Catherine Cullen

Parliamentary Bureau

Catherine Cullen is a senior reporter covering politics and Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

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Volunteer placements on pause as Liberals try to restart troubled student grant program

Students hoping to get paid for work with non-profits are now stuck in limbo as the federal government tries to resuscitate the Canada Student Service Grant program after WE Charity left its administration role.

WE Charity saw resignations, departures from senior ranks before landing government contract

A charity under scrutiny after receiving a contract to administer a $900 million government program has gone through an organizational upheaval over the past few months, CBC News has learned.

Teachers to be paid $12K to recruit and manage students under government program with WE Charity

A key piece of a much-scrutinized $900-million program to get youth working in the community will also pay teachers $12,000 each to recruit and mentor students over the summer.

19-year-old former intern at centre of alleged O'Toole breach denies he hacked account

The 19-year-old former intern at the centre of a political tempest that is now the subject of police investigations says he never "hacked" into Conservative leadership candidate Erin O'Toole's video conferencing account.

Erin O'Toole asks to be 'second choice' of social conservatives in leaked video

Working to lift himself past rival Peter MacKay, Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole is asking social conservatives to make him their second choice, a leaked video reveals.

Some students still confused about emergency benefits, groups say

Some student groups say their members have questions about which emergency benefits they're eligible for, while others may not even realize they can apply.

Trudeau's call with premiers gets testy as leaders butt heads over funding to reopen economy

Thursday evening's weekly call between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers was marked by testy exchanges over the federal government's pledge of $14 billion to help provinces reopen their economies and the future of the military in Quebec's long-term care facilities, according to sources with knowledge of the call.

CERB benefits contributing to spike in overdoses, outreach workers warn

People who work with those struggling with drug addictions are warning that the Canada emergency response benefit program (CERB) — Ottawa's primary support for households left without income due to the pandemic — is helping to fuel illicit drug use and may even have contributed to overdose deaths.

Conservative leadership candidates pitch fixes for long term care

Conservative leadership candidates are weighing in on the crisis in long-term care, calling for everything from new funding to keep people in their homes to a crackdown on those who abuse the elderly.

Nurse left homeless by COVID-19 anxiety now working the front lines of the pandemic

Left temporarily homeless by pandemic panic, an Ottawa-area nurse has taken a job 400 kilometres out of town in a long-term care facility battling a COVID-19 outbreak.

Conservatives toss Karahalios out of leadership race for second time

Conservative leadership hopeful Jim Karahalios has been disqualified from participating in his party's leadership race for a second time — just two months after he was first removed from the contest over allegations of racism.

Court rules Jim Karahalios should be back in the Conservative leadership race

An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled that Jim Karahalios should be reinstated as a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada's leadership race, after he was forced from the race over a claim of racism.

Pandemic benefit cheats could get caught by new CRA measures — but not soon

The Canada Revenue Agency is looking at new measures to catch people making unsupported claims for pandemic emergency benefits. Much of the verification won't take place until next year, however.

Ottawa will distribute pandemic money now, 'clean up' fraudulent claims later, PM says

The government isn't focused on "cleaning up" fraudulent claims for government pandemic benefits right now — but such claims will be looked into later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today.

Canadians who don't qualify for CERB are getting it anyway — and could face consequences

More than 7 million Canadians have applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit — but some of them shouldn't actually be getting the $2,000-per-month payment. And those receiving the money who aren't entitled to it could be putting their own financial futures at risk, CBC News has learned.

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