Septembre 2019
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From innovation to regulation: why the Liberals have lost their way on digital policy (The Globe and Mail)

Who will speak for Canada? (News - MSN CA)
Recent warnings about increased Western alienation, rumblings about rising Bloc Québécois numbers and concerns about a minority government, may indicate stormy times ahead. 

What data do political parties have on you? We called all the federal parties to find out (The Loop)
Political parties in Canada are collecting all kinds of personal information on voters, and there’s no way to tell exactly what data they have on us. ‘Attention Control’ called all the federal parties to find out what they know.

Doctor who was subject of alleged racial comments calls judge's written decision 'surprising' (CTV Calgary News)
The medical expert who had racially insensitive comments made about him in a judge’s ruling says he wants to “process what the justice said about me,” before responding.

Crowd of thousands swarms Hill to urge action on global warming (Ottawa Citizen)

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'Some baloney' in Trudeau's climate claims (Inside Ottawa Valley (Metroland Media Group))
Justin Trudeau is making the case that Liberals are the best choice for Canadians concerned about climate change, and so has been championing the record of his government on the file, while contrasting it to what the Conservatives did when they were in power.

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What does the city do next with the Chiarelli allegations? (News - MSN CA)
The mayor of Ottawa said he's "disgusted" by new allegations against Coun. Rick Chiarelli. A trio of councillors has called for his resignation. So now what happens?

SCC affirms Ontario owns Crown copyright in plans of survey filed with province’s land registry system (The Lawyer's Daily)

Parties’ climate platforms stepping out in midst of global climate week (CHAT News Today)
Some environment leaders are applauding Tuesday’s pledge by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to accelerate Canada’s plans to cut greenhouse-gas emissions but many in the youth climate-strike movement say his words mean nothing as long as he intends to pump more oil out of Alberta.

Judicial Council called to investigate conduct of Alberta judge (CTV News)
A formal letter has been sent to the Canadian Judicial Council to investigate the conduct of Justice Terry D. Clackson after the justice allegedly made discriminatory comments some say were racist about one of the medical experts at the recent retrial of David and Collet Stephan.

Here Are Each Party's Plans to Make Your Phone and Internet Cheaper (Vice)
Canadians pay some of the highest rates in the world for cellphone data and Canada’s political parties are finally starting to tackle that.

Formal complaint filed against Alberta judge who allegedly launched a racially based attack on witness (The Globe and Mail)
A group of lawyers, doctors and researchers filed a complaint Thursday against an Alberta judge who they say launched a racially based attack on a medical examiner, describing his accented speech as “garbled” and criticizing him for emphasizing the incorrect syllables.

Federal parties uploading voters’ e-mail addresses to Facebook to show them targeted ads (The Globe and Mail)

Eyeing federal election, Canada's oil lobby has been arming itself with personal data (National Observer)
Canada’s largest oil and gas lobby group wanted to know more about its supporters. Their music tastes, the cars they liked, their age, their race, how far they’d go in supporting the energy industry. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) blasted the survey out to its email list in July 2018, but didn’t include terms and conditions and has since declined to say how it planned to use the detailed personal data.

Evening Brief: Cover up, canoe up (IPolitics)

Digital Rights Advocates Skeptical of Trudeau’s Liberal Government’s Pledge to Reduce Wireless Bills (App Marsh)

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Conservatives promise change to cabinet confidences following SNC Lavalin affair (IPolitics)
A Conservative government would launch an inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin affair and introduce the No More Cover Ups Act, which will allow the RCMP to access information protected by cabinet confidence.

Complaint launched against judge in Stephan case (660News)
A formal complaint has been lodged against the judge who cleared two parents in the death of their young son, accusing him of racism.

At tobacco industry forum, panic over possible e-cigarette ban (Medical Xpress)
Trump has floated the possibility of soon banning flavored e-cigarette products—and even banning vaping altogether. And stakeholders in the world of tobacco and nicotine are none too pleased.

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"Nobody should be criticized for their accent" (660 News (CFFR))

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Pression pour que la Constitution soit complètement bilingue (Droit Inc.)
Le sénateur Serge Joyal et le professeur de droit François Larocque s’adressent à la Cour supérieure pour forcer le parlement fédéral et l’Assemblée nationale à adopter la version française de 22 textes constitutionnels « dans les meilleurs délais ».

Juul Chief Executive Kevin Burns Steps Down — Tobacco Exec K.C. Crosthwaite Takes His Place (The Daily Caller)
JUUL Chief Executive Kevin Burns has stepped down and been replaced by tobacco company Altria Chief Growth Officer K.C. Crosthwaite, according to a Wednesday press release from the e-cigarette company.

Europeans have a 'right to be forgotten' online. Should Canadians? (CBC News - Canada)
Do Canadians have a "right to be forgotten" online that would allow them to make out-of-date or embarrassing information hard to find? The short answer: it's complicated.

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Call to guard against threats by bridging societal divides (The Straits Times)
The target of foreign interference are the fault lines that already exist in society and can be exploited to stir anger and divisiveness, an expert said yesterday.

The U.K. Supreme Court delivers a game-changer for prime ministers around the world (The Globe and Mail)
In a damning ruling delivered on Tuesday afternoon, the very nature of parliamentary democracy around the world was shaken. The British Supreme Court found that the advice given by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the Queen – that is, that she should prorogue Parliament – is indeed subject to judicial review.

The Ethical and Professional Responsibilities of Business Lawyers: Business, Human Rights, and the Sustainable Development Goals (Halifax Examiner)
 

Single board of directors paid 2 stipends to run NB Liquor and Cannabis NB (CBC.CA News)
The financially struggling Crown corporation Cannabis NB is likely to be billed in excess of  $50,000 in directors' fees and expenses from its seven-member board this year, nearly doubling amounts the same directors are to be paid by the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation.

Cannabis NB should have its own independent board (CBC Fredriction (CBAT))

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La suspension du Parlement britannique : Entrevue avec Paul Daly (ici.radio-canada)

Climate policies duel in campaign's second week (Inside Ottawa Valley (Metroland Media Group))
 Some environment leaders are applauding Tuesday's pledge by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to accelerate Canada's plans to cut greenhouse-gas emissions but many in the youth climate-strike movement say his words mean nothing as long as he intends to pump more oil out of Alberta.

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Untested legal options could give feds ways to intervene on Bill 21 (Edmonton Journal)
While use of the notwithstanding clause makes a court challenge more difficult, constitutional experts say it does not necessarily provide a blanket shield against charter challenges

Trudeau’s plan to ask telcos to slash cell bills by 25 per cent ‘falls short,’ say experts (Yahoo Movies (CA))
Justin Trudeau took aim at a long-standing Canadian financial gripe over the weekend: expensive mobile phone bills.

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Tired of high cellphone and internet bills? This election is full of promise(s) (Global News)
Pricey cellphone plans and slow connections in rural Canada feel as inevitable and grumble-worthy as miserable winters. But it doesn’t have to be so, politicians are telling Canadians. Wireless and broadband internet prices — and access to data and the web — have become an important theme of the 2019 election.

There may be ways for Ottawa to intervene on Quebec's Bill 21; Religious Symbols; Untested legal options could be utilized (National Post)
National party leaders’reluctance to intervene in a court challenge to Quebec’s controversial Bill 21 may have left the erroneous impression that there’s nothing the federal government can do to try to stop the law that bans teachers, police and certain other public servants from wearing religious symbols at work.

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Reflections and recollections from University Affairs editors (University Affairs)
To mark the magazine’s 60th anniversary, current editor Léo Charbonneau sits down with the magazine’s two preceding editors to look back on the issues, events and personalities covered in its pages over the years.

Reality check: Could Scheer fast-track pipeline challenges straight to Supreme Court? (Global News)
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said that, if elected, his government would help build new oil pipelines by “fast-tracking” any objections right to the Supreme Court, but legal experts say the proposed plan is unclear.

Parties pledge to cut cellphone bills | Power & Politics (News - MSN CA)
The Liberals, NDP and Green Party are promising to lower Canadians’ cellphone bills if they win the next election. University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist weighs in.

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Observers wary of Liberals' wireless plan (Vancouver Sun)
The Liberal party’s promise of a 25-per-cent reduction in wireless bills for average Canadian families was greeted with skepticism Monday by observers of Canada’s telecommunications industry.

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How will the Liberals and NDP lower your cellphone bills? (the Hamilton Spectator)
Forget "pocketbook issues." Federal political parties are now targeting something people actually carry in their pockets: their cellphones. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau promised a re-elected Liberal government would considerably reduce the average Canadian cellphone bill by a combination of increased competition and working with incumbent telecommunications companies.

Experts warn of disinformation during election but say political attack ads within legal limit (Global News)
The first week of Canada's federal election campaign saw the release of attack ads and a number of candidates disparaging each other on Twitter. While experts say this is typical when it comes to an election, they warn that these divisive actions could polarize the electorate.

Election Wrap: International Poll Flags Climate as Canadians’ Top Concern - The Energy Mix (theenegrymix)
As Canada’s federal election campaign entered its third week, a new international opinion poll identified climate change as Canadians’ leading concern, Green Party leader Elizabeth May promised to replace East Coast oil imports with domestic crude, and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer pledged to fast-track new pipeline proposals directly to the Supreme Court.

E-cigarettes and alternatives: Experts call for regulators to adopt less rigid stance, look at scientific data (Yahoo News Singapore)
Experts from various fields have urged policymakers in Asia to cultivate a regulatory environment that facilitates purportedly less harmful tobacco alternatives by focusing on the science and technology behind such products.

Canada’s politicians say they want to solve the wireless pricing problem, but their plans are unlikely to achieve much at all (The Globe and Mail)

Blackface scandal is a teachable moment: experts; academics weigh in on Trudeau photos (Times Colonist (Victoria))
The image of a smiling Justin Trudeau in a turban and dark makeup may be offensive, but law professor and former Ontario human rights commissioner Errol Mendes says the rest of the bombshell photo is more telling - a row of smiling friends, arm-in-arm with Trudeau, seemingly unfazed by the overt racism.

University of Ottawa professor raises FCP record, doubts about Trudeau’s accomplishments for minorities (The Globe and Mail)

Open banking could be ‘very positive’ for financial advice business (The Globe and Mail)
The introduction of “open banking,” which would allow Canadians to share their financial data more easily among financial services providers, has the potential to reshape the financial advice business

Legal cross-fertilization at Supreme Court of Canada: Recent trends (The Lawyer's Daily)
The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) gives Canadians many reasons to be proud of its important work. For one, Canadians can boast about their Supreme Court being the only bilingual and bijuridical apex judicial institution in the world. Appeals are heard in English and French and, reflecting Canada’s legal diversity, from both the common law and civil law traditions.

Justin Trudeau's painful blackface past a teachable moment: observers (National Post)
The image of a smiling Justin Trudeau in a turban and dark makeup is unquestionably offensive, but law professor and former Ontario human rights commissioner Errol Mendes says the rest of the bombshell photo is more telling — a row of smiling friends, arm-in-arm with Trudeau, seemingly unfazed by the overt racism.

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Démarche judiciaire pour rendre la constitution officiellement bilingue (ONFR+)
Le sénateur Serge Joyal et le professeur de droit à l’Université d’Ottawa, François Larocque, passent à la vitesse supérieure. Fatigués d’attendre un geste d’Ottawa, ils poursuivent le gouvernement fédéral devant les tribunaux pour forcer l’adoption d’une constitution canadienne officiellement bilingue.

Trudeau's "blackface" scandal (CBC Ottawa (CBOT))
The revelation that Justin Trudeau posed in blackface or brownface on multiple occasions has reverberated throughout the country — and Ottawa is certainly no exception. Here's what four Ottawans from diverse backgrounds and professional experiences told CBC Thursday about the photos of Trudeau in blackface — and what they say about Canadian society as a whole.

'A punch to the gut': What 4 Ottawans have to say about Trudeau photos (CBC Ottawa)
Liberal leader says privileged upbringing blinded him to harm of posing in blackface

Senator sues government to get official French version of constitution (CBC Ottawa)
Lawsuit says French versions of Canada's constitutional documents are not recognized

Aide à mourir : appel du fédéral ? (Ici Radio-Canada Première (CBV))

Tighter regulatory focus on e-cigarette flavorings may have unwelcome public health consequences, analyst says (Winston-Salem Journal)

Greens pledge to regulate tech giants to ensure only ‘verifiable identities’ on platforms (Global News)
The Green Party of Canada says it would introduce rules forcing social media giants to crack down on anonymous users and accounts if it forms government after the 2019 federal election.

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Common Sense Should Prevail in Criminal Sentencing of Minorities (The Epoch Times)
Kevin Morris, a 26-year old black man, was raised by a single mother in a tough Toronto neighbourhood. Having twice endured knife violence in youth, he was eventually diagnosed with PTSD and paranoia after a third stabbing left him critically wounded. Last year, Morris was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm, his first criminal offence.

Liberals could intervene, but Trudeau treads carefully in Quebec on secularism law (Toronto Star)
As Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s logo-plastered buses crawled down Hwy. 20 in a two-day swing through Quebec, a pickup truck passenger gave the campaign convoy the middle finger.

How the prime minister can seal — or reveal — cabinet secrets (CBC.CA News)
Justin Trudeau is under pressure to lift cabinet confidence on SNC-Lavalin to allow RCMP examination.

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Fact check: Singh, Scheer and May slam an absent Trudeau with half-truths at debate (Global News)
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau skipped the Maclean’s/Citytv debate Thursday night, the first of the federal election campaign, but his three main rivals took swings at his record and each other.

Facing the nation: leaders’ tours hint at parties’ vulnerabilities, seats in play (The Hill Times)
Weeks two and three of the campaign are typically spent in ridings that are 'on the cusp' of flipping in the party's favour, or where they need to defend seats. The 43rd election campaign runs for nearly six weeks, over a 40-day period.

Advisory Panel Raises Range of Concerns About Sidewalk Labs’ Plans For Quayside (Building.ca)
An advisory panel has raised a range of concerns about Sidewalk Labs‘ plan for the Quayside development on Toronto’s waterfront.

Was Trudeau right when he said his government’s SNC-Lavalin waiver was ‘unprecedented’? (Toronto Star)

Trudeau controls waiver of cabinet confidentiality on SNC-Lavalin (The Globe and Mail)

Three leaders serve 'baloney' at first debate while Trudeau skips out (National Post)
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau skipped the Maclean’s/Citytv debate Thursday night, the first of the federal election campaign, but his three main rivals took swings at his record and each other.

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Medically Assisted Death in Quebec (Newstalk 12390 CJBK)

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Jason Kenney blasts Amnesty International for criticizing ‘annoyingly free and peaceful Canada’ (Toronto Star)
Alberta’s premier doubled down on his government’s Fight Back Strategy by beating back global human rights organization Amnesty International after it condemned his war room and public inquiry initiatives as being set up in a way that could violate human rights.

Trump Announces Disastrous Plan to Ban Flavored Vapes Across the US (Filter)
President Donald Trump announced on September 11 that he wants the Food and Drug Administration to plan to pull flavored vaping products from the US market.

Something To Hide?; PM can - and should - waive cabinet confidences (Toronto Sun)
While it’s typical for the best laid plans of political operatives to go awry, few Liberal strategists likely predicted their first curveball would come on day one.

RCMP interviews Jody Wilson-Raybould to discuss political interference in SNC criminal prosecution (The Globe and Mail)

Political disinformation is rampant online. How can voters cope? (News - MSN CA)
The federal election is officially underway, and that means more Canadians will be moving online to discuss, debate and prepare for the vote.

Liberals push vision as a work-in-progress as they ask Canadians for 4 more years (CBC News | Politics)
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to tout accomplishments in child poverty, Indigenous relations

BAT plans to eliminate 2,300 jobs worldwide as part of restructuring shift to 'new-generation' products; no word on how many local jobs affected (Winston-Salem Journal)
British American Tobacco Plc said Thursday it plans to eliminate 2,300 jobs, or 4% of its global workforce, by January as part of its aggressive shift toward non-traditional cigarette products.

Boulder CO, Bans E-Cig Flavours And Plans to Tax Vapes More Than Cigarettes (Vaping Post)
The Boulder City Council has unanimously voted in favor of a new legislation that would ban all flavoured vaping products. Additionally, council members agreed to place an “emergency” ballot for a tax of 40% on vaping products, which they erroneously refer to as “electronic smoking devices”. ⁠

Advisory panel raises range of concerns about Sidewalk Labs' plans for Quayside (Times Colonist)
An advisory panel has raised a range of concerns about Sidewalk Labs' plan for the Quayside development on Toronto's waterfront.

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Oliver Kim now teaching health policy at University of Ottawa (Politico)
Kim, a former senior health policy staffer for Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), is a Fulbright Scholar and visiting chair at the university this fall.

Juul Illegally Marketed E-Cigarettes, F.D.A. Says (The New York Times)
Juul Labs, the dominant e-cigarette company, illegally marketed its vaping products as a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes, the Food and Drug Administration said on Monday, casting a deepening shadow over the safety of e-cigarette devices.

Why a landmark opioid damage award is good news to climate change advocates (Global News)
Last week, an Oklahoma judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than US$570 million for “ravaging” the state, the judge’s word for the company’s role in the opioid epidemic that continues to kill hundreds of people daily.

E-cigarettes touted as potential healthier alternative for smokers at Asia Harm Reduction Forum (Intellasia.net)
Tobacco alternatives such as e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn devices were hot topics at the 3rd Asia Harm Reduction Forum (AHRF) in Seoul, especially with regards to its role in curbing smoking habits.

Britain’s Parliamentary Chaos: Can It Happen in Canada? (VIP Portal News)
If Boris Johnson has achieved nothing else during his brief time as Britain’s prime minister, it is this: Canada is no longer one of the only places in the world where nearly everyone knows what “prorogue” means.

SCC alumni’s role in legal controversies sparks new debate over ex-judges’ return to practice (The Lawyer's Daily)
Is it in the public interest for former Supreme Court of Canada justices to be allowed to provide legal services to governments or other well-heeled clients facing public controversies that could arguably blow back on the reputations of the ex-judges’ former courts or otherwise harm public confidence in the judiciary?

Reducing risk through tech innovation (Business World Online)
The threat of a nuclear conflict in the Korean Peninsula has greatly diminished with the adoption of the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity, and Reunification that includes a commitment to denuclearization.

E-cigarettes touted as potential healthier alternative for smokers at Asia Harm Reduction Forum (Malay Mail)
Tobacco alternatives such as e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn devices were hot topics at the 3rd Asia Harm Reduction Forum (AHRF) in Seoul, especially with regards to its role in curbing smoking habits.

How difficult it is to attract women to federal politics? (CBC Radio One Yellowknife (CFYK))

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Achats américains de médicaments en vrac au Canada : « Ce n’est pas du bluff » (ICI.Radio-Canada.ca)
En signalant qu’il permettrait l’importation de médicaments moins coûteux du Canada, Donald Trump a ravivé l’espoir chez les Américains.

Carbon pricing law going to the Supreme (570News (CKGL))

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Big telecoms could appeal CRTC internet ruling (MVNO Blog)
Companies led by BCE Inc. argue wholesale internet rates are too low and affect ability to invest in new infrastructure.

Innovators hold the key to ending smoking epidemic (Manila Standard)
Innovative individuals in the Asia-Pacific region, home to the largest population of smokers, have an opportunity to end the smoking epidemic by improving the technologies to deliver nicotine in a much less hazardous and more affordable way.

Supreme Court has ensured independence by obtaining financial security, says Chief Justice Richard Wagner (The Globe and Mail)

Universal pharmacare will cut costs and save lives (Thefilipinopost.com)
Most Canadians would agree that those who need potentially life-saving medications should have ready access to them. Yet prescription drug coverage in Canada varies widely depending on where you live, your health status, income, and age.

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