Archive for November, 2012

Criteria to replace F-18s have not changed: Chief of Defence Staff

- November 30th, 2012
The requirements to replace Canada’s fleet of F-18s have not changed since a critical report was issued by the auditor general last spring, the country’s top soldier confirmed Thursday.
Federal ministers have told Parliament “all options are on the table,” but Chief of Defence Staff Tom Lawson told a House of Commons committee that the criteria that led to choosing the F-35 stealth fighter are still in force.
Public Works is currently in the midst of overhauling the government’s procurement process following the April report from Auditor General Michael Ferguson.

Ferguson found defence officials did not adequately inform ministers about problems with the F-35 program, and the feds underestimated expected costs and bent procurement rules.

Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose assures that a F-35 secretariat will change the way the government “does business.”

Lawson says he believes the “F-35 has superior stealth” compared to other fighters.


Kenney fires back at Saskatchewan over refugee health care access

- November 29th, 2012

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney fired back at the government of Saskatchewan on Wednesday after it suggested the federal government is downloading refugee health-care costs on to the provinces. Read more…

Six drug companies to produce generic OxyContin despite health concerns

- November 26th, 2012

Six major drug companies can now roll out knockoff versions of OxyContin despite warnings from doctors, pharmacists, police chiefs and provincial health officials. Read more…

New window marks residential school legacy in Canada

- November 26th, 2012

There is now a permanent reminder on Parliament Hill of Canada’s dark residential school legacy. Read more…

Are strip clubs gateways for human trafficking?

- November 23rd, 2012


You may remember a story from last summer about strip club owners publicly throwing a fit after the federal government stopped granting visas to foreigners who want to come to Canada to disrobe for money.

The Sun story began like this:

TORONTO – Recruiters of teenage strippers may soon be scouring Toronto high schools in search of female students who can be groomed into disrobing part-time as exotic dancers to earn college tuition.

A flyer praising the benefits of the burlesque trade has been produced to target students in high schools, colleges and universities in the Toronto area, says a group representing dancers and club owners.

The brochure claims working as a dancer pays well, offers flexible hours and makes a “great part-time job to raise college tuition.”

You can read the rest here.

A great part-time job to raise college tuition? Some might say so, but at least one university student in London, Ont. hoping to study medicine wouldn’t. For ‘Jasmine’, the strip club  became her gateway to human trafficking, prostitution, and rape. Here’s part of a recent story I wrote: Read more…