National security…

    Jan 10, 2016

National Newswatch – Jim Bronskill
Liberals open to broad security revamp, not just ‘problematic elements’: Goodale 

The fury of activity around the Aboriginal issues and the Syrian refugees had momentarily banish the controversial issues around national security and the Bill C-51.  Minister Goodale appears to suggest that the Liberals are willing to a comprehensive revision of the issue rather than just fine tune some portions of the offending sections.  Says Goodale:  “The subject matter is large, it’s complex, the solutions aren’t particularly easy to achieve. But our whole point in having consultations is to listen to what we hear. And if the messages indicate that something more needs to be done, obviously we would try to pursue that.”   Related article:  Ottawa Citizen – Ian Macleod   MP McGuinty to chair parliamentary committee to monitor spying, security

National Newswatch – Don Lenihan
Evidence-based policymaking: it all comes down to fear vs. hope

This is a suggestion by Lenihan that the contrast in policy making between Harper and Trudeau may be in evidence in other governments around the world.  Citing the abundance of hard information as what is replacing the ideology, the traditionalist and the religious mantra, Lenihan, of Canada 2020, thinks we are moving towards evidence based policy making.    Related article:  Globe and Mail – Adam Radwanski   Inside Trudeau’s inner circle  Related article:   Globe and Mail – Nik Nanos  Polls show how Canadians are feeling when it comes to Trudeau vs. Harper

National Newswatch – Will Leroy, Canadian Press
Tentative deal for Ontario corrections staff, OPSEU says

An eleventh hour agreement appears to have ended the threat of strike among Ontario’s 6000 correctional officers, the notable concession being the willingness of the correctional unions to be considered essential workers.  The remaining disputed articles are going to binding arbitration.  Related article: Toronto Star – Nick Westoll and Bruce Demara    Corrections officers’ union reaches deal with province – Deal with OPSEU removes their future right to strike, but means all wage issues will go to binding arbitration   Related article – Ottawa Citizen -Shaamini Yogaretnam  Ottawa jail guards welcome deal, hope spotlight stays on staffing issues   Related article: Toronto Star – Michael Robinson   ‘Astounding’ number of lockdowns at Maplehurst Correctional Complex

Ottawa Citizen – Ian Macleod
Extend current assisted-suicide laws six months, federal lawyers to ask

Federal lawyers will ask on Monday for a six month extension of the current laws on assisted dying in the face of an imminent deadline set by Canada’s Supreme Court last year.  Feb. 6 is the court’s deadline but the current laws will endure another 28 days.  The critics say April 6 should be latest for a delay.

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