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Former Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour, and Minister of National Defence, Anita Anand, middle, release the final report of the Independent External Comprehensive Review into Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment in the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces in Ottawa on Monday, May 30, 2022. Also in attendance is Chief of the Defence Staff, General Wayne Eyre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Review: past time for Canada’s military to scrap harmful traditions, structures

Arbour: some ‘more at risk of harm, on a day-to-day basis, from their comrades than from the enemy’

Former Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour, and Minister of National Defence, Anita Anand, middle, release the final report of the Independent External Comprehensive Review into Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment in the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces in Ottawa on Monday, May 30, 2022. Also in attendance is Chief of the Defence Staff, General Wayne Eyre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Mendicino is expected to table legislation that will address at least some of the outstanding promises the Liberals have made about controlling access to firearms in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

New handgun restrictions expected in federal firearm-control bill today

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino will present the bill in Ottawa

Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Mendicino is expected to table legislation that will address at least some of the outstanding promises the Liberals have made about controlling access to firearms in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos speaks with reporters before Question Period, Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada raids emergency stockpile to send medical equipment to Ukraine

Help includes trauma kits, medicines, surgical instruments, gloves, masks and gowns

Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos speaks with reporters before Question Period, Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Photos of some of the victims stand among candles as members of Toronto’s Iranian community attend a vigil in Toronto on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, to mourn victims of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 that crashed after takeoff near Tehran, Iran. Canada Soccer has cancelled a planned friendly with Iran in the face of growing criticism. At issue is whether Canada should be hosting Iran given the Canadians who died on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 when it was shot down on Jan. 8, 2020, minutes after taking off from Tehran, by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Canada Soccer calls off planned friendly match with Iran in face of rising criticism

Soccer Canada gave no reason as it faced criticism tied to Iran’s shooting down of Flight 752 in 2020

Photos of some of the victims stand among candles as members of Toronto’s Iranian community attend a vigil in Toronto on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, to mourn victims of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 that crashed after takeoff near Tehran, Iran. Canada Soccer has cancelled a planned friendly with Iran in the face of growing criticism. At issue is whether Canada should be hosting Iran given the Canadians who died on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 when it was shot down on Jan. 8, 2020, minutes after taking off from Tehran, by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre gestures towards Jean Charest as Roman Baber, left, Scott Aitchison and Leslyn Lewis, right, look on during a debate at the Canada Strong and Free Network conference, in Ottawa, Thursday, May 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Tory leadership contenders cross swords on inflation, Quebec’s secularism law

The Conservative Party of Canada, which formed in 2003, has never elected more than 12 MPs in Quebec

Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre gestures towards Jean Charest as Roman Baber, left, Scott Aitchison and Leslyn Lewis, right, look on during a debate at the Canada Strong and Free Network conference, in Ottawa, Thursday, May 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
“Freedom convoy” organizer Tamara Lich delivers a statement during a news conference in Ottawa, on Feb. 3, 2022. An Ottawa judge is expected to make a decision today on Lich’s bail. Lich and fellow protest organizer Chris Barber are jointly accused of mischief, obstructing police, counselling others to commit mischief and intimidation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Judge decides ‘Freedom Convoy’ organizer Tamara Lich stays out on bail

Judge says “taste of jail” has lowered her risk to reoffend

“Freedom convoy” organizer Tamara Lich delivers a statement during a news conference in Ottawa, on Feb. 3, 2022. An Ottawa judge is expected to make a decision today on Lich’s bail. Lich and fellow protest organizer Chris Barber are jointly accused of mischief, obstructing police, counselling others to commit mischief and intimidation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, speaks during an announcement regarding the Government of Canada’s ongoing efforts to protect Canadians from the threat of gun violence during a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Women’s groups warn Liberals against ‘downloading’ gun control to potential victims

Concerns about ‘red flag provision’ raised as government prepares new gun-control legislation

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, speaks during an announcement regarding the Government of Canada’s ongoing efforts to protect Canadians from the threat of gun violence during a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Minister of National Defence Anita Anand makes an announcement in support of Ukraine during a press conference at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Trudeau cancels appearance at event in B.C. after protesters hurl racial slurs

About four dozen protesters used expletives as they chanted against Trudeau

Minister of National Defence Anita Anand makes an announcement in support of Ukraine during a press conference at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Iranian soccer player Omid Nor Afkan carries his national flag as he celebrates qualifying for 2022 World Cup after defeating Iraq, at the Azadi stadium in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 27, 2022. Canada is set to host Iran in a friendly match in Vancouver on June 5, but controversy about the game has swirled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Vahid Salemi

Trudeau says CBSA will decide whether Iran soccer team can enter Canada

Prime minister reiterated how he thinks scheduled World Cup tuneup game in Vancouver was a bad idea

Iranian soccer player Omid Nor Afkan carries his national flag as he celebrates qualifying for 2022 World Cup after defeating Iraq, at the Azadi stadium in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 27, 2022. Canada is set to host Iran in a friendly match in Vancouver on June 5, but controversy about the game has swirled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Vahid Salemi
The former Kamloops Indian Residential School is seen in Kamloops, B.C., on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trudeau faces chants, pounding drums as he walks through crowd at Kamloops memorial

Prime Minister gets stern reception at a daylong memorial held at the nation’s PowWow Arbor

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School is seen in Kamloops, B.C., on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A technician stands at the entrance to a Huawei 5G data server centre at the Guangdong Second Provincial General Hospital in Guangzhou, in southern China’s Guangdong province on Sept. 26, 2021. Senior government officials say the Liberals have decided to ban Chinese the vendor Huawei Technologies from Canada’s long-awaited blueprint for next-generation mobile networks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ng Han Guan

Canada banning China’s Huawei Technologies, ZTE from 5G telecom networks

Providers who already have this equipment installed will be required to cease its use and remove it

A technician stands at the entrance to a Huawei 5G data server centre at the Guangdong Second Provincial General Hospital in Guangzhou, in southern China’s Guangdong province on Sept. 26, 2021. Senior government officials say the Liberals have decided to ban Chinese the vendor Huawei Technologies from Canada’s long-awaited blueprint for next-generation mobile networks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ng Han Guan
Conservative MP for Abbotsford Ed Fast rises during Question Period, Wednesday, March 30, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ed Fast out as Tory finance critic after criticizing leadership candidate Poilievre

Fast is co-chairing the leadership campaign of former Quebec premier Jean Charest

Conservative MP for Abbotsford Ed Fast rises during Question Period, Wednesday, March 30, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The prime minister appears to be rejecting a call from the NDP to hike the GST rebate and Canada Child Benefit cheques this year, noting both are already indexed to inflation.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Liberals reject NDP call to hike GST rebate, Canada Child Benefit cheques

Singh: salaries have gone up 3.3 per cent while consumer price index rose 6.8 per cent in April

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The prime minister appears to be rejecting a call from the NDP to hike the GST rebate and Canada Child Benefit cheques this year, noting both are already indexed to inflation.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Members of Canada’s national soccer team celebrate after clinching a berth in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier soccer action against Jamaica in Toronto on Sunday March 27, 2022 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

PM says inviting Iran to Vancouver soccer friendly is not “a very good idea”

Some call match slap in the face to Canadians who died on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752

Members of Canada’s national soccer team celebrate after clinching a berth in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier soccer action against Jamaica in Toronto on Sunday March 27, 2022 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
A hiker sets up their camera and tripod at the edge of a wooded area along the Mast trail at the Rouge Urban National Park, in Toronto, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The capital budget for Canada’s national parks and historic sites is being slashed by more than two-thirds this year even as more than 30 per cent of the agency’s assets remain in poor or very poor condition.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

Parks Canada capital budget falls as agency works on new plan for crumbling assets

Agency’s capital budget of $138 million, down from $448 million last year and $556 million in 2020-21

A hiker sets up their camera and tripod at the edge of a wooded area along the Mast trail at the Rouge Urban National Park, in Toronto, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The capital budget for Canada’s national parks and historic sites is being slashed by more than two-thirds this year even as more than 30 per cent of the agency’s assets remain in poor or very poor condition.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini
Candidates, left to right, Leslyn Lewis, Roman Baber, Jean Charest, Scott Aitchison, Patrick Brown, and Pierre Poilievre at the Conservative Party of Canada English leadership debate in Edmonton, Alta., Wednesday, May 11, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

What federal Conservative leadership candidates can learn from Kenney and Alberta

Party insider says be prepared to design a team that listens to caucus.

Candidates, left to right, Leslyn Lewis, Roman Baber, Jean Charest, Scott Aitchison, Patrick Brown, and Pierre Poilievre at the Conservative Party of Canada English leadership debate in Edmonton, Alta., Wednesday, May 11, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre gestures towards Jean Charest as Roman Baber, left, Scott Aitchison and Leslyn Lewis, right, look on during a debate at the Canada Strong and Free Network conference, in Ottawa, Thursday, May 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Conservative debate: Poilievre fends off attacks, promises to fire Macklem

Loudest applause repeatedly went to longtime MP Pierre Poilievre

Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre gestures towards Jean Charest as Roman Baber, left, Scott Aitchison and Leslyn Lewis, right, look on during a debate at the Canada Strong and Free Network conference, in Ottawa, Thursday, May 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Moderator Shachi Kurl, President of the Angus Reid Institute, front, joins Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, back left to right, Green Party Leader Annamie Paul, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole pose for an official photo before the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Que., on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Clumsy format, too many moderators hampered 2021 federal election debates: report

Focus more on what leaders say, rather than what they are asked, review states

Moderator Shachi Kurl, President of the Angus Reid Institute, front, joins Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, back left to right, Green Party Leader Annamie Paul, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole pose for an official photo before the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Que., on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday October 21, 2020. In a new mandate letter issued to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, Mendicino instructs the national police force to proactively disclose documents, help uncover truths and allow for alternative forms of investigation as communities “seek justice at their own pace.”	THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Help heal Indigenous residential school trauma, public safety minister tells RCMP

Force told to proactively disclose documents and allow for alternative forms of investigation

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday October 21, 2020. In a new mandate letter issued to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, Mendicino instructs the national police force to proactively disclose documents, help uncover truths and allow for alternative forms of investigation as communities “seek justice at their own pace.”	THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Governor General Mary Simon smiles during a round-table discussion with northern organizations, Monday, May 9, 2022 in Kuujjuaq, Que. Gov. Gen. Mary Simon is beginning her tour of the Nunavik region of northern Quebec today by meeting with local officials, including the Kuujjuaq mayor and council, the Kativik regional government, the school board and the board of health and social services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

‘Welcome home, Mary’: Gov. Gen. Mary Simon begins tour of Nunavik

‘Mary’s been advocating for Inuit people our entire lives’

Governor General Mary Simon smiles during a round-table discussion with northern organizations, Monday, May 9, 2022 in Kuujjuaq, Que. Gov. Gen. Mary Simon is beginning her tour of the Nunavik region of northern Quebec today by meeting with local officials, including the Kuujjuaq mayor and council, the Kativik regional government, the school board and the board of health and social services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld