Saturday, February 27, 2021

Dumping raw sewage

Toronto, like the vast majority of Canadian cities, doesn't monitor real-time data of sewage leaks into lakes, rivers or oceans. As a result, it's unknown how much raw sewage flowed through overflow pipes when the storm overwhelmed the city's treatment facilities.  Environment Canada does require municipal governments to report annually how much untreated wastewater is spilled, but settles for calculations that are based on computer models, rather than specific data of actual events.  Data provided by the federal government shows in 2017, municipalities reported 215B litres of raw sewage were spilled or leaked without being treated.  (CP)

Bribery, intimidation, voter fraud alleged in Surrey election

SURREY, BC - A sophisticated criminal scheme aimed at swaying 10 to 15 thousand votes in Surrey's municipal election has been alleged in a report to the RCMP and Elections BC. (CTV)

Official at centre of Mark Norman case charged

OTTAWA - A federal official at the centre of the case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman has been charged with breach of trust for allegedly disclosing government information to unauthorized individuals. (National Post)

In an inspired performance, Norman lawyer Marie Heinein did incalculable damage to the Liberal brand

You see the phrase ‘political performance’ a lot in this business. But the truth is, most politicians, even good ones, can’t perform worth a damn. They’re hams, most of them, by necessity. In politics, nuance doesn’t sell. (National Post)

Angry Londoners drag climate protesters from roof of train

LONDON -  Londoners furious at having their lives disrupted dragged ‘Extinction Rebellion’ climate change protesters from the roof of a train this morning. The incident happened at Canning Town Tube station, located in London’s poor east end – a particularly stupid venue for Extinction Rebellion activists to try to pull such a stunt. (Summit.news)

Carbon tax is an unconstitutional ‘Trojan horse’ rules Albert high court

In a groundbreaking decision, a majority of judges from the Alberta Court of Appeal have ruled that Justin Trudeau’s federally-imposed carbon tax is unconstitutional. (True North)

Conservatives elect a new leader today

The new Conservative leader will take ownership of a party that is enjoying considerable success in fundraising and membership numbers as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's popular support slumps amid the summer student grants scandal. (CBC)

Russian teen blows himself up in lobby of FSB building

MOSCOW - Russia opened an investigation into suspected terrorism after a 17-year-old youth blew himself up on Wednesday in the lobby of an office belonging to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) in the north of the country. (Reuters)

Ocasio-Cortez aide accused of funnelling $1 million into private accounts

A conservative government watchdog group filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission accusing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide of funneling $1 million in donations into his private accounts in a possible violation of the law, according to a report. (New York Post)

RCMP shortages highlight government’s failures

Since last week’s opinion piece was published where I discussed the staffing shortages in the RCMP and how it was relative to crime concerns of folks who live in rural parts of the country, I have received a number of messages from people providing anecdotal snippets about service issues they are having or have had with the RCMP. (True North)

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