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Indigenous housing contest launched

OTTAWA—The Trudeau Liberals are offering indigenous communities $30 million in prize money as part of a contest that could end up rewriting the rules about how the federal government funds badly-needed housing on-reserve.

Key to the contest is to draw in private-sector builders to help finance the construction and repairing of homes in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities.

Ottawa to overhaul help for homelessness

OTTAWA—A cornerstone federal strategy to combat homelessness is set to receive a makeover this week that's expected to focus on outcomes rather than how quickly cities are spending.

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy is the key vehicle through which federal money flows to cities for funding local efforts to help people get off the streets and into homes.

Parliament poet talks ego, emotion in writing

OTTAWA—Georgette LeBlanc looks around the parliamentary library in the Centre Block and admits she was last in the building in high school.

The Quebec poet will be spending a lot more time in this library over the next two years during her term as parliamentary poet laureate, adding to the writing surrounding her on this sunny March morning.