Sep 17, 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.
Lee leaves flooded roads, downed trees and power outages in path through Maritimes
A powerful cyclone brought flooded roadways, toppled trees and downed power lines to parts of the Maritimes Saturday as it swept past the western tip of Nova Scotia and headed toward New Brunswick. [CP]
Peggy's Cove and several other shorelines throughout the Halifax area were deemed areas of significant concern on Saturday. Despite this, some couldn't resist going wave-watching. [Global]
Progressive politicians hoping to triumph over right-leaning political adversaries can only succeed if they can do a better job bridging their lofty goals with people's day-to-day struggles, Trudeau said Saturday. [CP]
The Labour leader is in Canada for a summit of political leaders, as he seeks to burnish his image on the world stage.
 [The Independent]
Ahead of the return of the House of Commons Monday, the PMO has shuffled up its lineup of parliamentary secretarys. Here's the list. - DA [PMO Press release]
This is the HTML presentation of the briefing binder prepared for Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly for her March 22, 2023 appearance before AFGH. Documents just released via the government's Open Data portal. Useful background for journalists and researchers. - DA [Global Affairs Canada]
Binder prepared for the appearance of the Chief Electoral Officer before the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs on May 18, 2023 on the subject of the Main Estimates 2023-2024. Useful background and reference material for researchers and journalists. Just posted at Elections Canada. - DA [Elections Canada]
From the provinces
Ontario’s 2018 infrastructure minister told to sell or donate ‘inefficiently used properties’
Ford's 2018 mandate letter directed the Minister of Infrastructure to scrutinize Ontario’s real estate portfolio and consider which properties could be put on the market for sale. [Global]
The battle for Brandon East has been building up for a long time and is poised to be the city’s most hotly contested battleground on election day next month. [Brandon Sun]
We Are Not Just Polarized. We Are Traumatized
Ana Marie Cox: The pandemic. The mass shootings. Insurrection. Trump. We [Americans have] been through so much. What if our entire national character is a trauma response? [New Republic]
Former President Donald Trump refused to give a clear answer on whether he believes it’s possible to change one’s sex in his interview with Megyn Kelly. [NY Post]
To increase their ranks, neo-Nazi groups in Germany and across Europe are using the sport as a training and recruiting tool. [NYT]

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Congress-led alliance accuses some anchors of partisanship towards PM Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government. [Al-Jazeera]
A graphic analysis of the companies customers rely on during their daily visits online. [Bloomberg]
“An Internet dominated by the profit motive is also an Internet that violates our privacy, amplifies right-wing propaganda, and intensifies various kinds of social inequalities.” [NYRB]
Slack’s redesign suggests that keeping up with Slack is the only work worth doing. [The Atlantic]
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The Calendar
  • 0630 ET: London, England,  - Defence Min Bill Blair meets with CAF members at Camp Lydd
  • 905 ET: London, England,  - Defence Min Bill Blair observes Canadian soldiers training Ukrainian soldiers.
  • 1200 ET: Outside West Block,  - Opposition Leader Pierre Polievre speaks to reporters. 
  • 1630 ET: House of Commons,  - Speaker Anthony Rota chairs the swearing-in ceremony for 40 new House of Commons pages.
Issued this day ...
Issued this day in 1975: Scott # 579: Iroquoian Indians - Iroquoian Encampment. Design: George Beaupré.
One of the 20 stamps Canada Post issued from 1972 to 1976 to feature aspects of Indigenous culture. Of course, in the 1970s, the term “Indigenous” had not yet come into use and terminology of the day was to refer to what we now call First Nations people as Indians. Spellings and other terms on these stamps have also changed. (Good example was Scott 576 which featured a ceremonial costume of the “Kutchin” people, people now generally referred to as Gwichʼin).
Today’s stamp features a painting Costume of Domiciliated Indians of North America done by George Heriot (1759-1839) circa 1807. The original is a watercolour and ink print that is part of the collection of the McCord Stewart Museum in Montreal.