The Conservative Party investigates Eve Adams. The tale of MP Eve Adams and her fiance Dimitri Soudas is far from over. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has now asked the Conservative party to investigate the MP’s behaviour in the riding of Oakville North-Burlington. The riding association alleges that Adams, who represents a nearby riding but wants to run in Oakville in the next federal election, has improperly interfered with business in the riding association and accessed an internal party database for her own political gains. On Sunday, Soudas, who worked as the PM’s longest-serving communications director, quit/was pushed out of his role as the party’s executive director after just four months on the job. If it turns out that Adams did access party records for her own personal gain (with or without the help of Soudas) she, too, could be out of a job, or at least out of the party. It’s starting to sound a lot like something that happened to another Ontario MP four years ago. Who remembers Helena Guergis?
U.S. Supreme Court strikes down political campaign spending limits. The Supreme Court decision applies to direct contributions to candidates and political parties and says that previous caps—a $48,600 limit by individuals every two years for contributions to all federal candidates, and a $74,600 combined limit on contributions to political party committees—violated the First Amendment. However, limits on on contributions from individuals to candidates ($2,600 per candidate) remain. The decision was a close one, passing with a 5-4 vote, with the court’s more conservative judges voting to overturn the law. So, expect an even more spendy U.S. presidential campaign in 2016.
There are, shockingly, few casualties in a huge Chilean earthquake. The country that was rocked by a magnitude-8.2 earthquake off its coast overnight seems to have got off pretty easily, with only six reported deaths so far after the quake. Experts are chalking up the low death toll to preparation—Chile is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world—and luck. After the quake, communities near the ocean were evacuated, due to fear of a tsunami, which only amounted to 2.5 metres. The bad news: seismologists warn that the area is overdue for “the big one,” which could happen at any time.
The mystery of flight MH370 may never be solved. Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters that the investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 could “go on and on and on” and that, at the end, investigators may never know the true cause of the tragedy. How can an airliner full of passengers go missing without a trace? It’s pretty easy and Maclean’s senior writer Chris Sorensen has more on that here. Meanwhile, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak heads to Australia for more talk on the strategy to find the wreckage of the missing plane.
Pope Francis emphasizes the importance of traditional marriage. During his weekly address Wednesday, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of protecting marriage. “The image of God is a married couple, man and woman—not only man, not only woman, but rather both. This is the image of God: love. God’s alliance with us is represented in the alliance between man and woman,” he told followers. In August, the Pope made headlines for saying that he was not in a position to judge someone who was gay: “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, well who am I to judge them?” he said then. The Pope’s message about marriage comes on the same day as a much-shared story on Buzzfeed about how the Catholic Church’s position against homosexuality and LGBT rights is pretty much status-quo, despite the new Pope’s softer tone.