Monday, May 16, 2016

Ottawa Observations: Monday, May 16, 2016



Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene from Monday, May 16, 2016.

Fort McMurray Fires

Major oil sands facilities, camps under mandatory evacuation order as fire rages
Air quality, growing blaze hinder residents' return to Fort McMurray
Evacuation order expanded for Fort McMurray oilsands camps
Hazardous smoke and hot spots slow re-entry plans for Fort McMurray
Fort Mac's telephone town-hall is a lifesaver in the midst of chaos
Fort McMurray region mayor keeps wildfire challenges in perspective


Dion invited to join international talks on Syrian conflict
Dion's craven Russian appeasement on Magnitsky
Saudi Arabia suspends cultural festival in Ottawa amid outcry over arms deal
Ottawa hopes gender-identity bill will 'lead by example'
Armed Forces to invest in brain imaging scanner to study PTSD
Ottawa examines proposal to give workers right to seek flex time
The matter of Sophie Gr├ęgoire Trudeau's second assistant
A proactive role from Canada could help Burundi
Justin Trudeau promises 'full protection' with transgender rights bill
Ottawa dispatches 40 more staff to Mideast to reduce Syrian refugee backlog
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan grilled by MPs in special Commons session
Michael Chong's bid for Conservative leadership starts with a story
MPs open up about personal struggles with assisted dying bill
Prime Minister Trudeau mourner at Cape Breton funeral
Liberals looking into expanding flexible work hours for federal workers
Justin Trudeau announces transgender rights legislation: 'We can and should do more'
Canada's marijuana legalization plan flouts 3 UN drug conventions
David Saint-Jacques will be the next Canadian astronaut in space
St├ęphane Dion's opposition to Magnitsky law cause for concern
Paul Godfrey's call for government subsidies to newspapers a venerable idea
Tory leadership campaign already full of ideas
Liberals sent scrambling after opposition ambush tests government’s majority in vote
Gregoire should get more help. Trudeau should pay for it
The Prime Minister of photo op. Trudeau and Trump know that image is everything
Who says the Supreme Court won’t change its mind on doctor-assisted suicide — yet again?
After Liberals accused of stacking the deck, can the special committee on electoral reform be saved?
Canadian ambassador fears Ukraine conflict could drag on for decades


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