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New variants of concern (VOCs) now account for 67% of all Ontario SARS-CoV-2 infections. Compared with early variants of SARS-CoV-2, VOCs are associated with a 63% increased risk of hospitalization, a 103% increased risk of intensive care unit (ICU) admission and a 56% increased risk of death due to COVID-19. VOCs are having a substantial impact... More
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My name is Jason (Rotisken:rakehte) Arbour, I am Indigenous to the Ottawa-Gatineau region of Canada. I have been appointed Rotisken:rakehte by my immediate and extended family members who have been dispossessed of our Indigenous rights as well as our Indian Village that was in Gatineau, Quebec adjacent the Chaudière falls.   Acknowledging title... More
Michael Geist | March 12, 2021 | in Blog Post
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Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault yesterday told the House of Commons Heritage Committee that his department would reduce the amount it allocates to digital advertising, arguing that too much goes to online platforms and that “we need to change this.” The decision to politicize where the government spends its ad dollars is perhaps... More
Daniel Buckles | January 25, 2021 | in Op-Ed
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Ottawa is faced with a serious decision regarding housing for its urbanizing population. Having declared a “Housing and Homelessness Emergency” on Jan. 22, 2020, as a city we have continued to build mostly condos and single-family dwellings. Clearly these are the most profitable building forms, representing the traditional aspirations of... More

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Gatineau Park
Michael Lait
Tobi Nussbaum
Marc Seaman
National Capital Act
Anita Anand
Failure of Parliament
Senate of Canada
Public Services and Procurement Canada
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March 27, 2021
Foreign interference
intimidation
The petition on urging Canadian government helping local businesses to bridge our supply chain and ensure Canadians' interests first in all our governmental... more
 
March 27, 2021
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supply chain
pandemic
local businesses
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to: 1. Revoke the contract to outsource Canada's VAC services to VFS... more
 
March 27, 2021
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national security
Magnitsky Act
sanctions
VFS Global
In early 2018, Bell led a consortium of companies and organizations arguing for the creation of a new website blocking system in Canada. Complete with a new... more
broadcasting
cdpoli
Having spent a good chunk of Monday talking to reporters about the proposed Rogers merger with Shaw, I thought it might be worth highlighting my initial three... more
broadcasting
cdnpoli
The Green Party is developing an election strategy built around Canada’s urban centres, hoping to capitalize on promising internal polling results that have... more
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Green Party
On Friday, March 12, a door into Ottawa’s new Official Plan closed. That was the formal deadline for comments on the draft tabled by city staff in November,... more
ottpoli
urban planning
urban sprawl
Intensification
“Based on expert opinion released publicly a week ago, our community association believes there is a risk of significant harm to our densely populated... more
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ottpoli
zoning orders
Development
     Re:  What if we just cancelled Canada’s pandemic debt? Konrad Yakabuski, February 11, 2021          If people transfer $100 from their left pockets to... more
Bank of Canada
MMT
central banks
currency issuer
currency user
Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant recently came under fire for some comments she made with regards to the Liberal Party of Canada.  Speaking to... more
#cdnpoli
Mayor Jim Watson &   Members of Ottawa City Council Ottawa City Hall 110 Laurier Ave. West Ottawa ON  K1P 1J1   Dear Mayor Watson:   FCA Request to delay... more
Official Plan
City Council
FCA
    Re: No, a ‘universal basic income’ won’t lift Canadians out of poverty. Here’s why,     Heather Scoffield, Jan. 28, 2021               Rather than... more
unemployment
social policy
minimum wage
Kalecki
The Ontario government is planning to expand the Greenbelt with what could be the largest addition since it was originally protected in 2005, Municipal... more
ONPoli
Development
ministerial zoning orders
In Pickering, Ont., a cluster of marshes and swamps south of Highway 401 has become an unexpected battleground, pitting job creation against environmental... more
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Development
ministerial zoning orders

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