Drive-by Planet: Diab extradition order: ‘dangerous new low’ in Canadian law

Earlier this month Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson signed an extradition order allowing for the surrender of Canadian citizen, Ottawa U professor Hassan Diab, to French authorities. Dr Diab has been accused of involvement with a 1980 bombing outside a synagogue on Rue Copernic, Paris. He has steadfastly proclaimed his innocence. Following the 2008 arrest ...

Drive-by Planet: Rob Ford: Toronto’s ‘notorious big’ loses subway vote

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is keen on catchphrases. Some of his faves are… “Stop the gravy train” – “It’s all about subways” – “End the war on the car” and “Respect for taxpayers.” Ford is a black-n-white slogan-friendly kinda guy. He stands as a living witness that a caricature can be elected mayor of a ...

Drive-by Planet: Toronto mayor Ford shows leadership

Drive-by Planet: Did dirty tricks help Stephen Harper to a majority?

Stephen Harper denies the Conservative Party of Canada had anything to do with robo-calls and other misleading phone calls made during the 2011 federal election. The calls sent some Canadian voters on a wild goose chase, hunting for “relocated” polling stations that didn’t exist. A disposable cellphone registered to a mysterious Pierre Poutine of Separatist ...

Drive-by Planet: Electronic surveillance bill: Big Bro Toews wants your data

  Canadian Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews, who is pushing a draconian surveillance bill that would give police extraordinary powers to snoop on Canadians wants an investigation into a Twitter account – @vikileaks30 –  that has been exposing details of his marital breakdown. How does it feel Vic – having people nosing into your affairs? ...

Drive-by Planet: Big Bro Canada: Stasi redux