POLITICS

New polymer bank notes coming, and the high court rules on seizure of computers

11/07/2013 04:30 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
OTTAWA - You've seen the new $100 notes, the $50 and even the $20. Now it's time for the rest of them.

Today, the Bank of Canada will release the latest and last in its series of new, polymer bank notes — the $5 and $10 bills.

The Supreme Court of Canada will issue a ruling today in the case of a British Columbia man, Thanh Long Vu, whose home was raided by police six years ago. The case deals with how much access police ought to have to computers and smartphones.

The high court will also render decisions in various leave to appeal applications.

There could be a lively discussion about the increased use of trains to get Canada's resources to market — particularly oil — as Michael Bourque, president and CEO of the Railway Association of Canada, speaks at the Economic Club of Canada about the renaissance of Canada's railways.

A number of patient advocacy groups will meet today with International Trade Minister Ed Fast and Health Minister Rona Ambrose.

The two ministers are to talk about how the recently announced Canada-EU trade agreement will affect innovation in health care.

Dairy farmers will also voice their concerns about the trade deal at the Commons agriculture committee.

Following up on Treasury Board President Tony Clement's recent pronouncements about upcoming public service contract talks, New Democrat MPs Alexandre Boulerice and Guy Caron will speak out against what they consider to be government attacks against unions.

Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser will release his latest annual report on how the federal government is adhering to Canada's bilingualism policies. Following the release, the New Democrats will weigh in on the findings.

A Commons committee will hear Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt's take on Bill C-9, the critically panned First Nations Elections Act.

And Liberal MP Wayne Easter will delve into the secretive world of Canada's spy networks as he talks about the need for a national security oversight committee of parliamentarians to enhance the accountability of the intelligence gathering agencies.