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Welcome to your Saturday Posted. It’s the last weekend of November. This seems like a good time to remind you to get ready for your holiday gift-giving so that you don’t end up like us, scrambling through the chaos of a mall on Dec. 23. Procrastination is the enemy.

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TRUDEAU IN THE HOT SEAT

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The inquiry into the federal Liberals’ invocation of the Emergencies Act wrapped up Friday. The hotly anticipated man in the hot seat was none other than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who spent much of the day defending his government’s decision to invoke the legislation — for the first time, ever. “There was no confidence that we were on a track to getting the national emergency under control,” Trudeau said. The National Post covered the inquiry from top to bottom over the last several weeks. On Friday, Adrian Humphreys set the scene: Trudeau had quite the opening act, with 70 witnesses coming in the six weeks before him, and, as headliner, emerged a bit late due to a delay in summoning him from the witness room (and no fault of his own). “A bit anti-climactic,” said Justice Paul Rouleau, the commissioner, when Trudeau didn’t show up immediately. You can find our full coverage, from Christopher Nardi and Ryan Tumilty, here. The National Post’s John Ivison also weighed in on a “serene” Trudeau, finding the prime minister’s testimony offers great insight into the mind of the man making the decisions. And if you missed Trudeau’s testimony, we have the whole video on our website.

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WILTING LETTUCE

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David Paul Morris/Bloomberg Photo by David Paul Morris /Bloomberg

If you’ll “lettuce” get in some lighter news — and a dreadful pun — the Financial Post has the story of why your grocery shop might be a bit more expensive than usual. There are, of course, many expensive items. But lettuce — yes, the little green thing that exists mostly to add crunch to a burger — is really quite expensive. It’s not unusual to see one head of iceberg going for as much as $6.99. The reason, as Joe O’Connor reports, is because of a gruesome-sounding virus: Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus. It has decimated the world’s salad bowl, which, as you may have surmised, is in California. The state has already been suffering from a brutal drought. “The price points are insane,” says Gordon Dean, an Ottawa Valley grocer. Happily, there are solutions. Vertical farming is one such option. The story has everything you need to understand your iceberg from your romaine and what’s going on in the world of leafy greens.

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NATIONAL POST NEWS QUIZ

Ready to test your mettle against the news of the week? We bring you another edition of the National Post news quiz. A hint: Knowing a thing or two about Elizabeth May, the once-again leader of the Green Party, will help you out with the first question.


WORLD CUP SOCCER

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Postmedia illustration

The World Cup is underway, and Canada has played its first game. If you didn’t catch the announcement last week, Postmedia’s on the ground in Qatar, and sportswriter Derek Van Diest is penning the Corner Kicks newsletter. You can sign up here so you don’t miss a moment of the action.


ET CETERA

  • The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has been one of the more active litigants against COVID-19 health measures. But an Ontario judge has found that the JCCF — which lost a case regarding Seneca College’s vaccine mandate — would be liable for the legal costs, and not the two students whom the group was representing.
  • The legislation that governs Canada’s spy agency is badly out of date, say speaking notes obtained by the National Post. The law needs to be modernized before Canada becomes a “weak link” among intelligence-sharing partners.
  • Pope Francis has said that Ukraine will need to make concessions if there is to be peace with Russia. The Pope also recognized the Ukrainians as a “noble and martyred people.”
  • Canada’s MAID system is becoming a cautionary tale, writes National Post columnist Chris Selley. It is a blessing to many Canadians but the system has many problems.
  • The Toronto Star has hired a new top executive. Neil Oliver will replace Marina Glogovac, who joined the newspaper company back in June. It comes after weeks of feuding over the paper’s ownership. Justin Bitove, the publisher, is now the sole owner. 

SNAPSHOT

No, it’s not something from the pages of Tolkien. This shot, rather, is of a wave breaking on Lake Erie. Cody Evans, a photographer from Ingersoll, Ont., got the spectacular shot of a wave that looks like a face on Nov. 18.
No, it’s not something from the pages of Tolkien. This shot, rather, is of a wave breaking on Lake Erie. Cody Evans, a photographer from Ingersoll, Ont., got the spectacular shot of a wave that looks like a face on Nov. 18. Photo by Cody Evans

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