Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer won’t post details of private fundraisers
“Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, whose party attacked the Liberal government for months for holding cash-for-access fundraisers, says he won’t post details of his own private fundraising events.
“Mr. Scheer held at least one private fundraiser with real estate and business executives in the Toronto area this spring, around the time he was campaigning for party leadership.
“Elections Canada donation records suggest he may have held others but the Conservative Party has been unwilling to confirm these events.”
+1: Chantal Hebert: Tories may regret wading into the tax reform debate – Toronto Star
2. Ontario considers recreational pot priced at $10 a gram
“Until now, the provincial government has been reluctant to make public any specific figures about the price of pot, the expected demand or potential revenues from taxation once cannabis is legalized across Canada next July.
“But on Wednesday, in response to questions by CBC News, Finance Minister Charles Sousa indicated ballpark numbers on both retail price and revenue. A price point of $10 per gram is ‘certainly something that we’re giving consideration to,’ Sousa said at the Legislature.”
– CBC News
3. Spanish police arrest 14 Catalan officials ahead of Oct. 1 referendum
“Catalonia’s president has accused the Spanish government of suspending the region’s autonomy after police intensified efforts to stop a vote on independence that has sparked one of the worst political crises since Spain’s return to democracy four decades ago.
“Spanish Guardia Civil officers raided a dozen Catalan regional government offices and arrested 14 senior officials on Wednesday as part of an operation to stop the referendum from taking place on 1 October.”
4. US Senate intelligence chairman plans public hearing on Facebook next month
“‘What I am is interested in what all the social media platforms know about activities on their platforms specifically funded by Russians and I believe that that’s something that is worthy of an open hearing and I plan to move to that sometime in October,’ Burr told CNN.”
+1: How Matt Drudge became the pipeline for Russian propaganda – Media Matters
+1: Fake Russian ads could have very real implications for Facebook – AdExchanger
5. Peak Asshole
This Stanford professor has a theory why 2017 is filled with so many jerks.