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Great -- now how do we privacy filter our brains?

 Louise Elliott, CBC News.


berryscreen2b.jpgThe bright minds at 3M may be on to something -- something that MPs and journalists on the Hill could really use.


In the mail this week I received my very own sample "privacy filter." It's a piece of transparent grey plastic from the famous makers of Post-It notes and just about anything sticky.


Once peeled, said plastic will adhere to any Blackberry screen (after you haul out the scissors and cut it to size - something I haven't yet mustered the energy to do.)


The pitch? The plastic contains microscopic Venetian blinds built right in, so that the person sitting next to you on the Parliamentary bus, on the Prime Minister's plane or even your seat-mate in Question Period can't read the treatise you are frantically banging out with your thumbs.

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What do you mean the word "ethics" doesn't appear in the Conflict of Interest Act? - (Sort of) Liveblogging the Ethics Committee

Kady O'Malley, CBC News

8:36:32 AM Greetings, fans of slightly time-delayed semi-livebloggish reporting! As noted yesterday, at the moment, I'm not yet able to post just-this-side-of-realtime dispatches from the parliamentary front, but the girl who sat through a seven-hour filibuster over the in-and-out affair isn't going to let a niggling detail like that stop her from covering what could turn out to be a surprisingly lively Ethics meeting. Yes, I'm back at Ethics -- oh, how I've missed it -- and on the agenda today is an appearance by the commissioner herself, Mary Dawson (last seen -- or at least liveblogged -- before the finale Oliphant policy forum over at the University of Ottawa.

This morning, she'll be discussing her annual report on the Code of Conduct for Public Office Holders, which I confess to not actually having re-read before scrambling my way here to the Hill this morning, so the contents will be just as much of a surprise to me as to any committee members who failed to do their homework last night.

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A Message from Kady

Kady O'Malley, CBC News.

Greetings from the CBC Hill bureau newbie!

Okay, so the original plan was to have me lay comparatively low for the first week, since the new blog won't be up and running until next Monday, but due to my visible wilting from the enforced temporary withdrawal from my beloved political interwebs, the Powers That Be have agreed to let me to file the occasional dispatch to Political Bytes.

Due to boring technical limitations, there won't be any liveblogging until I'm happily ensconced in my new corner of the universe, but until then, I'll do my best to keep y'all posted on the latest happenings in and around the parliamentary precinct. (Hey, it was either that, or come up with increasingly sneaky ways to get around that capricious 140 character limit over on Twitter.)

Oh, and feel free to drop me a line at my new address:
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Do You Know What AECL Stands For?

Susan Lunn, CBC News.

Do you know what AECL stands for?

If you can't answer that, don't worry. You're not alone.

An Ipsos Reid poll done last February and March show that nearly 70 per cent of respondents admitted they didn't know much about the Crown corporation.

The union representing the engineers and scientists who work at AECL held a news conference today, in part to spread the word about what it is they actually do.

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Snubbed? The Coderre conundrum

More than 1,000 members of the federal Liberal party were meeting in Quebec City on Sunday, with one glaring exception. The party's former Quebec lieutenant Denis Coderre did not attend.

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The Committee vs. the Commission

On Monday (October 5), the House of Commons Justice Committee will begin a review of a very thorny burr under the saddle of free speech proponents.

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A Little Coderre Tease

Radio-Canada has released a short excerpt of Denis Coderre's much-anticipated and much-discussed appearance on Tout le monde en parle. The full segment will air this Sunday night.

It seems (based on this very short clip) consistent with his earlier Facebook status update -- affable, good-humoured, and still loyal to the Liberal Party.

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Ignatieff on Liberals' No-Confidence Motion

From Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff's remarks today in the House of Commons on his party's tabling of a no-confidence motion:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise in this House today to announce formally that the official opposition has lost confidence in the government. This is a serious step and we owe an explanation both to this House and to the Canadian people of our grounds for doing so.

“The Conservatives have given Canada a government whose only ambition is its own survival, and treats adversaries as enemies. They’ve set low standards for Canada, and failed to meet them.”

The Liberals posted an advance copy of his full speech on their website here.

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Ding-Dong, Avon...I Mean, Liberals Calling!

By Louise Elliott, CBC News.

You've got to hand it to the federal Liberals, they sure know when to go to ground.

A squabble over Montreal's Outremont riding led to the angry resignation of Quebec lieutenant Denis Coderre. The negative fallout prompted party organizers to postpone a series of Ontario fundraisers.

The party postponed an Ottawa fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday, featuring Bob Rae as speaker. This allowed Ignatieff's erstwhile rival to duck the public eye.

The only group at the south-end Ottawa conference hall that rainy September evening was a convention of Avon salespersons.

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No Wafers on This Train

By Susan Lunn, CBC News.

It seems all is forgiven between the Irving family in New Brunswick and the prime minister.

Today, Jim Irving rode on a train with Stephen Harper before introducing him at an event to table an economic update.

But over the summer, it was an Irving-owned newspaper, the Saint John Telegraph-Journal, that published a news story alleging Harper pocketed the communion wafer during a funeral mass for Romeo Leblanc.

The paper was run by another Irving at the time. But in July, the paper printed a front page apology, and retracted the story.

And isn't it the church that teaches us to forgive and forget?

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