Predicts Carbon Tax ‘Losers’

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna yesterday told the Senate energy committee a national carbon tax is not intended to hurt Canadians, but acknowledged there will be losers. McKenna would not disclose estimated costs of the tax on households: "My goal is to reduce emissions; it's not to hurt people." READ MORE

1 In 4 Steal Copyright: Feds

One in four Canadians surveyed admit to stealing copyright material online, according to Department of Industry research. The unpublished findings were disclosed yesterday at the Commons heritage committee: "They go to find anything they can without paying for it." READ MORE

MPs Seek Jury Reforms

The Commons justice committee yesterday proposed that provinces raise pay and offer free counselling to jurors. The recommendations followed tearful testimony from jurors who complained of mental anguish from attending gruesome criminal trials: "It's like a plane crash." READ MORE

Would Cut Pilotage Costs

A federal consultant yesterday said Parliament should rewrite its Pilotage Act to cut labour expenses. The statutory review cited a “commonly-voiced industry perspective that pilotage costs in Canada are too high.” READ MORE

MPs To Tax Medical Pot

The Commons finance committee by a 5-4 vote yesterday rejected a proposal to maintain tax-free medical marijuana for 270,000 registered users nationwide. A cabinet bill to legalize cannabis would tax medical marijuana at the same rate as recreational drugs: "It will have a very negative effect." READ MORE

Senate OKs Transport Bill

The Senate in a 41 to 31 vote yesterday accepted a final Commons rewrite of a transport bill. Senators had attempted to expand rail shippers’ rights and faced “near instant rejection” by the Commons, said the chair of the Senate transport committee: "Take heart." READ MORE

MPs To Rewrite Fish Act

The Commons fisheries committee tomorrow is expected to pass a cabinet bill restoring environmental protections under the Fisheries Act. MPs yesterday approved technical changes to the bill, but rejected a New Democrat amendment mandating regular reporting of damage to habitat: "It takes a lot of work to improve legislation." READ MORE

Guest Commentary

Jim Hillyer, In Memoriam

Imagine It Happened In Your Town

I have adopted siblings from the Blood Tribe, twin brothers and a little sister. Their mother, Lorna, died of a Listerine overdose. She is buried in a mound grave in a Catholic cemetery. As the priest was dedicating her grave, an old man dashed up and cried, “I’ve got the bags!” It is the Blackfoot tradition to go into the afterlife with all your earthly belongings. Lorna was buried with four garbage bags of old clothes.