The big news: The Supreme Court talks democracy

Also: Rob Ford sweeps front pages, heroin users take on Ottawa

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The story
When Rob Ford was stymieing his colleagues on Toronto’s city council, the Supreme Court continued to hear arguments about Senate reform from a number of provinces, advocates and even senators themselves. Ford’s battles swept the nation’s front pages, but the Supremes and counsel gathered in the top court argued about some of the most fundamental elements of Canada’s constitution. There’s no scandal to be found, but the debates are worth our attention.

The stat
7/50: the federal government argues that abolition of the Senate would only require the consent of two-thirds of the provinces (7) representing half of Canada’s population (50%)—an amending procedure known as the 7/50 Rule.

The quote
“So Canada could be turned into a dictatorship with less than unanimity?” —Justice Louis LeBel, in response to arguments made by Saskatchewan government lawyer Graeme Mitchell


What’s above the fold

The Globe and Mail Ex-staffers accused Rob Ford of, among other things, drinking and driving.
National Post
Among the other Ford allegations: cocaine and OxyContin.
Toronto Star Also among the allegations: a sex worker inside city hall.
Ottawa Citizen A former Tory operative allegedly bragged about misleading voters.
CBC News Ford, once again, won’t step down from his post.
CTV News POLL: 62 per cent of Torontonians wouldn’t vote Ford in 2014.
National Newswatch Ford’s latest bombshells heap yet more pressure onto the mayor.


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