Roundup: Missed non-binding deadlines

The government is going to miss the six-month deadline the House gave it when it passed a non-binding motion about amending the Elections Act vis-à-vis robocalls. Hands up anyone who’s actually surprised. Meanwhile, other experts say that Elections Canada already has all of the tools they need, but their problem is actually enforcement, in that they’re not doing enough of it. Meanwhile, Kady O’Malley takes a look at that Paul Calandra fundraiser that people have been talking about, and breaks down what kind of money we’re talking about, and it’s more than some people would think.

In a similar vein, the Conflict of Interest Act is overdue for its five-year review, and given the committee calendar it likely won’t be reviewed until closer to the holidays. And hey, maybe they’ll think about doing more about the mandate of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, which is pretty limited and limiting.

Opponents of the Northern Gateway pipeline say that money’s not the issue, even though Christy Clark is using that as a sticking point. Meanwhile, an RCMP report has Greenpeace targeted regarding a “growing radicalised environmentalist faction.” Greenpeace says they’re being singled out by the government’s ideological bias (although they can’t exactly deny that they haven’t engaged in some criminal activity including trespassing and breaching security such as with stunts on the roof of the West Block a couple of years ago), which CSIS denies (of course).

New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers met in Vermont yesterday, and were subject to protests by environmental groups.

Over in the Calgary Centre Conservative nomination race, it looks like Wildrose Party supporters are lining up behind Joan Crockatt, which could have more of an impact as to where the more Red Tory voters will go (given that the riding often goes to Red Tories). That said, has Crockatt been given the go-ahead to bypass that whole “member of the party for at least six months” rule? Because that might be important.

DND’s attempts at creating outreach materials for Aboriginal communities were apparently “offensive to the point of being comical.” Back to the drawing board, then.

Here’s a look at the interesting practice of deathbed citizenship ceremonies. No, seriously.

Here’s more about the charges against Bruce Carson.

Uh oh – a local Ottawa company has plead guilty to bid-rigging federal contracts.

And Conrad Black is musing about maybe one day possibly getting back into the newspaper ownership business, maybe, if he finds a title that’s sufficiently under-valued (and he clears all of the legal and regulatory hurdles he’s still grappling with).