Review — When Water Caught Fire

Canadians of a certain vintage can still recall when DDT was found in every kitchen cupboard, and it was considered eccentric not to throw candy wrappings out the car window. The Ontario Department of Highways used to spend $1 million a year clearing roadside litter. This did not change by osmosis. It took years of litigation and dramatic protest by a comparatively few people. “It was a burn-out job but you loved it,” one organizer tells author Ryan O’Connor. “It was what needed to be done so you did it.” O’Connor’s First Green Wave chronicles the birth of environmental activism in Canada. READ MORE

Unions Win High Court Fight

Cabinet has suffered another blow at the Supreme Court as justices struck down legislation that limits the right to strike. The Court ruled 5-2 the right to withdraw services is constitutional and should be enshrined in the Charter: "It is indispensable". READ MORE

Feds See Uproar On Air Rules

New air regulations should proceed despite industry complaints they’ll “cripple” regional and specialty carriers with higher costs, says Transport Minister Lisa Raitt. Changes to flight crew rules, the first since 1996, may be enacted within months, the Minister said: "There is an election coming". READ MORE

Lawyers, Accountants At Risk In Money Laundering: Report

Attorneys’ duty of client confidentiality and competition for fees pose a “real risk for money laundering”, says a confidential government report. The analysis cited small law firms in particular as “vulnerable” to handling proceeds of crime: "We are aware of instances". READ MORE

RCMP Report Buying Bitcoin

The RCMP have purchased bitcoin in a bid to track the workings of the pseudo-currency, though police say they have not attempted any sting operations on black-market traders. Mounties testifying at the Senate banking committee said bitcoin should be monitored: 'Have you tried to buy illicit goods?' READ MORE

Consumers Cheer CRTC Rule

A federal ruling that outlaws preferential telecom pricing by companies promoting their own wireless content strikes a blow at “monopolies”, says the Consumers' Association of Canada. Broadcast regulators ordered a halt to the practice that saw Bell Mobility Inc., Quebecor Media Inc. and Videotron discount their own app services at the expense of competitors: "They thought they could get away with it". READ MORE

Alberta Strikes Out At Court

The Government of Alberta has lost a bid for a Supreme Court challenge of its own employees’ freedom of expression. Justices declined to hear the case in which the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees was told to post a court order on its website: "It makes sense". READ MORE

Guest Commentary

Bruce Hyer, MP

5 Steps To Save Parliament

I’ve had many achievements in my life – police officer, biologist, forester, businessperson, corporate director – but nothing like this; Parliament has been the most frustrating experience of my life.