Mar 30, 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.
In the last week or so, the Conservatives have engaged in an orchestrated campaign of protests outside the constituency offices of their Liberal and NDP opponents. The protests are part of the CPC "Axe The Tax" campaign. New Democrat MP Charlie Angus says 👇 he has been forced to close his constit office for a week out of concerns for the safety of his staff as a result of one such protest. The collage above 👆 is collected from the social feeds of CPC MPs and is hardly exhaustive. Clockwise from the top, Prince George--Peace River--Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer and CPC candidate Ellis Ross outside the Terrace, BC office of NDP MP Taylor Bachrach (Skeena- Skeena Bulkley Valley); Leeds--Grenville--Thousands Islands and Rideau Lakes Mike Barrett in North Bay outside the office of Liberal Anthony Rota; Cumberland-Colchester MP Stephen Ellis up in Cape Breton outside the office of Liberal Mike Kelloway; Calgary Forest Lawn MP Jas Hallan outside the Welland, ON office of Liberal Vance Badawey; and  Miramichi--Grand Lake MP Jake Stewart at the Charlottetown office of Liberal Sean Casey (more below).. - DA 

The federal Conservatives took their fight over the Liberal government's carbon tax to the doorstep of a Charlottetown MP on Tuesday. [CBC]

Canadian exports of thermal coal increased another seven per cent last year, reaching the highest level in almost a decade. [CP]

Elevated debt, inflation and new budgetary constraints should limit deficit-financed spending in Budget 2024, including new long-term programs such as newly-agreed pharmacare. To finance upcoming election promises, political parties will need to get serious about spending review and reallocations. Public opinion polls and expert commentary highlight Canadian concerns about debt. Fiscal responsibility will be an election issue, alongside health care, housing and affordability. [Policy Magazine]

Troy Crosby, Assistant Deputy Minister for Materiel, retires after launching Canadian Surface Combatant and F-35 jet programs. [Ottawa Citizen]
From the Provinces

A new report released by the 2024 Members’ Compensation Review Committee recommends NL MHAs make an annual salary of $120,000. [CBC]

Nenshi shares his thoughts on Rakhi Pancholi's endorsement and what it means to be NDP in 2024. [Daveberta]


Federal D.C. Judge Reggie B. Walton warned Trump’s attacks on hush-money trial judge and others could lead to violence. [WaPo]

Less than eight months before the Nov. 5 election, significant parts of the RNC's get-out-the-vote operation in states likely to decide the election are playing catch-up after Trump's team ousted 60 staffers in its recent takeover. [Axios]

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“There are people who think they know the answers before they embark on the reporting, and I think that’s a problem for our profession,” said Baron, who led newsrooms that won 17 Pulitzer Prizes. “We do need to go into stories with an open mind with a recognition that we don’t know everything. In fact, we don’t know all that much, and we may not even know what we think we know.”
The existence of Brunswick News as an independent corporation with the financial wherewithal and the interest in providing an online database, was no small matter for researchers. Unfortunately, those same researchers are now going through withdrawal following the removal of the archive from the internet in November 2023, a direct consequence of the acquisition of Brunswick News by Postmedia eighteen months earlier. [Acadiensis]
The Prairies bureau of The Canadian Press is looking for an experienced, dedicated and dynamic journalist with keen news judgment. The successful candidate will be able to work independently and be able to handle a wide range of duties in reporting and editing news across the region. [CP]
Science and Tech

Brandon Silverman: One of the most important lessons I learned in 10 years of doing this work was that providing real transparency is rarely just about the amount of data you provide. It’s also about how useable the data is, who can use it, and the terms of use. Unfortunately, compared to CrowdTangle, there is a ton of missing functionality [with the Meta Content Library] when it comes to actually getting any insights about the data, including being able to aggregate data at the account level or topic level, being able to export the data easily into the workflow of researchers through email notifications or browser extensions, being able to create live displays, having a way to benchmark the performance of individual posts to get ahead of viral stories, etc. [Substack]

Issued this day ...
… in 1987. Sc #938: Booklet Stamps: Parliament. Design: Rolf Harder.