Petitions MPs For Pets’ Rights

A Commons petition submitted by an executive with the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies asks that Parliament proclaim a pets’ bill of rights in rental agreements. “Discriminating against renters with pets is unjust,” said the petition.

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China Probes Increase Sixfold

RCMP investigations into foreign interference have grown sixfold, says a briefing note for Commissioner Michael Duheme. Suspicious activity included alleged criminality by Chinese Communist Party agents targeting MPs: "The RCMP experienced an increase of 468 percent in its foreign actor interference related occurrences."

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Politics Is Now “Scary”: Singh

New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh yesterday called the political climate “scary.” Asked by reporters for comment on the shooting of Donald Trump, Singh said he too has “worried about the safety of the people around me,” an apparent reference to a 2022 incident in Peterborough, Ont.: "We need to make sure people feel safe."

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Gov’t Warned On Green Fees

Cabinet must acknowledge the high cost of living under its climate programs, says a federal advisory report. The warning follows data indicating as many as a fifth of Canadian households face “energy poverty.”

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Freight Costs Way Up: Report

Shipping costs are up after transport networks were “disrupted by people,” says a Department of Foreign Affairs report. The document did not specifically cite a 2023 strike by the Longshore & Warehouse Union in British Columbia but complained of “many vulnerable choke points.”

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Student Write-Offs $169M/yr

Student loan write-offs are still running past $160 million a year despite interest waivers and generous repayment terms, says a federal report. Auditors blamed hard times: 'Borrowers’ difficulties are the result of precarious and unstable financial situations.'

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‘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."

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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."

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“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."

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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."

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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."

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A Poem: “The Winner Is…”

Poet Shai Ben-Shalom writes: “The Heart and Stroke Foundation is holding its annual lottery. Among the prizes…”

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.

Fed Contractor Sues For $64M

A federal contractor suspended in fallout from the ArriveCan scandal is suing the Government of Canada for $64 million in damages, Federal Court records show. Coradix Technology Consulting Inc. blamed federal managers and media for costing it millions in fees: 'It was done to deflect or distract from negative publicity.'

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Management Not Very Good

Poor federal management is to blame for the hiring of costly consultants, says a Department of Public Works report. The finding follows evidence that a typical government employee now answers to seven levels of management: "Yes, there is room to reduce some levels of executives."

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