Jun 2, 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.

Justice Minister Arif Virani says if repeat offenders are being released on bail following the passage of reform bills, certain court principles may not be being employed. [Global]

The Canadian government is pushing hard for cities to build more "fourplex" apartment blocks. [BBC]
Julie Séguin, who worked in Pierre Lemieux’s constituency office and who now works for Conservative MP Tako Van Popta, is running for her party’s nomination in Prescott-Russell-Cumberland. Lemieux is the only Conservative to win here since 1958. He won in the 2006, 2008 and 2011 general elections before Liberal Francis Drouin beat him in 2015 and again in 2019. Drouin won in 2021 by nearly 15 points but, given the current state of polling, my model has a Conservative candidate winning if an election were held now by 8 points. [Hill Times]

From the Provinces
Susan Holt - Greatest Hits
This links to a new soon-to-be-on TV attack ad from the New Brunswick PCs, broadly believed to be behind in the polls this election year to the Liberal Party of New Brunswick led by Susan Holt. As you will see in this ad, the NB PCs, like small-c conservative parties in every province, can't do enough to link Justin Trudeau to their progressive opponent. - DA [New Brunswick Progressive Conservatives]

Nenshi, Ganley, Hoffman and Calahoo Stonehouse offered few fireworks at Sunday's debate before voting opens. [Edmonton Journal]

Claudia Sheinbaum elected Mexico’s first female president
The historic vote underscored the nation’s progress on gender equity, but the Morena victory highlighted concerns about the weakening of its democratic institutions. [WaPo]

Defence ministers from Canada and China sat down together for the first time in 11 years at an international security conference last week as the countries work to re-establish lines of communication. [CP]

A statue depicting the Canadians who fought Nazi Germany 80 years ago will have a permanent home near the beaches they stormed on D-Day. [CP]

Former President Donald Trump has joined TikTok, the fast-growing social media platform with ties to China that Trump had railed against as president. [CNN]

CBC/Radio-Canada bosses have met with the BBC and other pubcasters to rally support for an online initiative aimed at detoxifying social media. [Deadline]

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Science and Tech
Scientists are trying to produce varieties of plants able to withstand temperature fluctuations, floods and frosts, to help feed a growing world population. [Global] 

The record from that ice core, taken at Law Dome in East Antarctica, shows that CO2 starts declining a bit late to match European contact, and it plummets over just 90 years, which is too drastic for feasible rates of vegetation regrowth. A different ice core, drilled in the West Antarctic, showed a more gradual decline starting earlier, but lacked the fine detail of the Law Dome ice. [Ars Technica]

The Calendar
  • 0900 ET: Fredericton - LPC MP Jenica Atwin makes a funding announcement. 
  • 1000 ET: Ottawa - Environment Min Steven Guilbeault and Emergency Preparedness Min Harjit Sajjan makes a funding announcement. 
  • 1000 ET: Toronto - Mental Health Min Ya'ara Saks makes a funding announcement. 
  • 1000 ET: 125-B West Block - Finance (FINA) | Meeting 146 - Bill C-69
  • 1100 ET: La Ronge, SK - ACOA Min Gudie Hutchings makes a funding announcement. 
  • 1100 ET: 035-B West Block - Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) | Meeting 103 - Pension Transferability and Access to Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF), and Delays in Permanent Residence and Visas for Hong Kongers
  • 1100 ET: 025-B West Block - Government Operations and Estimates (OGGO) | Meeting 126 - Subject Matter of Main Estimates 2024-25
  • 1100 ET: 425 Wellington  - Indigenous and Northern Affairs (INAN) | Meeting 111 - Report 2, Housing in First Nations Communities, 2024 Reports 2 to 4 of the Auditor General of Canada. Indigenous Services Min Patty Hajdu, Housing Min Sean Fraser, and Public Safety Min Dominic LeBlanc to testify.
  • 1100 ET: 330 Wellington  - Industry and Technology (INDU) | Meeting 127 - Bill C-352. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to testify.
  • 1100 ET: 225-A West Block - Justice and Human Rights (JUST) | Meeting 107 - Islamophobia and Additional Measures that Could be Taken to Address the Valid Fears that are Being Expressed by Canada’s Muslim Community
  • 1100 ET: 410 Wellington  - National Defence (NDDN) | Meeting 107 - Space Defence
  • 1100 ET: 430 Wellington  - Veterans Affairs (ACVA) | Meeting 98 - Committee Business
  • 1115 ET: Ottawa - Revenue Min Marie-Claude Bibeau and Health Min Mark Holland make a funding announcement. 
  • 1300 ET: Vancouver - Energy and Natural Resources Min Jonathan Wilkinson and LPC MP Hedy Fry make a funding announcement. 
  • 1400 ET: HoC Foyer - NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to reporters.
  • 1400 ET: Toronto - GPC MP Elizabeth  May campaigns in the riding of Toronto-St Paul's
  • 1530 ET: 425 Wellington  - Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) | Meeting 111 - Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and Current Situation in Iran
  • 1530 ET: 330 Wellington  - Health (HESA) | Meeting 120 - Opioid Epidemic and Toxic Drug Crisis in Canada
  • 1530 ET: 430 Wellington  - Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) | Meeting 117 - Federal Housing Investments
  • 1530 ET: 125-B West Block - Official Languages (LANG) | Meeting 104 - Committee Business
  • 1530 ET: 035-B West Block - Public Safety and National Security (SECU) | Meeting 110 - Bill C-70
  • 1530 ET: Ottawa - PM Trudeau , Foreign Affairs Min Melanie Joly and Transport Min Pablo Rodriguez meet with the president of the International Civil Aviation Organization Council.
  • 1615 ET: Ottawa - PM Trudeau meets with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chairwoman of the Center for Civil Liberties, Oleksandra Matviichuk.
  • 1830 ET: 225-A West Block - Special Committee on the Canada–People’s Republic of China Relationship (CACN) | Meeting 43 - Canada–People’s Republic of China Relations
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