Regs Blamed For Drug Costs “Creeping Up”: 2nd to U.S.A.

Canadians will be paying the second-highest drug prices outside the U.S. without changes to federal rules on costs, warns a federal regulator. Data show Canadians already pay from 10 to 30 percent more for comparable drugs than other countries: "We have been creeping up". READ MORE

More Calendar Observances

Conservative bills to create two more commemoration days on the calendar have moved closer to becoming law. The Commons heritage committee unanimously approved a bill to create Lincoln Alexander Day after just 30 minutes of hearings: 'How many days are left in the year?' READ MORE

$250K Fine For Rail Violators

Transport Canada will introduce new fines on unsafe railways nearly eight years after the penalties were proposed by a federal panel. The proposal mirrors fines already levied on civil aviation and federally-regulated marine shippers: 'Prosecution is very cumbersome'. READ MORE

Canadians “In Danger” From Reckless Prescriptions: Study

Health Canada must curb non-medical prescriptions of pain killers and work to ban the unnecessary use of antibiotics in food production, says a Senate committee report. The study by the Senate science and technology committee warned of excessive use of pharmaceutical chemicals as a public health risk: "We have got to deal with this". READ MORE

$200 Or Less: Feds Eye Trivial Cash Deals In Terrorist Hunt

Cash transactions of as little as $200 or less are being monitored by a federal agency mandated to monitor terror financing, a Senate committee has been told. The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada confirmed it monitors even trivial cash transactions deemed “suspicious” by banks: "It's way overboard". READ MORE

Guest Commentary

Arch MacKenzie, In Memorium

The Good & The Bad

Editor’s note: Arch MacKenzie, a longtime Parliament Hill reporter and Canadian Press bureau chief, died of pneumonia last June 23 at age 88. In his last interview MacKenzie recalled parliamentary personalities – good and bad – in the 1950s. Following is an transcribed excerpt of his conversation with Blacklock’s publisher Holly Doan on October 14, 2009: "The worst MP I ever saw?..."

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