Roundup: Concern for Syria without a plan

John Baird says that there’s mounting evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Syria – not that anyone is actually talking about what kind of response is being warranted. Meanwhile, we should be expecting the first 200 “urgent” Syrian refugee cases to start arriving in the coming months, with 1300 expected by the end of next year.

The NDP have filed a formal request to recall the Industry Committee to hold hearings into the upcoming wireless spectrum auction. Of course, they’ll have to hurry before the official prorogation order happens, at which time the committees pretty much cease to exist and will need to be reconstituted in the next session.

At the final stop on Harper’s northern tour, a shoving match happened between a Chinese reporter and a PMO staffer, which resulted in the reporter being dragged away by RCMP. It seems the PMO didn’t want him to ask a question, despite the fact that the Press Gallery pool up there allotted him one of the daily questions, and that the topic would have been on foreign company takeover rules.

Jason Kenney’s pet project of a memorial to “victims of communism” is going to happen, and get a place near Parliament Hill.

Environment Canada’s annual report on GHG emissions trends is late – and nobody is saying why.

The Alberta government’s report on pipeline safety has been released and includes seventeen recommendations to improve safety.

Erica Alini explains why the US recovery is affecting the Canadian mortgage market, while Andrew Coyne warns of the dangers of “a little inflation.”

Nobody seems to be able to get any details on what those extra expenses that Senator Pamela Wallin is being forced to repay actually are – including other Senators on the committee.

Former Senator Raymond Lavigne was denied parole, and apparently feels no remorse for what he did. That’s unfortunate. *sad trombone*

Eugene Lang writes about the need for a Senate, being that they can develop the policy depth that MPs have no incentive to do, and our whole legislative process is better for it as a result. And he’s entirely right.

And the folks at iPolitics have “found” Stephen Harper’s list of pros and cons when it comes to proroguing Parliament.