The Strange Story Behind the SNC-Lavalin Affair

The Strange Story Behind the SNC-Lavalin Affair

Whatever turns the political storm takes, John W. Boscariol, a lawyer in Toronto who advises companies on corruption issues, told me this week that the outcome is unlikely to please SNC-Lavalin.

“Now that it’s exploded, it’s going to be difficult for any company to get a remediation agreement,” he said.

On Feb. 24 we’re holding a special conference call for Canadian and Australian readers with David Sanger, national security correspondent for The Times. He’ll be focusing on the pressure the United States is bringing on Canada and other countries to not use equipment from China’s Huawei when they upgrade their wireless networks. You can find all the details and register here.

—The loss of Jody Wilson-Raybould from his cabinet may prove to be a step backward in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s attempts at reconciliation with Indigenous people.

—In Opinion, columnist Nicholas Kristof recently praised Canada as a model for the world but also said that we’re “boring.” Some Canadian readers get the last word.

—A reader from Vancouver describes his city’s transit system in a global comparison with New York.

—Jack Ming Jie Lin, a native of Markham, Ontario, and now a student at Columbia University in New York, has some things on his mind in addition to his studies. He has a rare opportunity as an amateur tennis player to test himself against the pros.

—Hockey fans in Toronto who are discouraged by the cost and scarcity of Leafs tickets might want to to check out the Toronto Furies of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

—Sebastian Modak, Our 52 Places Traveler, is on the move and one of his first stops was the ice caves near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Our colleagues in Books have put together a list of books for each of his stops. Their Canadian selections are not obvious but clever.

—As The Times’s food editor, Sam Sifton comes up with a lot of terrific recipes. But he has also been on a campaign to get us cooking without glancing at a tablet or a grubby printout. Sam’s non-recipe recipes have now been collected.

—Before computers were machines they were people, more often than not women, who performed calculations. When those tasks were mechanized, women often programmed the machines. Then, somehow, men took over. Clive Thompson looks at what went wrong.

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