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
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
Canada Post will proceed with plans to abolish home mail delivery despite a Federal Court challenge and protest petitions with 202,00 signatures to date, the corporation says. The first service cuts to some 100,000 homeowners were introduced this week in five cities: 'We're confident'. READ MORE
A bill before the Commons would see Parliament enact a U.S.-style “stand by your ad” law on political advertising. MP Kevin Lamoureux, Deputy Liberal House Leader, said his bill is inspired by American practices upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003: "I'm --- and I endorsed this message". READ MORE
The navy is struggling for ways to decontaminate aging, toxic warships following a failed attempt to turn one PCB-laced destroyer escort into an artificial reef. Four vessels are to be scrapped over the next five years: "The value proposition here doesn't make sense". READ MORE
Raising the minimum wage has no impact on long-term hiring by Canadian employers, says a Unifor study. Research tracked wage data and employment rates over a thirty-year period in concluding that fears of rate hikes as a job-killer are misplaced: "There is no statistical relationship". READ MORE
Newly-released federal research points to dismal youth voter turnout in pending civic elections in five provinces. Polling for the Privy Council Office noted Canadians under 34 typically see little connection to civic government: "When was the last time you saw a municipal Twitter feed?” READ MORE
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?..."