Entries by Reem

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Navigating Political Staff Turnover: The Imperative of Stakeholder Management

Ontario’s political landscape is as fluid as the ocean tides. An almost palpable undercurrent of constant change pervades Whitney block and Queen’s Park due to an inherently high turnover rate among political staffers. Promotions, new positions, cabinet shuffles, and countless other factors contribute to this churn. While it is often invigorating, it can also present […]

A heartfelt thank you, to Ontario’s healthcare workers…

Lindsay Yaciuk from Grassroots Public Affairs reflects on her recent healthcare journey and extends a heartfelt thank you to Ontario healthcare workers. Recently, I had surgery at Southlake Regional Hospital in Newmarket.  Due to constraints on the healthcare system, I waited several months for it.  My diagnosis required the removal of a large anomaly from […]

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A Roadmap to Success – Lobbying the Ontario Government

Artem Chaplynsky reflects on his time spent working in the Premier’s Office and shares his beliefs on how to achieve success in lobbying the Ontario government. Artem has recently joined Grassroots Public Affairs as a consultant and will help clients navigate the complexities of government and public relations with confidence, aligning their interests with public […]

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Federal Liberals Deliver $400B+ Budget for Canadians

Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland rose in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon to deliver the 2023 budget, and the response from opposition is expectedly divided. Since the 2019 election outcome, the governing Liberals have been relying on the NDP for support and this year is no different. The 2023 Budget – Made-in-Canada-Plan can be read here.  […]

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Ontario’s Budget 2023 Stays Focused on Tory Priorities

In April of 2022, the provincial government in Ontario got back on track by releasing a spring budget after the previous two years were disrupted by the pandemic. In that budget they clearly identified that priorities moving forward would focus on restoring our healthcare system and stimulating economic growth. Eleven months later, the 2023 budget […]

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Lobbying Commissioner of Canada Brings Forward New Guidelines – Mixed Reviews by MPs and Lobbyists.

Canada’s Lobbying Commissioner, Nancy Belanger, proposed amendments to the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct this past November which received an array of mixed reactions from MPs and lobbyists alike. Renewing the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct released in November 2022 by the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada (OCL) highlighted the updated changes to promote […]

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Effective Advocacy Skills for 2023 – Webinar Follow Up

We are thrilled, and humbled, at the very positive response to our recent webinar. Attendees gave the presentation an overall rating of 4.5 [out of 5 stars] with strongest praise going to the political landscape updates, and the “relevance” & “practicality” of the material presented. Thank you! Now, it’s up to you. Turning up, simply […]

The Benefits of Starting the New Year with Gratitude

Lindsay Yaciuk from Grassroots Public Affairs shares the importance of “embracing an attitude of gratitude” in 2023. At the end of 2022, I had an unexpected health setback, and while I waited for my diagnosis, I didn’t know if everything was going to be ok. It was an unsettling time, and I became acutely aware […]

Fall Economic Statement 2022

November 3rd, 2022 This afternoon Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented the 2022 Fall Economic Statement. The Fall Economic Statement foresees the federal deficit at $36.4 billion in 2022-23, down from the $52.8 billion projected in the April 2022 federal budget. The latest news also forecasts a balanced budget by 2027-28. However, […]