‘No Records’ On $8B Blunder

The Canada Revenue Agency says it has “no records” divulging who made an $8 billion mistake in mismanaging a pandemic relief program, according to Access To Information files. Revenue Commissioner Bob Hamilton had testified it was “a decision by the government” but would not name names: "It’s very difficult to know what will be left at the end of the day." READ MORE

Challenge Press On Coverage

Media, politicians and experts have concealed the failure of Canada’s “safe supply” drug policy, says Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre. He made the remarks in a kindergarten playground near Montréal’s first federally-subsidized injection site that opened April 15: "You guys repeat the same language you get from the radical Liberal-NDP activists and bureaucracy." READ MORE

“Equality Fund” Lost Millions

Auditors disclose a federal “Equality Fund” launched with a $300 million taxpayer grant promptly lost a tenth of its value in poor investments. The money was supposed to help women in Third World countries: "Poor market conditions impacted the early returns on gender lens investments." READ MORE

Feds Disclose Database Snoop

An in-house investigation has disclosed unauthorized snooping through Department of Immigration files in one of the largest electronic databases held by the Government of Canada. Managers found an unnamed employee breached the Privacy Act: "Corrective measures are being taken." READ MORE

Gov’t Rated Poverty By Race

Filipinos have the lowest poverty rates in the country and Arab Canadians and First Nations the highest, says a Department of Social Development briefing note. Managers calculated poverty rates by race following criticism by an Alberta think tank that depictions of the poor were misleading: "We recognize poverty does not affect everyone equally." READ MORE

Book Review: The One-Day Battle

Peter Vronsky made his reputation writing about the psychology of homicidal sociopaths. Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters (2004 Berkley) and Female Serial Killers: How And Why Women Become Monsters (2007 Berkley) were well-received by the gore-loving community and set Vronsky on track to becoming a successful crime writer. Instead Vronsky enrolled in the University of Toronto’s history department as a PhD candidate. His research focused on the Battle of Ridgeway, the culmination of the 1866 Fenian invasion of Canada. Vronsky had chosen fertile ground. The battle, the last fought in the Great Lakes basin, was almost forgotten, rating a line or two in Canadian history texts. The battlefield itself was poorly marked, though undisturbed. Yet Ridgeway was an important spur to the Confederation movement. READ MORE

Guest Commentary

Buzz Hargrove

The Case For Run-Offs

I’ve voted in 52 elections. I believe in making my vote count. The more I see of elections in Canada, the more I’m convinced we must change the way our democracy works. We might choose run-off elections as they do in France, Austria and other countries worldwide, where balloting continues till one candidate gets 50 percent of the vote. I’ll take anything that checks the power of a majority sustained by less than 40 percent of the popular vote. Run-offs or proportional representation will force politicians to develop consensus. These reforms mean, at the very least, a governing party must heed the will of the people.