The COVID-19 Pandemic and Rights of Persons with Disabilities

2 July 2020, 11:45 a.m. (Disponible en français : La pandémie de COVID-19 et les droits des personnes handicapées) The COVID-19 pandemic presents multiple risks to the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities. Approximately 6.2 million Canadians over the age of 15 live with one or more disabilities. Although definitions vary, the Accessible Canada…

The Shape of Things to Come

2 July 2020, 8:30 a.m. (Disponible en français : La forme que prendront les choses à l’avenir) The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a rapid global economic contraction. Many forecasters are predicting an economic downturn not seen since the Great Depression. In Canada, as in other countries, protective measures such as lockdowns to contain the spread…

IPU Celebrates 130 Years: Canada’s Engagement

(Disponible en français : L’UIP célèbre ses 130 ans : participation du Canada) On 30 June 2020, the International Day of Parliamentarism, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will have concluded a twelve-month celebration of its 130th anniversary. As the world’s oldest and largest inter-parliamentary assembly, the IPU and its 179 national member parliaments – including the Parliament of…

Impacts of COVID-19 on Employment in Canada by Sector

25 June 2020, 9:20 a.m. (Disponible en français : Impacts de la COVID-19 sur l’emploi au Canada par secteur d’activité) COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have reduced Canadian economic activity, particularly in certain sectors, as discussed in the HillNote Impacts of COVID-19 on Selected Sectors of Canada’s Economy. The employment impacts in March (week of 15−21), April (week of…

COVID-19 Vaccine Research and Development

23 June 2020, 2:15 p.m. (Disponible en français : Recherche et développement de vaccins contre la COVID‑19) Vaccine immunization will be a critical tool in controlling the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19). To date, more than 8 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 400,000 deaths have been reported worldwide.…

Executive Summary – Defence Procurement Organizations Worldwide: A Comparison

(Disponible en français : Résumé — Les organismes d’approvisionnement en matière de défense dans le monde : comparaison) In Canada, defence procurement is a complex process involving several federal departments and agencies, notably the Department of National Defence; Public Services and Procurement Canada; Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; and the Treasury Board of Canada…

Resilience on Screen – Contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis filmmakers

(Disponible en français : Résilience à l’écran ­­– L’apport des cinéastes inuits, métis et des Premières Nations) In Canada, June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. Across the country, communities hold events to celebrate Indigenous cultures and contributions. This HillNote showcases the work of First Nations, Inuit and Métis filmmakers and their initiatives to create…