- March 17, 2008 4:34 PM
As Westjet flight 720 touched down at 1:23 PM EDT in Ottawa neither fellow passengers nor those waiting in the Ottawa airport terminal had any idea who the celebrity on board might be.
But the media did and they were all at the bottom of the elevator waiting for the appearance by Robert Latimer. He is in Ottawa and will be staying in an Ottawa halfway house for at least the next several months.
- March 12, 2008 5:28 PM
The Liberals are trying to pry open the doors of the Government's internal security investigation into the NAFTA leaks.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has vowed to "get to the bottom" of the leaks that called into question US Presidential hopeful Barak Obama's views on NAFTA.
- March 11, 2008 4:22 PM
It was quite a sight.
Two Conservative MPs, Kevin Sorenson and Peter Goldring, clamouring to have their picture taken with former Liberal deputy prime minister John Manley.
Yesterday, CBC News reported details of a federal study on climate change, a study that involved more than 100 scientists across the country.
The release of the study has been delayed for months but today, on a quiet Friday afternoon, just after 5 p.m., the government slipped the study, all 201 pages, onto the internet.
With no announcement and no fanfare, a study that took two years to put together — it is called Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Canadian Perspective — is now available for all to read.
It was hard to miss New York's commissioner of police on CNN today talking about an apparent incident at the U.S.-Canada border a month ago.
That was one in which Canadian border guards are reported to have stopped a car to question four men inside, only to have two of them exit the car and successfully run away.
As it is being reported in the American media, the men left behind two backpacks containing passports and photos of Times Square in New York, including the military recruitment office that was bombed earlier this week.
The police commissioner told CNN, "Federal officials are going back to take another look and are attempting to speak to Canadian officials about that stop."
But don't ask the folks at Public Safety Canada about what supposedly occurred that day. When CBC News put the question to them — "Did such an incident even happen?" — the answer was that Canada will "collaborate fully" with any U.S. investigation but otherwise it will not confirm or deny such an event even took place.
So, is it possible to simply outrun border guards into the wilds of Canada? Maybe, maybe not. Did it happen just a month ago and are those two still out there somewhere? Maybe, maybe not.
Is Public Safety Canada willing to let Canadians know what happened? Not so far.
- March 7, 2008 12:20 PM
When the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development issued his status report yesterday, he wanted to make sure that everyone had a chance to read it.
Even for the House of Commons it was an extra-heated moment.
During Member's statements today the NDP's Thomas Mulcair rose to denounce the government for refusing refugee status for a Malaysian man who fears persecution in his country because he is gay.
Everything was routine up to there.
- March 6, 2008 12:22 PM
Dozens of women MPs and female members of the parliamentary press gallery attended the home of opposition leader Stephane Dion and his wife Janine Krieber last night in Ottawa.
The purpose of the gathering was to celebrate International Women's Day. Guests snacked on sumptuous canapes, all featuring pink food such as lobster, salmon, scallops topped with rose-coloured tapioca as well as mini-burgers in tiny pink buns.
Stornoway was also filled with fresh bouquets of pink tulips, lilies, gerbera daisies and roses.
The Liberals were offering all sorts of legal advice to the Prime Minister today in question period.
Well, not advice, actually.
More like suggestions on who else Stephen Harper might want to include in the libel suit he's threatened against the Liberal Party, opposition leader Stephane Dion and other key Liberal MPs.
Right now, if a marriage breaks down for a couple living on an aboriginal reserve, there are no divorce laws.
Federal and provincial laws don’t apply. The band has jurisdiction. It is a situation the government has long promised to rectify.
The Conservative government has set a date for MPs to vote on the motion to extend Canada's mission in Afghanistan.
A government source told CBC News the government is planning to hold the vote on Thursday, March 13th roughly three weeks before Prime Minister Stephen Harper is to attend a major NATO conference in Bucharest.
The Bloc Quebecois and NDP have already decided to vote against the motion, but the Liberal Party appears ready to support it, although leader Stephane Dion says he still has questions about the mission.