the federal government moves towards passing legislation on it at the request of the Supreme Court of Canada. Allison and Kitchener Conestoga MP Harold ...

Doctors can assist suicide next week — but will they? If bill not passed in time, MDs face legal confusion

National Post - ‎May 29, 2016‎
As of midnight next Monday, Canada's doctors will be legally free to administer a new medical “service” - death - to competent adults who choose to die.

Supreme Court's World Bank Decision Compromises Our Justice System

Huffington Post Canada - ‎10 hours ago‎
The World Bank is crowing over a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada involving engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, international corruption, and the rule of law in Canada. The Supreme Court -- seemingly ... In 2004 hearings before the Senate ...

AG's $24-million Senate audit value questioned as high-profile RCMP cases dropped

Hill Times (subscription) - ‎May 29, 2016‎
Mr. Ferguson recommended that the auditor general “should be given a clear mandate as the external auditor to conduct audits of the Senate of Canada, including audits of Senators' expenses.” He also recommended that the auditor general “should have ...

Algoma U Confers Honorary Degree on Senator Murray Sinclair - ‎11 hours ago‎
Today, Algoma University conferred an Honorary Degree, a Doctor of Laws, hororis causa, on Senator Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada, at a luncheon on campus attended by members and friends of the ...

Speaking Social Licence In The Senate

Mondaq News Alerts (registration) - ‎May 17, 2016‎
On April 20, Alan Ross, a partner in BLG's Calgary office, was invited to offer his insight to the Senate of Canada's Transport and Communications Committee on their ongoing study of the transport of crude oil in Canada. At its essence, social licence ...
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Michigan preps for self-driving cars beyond just testing - ‎17 hours ago‎
The U.S. auto industry's home state of Michigan is preparing for the advent of self-driving cars by pushing legislation to allow for public sales and operation - a significant expansion beyond an existing state law that sanctions such vehicles for ...
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Wynne apologizes to indigenous peoples 'for the abuses of the past'

The Globe and Mail (subscription) - ‎16 hours ago‎
“And I apologize for the fact that residential schools are only one example of the systemic, intergenerational injustices inflicted upon indigenous communities throughout Canada.” No apology can change the past, she said. However, she said the apology ...

Planning to fight back against your neighbour's annoying drone? Read this first

The Globe and Mail (subscription) - ‎14 hours ago‎
However, interfering with these radio signals is illegal in Canada and the U.S. (and many other jurisdictions), not least because jammers can block cellular phone signals that emergency responders rely on as well.
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Robb Hogg running on energy in Iowa Democratic Senate race

OurQuadCities - ‎1 hour ago‎
... tar sands of Canada or offshore oil, ethanol is a winner, biodiesel is a winner and the environmental footprint of those fuels continues to go down while the environmental footprint of oil products goes up so I support biofuels strongly and in the ...

Parliament could be recalled in July as Senate pushback delays assisted death law

CTV News - ‎May 22, 2016‎
The government may be forced to bring MPs back to the House of Commons after the Canada Day long weekend to vote on the controversial doctor-assisted death legislation, CTV News has learned.

How mental illness complicates medically assisted dying

The Globe and Mail (subscription) - ‎19 hours ago‎
The Canadian Psychiatric Association has cautioned that there is no established standard of care in Canada for defining when typical psychiatric conditions are irremediable.