Exec Innocent But Ruined

A former manager found innocent of wrongdoing at Library & Archives Canada says he was ruined by prosecutors. The longtime executive was acquitted at trial June 11. Prosecutors are not appealing the verdict: "I've lost four years of my life." READ MORE

Illegal Migrants Alarm MPs

The Commons immigration committee yesterday ordered rare summer hearings on illegal immigration. MPs accused cabinet of skewing data to downplay a sharp rise in border crossings: "We're concerned about the safety of our border." READ MORE

29% Do Not Claim Benefits

About a third of homeless people, 29 percent, do not file yearly tax returns though they could earn thousands in benefits, says the Canada Revenue Agency. The study followed 2017 research that found the poor are so intimidated by the Agency they would forego a federal cheque: "Individuals did not realize they stood to benefit." READ MORE

Highest-Paid Public Servants

Public servants in Nunavut are among the best paid in Canada despite high local unemployment, according to evidence in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit. More than 1 in 4 positions in the territorial service are vacant: "There is no shortage of job opportunities." READ MORE

Not Sure If $25 Cable Worked

Federal regulators say they have no data on the success or failure of a program to have cable providers offer $25-a month TV packages. One consumers’ group described the 2016 campaign for so-called “skinny basic” cable as a marketing ploy: 'We do not have statistics.' READ MORE

C.R.A. Fails Internal Audit

The Canada Revenue Agency in an internal audit admits it has no accurate reporting of how long taxpayers must wait in applying for relief from interest and penalties. The Agency receives more than 400,000 applications a year from taxpayers who seek help in hardship cases: "These recurrent problems create increased frustration for individual citizens." READ MORE

Stunt Pilot Loses Appeal

A stunt pilot has lost a long legal fight with Transport Canada over a fine for reckless flying. Regulators complained a YouTube video depicting a helicopter skidding past a pond hockey game breached Aviation Regulations: "Each of the players was an expert skater." READ MORE

Guest Commentary

Rick Norlock

A Unique Heritage

People of the Ottawa Valley have an attachment to the country. Just drive on the township roads and you will see the signs: “Government Keep Off Our Land”. These are families who have cut down their section of bush for generations. How many Canadians live on the same land, engaged in the same pastimes, as their grandparents did?