Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Liberal MP offered woman $100K to keep quiet about sexual harassment claim, father alleges
“The father of a 24-year-old woman who worked for Calgary Liberal MP Darshan Kang said Kang offered a series of payments to prevent her from sharing harassment allegations with her parents.”
Beisan Zubi: Here’s why I never reported sexual harassment while working in Parliament – Vice (March 2017)
2. Ontario announces $222-million to fight opioid crisis
“Health Minister Eric Hoskins says the funding will help add more harm reduction workers, expand the supply of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, as well as expand addiction clinics and harm reduction services.
“Data released today shows that 865 people died in 2016 due to opioids – a 19 per cent increase from the previous year.”
3. Hurricane Harvey marks the most extreme rain event in U.S. history
“the rain from Harvey is in a class of its own. The storm has unloaded over 50 inches of rain east of Houston, the greatest amount ever recorded in the Lower 48 states from a single storm. And it’s still raining.”
+1: Houston’s flooding shows what happens when you ignore science and let developers run rampant – Quartz
4. Trump’s biggest North Korea mistake is coming
“Contrary to popular opinion, the mistake is not threatening ‘fire and fury.’ Rather it will be extending an open hand to Pyongyang and proposing a new set of diplomatic negotiations. Once Trump does that, he owns America’s failed North Korea policy, and he will almost certainly fail in turn. He thus has one last chance to disavow the mistakes of the past quarter-century and forge a new policy designed to deal realistically with a nuclear North Korea. The odds are he won’t take it.”
+1: Trump’s Moscow partner was apparently financed by a Russian bank under US sanctions – Mother Jones
+1: Why are we blaming postmodernism for Trump? – The Outline
5. Basically every problem in the US economy is because companies have too much power, new research argues
“What happens if, for whatever reason, competition in an economy dwindles, and companies are able to ratchet up prices much higher than what it costs to produce them? It would have disastrous effects. Workers’ wages and employment rates would decline. People would switch jobs less often. Economic growth would slow.
“According to these economists, this is basically describes the US economy since 1980.”