I Share Content Too: Freeland

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says she routinely shares password-protected news stories with friends. Freeland’s remarks followed a Federal Court ruling won by Department of Justice lawyers that permits password sharing, a Canadian first: "As you guys know I used to be a journalist." READ MORE

Gov’t Rethinks Climate Claim

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault yesterday banned the sale of lightbulbs once touted by his department as climate-friendly energy savers. Compact fluorescent bulbs in fact contained toxic mercury blamed for poisoning the environment: "There are probably 100 million of these bulbs in Canada." READ MORE

Will Discuss Hopes & Dreams

Liberal MPs will spend the summer talking to voters “about their hopes and dreams,” Government House Leader Steven MacKinnon said yesterday. MacKinnon made the remarks to reporters as the Commons adjourned for a 13-week summer recess: "At what point is it time to change?" READ MORE

Feds Put Iranians On Blacklist

Cabinet yesterday adopted an all-party recommendation of the Commons justice committee to blacklist the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group. It did not comment on a committee proposal to immediately “expel the estimated 700 Iranian agents operating in Canada.” READ MORE

Feds Paid Twitter Critic $68K

A University of Alberta economist who used his Twitter account to ridicule Conservatives as “idiots” and “sociopaths” received more than $68,000 in sole-sourced federal contracts, records show. Economist Andrew Leach yesterday said he made no secret of his work: "Are we governed by idiots beholden to sociopaths?" READ MORE

Calls China A Climate Helper

China is “helping” fight climate change by manufacturing solar panels, says Deputy Foreign Minister David Morrison. MPs expressed astonishment at his remarks, noting Chinese panels are made by slave labour and prohibited from being imported under Canadian trade law: "They are actually helping; Chinese production is helping countries around the world transition off dirty fuels." READ MORE

Guest Commentary

André Pratte

Fathers and Sons

My father was a man of achievement, a prominent corporate lawyer, dean of law at Laval, CEO of Air Canada and a jurist appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. He was a workaholic who made little time for family. He worked from early in the morning until 7 at night, and often returned to the office late into the evening. Looking back, I don’t think my father was a happy man. He was stern, and never discussed his feelings. My father was a man from a different time, born in 1925. He was from an era where men were incapable of hugging their children, or saying they loved them. That was our greatest regret, and his too.