Auditors Target Crown Bank

Federal auditors are investigating millions in payments through a Crown bank, Export Development Canada, to manage a pandemic relief program. MPs on the Commons public accounts committee said they were puzzled by the $208 million cost: "Is that normal?" READ MORE

Need 5 Min. With Each Voter

Cabinet would be better off if it could spend five minutes with each Canadian to explain the carbon tax, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He made the remark after being called a tax grabber while touring a seniors club near Sudbury, Ont.: "If I can only have five minutes to explain it like that to every Canadian we’d be better off." READ MORE

Secret Fact-Checker Identified

The secret author of an unsigned federal directive asking that journalists submit stories for fact-checking has been named. Maryse Durette, a former CBC employee and spokesperson for the Department of Health, was identified through Access To Information. She did not respond to questions: "A respectable reporter goes to the source for reporting." READ MORE

Working Retail Not ‘Befitting’

Working in retail is not "befitting" journalists who face layoffs without taxpayers' aid, says the president of the Canadian Association of Journalists. He made the remark while successfully appealing for renewal of a 100 percent wage subsidy for employees in select newsrooms: "What are they going to do? Are they going to work at Home Hardware?" READ MORE

36% Say Best Days Behind Us

A third of Canadians worry they will never enjoy the standard of living their parents did, says in-house Privy Council research. The stark finding follows 2023 Statistics Canada data showing inflation was eating away at young families’ finances: 'At the moment how much do you worry you won’t be financially better off?' READ MORE

Review: Blunt, Fresh & Good

Nouns are revealing. We call English homesteaders “settlers” but Ukrainian ones “immigrants,” writes Professor Margery Fee. Similarly business reporters describe monthly StatsCan unemployment figures as “job creation numbers,” cabinets rename programs “action plans” and the heritage department selected as its monosyllabic themes for Canada’s 150th anniversary: “Strong. Free.” They might have chosen “Big. Snowy.” You get the picture. Fee is a professor of English at the University of British Columbia. Her intriguing book Literary Land Claims examines the nouns and adjectives we use in describing Indigenous people. Note they are never described as Indigenous-Canadians. “The French in Canada called themselves Canadiens; this name was appropriated from them along with transfer of the territory called Canada,” Fee writes. “They became hyphenated French-Canadians. However, the label Canadian was applied grudgingly or not at all to other racialized groups.” READ MORE

Guest Commentary

Senator David Smith

The Man Who Came To Dinner

I had Zhao at my house. There were fifty guests. I hired two chefs and set up tables in different rooms of the house. Zhao had worn the uniform of a Communist Party cadre that day, the blue Mao jacket, but that night arrived in a business suit and tie. Zhao wouldn’t touch the food unless it had been sampled by a tester. All the guests waited 25 minutes until the food tester nodded that it was okay to eat. It struck me as strange.