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Question of the Day

So a news alert comes across on my computer screen saying, "Thai officials arrest over 100 Tamil migrants heading to Canada."

The newsroom jumps on the story and we try to find out if these people were about to get on a ship to come here.

A call into Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's office points us to stories in the Thai media.

The articles are all in Thai, but we use a handy-dandy translator on the internet to translate them into English.

The Thai media reports there was an arrest of over 100 people. So how do we know they were coming to Canada?
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All in a day's work for Gen. Walter Natynczyk, Canada's chief of defence staff, who took time today to run a charity race. 

Put on by employees of the Department of Foreign Affairs -- including Janine Hunt, photographed with Natynczyk above -- the money goes towards helping employees injured in Afghanistan. 
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Don't forget to check out Orders of the Day to whet your whistle for today's scheduled Hill hijinx, then stick around here for up-to-the-minute news and dispatches from the front, as well as links to new blog posts, CBC livestreams, and everything else you need to keep tabs on the goings on in Ottawa.
: a short day in the Commons, no House committees, and by mid-afternoon, you'll be able to fire a cannon down the Hall of Honour without risk of provoking another byelection call. 

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Question of the Day

Last night, B.C Premier Gordon Campbell announced that he'll cut taxes by 15% for those with incomes below $72,000, effective January 1.

The embattled premier made the move to try and quell the uproar over his unpopular decision to implement the HST back in July.

So we thought we'd ask you...

This week's federal Auditor General's report on drawn-out, over-budget helicopter purchases has prompted politicians of all stripes to dust off their favourite memories of military procurements from days gone by.

As Sheila Fraser noted in her report, the government kicked off the process to replace Canada's ancient fleet of Sea King maritime helicopters 25 years ago.

The first plan was hatched in 1992 when the Conservative government announced its purchase of 50 EH-101 choppers at a cost of $4.8 billion. But a year later, the new Liberal goverment cancelled the deal and paid more than $470 million in cancellation fees.

On Tuesday, many Conservatives, including Defence Minister Peter MacKay revived the whole episode, pointing to the cancellation as the genesis of today's issues with the on-going procurement of 28 Sikorsky Cyclone helicopters.
Check back at 11am for full coverage! That is, provided that ParlVu serves up the promised livestream, since I wasn't able to make it to the Hill in time to cover it live and in person. Fingers crossed! 



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Don't forget to check out Orders of the Day to whet your whistle for today's scheduled Hill hijinx, then stick around here for up-to-the-minute news and dispatches from the front, as well as links to new blog posts, CBC livestreams, and everything else you need to keep tabs on the goings on in Ottawa.
You know how sometimes, there's sort of a theme that runs through the events of the day, or at least a few recurring plotlines? Well, sometimes there isn't, and that's the sort of Thursday that we seem to be having. 

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