Police nationwide are now banned from using manually-recorded breathalyzer machines after regulators cited possible "human error." Federal records show the instruments were used by at least two police forces as recently as this past July. The Supreme Court has noted unreliable readings due to equipment malfunction or police error "is not merely speculative, but is very real."
Our Listening Post In Maui
The Canadian military has deployed more forces to the Hawaiian Islands than the terrorist-ridden capital of Pakistan, documents show. Unexpectedly detailed records released by the Department of National Defence show Canada's military contingent in Islamabad is also outnumbered by forces assigned to Wichita Falls, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
Feds Kick Cans, Raise Ruckus
An obscure policy change on all-Canadian standards for food containers may cost thousands of processing jobs, warns an industry group. Regulators promised to "consult" on the change, previously announced without notice, that would enable processors to adopt American standards in packaging canned fruits, vegetables, honey and other products.
The Last Run
One of Canada's most venerable clubs for air force veterans has taken its last run. A club dedicated to airmen who enlisted before the outbreak of World War II is surrendering its federal charter. Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney called the closure "unfortunate," but expressed the nation's gratitude: "They will never be forgotten."
Show ‘N Tell Bill May Cost Millions To Monitor: MP
A show 'n tell bill that requires all unions to disclose financial data will cost a fortune to administer, says a member of the House finance committee. MPs resume hearings today on the bill to publish details of all unions' finances on a government website.
Face-Off In The Fields
Federal approval of new genetically-modified crops are reviving debate over science and safety. The uproar follows Health Canada's approval of crop varieties modified to tolerate a herbicide banned in Scandinavia amid concerns of elevated risks of cancer and other illness.
Unavoidable Comparison: a poem by Shai Ben-Shalom
The author, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock's tradition.
The Plot Thickens
Canada's book publishers are appealing for a national policy to rescue an industry hit with cuts and closures. The lobby effort comes as Douglas & McIntyre, the largest Canadian-owned publisher, received an extension of its bankruptcy protection.
Tax Court — And Step On It
A British Columbia tax ruling reaffirms the definition of "employees" includes taxi drivers, noting cabbies who operate company cars have "little control" over their work. "Whose business is this?" asked a federal judge in the case of six Kelowna cabbies who worked 10-hour shifts for a 40 percent split of fare receipts.
Eureka: Federal Scientists Patent Hot Glue
Three government scientists have patented a new glue so strong it can withstand the hottest temperatures ever recorded on the earth's surface.
“A Fresh, All-Time High”
Commemorating an "ugly milestone," a taxpayers' advocate invited Canadians to watch the national debt clock pass the $599,999,999,999 mark. "We've erased all the progress made in 11 years of balanced budgets, pushing our debt to a fresh, all-time high."
Another Meat Scare
Federal inspectors have shut down another Alberta meatpacker only hours after Parliament enacted new legislation promising "stronger" enforcement of food safety. Royal Assent for the food safety bill came amid the closure of an Edmonton plant over a Listeria scare, a bacterium that Health Canada warns may "in serious cases" lead to brain infection and death.
He Gets His Papers
Blacklock’s Reporter today received accreditation in the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery following earlier legal notice. The company’s board voted a motion of thanks, noting the name of Blacklock now rejoins Gallery rolls for the first time since 1934.
That Is Not Helping
More cash registers are falling silent this fall despite deep discounting by retailers and historic low interest rates. New federal figure show that, with the exception of two provinces, retail sales year-over-year grew by a dismal 0.4 percent.
Ah, The Romance Of Travel
A bill before Parliament that would compensate air travelers up to $1,000 for cancelled flights and other nuisances may have little practical benefit for consumers, analysts tell Blacklock's.