Roundup: An absent report amid changing rhetoric

It has been noted that the scathing US National Transport Safety Board report on the Enbridge Kalamazoo leak has yet to be tabled with the Northern Gateway review panel. The CBC has a long analysis piece about how the federal government’s rhetoric is changing as the file gets increasingly complex, with numerous federal and provincial political calculations hanging in the balance.

The Globe and Mail has a lengthy profile of John Baird as Foreign Minister, and how he’s scrappy and looking to change the way we do things, yet there was very little critical mention from foreign policy scholars who will tell you how empty most of Baird’s gestures on the foreign stage (like all of the walk-outs at the UN he’s ordered) really are. It’s also conspicuously silent on Baird’s personal life as well, for what it’s worth. Baird, meanwhile, is in the Middle East and has announced new aid money for Syrian refugees.

Speaking of Syrian refugees, there are some suspicious sounding links between a charity collecting for it, and a former al-Qaeda front.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin says that the public will lose faith in the courts unless we improve public access to them.

In Calgary Centre, the Herald catches up with Joe Soares, the former PMO Quebec advisor making a run for the Conservative nomination there.

And over in the Quebec Election, noted unity expert Pauline Marois takes aim at Jean Charest for trying to divide Quebec. No, seriously. She then took aim at the English language, saying that a province with 94 percent use of French in the needs more protection for Francophones. Sounds to me like the same kind of logic about opposing same-sex marriage to protect “traditional” marriage.