Roundup: Countdown to the Supreme Court hearing

In advance of Tuesday’s Supreme Court hearing, Elections Canada has some new evidence that could cast doubt on some of the ballots that were nullified in the lower court decision. This is one of those rare moments when the Supreme Court will consider new evidence rather than just the factums presented before them.

The question of what to do with Dean Del Mastro continued to play out yesterday as the Liberals tried to get the Ethics committee to reconvene to hear from him, while the NDP decided to quash that idea (apparently it’s too much of a circus for the likes of serial name-caller Charlie Angus), but they instead want Rob Nicholson to refer the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions – even though it’s not actually his job to investigate things. But hey, details, right?

Here are three things that Julian Fantino needs to know about CIDA as he takes over the portfolio. Fantino, meanwhile, gives a bit of a slap to his predecessor when he pledges to bring “fiscal discipline” to the department.

Here’s a look at the proposed redrawn boundaries in four provinces, complete with maps that show those boundaries as compared to how they are currently.

Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Access to Information Act, which has seen a sad decline in recent years.

A Supreme Court ruling yesterday gives shape to how organised crime is being defined under the law in this country.

The Economist wonders if voters are tiring of Harper’s bullying – while calling Thomas Mulcair’s more rigid party discipline as “starting out well.” Which of these things is not like the other?

Here’s a look at those War of 1812 “movie trailers” that are showing up in cinemas across the country. This American spoof movie, however, is about as accurate all said trailer (especially as its point was about the vagueness of history classes on the topic).

And at the Calgary Stampede, Justin Trudeau is wearing the small belt buckle he got as a kid in 1978. Given that there tends to be an inverse proportion between belt buckle size and, well, you know, this probably isn’t a bad thing. As for Trudeau’s insistence that people taking off their suits and ties during Stampede as being more “authentic” obviously is a little too caught up in the giant fancy dress party that is Stampede, where thousands of people who’ve never even been close to a farm dress up to play cowboy. I can’t see that as being any more “authentic” than wearing a suit and tie. One might venture that it’s even less so. But maybe that’s just me.