Feb 23, 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.
Government threat report warns about attacks in Canada inspired by Hamas-Israel conflict
Intelligence briefings issued in the wake of the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel warned about mass violence spilling into Canada. [Global]

Diaspora groups who help with the public inquiry into foreign interference will be protected from any negative consequences, commissioner Marie-Josée Hogue said Thursday. [Global]

The revenue from the carbon price itself is required by law to be returned to households and businesses through rebates and granting programs. [Global]
From the Provinces
Ford asks ‘who’s running the country’ in attack on Trudeau, Guilbeault
Ontario Premier Doug Ford took aim at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a rare attack during his first sit-down interview since winning re-election in June 2022. [Global]
France Belisle, elected mayor of Gatineau in 2021, has resigned her post effective immediately. At a news conference Thursday morning, she said she is stepping down to preserve her health. [Ottawa Citizen]

B.C.'s finance minister has unveiled this year's budget, which contains a new 'home-flipping tax' to target the profit made from selling a residential property within two years. [Global]

 British Columbia Finance Minister Katrine Conroy has delivered an election-year budget that includes benefits for families and businesses as well as an increased deficit. Here are some of the highlights. [CP]
From delight to outrage, here's what people are saying about the 2024 British Columbia budget. [Global]

Mubarik Syed is currently seeking the Sask. Party nomination for the Saskatoon Southeast riding. [Global]

How a secretive Ethiopian security committee ordered killings, arrests
How a secretive Ethiopian security committee ordered extra-judicial killings and illegal detentions to crush an insurgency in the largest region, Oromiya. [Reuters]

Riven by rivalries, political defections and ideological clashes, the alliance formed to defeat Bharatiya Janata Party’s juggernaut is in shambles, analysts say. [AP]


In a message to staff, CEO Bruce Dixon said that several hundred of Vice’s remaining 900 employees will soon be laid off in a restructuring that essentially kills off the editorial brand. [New York Magazine]

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Google pauses Gemini’s ability to generate AI images of people after diversity errors
Google is at the center of a controversy around AI-generated images of people. The search giant is pausing this feature after it generated inaccurate historical images. [The Verge]
How Kybers and ratcheting are boosting the resiliency of Apple's messaging app. [Ars Technica]

Numbers 8 through 10 may surprise you though. [ZDnet]

The Calendar
  • 0900 ET: National Press Theatre - Inclusion Canada speaks to reporters.
  • 0930 ET: St John's - Labour Min Seamus O'Regan and Rural Economic Development Min Gudie Hutchings make a funding announcement.
  • 1000 ET: Québec City - BQ Leader Yves-François Blanchet speaks to reporters.
  • 1000 ET: Laval, QC - Innovation Min François-Philippe Champagne , Health Min Mark Holland, Public Services Min Jean-Yves Duclos speak about a vaccine manufacturer.
  • 1030 ET: Halifax - Diversity and Inclusion MIn Kamal Khera , Women and Gender Equality Min Marci Ien and LPC Min Andy Fillmore make a funding announcement. 
  • 1200 ET: Churchill, MB - Northern Affairs Min Dan Vandal and Premier Wab Kinew make a funding announcement.
  • 1300 ET: Surrey, BC - LPC MP Yasir Naqvi makes a funding announcement. 
  • 1400 ET: Squamish, BC - PACIFICCan Min Harjit Sajjan and LPC MP Patrick Weiler will make a funding announcement.
  • 1515 ET: Whitehorse - Indigenous Services Min Patty Hajdu makes a funding announcement. 
  • 2200 ET: Vancouver - Crown-Indigenous Affairs Min Gary Anandasangaree signs a Consultation Protocol with Kitselas First Nation.
Issued this day ...
… in 2012: Scott #2522. Art Canada: Joe Fafard. Design: Hélène L’Heureux. 
One of three stamps issued this day to mark the work of Saskatchewan-born sculptor Joe Fafard (1942-2019). The Fafard piece on this stamp is “Smoothly She Shifted”, a piece created in 1986-87 that is now part of the collection of the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal.