The federal government rolled out new product safety laws and said that they would not boycott the Beijing Olympic Games. Canada's backlog of refugee claims ballooned, as did the number of vacancies on the Immigration and Refugee Board.
There was concern over increased violence in Iraq, and a polar bear cub got lots of attention in Germany. The International Olympic Committee was considering scrapping the international leg of the torch run due to protests. Rogers Communications protested the amount of money that broadcasters are paid for time shifting channels.