In The News for November 9: Who’s next in the emergency law investigation?

Fort MacLeod, Alta. Council member Marco van Huygenbos, who has been accused of victimization for his role in the Alberta blockade, told the commission Tuesday that he was there to ask government representatives to speak to protesters about pandemic mandates.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked emergency law for the first time in Canadian history on February 14, arguing that his temporary and extraordinary powers were necessary to end the blockade in Ottawa and at border crossings.

The Public Order Emergency Committee is considering the Liberal government’s decision to invoke the law and hold hearings in Ottawa until November 25.

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Alberta Premier Daniel Smith returns to the legislature.

Smith defeated four contenders to win the by-election Tuesday night in the Brooks Medicine Hat district.

She was absent from the legislature for seven years.

She won a seat in 2012 as leader of the former Wildrose party, but failed to secure a nomination in 2015 after leading her party caucus on a group floor to the Progressive Conservative Party.

Smith meets again in the legislature on November 29 and promises an ambitious agenda that includes helping Albertans deal with sharp increases in gasoline and electricity costs.

What we see in the United States…

Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan governor and his ally Joe Biden behind efforts to shut down the Pipeline 5 pipeline across the border in Canada, were re-elected Tuesday in a midterm election that showed a surprising degree of Democrats’ resilience.

Whitmer narrowly beat Republican challenger Theodore Dixon, a steel industry insider turned conservative commentator, in one of the only midterm election contests with direct implications for Canada-US relations.

Dixon called Justin Trudeau “the most radical environmentalist in the entire world” when she attacked the Fifth Line offensive in last month’s debate with Whitmer, whose only defense was that plans to strengthen the underwater double lines were afoot.

The Michigan battle was just one of 506 races for governors, the House and the Senate that came to fruition on Tuesday in a midterm showdown that pollsters and critics had predicted would be a painful indictment of the Biden administration.

It wouldn’t have been — at least not as big as the Republicans had hoped.

Early on, Democrats managed to hold a pair of leading House seats in Virginia, a state that Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin won last year despite Biden’s disguised 10-point win there in 2020.

Subsequently, Kathy Hochhol was victorious in her bid to win a full first term as governor of New York, despite a strong Republican challenge. Soon enough, Donald Trump’s darling Carrie Lake—who was late in her bid for Arizona’s governor—was already crying over an election mistake.

And in Pennsylvania, Lt. Jon Fetterman, who was sidelined for much of the summer with a stroke that affected his speaking style and raised questions about his fitness for the job, scored a slim but decisive victory over Dr. Mehmet Oz, another Trump aide.

What we see in the rest of the world…

Jailed NBA star Britney Greiner has been transferred to a penal colony in Russia, her legal team announced Wednesday.

A Russian court last month rejected her appeal against her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession. “Britney was removed from the Iksha detention center on November 4. She is now on her way to a penal colony. We have no information on her exact current location or final destination,” a statement from her legal team said.

White House Press Secretary Karen-Jean-Pierre said: “Every minute Britney Grenier has to endure wrongful detention in Russia takes one minute. As the administration continues to work tirelessly to secure her release, the president instructed the administration to pressure her Russian captors to improve her treatment and the conditions under which You may be forced to endure it in a penal colony. As we have said before, the United States government has made an important offer to the Russians to resolve the present unacceptable and unlawful detentions of American citizens.”

Greiner, an eight-star center with WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and two-time Olympic gold medalist, was convicted August 4 after police said they found vape packets containing cannabis oil in her luggage at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

On this day in 1860…

John A. MacDonald gave the first “lecture tour” of Canadian politics.

In entertainment…

Nintendo hopes to take advantage of the new Super Mario movie and several products and theme parks to get more people into playing video games.

Nintendo content, including Donkey Kong and Pokemon, has attracted fans for more than four decades. Parents and grandparents now play games with children.

President Shuntaro Furukawa says the appeal of such intellectual property goes beyond games. Among the main efforts of what he called “relationship building” with fans of the game was the movie “Super Mario Brothers”, scheduled for release in April next year.

There’s also a theme park opening in Hollywood next year.

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Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos blames the prime ministers directly after talks with provincial and territorial ministers ended without a funding agreement.

Earlier yesterday, the premiers issued a statement in which Duclos said he painted the talks in Vancouver as a failure.

Duclos says he went to the meetings in good faith, but the prime minister’s statement forced their ministers to think about one thing and only one thing – money.

British Columbia’s health minister, Adrian Dix, called it a disappointing end to the meetings and admitted that the outcome was not what he had expected.

Duclos said Monday that the federal government is willing to boost health funding transfers, but with conditions.

Dix made it clear that he and the provincial and territorial health ministers are united behind the request to increase federal funding from 22 to 35 percent.

This report was first published by The Canadian Press on November 9, 2022

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