May 29, 2024
David Akin's Roundup
Clippings of #cdnpoli, #media, and #tech content aimed at those with an interest in Canadian politics and policy. And sometimes Canadian postage stamps.

Conservatives are proposing to speed up passage of the foreign interference legislation introduced this month to ensure its measures are in place ahead of the next election. [Global]

A Liberal MP says the parliamentary budget officer should have issued a more-public correction to an error in its carbon price analysis. [Global]

VIA Rail handed out millions of dollars in bonuses to executives and staff, even though 40 per cent of its trains were late last year, newly released documents show. [Global]

From the Provinces
Manitoba premier says he wants increases in federal transfer payments
Manitoba saw its federal transfers, which include payments for health and social programs among other items, rise by more than $900 million this year. [Global]

The two levels of government had publicly disagreed over what kind of housing needs to be built, with Ontario Premier Doug Ford ruling out a provincewide fourplex policy. [Global]

On Tuesday, Doug Racine announced his intention to seek the Saskatchewan NDP nomination in the riding that covers the area immediately north of Prince Albert. [PANow]


Hong Kong police arrested multiple people accused of publishing seditious Facebook, in what were the first publicly known arrests under the city’s new national security law. [Voice of America]

South Africa Election: ANC Threatened by Apartheid’s Legacy
Nelson Mandela’s party ended apartheid. But the ANC also failed to prevent the stark racial inequality that divides South Africa today. It could pay the price in the May 29 elections. [Bloomberg]

This may be the first time Russia has successfully caused a widespread Starlink outage. [PCMag]


[Podcaster speaks] with Jennifer VanderBurgh, author of What Television Remembers: Artifacts and Footprints of TV in Toronto. We discuss the challenge of studying Canadian television, how to find old programs, and why television researches often rely on the public. We also talk about Toronto as a television Canada’s television production centre, how the city stands in for other locations, and how that shapes what Canadians see on their screens. []

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Science and Tech

The Move to iOS app simplifies the process. [CNET]

The Calendar
  • 0830 ET: Ottawa - Defence Min Bill Blair speaks to the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries’ 
  • 0930 ET: West Block -  The NDP national caucus will meet
  • 0930 ET: 025A West Block -  The CPC national caucus will meet.
  • 1000 ET: 135-B West Block -  Young Politicians of Canada announce their National Youth Roundtable on Legislation.
  • 1000 ET: Quebec City - Employment Min Randy Boissonnault makes a funding announcement. 
  • 1000 ET: 225A West Block -  The LPC national caucus will meet.
  • 1100 ET: 135-B West Block -  Justice for All Canada speaks to reporters.
  • 1630 ET: 025 West Block - Government Operations and Estimates (OGGO) | Meeting 125 - Public Services Min Jean-Yves Duclos and Treasury Board President Anita Anand testify on FY25 Main Estimates.
  • 1630 ET: 035-B  West Block - Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) | Meeting 102 - Drafting report
  • 1630 ET: 315  Wellington Building - Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) | Meeting 110 - Drafting report.
  • 1630 ET: 415  Wellington Building - Indigenous and Northern Affairs (INAN) | Meeting 110 - Crown-Indigenous Relations Min Gary Anandasangaree, Indigenous Services Min Patty Hajdu and Northern Affairs Min Dan Vandal testify on FY25 Main Estimates.
  • 1630 ET: 330  Wellington Building - Industry and Technology (INDU) | Meeting 126 - Bill C-27
  • 1630 ET: 425  Wellington Building - Veterans Affairs (ACVA) | Meeting 97 - Committee Business (In Camera)
  • 1830 ET: Laval, QC - PM Trudeau speaks at an LPC fundraising event.
Issued this day ...
… in 1998: Scott #1722: Sir William Mulock. Design: François Dallaire.
Marks the centennial of the 2¢ Imperial Penny Postage stamp — also recognized as the world’s first-ever Christmas stamp — and to honour Sir William Mulock (1843-1944) who, as Postmaster General, was instrumental in negotiating the change in the international rate from 5¢ to 2¢.