Sep 12, 2023
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.
From trade to separatists, Trudeau feels heat of strained India relations
Saskatchewan's trade minister argued Trudeau is picking a fight with India for domestic political gain and risking access to one of his province's most important export markets. [Global
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed "strong concerns" over Canada's handling of the Punjabi independence movement among the overseas diaspora, on the same day thousands in Metro Vancouver's Sikh community gathered to vote on the matter. [CP]
The Conservative MP at the centre of Canada's foreign interference saga is telling his story today to U.S. lawmakers on Capitol Hill. [CP]
Le Bloc québécois mettra les bouchées doubles cette semaine dans l’espoir d’envoyer un signal fort à l’Estrie, une région où le parti souhaite faire des gains aux dépens des libéraux lors des prochaines élections générales. [La Presse]
The RCMP says it is updating its procurement practices after an internal review of dealings with a company that has ties to China. [TorStar]
From the provinces
Pre-registration for re-entry flights set to begin for some N.W.T. communities
A Northwest Territories official says pre-registration for flights will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday for wildfire evacuees from Hay River, Enterprise and K'atl'odeeche First Nation. [Global]

In Doug Ford's 2018 mandate letters, obtained by Global News, the premier laid out his high expectations for incoming cabinet ministers and plan to ensure integrity. [Global]

Manitoba's three main party leaders are set to square off today in the first leaders forum of the election campaign. [Global]
Agency nursing is gaining traction but so are its costs, with more nurses opting to work in that system -- increasing the demand for salaries and operational costs. [Global]
 The provincial government says it can't say exactly how long it has been using an encrypted message service "with privacy at its core" and which allows messages to be permanently deleted. [Telegraph-Journal]
C’est jour de rentrée parlementaire à Québec, où le gouvernement caquiste de François Legault souhaite faire adopter d’importants projets de loi en santé et en éducation. [La Presse]
What it's like in Europe's crypto hub Portugal as the U.S. cracks down
Quality of life, bitcoin-friendly tax laws and a huge influx of expats have made Lisbon one of the crypto capitals of the world. [CNBC]
'... this is a highly consequential case that could permanently restructure global digital markets'. [National Post]
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[Researchers] find a strong positive treatment effect concentrated on a minority of individuals who correctly answered a factual manipulation check regarding the endorsements. Our results suggest that though only a fraction of individuals appear to pay conscious attention to endorsement metrics, they may be influenced by these social cues. [Social Media + Society]
The new shots are expected to be available later this week, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signs off.  Health Canada officials will speak this morning about COVID boosters in this country. [NBC]

The question of why we didn’t get a malaria vaccine sooner isn’t just an intellectual exercise – around 600,000 people die from the disease each year – and its answer isn’t just a scientific one.  The malaria parasite is complex, making it much more difficult to develop a vaccine than usual. But at the heart of the issue, especially in recent decades, was a lack of financial incentive and urgency. Malaria primarily affects the global poor, whose ability to spend on healthcare is limited. Companies who invent solutions for the poor face pressure to keep prices so low that it is hard to profit, on top of the fact that vaccines tend to make less money than other medicines.
Advance Market Commitments, a way of promising to buy products that don’t yet exist, could help overcome these barriers, encourage investment in vaccines for other diseases, and improve on the vaccines we currently have. [Works in Progress]

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The Calendar
  • 1130 ET: Sir John A Macdonald 200,  -   Government officials speak about COVID-19 vaccines.
  • 1200 ET: Port de Grave, NL -   The Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans meets: Seal population study
  • 1200 ET: Parrsboro, NS - NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh visits the Fundy Ocean Resaerch Centre for Energy.
  • 1530 ET: Moncton, NB - NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh meets with 2SLGBTQIA+ community groups.
  • 2130 ET: Black Creek, BC - Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre speaks to supporters. 
  • 2300 ET: Ottawa - PM Trudeau arrives at Macdonald Cartier International Airport.
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