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Morning Update: WE Charity registers to lobby Ottawa, lays off staff

Morning Update: WE Charity registers to lobby Ottawa, lays off staff

2020-08-14 1:19:00 PM

Morning Update: WE Charity registers to lobby Ottawa, lays off staff

WE Charity's executive director Dalal Al-Waheidi attributed the scaled-back operation to fallout from the pandemic and the controversy around the federal student volunteer program

, months after receiving the now-cancelled contract to run the federal student grant program. Executive director Dalal Al-Waheidi said the charity didn’t think registration was necessary under lobbying rules.WE Charity disclosed 65 communications dating back to early 2019 with federal officials or ministers in 19 different departments or institutions. Among the 18 individuals listed as the charity’s in-house lobbyists, Craig and Marc Kielburger are not included even though they have talked to ministers.

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Story continues below advertisementMs. Al-Waheidi also testified that WE is laying off 67 full-time and contract staff in Toronto, while closing its office in London and putting another 19 employees out of work. She attributed the scaled-back operation to fallout from the pandemic and the controversy around the federal student volunteer program.

Marc, left, and Craig Kielburger, co-founders of the charity Free the Children, speak at the charity's We Day celebrations in Kitchener, Ont., Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011.GEOFF ROBINS/The Canadian PressThis is the daily Morning Update newsletter. If you’re reading this on the web, or it was forwarded to you from someone else, you can sign up for Morning Update and more than 20 more Globe newsletters on our

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The TrudeauCorruption gift that keeps on giving They shouldn’t even be allowed to apply while being investigated, and banned from lobbying if found guilty. This government is so hypocritical it’s sickening.

WE Charity registers to lobby Ottawa, lays off staffIn its filing to the federal lobbyist registry, WE disclosed 65 communications with federal officials or ministers in 19 different departments or federal institutions, dating as far back as January, 2019 Seems legit A little late on registering to lobby no? Now that the Morneau and Trudeau families have been layed off do they qualify for EI

Evening Update: Israel and UAE make historic pact; Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai speaks outAlso in the news, Bank of Canada cuts mortgage rates and WE Charity lays off staff Israel is being given a free ride as it steals from Palestinians and runs a gestapo-type infection in the West Bank even as 'settlers' invade with weapons while Palestinians remain unarmed in their own land.

WE Charity laying off staff, looking to sell real estate in TorontoWE Charity is scaling back its operations, making dozens of layoffs in Canada and the United Kingdom and looking to sell some of its real estate holdings in Toronto. Looks like their plan to steal our money failed. Bunch of thieves. WEScam Hmm, are they trying to pay back the taxpayer money with WE assets so that no one looks to see where they put the original amount? (in personal, numbered accounts, perhaps?) they probably hate PM Trudeau now lol

WE Charity Registers As Lobbyist, Lays Off Dozens Of EmployeesThe charity said its financial position has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and “recent events.' Enough WE Such a shame. They do great work with youth empowerment and school programs. Ask Dougie Gilmour

WE Charity now registered to lobby, executive tells Commons committeeDalal Al-Waheidi, WE Charity's executive director, told MPs the organization submitted its registration with the federal lobbyist registry on Thursday. How convenient. After the fact. Also, they did not seem to answer who in govt gave the green light, questions re WE's Quebec operations (to get back to the committee with answers), did not seem to answer why May 5th & could not say how much in total paid to Sophie Gregoire Trudeau. cdnpoli PierrePoilievre I remember Craig Kielburger coming to my school as a kid. We were expected to worship him; to look up to him; to feel guilty that we weren’t just like him. I thought he was a pompous ass (though 10 year old me likely used different words). Kids often get it right, don’t they?

WE Charity lays off dozens in Canada and U.K., looks to sell real estateThe charity has been embroiled in a political controversy since the Trudeau government chose it to run a now-abandoned youth volunteer program. It’s as if a big business deal just fell through can't fund your little project when you don't have Trudeau funding you guys money through the back? how do i join? i want millions of dollars too