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Trudeau appears open to safe opioid supply proposal in Vancouver, mayor says

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared open to a proposal from the municipality to provide millions in funding for a safe supply of opioids to reduce overdose deaths.

Debates commissioner David Johnston suggests separate debate for main contenders

Debates commissioner David Johnston is suggesting one way to improve leaders' debates in future elections might be to make room for an English and a French debate that include only the main contenders for prime minister.

Singh says he would 'encourage' provinces on health-care services

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said today he would use federal health-care transfers to provinces to influence their decisions and encourage better delivery of services.

Growing number of newcomers, refugees ending up homeless in Canada: studies

A growing number of newcomers to Canada are ending up in shelters or are finding themselves homeless, newly released government figures show.

Senior officials in Ottawa advised to focus on the majority to counter populism, documents show

Senior government officials were advised to "bring the focus back to the majority" — instead of on diversity values — in public communications to counter the threat of populism in Canada, newly released documents show.

Critics question why Canada's border officers need bulletproof vests to work with migrants

Canada's border-security agency will soon require all border-security officers working with detained migrants to wear defensive gear that includes batons, pepper spray and bulletproof vests — a policy that is drawing concern over a perceived "criminalization" of asylum seekers.

Right whale protections may not be enough, federal review shows

Measures taken to protect North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from being struck by ships and getting caught in fishing gear may not be enough, a Canadian government scientific review shows.

Poll suggests majority of Canadians favour limiting immigration levels

Sixty-three per cent of respondents to a recent Leger poll said the government should prioritize limiting immigration levels, while just 37 per cent said the priority should be on increasing the number of immigrants to meet economic demands.

House of Commons unanimously adopts new parental-leave policy for MPs

For the first time ever, members of Parliament will have the right to take paid parental leave from their jobs on Parliament Hill when they adopt or give birth.

Committee of MPs decides against calling for school-bus seatbelts in Canada

A committee of MPs who probed bus-passenger safety in Canada has decided not to call for seatbelts to be installed in school buses, urging further study instead.

Trudeau pledges more funding for reproductive health services worldwide

The Liberal government says it will increase Canadian funding for women's health worldwide to $1.4 billion every year starting in 2023, with half of this money dedicated to sexual- and reproductive-health rights.
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Ashley Smith's family furious with Trudeau over solitary-confinement bill

Ashley Smith's mother and sister say a bill that purports to end solitary confinement in Canada's prisons is highly flawed.

Senate committee approves changes to solitary confinement bill

A committee of senators has approved changes to a bill that aims to end solitary confinement in Canadian prisons — including one key change that would place a 48-hour maximum on the amount of time an inmate can be kept in isolation.

Scheer says he'd scrutinize CBC's work for Canadian emphasis if he becomes PM

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says if he is elected prime minister in the fall, he would want to ensure the CBC tells enough Canadian stories.

Senator says solitary-confinement bill will make some conditions worse, not better

Sen. Kim Pate says the Trudeau government's Bill C-83 only offers a cosmetic rebranding of the practice of separating inmates from others in isolated cells for administrative or disciplinary reasons.