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Notley Announces New Ministry Of Children’s Services


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L:R: Shaye Anderson, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Premier Rachel Notley, Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services, and Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services.

By Sheldon Spackman

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced today that the Government has created a new Ministry. The Ministry of Children’s Services, which aims to fix long-standing child intervention problems. Provincial officials say the Notley government is focused on creating a child protection and intervention system that serves the needs of Alberta children and families and is accountable for the protection of children.

Three ministers were sworn into new roles at Government House in Edmonton on January 19th. Danielle Larivee from the constituency of Lesser Slave Lake will serve as Minister of Children’s Services. She most recently served as Minister of Municipal Affairs. Shaye Anderson from the constituency of Leduc-Beaumont will serve as Minister of Municipal Affairs. He will also join Minister Larivee on the Municipal Governance Committee. Also, Human Services will be renamed “Community and Social Services” and will continue to be led by Minister Irfan Sabir from the constituency of Calgary-McCall.

Click here to watch today’s announcement and swearing-in ceremony:

(Photo courtesy of the Alberta Government)

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Conservative party disqualifies Patrick Brown from leadership race

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OTTAWA — The Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership election organizing committee says it has disqualified candidate Patrick Brown from the race to replace Erin O’Toole in the top job.

Election committee chair Ian Brodie says in a statement the party became aware of “serious allegations of wrongdoing” by Brown’s campaign that appear to violate financing rules in the Canada Elections Act.

The statement did not provide further details on the allegations and the Brown campaign was not immediately available for comment.

Brodie says the chief returning officer informed Brown of its concerns and requested a written response, deciding to withhold the interim membership list from his campaign. 

He says the response from Brown’s campaign did not satisfy the concerns and the chief returning officer recommended the leadership election organizing committee disqualify him, which it opted to do.  

Brodie says the party will be sharing what it has with Elections Canada and not be commenting further. 

He says in his statement both he and the party’s chief returning officer did their best to be fair to Brown and provide time to refute the allegations.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 5, 2022.

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CP NewsAlert: AFN rejects resolution calling for Chief Archibald's suspension

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VANCOUVER — An emergency resolution before the Assembly of First Nations to reaffirm the suspension of National Chief RoseAnne Archibald has failed.

The resolution says Archibald disclosed confidential information about the complaints against her, compromising the integrity of the assembly’s complaint process.

The vote needed 60 per cent of eligible delegates for approval, but the resolution was defeated.

More coming.

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