Roundup: Thirteen new demands

The big news is that Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence will be ending her hunger action today, after it was reported that her own band council was issuing her an ultimatum to either end her hunger action or face removal as chief. But that wasn’t quite enough for Spence, who issued a thirteen-point resolution that needed to be met, and after speaking with Opposition leaders, got them to sign off on it – though I’m not exactly sure why. And so, there to be an “honouring ceremony” to end the hunger action held later today, plus a couple of press conferences – so I guess we’ll have to see what gets said. Meanwhile, the Manitoba chiefs have decided that they’ll stick with the AFN for now, but raise questions about the Assembly’s mandate – especially with regards to treaty negotiations. Jonathan Kay writes about how the AFN can no longer be all things to all First Nations in Canada.

Stephen Harper is apparently looking for a “broad consensus” on a deployment to Mali. Those of you who understand what this means in an adversarial system of Responsible Government like ours will realise that this is a way of avoiding accountability if anything goes wrong. Harper will simply say, “You all agreed to it, don’t look at me.” Which is yet another reason why governing by consensus is harmful to systems of accountability. And cue Paul Dewar saying some blatantly wrong things about Parliamentary oversight.

There are signals that John Baird will at long last name his new Religious Freedom ambassador in the coming weeks. Though I’ll wait to see it before I believe it.

As the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s legal challenge moves ahead, the Speakers of the Commons and the Senate have stepped in to protect their privileges – essentially, that it’s Parliament’s job to define the PBO’s role, not the court’s. (And yes, Parliament is actually the highest court of the land, for the record).

Ottawa’s mayor is concerned that Wellington Street, across from Parliament Hill, is becoming a ghost town, as the government can’t decide on how to fill certain buildings, while others continue their interminable renovations.

Mark Carney wants you to know that there was nothing inappropriate about his vacation at Scott Brison’s cottage last summer.

Environment Canada sent itself a warning letter after a diesel leak at one of their research buildings.

And Laura Stone found Stephen Harper’s son’s Twitter account. When she asked the PMO about it, the account was locked within hours (not that it’s a bad thing because really, let the kid have a private life and not have to worry about the harassers who would come out of the woodwork, and yes, the Twitter Machine is full of them).