Morning Update February 23rd, 2012 (10)


#1 — CNews | Black market for meds difficult to stop: RCMP 

OTTAWA – The RCMP says it is difficult to crack down on the black market for addictive prescription drugs rampantly funnelled into Canada’s remote First Nations communities.


NP | Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia place restrictions on OxyContin replacement, OxyNeo

#2 — Globe | Ontario court judge upbraided for conviction

A much-admonished Ontario Court judge has been taken to task again – this time for convicting a mentally ill man after the Crown backed off the case.


#3 — LFP | Stolen soldiers’ grave markers sold for scrap metal

ST. CATHARINES, ONT. – More than 150 metal maple leaf markers, which stand proudly alongside Canadian flags on the graves of local soldiers at Victoria Lawn Cemetery, have been stolen.


#4 — NP | Fraudulent election calls traced to Edmonton firm with Tory links

Elections Canada has traced fraudulent phone calls made during the federal election to an Edmonton voice-broadcast company that worked for the Conservative Party across the country.


#5 — OC | More stories emerge of widespread bribery in Quebec’s health system

MONTREAL — As Quebec’s College des Medecins revealed it will be hauling two prominent cardiologists before its disciplinary court over allegations of bribery, patients continue to contact the Montreal Gazette with fresh stories of cash-stuffed envelopes, handed over in exchange for fast-track care from their physicians.



#6 — BBC | Australia PM Gillard calls Labor leadership ballot

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a ballot for the leadership of the Labor Party amid a bitter tussle with Kevin Rudd.


#7 — CNN | Argentina declares two-day mourning period after train crash kills 50

Buenos Aires, Argentina (CNN) — Argentina’s president declared a two-day mourning period after a commuter train plowed into a barrier at a Buenos Aires station, killing 50 people and injuring hundreds more.


#8 — Fox | GOP candidates face off in high-stakes debate in Arizona

MESA, Arizona –  Mitt Romney went on offense against Rick Santorum’s record of spending while in the U.S. Senate, accusing his latest Republican arch-rival Wednesday of raising the debt ceiling five times, funding Planned Parenthood and expanding the Department of Education.


#9 — DM | Let there be energy-saving light

Halogen bulbs will be banned next year as part of the same legislation that phased out incandescent bulbs, according to EU proposals.


#10 — Telegraph | MP Eric Joyce arrested over assault at House of Commons bar

Eric Joyce, the Labour MP for Falkirk, has been arrested after a fracas in a bar at the House of Commons, it is understood.


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  • stageleft

    Firm with Tory links traced to election day ‘robocalls’ that tried to discourage voters There’s nothing like the quest for power to bring out the absolute best in a political party is there?

    • Jack

      Lot’s more breaking here.

      I find the story tedious. It is under investigation and charges will be laid in due course if laws have been broken. For now I’m satisfied to wait for the outcome.