Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ottawa Observations: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene from Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

Fort McMurray Fires

Wildfire flare-up stalls Fort McMurray's recovery
Spreading wildfires derail oil sands restart
Major oil sands facilities, camps under mandatory evacuation order as fire rages
NDP handling of fire wins praise, even from Danielle Smith
Wildfire's spread may stop plan to let evacuees return to Fort Mac
Return of wildfire halts Fort McMurray oilsands recovery plans
Fort McMurray fire sweeps east through northern oilsands sites
High winds push Fort McMurray wildfire toward Suncor and Syncrude plants
Tweaks to Electoral Reform Committee an "Insult' Says NDP Critic

Despite Dion's rhetoric, Sweden says it hasn't suffered from cancelling Saudi arms deal
Canada will help deliver humanitarian aid in Syria if ceasefire fails: Dion
Assisted-dying bill mired in debate ahead of deadline
Senators reject Liberal representative's request for extra office money
Prime Minister's wives have answered the call
Transgender protection finally has government muscle
Senate committee wants patients to have right to choose death in advance
Komagata Maru apology resonates with families of rejected passengers
Some leadership bids should not be discounted
Ottawa's legal manoeuvre on veterans benefits called 'a betrayal'
Justice minister to select judges using existing process, for now
Senate committee urges Liberals to approve advance requests for assisted death
Trudeau government names Trans Mountain environmental review panel
There's no sunny way to change Canada's democracy
The Trudeaus are riding the same populist wave as Trump — and it has a dark side
Issues raised at Copenhagen women's rights conference relevant to Canada, says MP Michelle Rempell
Liberals’ replacement for Office of Religious Freedom will promote broader range of rights
Liberals deny appeasing Russians over human rights law for invitation to Syrian peace talks
Senate committee can’t study Senate ethics because it can’t legally pick any members for committee

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