Olivia Stefanovich

Senior reporter

Olivia Stefanovich is a senior reporter for CBC's Parliamentary Bureau based in Ottawa. She previously worked in Toronto, Saskatchewan and northern Ontario. Connect with her on Twitter at @CBCOlivia. Story tips welcome: olivia.stefanovich@cbc.ca.

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Supreme Court of Canada upholds genetic non-discrimination law

Canada's highest court has issued a ruling today upholding a federal law preventing third parties, such as employers and insurance companies, from demanding genetic information from individuals.

Ottawa, AFN pen agreement to map out funding for First Nations child welfare overhaul

The federal government is entering an agreement on Tuesday with the Assembly of First Nations to outline how it will fund an overhaul of the First Nations child welfare system — a piece left out of recent legislation.

Federal Court justice says judicial diversity targets need 'aggressive' timelines

Despite a commitment by the Trudeau government to appoint more diverse candidates to the bench, change has been slow. Since 2016, only three per cent of judicial federal appointments have self-identified as Indigenous and eight per cent have identified as visible minorities.

Lametti says he would not intervene in Meng's case before the court process ends

Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti said today he would not intervene in extradition proceedings for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou before the court process reaches its end.

Supreme Court sides with Uber drivers, opening door to $400M class-action lawsuit

Canada's highest court opened the door to a proposed $400-million class-action lawsuit against Uber today after it sided with a driver in a case over whether workers can settle disputes with the ride-hailing company through a costly, foreign arbitration process or through Ontario courts.

The Canadian government can intervene to end Meng's extradition trial. Should it?

Seasoned jurists say the Canadian government has every legal right to intervene to free Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou from her extradition trial to the U.S. But some experts say such an action could have significant political ramifications.

Minnesota inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women looks to Canada for guidance

A state inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women in Minnesota is taking lessons from Canada on how to make sure its upcoming report doesn't end up gathering dust on a shelf.

Chief Justice Wagner denies crossing a line by suggesting Criminal Code changes

Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner said today he did not place himself in a potential conflict of interest by suggesting amendments to the Criminal Code after senior criminal defence lawyers raised the alarm.

Supreme Court chief justice suggests Criminal Code changes to cut into court backlogs

The federal government should consider Criminal Code amendments on how jury trials function to deal with the massive caseload backlog caused by COVID-19 disruptions, Canada's top judge told CBC News.

Supreme Court of Canada rules B.C. violated French-language education Charter rights

The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the government of British Columbia to pay the province's sole French-language school board $6 million in damages for underfunding its school bus transportation system for a decade, and an additional $1.1 million for operations.

Indigenous women's organization gives Ottawa failing grade on its MMIWG response

The most prominent Indigenous women's organization in Canada is handing the federal government a failing grade for its response to the recommendations of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, as critics condemn the delay in releasing a national action plan.

Police co-ordination still lacking a year after inquiry report on missing and murdered Indigenous women

The police response across Canada to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has been uneven and work to create national standards remains aspirational, according to a CBC News survey of law enforcement agencies. 

Ottawa delays release of national action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women

The federal government is postponing the release of an action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, which was expected next month to mark the one-year anniversary of the national inquiry's final report.

Signing of Wet'suwet'en agreement could land Ottawa in court

Despite objections from some elected leaders of the Wet'suwet'en First Nations, the federal and B.C. governments plan to sign an agreement with the hereditary chiefs that charts a path for transferring jurisdiction of their territory to its traditional leadership.

Trudeau backs Bennett after Wet'suwet'en elected chiefs call for her resignation

Elected Wet'suwet'en chiefs are asking for the immediate resignation of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett over an agreement between Ottawa, B.C. and hereditary chiefs, which they claim was drafted without their consent.

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