1 CANADA PENSION BICKERAMA! Quebec joins the dark side (which Saskatchewan is already part of, with Alberta of course), saying CPP contributions don’t need to go up. This armchair economist says they’re wrong. We don’t have enough money to cover our retiring citizens, we need to raise pension contributions. Duh. News story here. And just for fun, another news story here.

2 SECRET SPY FILES ON TOMMY DOUGLAS TO BE RELEASED IN MARCH Story here. The RCMP spied on Tommy Douglas, which makes the force look like anti-democratic assholes, which is the RCMP don’t want these files released. How’s that for a theory?

3 THE LEG NEEDS WOMEN! About one out of five provincial politicians are female¬†and that’s just not very good.

4 VOLCANOES IN THE SUMMER, SNOW IN THE WINTER Not the best year to be flying in and out of London. Here’s the Canadian angle on the story.

5 SQUIRRELS ARE HUGE SLUTS Go squirrels! I use the term “sluts” in the cheeky and sex-positive way.

6 MEANWHILE IN AMERICA… The bigoted anti-gay law Don’t ask, Don’t Tell was voted dead this weekend. Openly gay Americians will soon be able to serve in the U.S. military without lying about their sexuality. Unfortunately Republicans blocked an important immigration bill, but they’ll pay for it. ¬†And a big fight is on today over an arms treaty with Russia.