Politics & Policy

Global mercury spikes

The EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service said today that September’s “mind-blowing” increase in global average temperatures, to some 0.93°C above the 1991-2020 average for that month, was the biggest spike in the 83 years for which it has data. [node:read-more:link]

India’s expulsion call unclear

The federal government said earlier this week that 41 of its 62 diplomats in India had been given until October 10 to leave, but New Delhi said today that while it is determined to reduce Canada’s diplomatic footprint, it has set no specific deadline. [node:read-more:link]

Pharmacare plan at risk?

The Liberal government’s first draft of a promised national pharmacare has been rejected by the NDP with time running out for introduction of draft legislation this year. “We're waiting for a next draft,” says health critic Don Davies, whose party’s support for the minority government is contingent on that deadline being met. [node:read-more:link]

Green foundation frozen

Responding to whistleblowers’ complaints and an independent review, the federal government has suspended activities of a foundation that finances development of green technologies. Sustainable Development Technologies Canada is in the middle of a five-year agreement with the government to distribute $1 billion to small and medium businesses. [node:read-more:link]

New Commons Speaker

Quebec Liberal MP Greg Fergus, first elected to the House of Commons in 2015, was elected Speaker in a secret vote by his colleagues October 3. The first person of colour to hold the position, he called for mutual respect in the House and promised firmness and impartiality in his rulings. [node:read-more:link]

B.C. updates disaster response

Draft disaster management legislation has been introduced by B.C.s New Democratic Party government on the first day of the fall legislative session. Emergency Management Minister Bowinn Ma expects it to result in modernized management approach and take “climate risk” into account. [node:read-more:link]

Alberta tackles federal plan

The Alberta government has rolled out an $8-million effort to “educate” voters about the impacts of proposed federal emissions rules. It argets audiences not only at home but also in Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the other provinces it says would be “most impacted.” [node:read-more:link]

NDP wins Manitoba election

The New Democratic Party headed by First Nations leader Wab Kinew won enough votes in Manitoba’s October 3 general election to form a majority government. A campaign focused on affordability and health care reform enabled it to unseat a two-term Progressive Conservative administration. [node:read-more:link]

Ortis pleads not guilty

Four years after he was arrested for allegedly leaking “special operational information”, Cameron Ortis, the RMCP’s former head of intelligence, pled not guilty today at the beginning of his jury trial in Ottawa. [node:read-more:link]

Canadians PNG in India

Hours after India told Canada’s 41 diplomats they were persona non grata and had to leave by October 10, Prime Trudeau said his government is “not looking to escalate” the diplomatic row that began last month with allegations that Indian agents murdered a Sikh activist in B.C. in June. [node:read-more:link]

Kenya to lead Haiti mission

The UN Security Council, with Russia and China abstaining, voted unanimously October 2 to send a military force to Haiti to deal with epidemic gang violence. “This is in fact an expression of solidarity with a population in distress,” said Foreign Minister Jean Victor Geneus. Kenya will lead the mission which is authorized “to take all necessary measures.” [node:read-more:link]

Musk fires media broadside

The latest federal regulatory proposals for digital media have received a broadside from U.S. billionaire Elon Musk, whose companies include the social media platform X. “Trudeau is trying to crush free speech,” he said in response to a U.S. journalist’s post that Canada is “armed with one of the world’s most repressive online censorship schemes.” [node:read-more:link]

War of words over Ukraine

As EU foreign ministers met for previously unannounced talks in Kyiv, the Kremlin asserted today that “weariness” in the West about assisting Ukraine will increase. However, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna countered that the meeting would show that Russia “must not count” on diminishing support for the country it invaded 20 months ago. [node:read-more:link]


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