Thanks to a couple of my Canadian friends for sharing with me the fact that in the last couple of weeks, Americans have needed to get their news from Canada, and vice-versa.
First, my friend Todd was kind enough to send a link on U.S. news that I'm not hearing about here. It seems that the United States, quick to point the finger at Canada for mad-cow-tainted beef, already might have had a couple of cases that were covered up. I suppose it shouldn't come as a shock to see that the United States Department of Agriculture issued a complete denial. Clearly, someone is lying, so the question is, who's more likely to do so -- the scientists who no longer fear getting fired; or the USDA that wants to assure the American public that beef is safe? News like this makes me glad I gave the stuff up years ago. That being said, I wonder why I didn't see anything about this in the Washington Post. Maybe tomorrow (though if so it usually would have showed up on their website by now)?
In the other direction, my friend Debbie brought me up to speed on Adscam, a major scandal involving the Liberal Party, which has run Canada for over a decade. The details are long and complicated (and can be found here), but what's fascinating about the scandal is that the investigation had a gag order on it. The court was listening to testimony each day, that lots of people could attend, but the press wasn't allowed to talk about it. This got someone mad enough to tell a conservative American blogger those details, the blogger (safely in the U.S.) was telling the goings on, and Canadians by the truckload were checking out an American blog to find out what their own government has been up to. The gag order was finally lifted late last week, in a nice victory both for free speech and the right of the Canadian public to know what their government is up to.
It's a shame that scandals and cover ups are among the many things that Americans and Canadians have in common.