May 28, 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.
Spy watchdog's foreign meddling review finds 'unacceptable gaps' in accountability
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service and Public Safety Canada lacked a system for tracking who received and read specific intelligence on foreign interference, creating "unacceptable gaps in accountability," [CP]

Intelligence regarding foreign interference sometimes didn't make it to the prime minister's desk because Canada's intelligence community and the PM's national security adviser didn't always see eye to eye on the nature of the threat, according to a recent report from one of Canada's intelligence watchdogs. [CBC]

Defence Minister Bill Blair maintains Canada remains committed to reaching NATO‘s target of members spending two per cent of GDP on defence after the U.S. ambassador called Canada “the outlier” in the alliance due to not having a path to reach that target. [Global]

The man has been accused of sedition and raising funds to provide legal assistance for youth facing prodemocracy charges. [Globe and Mail]

A veteran GTA Liberal says that the Liberals will likely win the Toronto-St. Paul’s byelection, but with a single-digit margin. [Hill Times]
From the Provinces
‘Very bad mistake’: Sask. MLA Jeremy Harrison addresses gun allegations
“Approximately a decade ago, I was going hunting on a weekend,” Harrison said last week. “I stopped at the Legislative Building for a short period of time and brought a properly-cased long gun into the building with the knowledge of security officials so as to not leave it unattended in my vehicle in the parking lot.” [Global]

A Saskatchewan cabinet minister who initially told the premier he didn't bring a long gun into the legislature, only to reverse himself days later, says talks with family helped jog his memory. [CP]

Hargrave currently serves as minister of SaskBuilds and procurement and minister responsible for the GTH and Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan. [Global]

Premier Ford is considering an early election over concerns about cuts a future federal Conservative government might impose. [TorStar]
During the party’s annual general meeting on May 25, Liberal interim Leader Hal Perry told party members he believes allowing the party two years to plan for a leadership convention “makes sense right now.” Think there might be an error in the third paragraph of this story. The next PEI provincial election is scheduled for October, 2027 -- not 2025. [SaltWire]
This isn’t the first time the 44-year-old has thrown his hat in the ring for a seat in the legislature. In 2013, he sought the Liberal nomination in the former district of Carbonear-Harbour Grace after the resignation of Jerome Kennedy, but bowed out before the byelection. [SaltWire]
Tanks reach Rafah's centre as Israel presses assault
Israeli tanks reached the centre of Rafah for the first time on Tuesday, witnesses said, three weeks into a ground operation in the southern Gaza city that has sparked global condemnation. [Reuters]
Zelenskyy urges allies to allow Ukraine’s use of donated arms to attack inside Russia; Kremlin warns of escalated crisis and potential for global war. [Voice of America]
Ukrainian journalist Viktoria Roshchyna, who went missing in the Russia-occupied part of Ukraine's southeastern Zaporizhzhya region last August, has turned up in Russian custody. [Radio Free Europe]
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Science and Tech

Nick Hodges: Software has never looked cooler, but user interface design and user experience have taken a sharp turn for the worse. [InfoWorld]

The Calendar
  • 0830 ET: 135B West Block -  The Canadian Health Food Association speaks about health product regulations.
  • 0900 ET: National Press Theatre - Deputy PM and Fin Min Chrystia Freeland , Innovation, Science and Industry Min François-Philippe Champagne and Treasury Board Pres Anita Anand speak about Budget 2024.
  • 1000 ET: 225-A West Block - Procedure and House Affairs (PROC) | Meeting 115 - Review of the Members of the House of Commons Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Policy
  • 1000 ET: West Block - PM Trudeau will meet with his cabinet.
  • 1000 ET: 135B West Block -  Santishealth speaks about infant health.
  • 1100 ET: 315 Wellington  - Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) | Meeting 120 - Drafting report.
  • 1100 ET: 330 Wellington  - Agriculture and Agri-Food (AGRI) | Meeting 105 - Drafting report.
  • 1100 ET: 415 Wellington  - Science and Research (SRSR) | Meeting 88 - Science and Research in Canada’s Arctic in Relation to Climate Change
  • 1100 ET: 125-B West Block - Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (TRAN) | Meeting 117 - Drafting report.
  • 1100 ET: 410 Wellington  - the Status of Women (FEWO) | Meeting 111 - Drafting report.
  • 1100 ET: 415 Wellington - Environment and Sustainable Development (ENVI) | Meeting 110 - Environment Min Steven Guilbeault testifies on FY25 Main Estimates.
  • 1530 ET: 410 Wellington  - International Trade (CIIT) | Meeting 108 - Drafting report / CUSMA Review
  • 1530 ET: 225-A West Block - Procedure and House Affairs (PROC) | Meeting 116 - Meeting to Discuss Inviting the Minister of Public Safety
  • 1530 ET: 330 Wellington  - Public Accounts (PACP) | Meeting 125 - Committee Business
  • 1530 ET: 425 Wellington - Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Foreign Affairs and International Development (SDIR) | Meeting 52 - Current Situation in Ethiopia
  • 1530 ET: 410 Wellington - National Defence (NDDN) | Meeting 106 - Drafting report.
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