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Orders of the Day - Is that a sea of troubles lapping at our shores?

With all eyes once again fixed worriedly on LondonNew York and other potentially incendiary hotspots of economic and social unrest, the prime ministerial plane has touched down in Sao Paulo for the second stop on his four-country Latin American tour, which means he may well find himself fielding more questions on what appears to be a rising tide on the ocean of global uncertainty of which he kept warning us during the last election than his efforts to win friends and influence trade agreements. 
Meanwhile, on the domestic ministerial circuit, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews continues with what has to be the most dourly utilitarian summer vacation tour ever with yet another visit to a security screening facility, this time at Pearson Airport in Toronto, during which he'll witness -- but, I'm guessing, won't actually experience, although the latter might be a truly teachable moment -- "a demonstration of a typical second screening examination for travellers arriving from abroad." After that, he'll head off to the Canadian Trucking Alliance to discuss issues.

Elsewhere in southern-ish Ontario, local MP Peter Braid makes "an announcement regarding the Government of Canada's commitment to strengthening innovation and business competitiveness in Southern Ontario" at the University of Waterloo, a description I typed out in its entirety simply to point out that there appears to have been yet another change in the official style guide for churning out ministerial advisories: No longer, it seems, is it the "Harper government" that is unfailingly given the credit for every bit of good news, the classic Government of Canada moniker appears to be making a subtle, but unmistakable comeback.

Out in Quebec City, Jacques Gourde will make his way to the first National Peacekeepers' Day Ceremony, an occasion that will also be marked by a memorial day service on the grounds of the British Columbia legislature, at which Conservative MP John Duncan will be in attendance.

Also in British Columbia, Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong spends a second day soaking up the regional spotlight in Vancouver by revealing new funding for "various projects" emanating from Gordon House Youth SEARCH, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society and Mission Community Skills Centre Society.

As for the interim leaders and their respective parties, both the New Democrats and the Liberals appear to be taking the day off, at least as far as public events. Further bulletins as events warrant.

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