Continental Breakfast

Canada drops asylum seekers hijab questionnaire

Canada has suspended the use of a questionnaire that appeared to single out Muslim asylum seekers crossing into the country.

The Mounties used the form to screen refugee claimants entering into Quebec from the US.

Public Safety Canada says the document was “inappropriate and inconsistent with government policy”.

Weinstein allegations are not the first stories ‘spiked’ by media

Many people seem shocked by claims from a former New York Times reporter who says the newspaper sat on her 2004 information exposing alleged sexual misconduct by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. (The Times told Newsweek they would have only withheld information for good reason.)

The Weinstein question aside, I can tell you that every day, in newsrooms around the country, stories are killed because powerful people know how to get them killed.

Canada’s Catalonia? Careful Ottawa, western alienation is beginning to rear its head again

It was not at all helpful that the less-than-affable Montreal mayor, Denis Coderre, declared it a “victory for Canada” when TransCanada withdrew its licence application for Energy East, a pipeline project that actually would have provided market-diversification benefits to the national economy. It would be no different than if the mayor of, say, Winnipeg — home to a Boeing plant — declared it a Canadian victory after the U.S. Commerce Department slapped on two import duties on Quebec’s heavily subsidized Bombardier planes.

EXCLUSIVE: A First-Hand Account From A Soldier Who Served With Bowe Bergdahl

The following is a first hand account from a soldier who served with Bowe Bergdahl. His submission is posted here, in it’s entirety. Not one word has been altered. The few typos remain. This soldier was one of those who signed a nondisclosure agreement in the wake of Bergdahl’s disappearance. He has opted to remain anonymous. – Renee Nal

Like it or not, we need a ‘nudge’ to make better choices

The Nobel Prize for economics, like its subject, runs on controversy. You won’t find here the heated debates about whether Bob Dylan is really a writer, but many laureates – New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is one – arouse as much ire as admiration. Economists are like medieval theologians, coming to mental blows over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

The latest winner, the University of Chicago’s Richard Thaler, is a case in point. With colleague Cass Sunstein, a prolific jurist and former White House “regulation czar,” he popularized the notion of “choice architecture,” otherwise known as a nudge. In the 2008 book Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness, they argued that government has a responsibility to create mechanisms by which citizens will make better choices.