The House has overwhelmingly passed a motion recognizing Quebec as a nation within Canada. 15 Liberal MPs and Garth Turner voted against, although it probably would have been more if it had been a free vote for the Tories. Hey, remember when somebody, I forget who exactly but his name rhymed with “Even Carper”, promised that all votes in Parliament on non-budgetary matters would be free votes?
In other Parliamentary news, the Grits and the Bloc kept their seats in by-elections. Green Party leader Elizabeth May came in a reasonable second in the by-election for London North Centre, which, depending on your point of view, is either fantastic because the Greens have never done so well or terrible because this was a by-election where they could concentrate all their political power on one lousy riding and they still lost. Read the Torontoist interview with May here.
Next on the list of bad policy ideas imported from the United States: being unnecessarily paranoid about illegal immigrants.
Two homes in Toronto evacuated after a cobra gets lost somewhere in them. Also supposedly in the house: a badger and a mushroom. (Aren’t you glad I didn’t go for the tired Snakes On A Plane reference? We here at Torontoist like to switch it up on you now and then.)
And the OPP bust a raw-milk farmer. We are now all of us safe from the dangers of going on a three-year waiting list to drink unpasteurized milk. (Torontoist also thinks that Margaret Philp, the staffwriter at the Globe who covered this, must have greatly enjoyed writing the phrase “maverick dairy farmer.” Who wouldn’t want to be the bad boy of cow care?)