OTTAWA—Four in every 10 children residing in Finance minister Bill Morneau's downtown Toronto riding live in poverty, one of the highest rates identified in a new report tracking child poverty rates across all 338 federal ridings.
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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.
OTTAWA—Provinces and territories have agreed to fund a key financial pillar supporting the Trudeau Liberals' decade-long housing strategy, vowing to spend billions to repair and build social housing units and create a new rental benefit.
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.
OTTAWA—The Trudeau Liberals are being told to be careful in how they frame a national dialogue on racism to ensure it focuses on solutions, instead of sparking a contentious debate that could thwart federal efforts.
The Liberals soon will launch consultations on a national anti-racism strategy promised in February's budget.
OTTAWA—The federal Liberals are on a promotional blitz to tout a key promise in their latest federal budget aimed at one day providing extra benefits to the working poor.
The Liberals are keen to promote the changes and the extra $1 billion in annual spending for one of the few federal benefit programs that targets singles and families by subsidizing their wages with a tax credit.
OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is raising the idea of creating a use-it-or-lose-it funded leave for new dads, doing so days before he unveils a spending blueprint that has been the focus of lobbying efforts for further changes to national parental leave policies.
OTTAWA—Shortly before the 2015 election, a group of Liberal policy advisers took a long look at how to create dedicated leave for new fathers—but once in office, opted instead for allowing all new parents extra time off without an increase in benefits.
Now, after that plan received a cool reception, the governing Liberals appear to be going back to their original idea.
OTTAWA—Some disabled Canadians fighting for government benefits are being forced by a federal tribunal to hire lawyers—a move that has baffled advocates and appears to fly in the face of Liberal plans for the appeals body.
OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau, who came into office vowing to set the gold standard for transparency and ethical behaviour, yesterday became the first prime minister found to have violated federal conflict of interest rules.