National News SNC-Lavalin drama continues MP standoff; SIU changes criticized for targeting accountability SHARE ON: James Bowler, contributor, Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 2019 Justice committee to hear from Wilson-Raybould on SNC-Lavalin, no PMO witnesses expected Opposition MPs are on the warpath against the Liberals over the SNC-Lavalin scandal. While the Tory and NDP MPs will get one wish with Jody Wilson-Raybould set to testify on the matter, they’re reportedly enraged a witness will not come from the PMO. Andrew Scheer has demanded former adviser Gerald Butts should also testify before Ottawa’s justice committee. Ford Government proposes changes to SIU, critics say it’s pulling oversight and accountability Ontario is proposing big changes to the SIU, which are being criticized for cutting deep into accountability. The Ford Government’s COPS bill would narrow focus and put a 120-day limit on SIU investigations. It would also create a new agency to review police complaints and decide on the need for independent probes. Critics say this removes transparency and confidence in Ontario’s policing system. Doug Ford outraged by protesting students with “filthy” mouths Ontario’s students have “filthy” mouths which should be “washed out with soap”. This from Premier Doug Ford after a gathering of student protesters shouted “free tuition” and profanity during a session at Queen’s Park. The group was protesting the Ford Government’s cancellation of the free tuition program. Ford claimed their embarrassing behaviour was fueled by the opposition. Alberta taps CN and CP to transport more crude Alberta’s government is attempting to temporarily solve its oil problem. Premier Rachel Notley announced an agreement with CP and CN to lease rail cars and send more crude across the border. The lease agreement will cost nearly 4-billion, but is expected to return nearly six-billion dollars in revenue over three years. Pope hosting hundreds of Catholic officials for sex abuse summit A new direction for the Catholic Church on clergy sex abuse starts tomorrow. The Pope will host hundreds of Catholic officials for a summit focused on ending cover-ups related to sex abuse scandals involving priests across the globe. However, the pontiff has warned watchers around the world to deflate expectations.