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By Jordan Press The Canadian Press

Liberals pushed to buy properties for affordable housing

OTTAWA - Federal officials are ironing out the details of a program to help cities buy properties left vacant due to the pandemic so they can quickly create affordable housing.

The government has considered the property acquisition program for months as it looks to keep people from falling into homelessness heading into the winter with temporary shelter measures set to expire.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau resigns

OTTAWA - The only finance minister to serve under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suddenly resigned Monday night, saying someone else should guide the country through a long and bumpy economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bill Morneau said he had considered leaving his role as finance minister for some time, adding that he never intended to run for a third term as an MP.

Get up, stand up: pilot project suggests civil servants love ‘sit-stand’ desks

OTTAWA — It seems some federal workers don’t want to be caught sitting down on the job.

A pilot project in one government department has found that public servants really like their sit-stand desks — so much so, some reported anxiety about being moved to a new position or assignment that would make them give up the chance to spend some or all of the day on their feet.

New report on child labour raises call for supply chain transparency law

OTTAWA — A new report says Canadian consumers may be unwittingly buying goods made by child labourers.

And those who want to make ethical buying decisions are largely in the dark about what companies are doing to prevent child labour in their supply chains, says the World Vision Canada report to be released today.