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Maclean’s on the Hill: Wallonians relent, Adam Capay suffers

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Each week, the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sits down with Cormac Mac Sweeney to discuss the headlines of the week. This week, the Canada-EU free trade agreement was on the verge of collapse—but a deal in Belgium has all of a sudden pushed the negotiations near completion. We speak with Export Development Canada chief economist Peter Hall, who says the deal is a significant breakthrough at a time of rising protectionism around the world.

A troubling case is raising concerns of torture in our Justice system. A young prisoner in Thunder Bay has been kept in solitary confinement in a cell with no windows, with the lights kept on 24 hours a day—for four years. We speak with Maclean’s columnist Scott Gilmore about the ongoing case and political backlash.

How private should you keep your cell number or mobile information? That question is being asked after police in Ontario obtained thousands of phone numbers for a digital canvass. We speak about the unique tactic with privacy and tech expert Paul Davis.

And finally, for many people politics in general is scary. In honour of Halloween, we’ll bring you real stories about séances with prime ministers past, murdered politicians—and some political buildings that remain haunted to this day. Stories courtesy Jim Dean of The Haunted Walk of Ottawa.

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Part 1. The Wallonians relent

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, demonstrators walk over a spray painted sign on the street during a demonstration against international trade agreements in Brussels. The Belgian provide of Wallonia is proving how difficult it is for the European Union to set policy for its 28 nations. A landmark trade deal with Canada is at the mercy this week of a decision in Belgium's sub-region of a few million. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, demonstrators walk over a spray painted sign on the street during a demonstration against international trade agreements in Brussels. The Belgian provide of Wallonia is proving how difficult it is for the European Union to set policy for its 28 nations. A landmark trade deal with Canada is at the mercy this week of a decision in Belgium’s sub-region of a few million. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

The Canada-EU free trade agreement was on the verge of collapse—but a deal in Belgium has all of a sudden pushed the negotiations near completion. We speak with Export Development Canada chief economist Peter Hall, who says the deal is a significant breakthrough at a time of rising protectionism around the world.



Part 2. For Adam Capay, 52 months of torture

Adam Capay going into court in 2012. (Jeff Labine/DougallMedia/tbnewswatch.com)

Adam Capay going into court in 2012. (Jeff Labine/DougallMedia/tbnewswatch.com)

A troubling case is raising concerns of torture in our Justice system. A young prisoner in Thunder Bay has been kept in solitary confinement in a cell with no windows, with the lights kept on 24 hours a day—for four years. We speak with Maclean’s columnist Scott Gilmore about the ongoing case and political backlash.



Part 3. How far should police go?

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How private should you keep your cell number or mobile information? That question is being asked after police in Ontario obtained thousands of phone numbers for a digital canvass. We speak about the unique tactic with privacy and tech expert Paul Davis.



Part 4. Ottawa’s spooky side

Sir Wilfrid Laurier is shown in a file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/National Archives of Canada)

Sir Wilfrid Laurier is shown in a file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/National Archives of Canada)

For many people politics in general is scary. In honour of Halloween, we’ll bring you real stories about séances with prime ministers past, murdered politicians—and some political buildings that remain haunted to this day. Stories courtesy Jim Dean of The Haunted Walk of Ottawa.


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