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Posted: Just 27 per cent have confidence in Johnston's impartiality, poll shows

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Plus: A broken intelligence system, engineering a controversy, and six stars View this email in your browser Some days it's a challenge to decide what to start with here. Other days it's easier. Like today, where I'll begin with a song, not because it was released on this day in history — it wasn't, I checked — or because there's some kernel of fascinating trivia attached to it, or because it reminds me of a wild pharmacological experience ... honestly, no. It's here because it was one of a couple of dozen random songs I included on a mixed tape many years ago for someone special, before we lost touch, and I still think of her when I hear it. She passed away one year ago today, far too young and unfairly. This one's for you, Ruthie, wherever the magic carpet takes you. Ron Wadden, Posted compiler-in-chief TL;DR * Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's description of calls to turf special rapporteur David Johnston as mere "partisan attacks" might be news to 1,500-plus respondents to a new Leger/Postmedia poll. It turns out only 27 per cent believe Johnston’s recent report recommending against a public inquiry into foreign interference was based on either "rigorous impartial work" or "foreign policy expertise." Johnston has turned down the request of the House of Commons to step aside.  * One of the lingering questions related to alleged meddling by China concerns how information about the targeting of Michael Chong and his family was not shared with the MP in a timely manner. The prime minister’s national security and intelligence adviser addressed that today, and the short answer is: the system is broken. * Proponents of RCMP reform will be heartened to hear that Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino is all in favour. As for what reforms are coming or when, Mendicino was less definitive, although he has formed a committee.  * A Queen's University engineering mechanics exam provides a new culture-war brouhaha to an ever-expanding list. The question asked students to design a "woke" light fixture, with LEDs that "are capable of producing a wide range of colors (sic) providing an opportunity for centering diverse anti-cis-normative identities." Some students, and presumably the professor, were amused. Others, not so much. * Every once in a while, a story ends up being one of the most popular of the day and we're not entirely sure why, but we don't want you to be the only one who didn't see it. So, here you go. It involves a reckless driver, a border crossing and allegations of an explosive device. SIGNIFICANT DIGITS 22: The number of years, roughly, since a suicide bomber targeted a restaurant in Jerusalem. Fifteen people were killed and dozens wounded, or that was the tally before yesterday, when Hana Nachenberg died. She had been in a coma ever since the attack.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Advertisement $ 2038200 QL R LIV T ASIN Do you know somebody who might enjoy reading Posted? Forward this email to them, and they can sign up here to get it delivered to their inbox. IN THE COURTS You might have known him before as Hyde on That '70s Show. Now Danny Masterson will be known as the former sitcom actor convicted in Los Angeles on two counts of rape. The case included one other notable element. The two victims testified that they were warned by the Church of Scientology not to contact police to report a church member of his stature. The Associated Press has more here.  FROM THE LIP "(Students) were shockingly very OK with the idea of using a chatbot to do therapy. They liked the idea that there was this removal of pressure because they didn’t have to express things to another human being." — Rachel Katz at the University of Toronto, on research into the ethics of AI psychotherapy, which is a thing these days, even if it's not always a very useful thing and sucks in a crisis. As Joseph Brean points out, an eating disorder association had to take its chatbot therapist offline recently after it advised a caller to just eat less. MORE SIGNIFICANT DIGITS 17: The number of living humans who aren't actually on Earth right now. That's because six are aboard China's Tiangong space station, and 11 are in the International Space Station. It's a new record for most people in orbit at the same time.  FROM THE REVIEWER "Five long years ago, I gave the animated movie (and eventual Oscar winner) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse five stars out of five. That was a mistake; not because it didn’t deserve the accolades, but because there was nowhere to go if the sequel turned out to be better." — This gives you an idea where Chris Knight is going with his review of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. SNAPSHOTS Jef Richards / USA TODAY Sports Why the fuzzy picture? If you look closely, you'll see a tire flying past the crowd during Sunday's Indy 500 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The hunk of rubber didn't hit anyone, thankfully, but it did bounce out a corner of the grandstand and into a parking lot 350 metres away, where it smashed into a fan's Chevrolet. That fan will be given a new vehicle, though probably not a race car.  Asaad Niazi / AFP via Getty Images We wouldn't want to assume this shot, of a man holding up a boy at sunset near Iraq's southern city of Nasiriyah, was staged — hey, it's entirely possible they were already in that pose when the photographer just happened by yesterday — but even if it is, kudos on a great picture. NEW YORK TIMES CROSSWORD Click on the puzzle icon to get the daily crossword from The New York Times. Enjoy.  T2 38 4 9 0 11 12 138 14 15 7 19 22 23 26 .27 20 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 16 47 48 49 50 . 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 TODAY'S HEADLINES * Only 27% of Canadians believe David Johnston is credible and impartial on foreign interference: poll * Information about Chong was lost in broken system, intelligence advisor tells MPs * Rex Murphy: Danielle Smith gears up for her next big fight — with Ottawa * Crown seeks seven-year sentence for OPP officer’s ‘egregious’ sexual assault * the-vancouver-sun Pardy: In Canada, courts mandate socialism to fulfil charter rights ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Advertisement $ 2038200 QL R LIV T ASIN Was this newsletter forwarded to you? Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. We'd love your feedback. Write to us at [email protected] or hit reply to send us a note. © 2023 Postmedia Network Inc. 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