OTTAWA - Auditor General Karen Hogan released a report on Monday revealing that federal spending on the ArriveCan app and its “glaring disregard for basic management practices” cost Canadian taxpayers an estimated $59.5 million with little value provided. (True North)
Two people are in hospital after a late-night shooting outside the Cactus Club Cafe in Coquitlam. Coquitlam RCMP said they received reports about a shooting in the parking lot of the restaurant near Barnet Highway and Pinetree Way just before midnight on Sunday. (The Province)
A Windsor police inspector has received a one-year demotion after pleading guilty to discreditable conduct that included unwanted comments, text messages — some of a sexual nature — and interactions with female co-workers. (National Post)
LAKEWOOD, TX - A woman who walked into a popular Texas megachurch Sunday afternoon with a long gun and her 7-year-old son opened fire before she was killed by law enforcement officers on scene. The gunfire left the child in critical condition and another man injured, officials said. (CNN)
Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro is calling on the federal government to fire RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, saying her continued tenure is damaging to the national police force. (CBC)
Anyone remember the Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Not so long ago, the Charter — as the shorthand for it goes — was looked upon as Canada’s most important, close to sacred, document — something like how the British think of the Magna Carta, or the Americans of their Declaration of Independence. (National Post)
An RCMP officer was fatally stabbed Tuesday in Burnaby while helping city staff check on a homeless camp. Police said they were called to an “unfolding incident” on Canada Way between Boundary Road and Willingdon Avenue on Tuesday morning. Two people were taken to hospital. (Vancouver Sun)
Suspect in Mountie slaying has been in and out of custody on assault charges
By Bob Cooper “I think Canadians will understand that cabinet confidence is a critical part of our cabinet governance system,” said Attorney General David Lametti. So the waiving of cabinet confidence is extremely rare,” he concluded. Invoking the Emergencies Act should be even rarer. Like the Privacy Act, which allows the police to wiretap and intercept private communications, it should only be used when 'all lesser means have been tried and failed, or will fail'. Both Acts specifically say so. The Privacy Act only infringes on the liberties of specific individuals for very specific reasons that have to be approved by a judge and later tested in court. The Emergencies Act removes the liberties of the entire country and is done totally in secret. The requirement that an inquiry be held any time the act is invoked was designed to remind governments of the seriousness involved as well as provide for accountability after the fact. The government’s actions make a sham of both. The government has appointed Mr. Justice Paul Rouleau of the Ontario Court of Appeals as Commissioner and some have expressed concerns regarding his past links to the Liberal Party. I’m willing to wait and judge the judge on his performance firstly because I want to be fair and secondly, I doubt you could swing a cat in any courthouse in Ontario without hitting Liberal supporters, equally divided among judges, counsel, and those in custody. The initial handling of the Truckers’ convoy broke every rule in the book. They tried nothing. No engagement,...
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his entourage of cabinet ministers and photographers have returned from their week-long European vacation and photo-op tour. What was accomplished? Well, nothing discernible. He certainly isn’t leading in these troubled times. And neither, for that matter, is the President of the United States, Joe Biden. The war in Ukraine rages on and the west is being implored by Ukrainian President Zalensky to establish a “no fly” zone over the Ukraine. They have also asked for planes (Mig 29s) from Poland, a member nation of NATO which has the planes Ukranian fighter pilots are familiar with. Thus far NATO has not responded as a group, but the message from the White House is that the west doesn’t want to do anything that might escalate into World War III. According to President Biden, a a couple of dozen fighters from Poland would be seen as “escalatory.” Although the U.S., Canada and a dozen other countries are supplying the Ukraine with weapons of war including Stinger anti-air missiles and Javelin anti-tank missiles. What the difference is between land-launched weapons of war and air-launched weapons of war is not clear to this observer. There are so many things going on in the world that potentially impacts the national security of the west in general, but Canada and the U.S. in particular. Yet, last week Biden held a national security video conference between major NATO members which included the U.K., France and Germany. Canada? Um, not so much. Trudeau was not invited. Even...
Whatever else we may have learned from the truckers’ convoy protests in Ottawa is that Justin Trudeau is an incredibly weak leader. Not that much of a surprise I know, but he managed to remind us and to underline it in the starkest of terms. In the first instance, the Prime Minister said when he triggered the Emergencies Act that after three weeks the government had run out of options and therefore he had no choice but to take that action. The Emergencies Act is a mid-80’s replacement for the War Measures Act used by his father in October of 1970 to fight against the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ). For three weeks the truckers blocked Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill. The protest was marked by horn honking, singing and things like bouncy castles and BBQs. It was more like a block or tailgate party that lasted three weeks. Families were drawn to the area and no significant incidents occurred at all. Contrast this to October of 1970 when there were dozens of bombings across the Island of Montreal and its suburbs. The bombings occurred over a period of weeks in mailboxes frightening Montrealers half to death. The FLQ then kidnapped the British High Commissioner (Ambassador) James Cross and then the provincial Finance Minister Pierre Laporte. Laporte’s dead body was found in the trunk of a car at the airport in St. Hubert on the South Shore. With no sign of Cross and one dead cabinet minister, then Prime Minister...