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Many Mounties oppose opening ranks to permanent residents, easing entrance requirements, spokesmen say

Jul 24 2016 — Douglas Quan

An association that represents some of Canada’s Mounties says members have “grave reservations” about the RCMP’s recent decision to ease entrance requirements, including allowing permanent residents to apply. The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada (MPPAC) said Sunday management has caved in to political correctness and the “knee jerk” changes amount to lowering standards. “Essentially […]

Jul 24 2016 —

An explosion in the German city of Ansbach, near Nuremberg, has killed a suspected bomber and injured 12 other people, three seriously, police say. They said a man – “according to our current knowledge the perpetrator” – had died in the blast. The intended target was not clear but about 2,000 people have been evacuated […]

Jul 24 2016 —

Britain’s envoy to Canada says his country will push hard for the speedy approval of the Canada-EU free-trade agreement despite the Brexit referendum decision to leave the 28-country bloc. High Commissioner Howard Drake told The Canadian Press that Britain is bound by all European Union treaties until it formally negotiates and signs an agreement to […]

Jul 24 2016 — Aaron Wherry

On the morning after Donald Trump — a man that has made the writer Ezra Klein “truly afraid” for his country, a “poisonous messenger” in the words of the New York Times, a “peril” in the judgement of the Washington Post — became one of two nominees for president of the United States, the most […]

Jul 24 2016 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto

In our recent nationwide survey, we asked Canadians to tell us what if they thought a series of scenarios were likely or unlikely to transpire over the next 10 or 20 years. We are releasing the results over the next few days, grouping some items together for ease of presentation. When it comes to our […]

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Inuit press claim for co-ownership of Franklin artifacts

Jul 24 2016 — Dean Beeby

Inuit are pressing Ottawa to recognize their ownership rights over the wreck and contents of HMS Erebus, even as Parks Canada prepares to assign to Britain permanent custody of key artifacts from the famous Sir John Franklin ship. Under a 1997 deal with Britain, Canada agreed the United Kingdom owned any artifacts to be recovered […]

Jul 24 2016 — Sophia Harris

In the race to redeem their Air Miles before they expire, many collectors are expressing frustrations about limited rewards options. “You’re pretty much hosed,” claims Toronto collector John MacKenzie. At the close of 2011, Air Miles introduced a five-year expiry date on rewards miles. That means on Jan.1, 2017, any unused miles collected before 2012 […]

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Jul 24 2016 — Kyle Duggan

Canadians overwhelmingly think that the United Kingdom’s eventual separation from the European Union will lead ultimately to negative consequences, according to new EKOS numbers. Most Canadians — 81 per cent — think a Brexit will have negative consequences for the EU, while only 8 per cent think it could have positive consequences. Another clear majority, […]

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Jul 24 2016

For more than 40 years the mercury has percolated through river sediment, the food chain and generations of residents. From 100 kilometres upstream, the slow, steady drip of the neurotoxin first killed a community’s livelihood and then contaminated its people. A disability board — set up by government officials in the mid-1980s to compensate those […]

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Featured Ink

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Make America scared again

Jul 24 2016 — Michael Den Tandt

Dear Mr. Trump; I love your show. I have to tell you up front, I’m a huge fan of the genre. I’ve read and watched them all, beginning with The Stand by Stephen King, published back in 1978. I think of it as the first modern dystopia. In fact I think it was King, in […]

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5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win

Jul 24 2016 — Michael Moore

I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I gave it to you straight last summer when I told you that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for president. And now I have even more awful, depressing news for you: Donald J. Trump is going to win in November. This wretched, […]

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What I learned on my journey of reconciliation

Jul 24 2016 — John Tory

Like most of you, I am a proud Canadian. There are few things not to be proud of, but surely one of them has to be the treatment of our Indigenous people. I have just returned from a four-day visit to the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) and Bearskin Lake First Nations communities. They are located about […]

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Canada Federal leadership unavoidable on climate change

Jul 23 2016 — Martin Regg Cohn

Justin Trudeau couldn’t crash the premiers’ closed-door meeting in Yukon. But he was still the elephant in the room. Far removed from the Yukon’s bracing northern air, his prime ministerial admonitions on emissions of greenhouse gases rankled many of the provinces accustomed to going at their own glacial pace. After a decade of deliberate neglect […]

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Call it cap-and-fraud

Jul 24 2016 — Lorrie Goldstein

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers jostle on what carbon pricing in Canada will look like and how much it will cost us, a modest proposal. We should rename the carbon pricing scheme known as cap-and-trade — which Quebec already has and Ontario will have next year — by what inevitably happens under […]

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Christy Clark’s plan to makes homes affordable: will it work?

Jul 24 2016 — Michael Smyth

The only politicians you typically find at the B.C. legislature in the summertime are make-believe ones. They are the young actors who dress up as 19th-century lawmakers to entertain the tourists. Eccentric former premier Amor De Cosmos is a common sight, strolling the precincts in his top hot and moustache. But, on Monday, the real […]

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While Canada’s LNG dream fades, U.S. gears up

Jul 22 2016 — Gary Lamphier

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark once dreamed of wiping out her province’s debt and creating a $100-billion Prosperity Fund from the riches generated by B.C.’s nascent liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. “The safe recovery and export of our abundant supply of natural gas presents an opportunity for prosperity unlike anything we have ever seen,” she […]

Jul 22 2016 — Andrew MacDougall

It is tempting for Canadian Conservatives to look at the Republicans’ festival of stupid in Cleveland and snigger; there is, thankfully, no Trump-style carnival barkery in Canada. But attention must be paid. The Republican convention is what happens when you chase your base up your own backside: You’re left talking out of your butt, alienating […]

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Jul 23 2016 — Conrad Black

Even in the week that he is nominated by the Republican party for the presidency of the United States, intelligent people fail in droves to understand what Donald Trump has accomplished. It was disappointing to read the editorial in this newspaper on Tuesday that “a Trump presidency would be a descent into the uncertainties of […]

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Jul 23 2016 — Candice Malcolm

In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve. And in America, they deserve Donald Trump. The old adage comes from Alexis de Tocqueville, a French historian and writer who studied early American democracy. Tocqueville’s book, Democracy in America, examined how and why the political system worked so well in the U.S., whereas it […]

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Jul 22 2016 — L. Ian MacDonald

Just in case anyone missed the point in his acceptance speech, Donald Trump said it several times — he is the “law and order” candidate for president of the United States. “There can be no security without law and order,” he declared in his 75-minute address to the Republican National Convention Thursday night. “I will […]

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Jul 22 2016 — Danielle Smith

Listeners keep forwarding me emails from different conservative campaigns asking me to: “Add your name to the petition today and help us stop the carbon tax!” No doubt petition forms are piling up all over the province in support, but I think conservatives are fighting the wrong fight. It’s hard to argue with the logic: […]

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Jul 22 2016 — Barry Cooper

A minor plank in the Liberals’ election platform aimed to ensure “that 2015 will be the last federal election” conducted with the “first-past-the-post” electoral system. It was enshrined in the December throne speech. The objective is “to make sure that every vote counts.” The ensuing media and blogosphere discussion has recapitulated a lot of post-Second […]

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Jul 22 2016 —

The House of Commons special committee on electoral reform has started hearings into alternatives to the first-past-the-post system that has been at the core of Canadian democracy since Confederation. No matter which model it ends up proposing, significant changes to how MPs are selected and, accordingly, how our federal government is formed must be referred […]

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Jul 22 2016 — David Climenhaga

Now there’s a shocker! Upon close examination it turns out Saskatchewan, which has been loudly whinging about Alberta beer sales running “counter to the spirit and intent” of the New West Partnership, has a provincial beer sales system that … erm … operates counter to the spirit and intent of the New West Partnership. Egregiously, […]

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Jul 22 2016 — Tom Walkom

Donald Trump has blown up the Republican Party. It’s not clear what will replace it. Trump didn’t do the deed on his own. The Republicans have been at war with themselves for decades, a war that found expression in renegade presidential candidacies like that of Pat Buchanan in the ’90s, in the ongoing tension between […]

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Jul 22 2016 — Rick Salutin

It’s tempting to say Donald Trump is all leader and no ship: no party inclinations in any recognizable forms, nor typical policies, organization, strategy or scripts. It centres on him alone. Except for a literal ship, labelled Trump, that he flies in on and speaks in front of. He likes it so much, he flies […]

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Jul 21 2016 — Lorne Gunter

The #1 issue around Calgary during Stampede week this year was the continued downturn in the energy industry. (Ok, maybe it was the crummy weather and low attendance. But after that it was the oil industry’s woes.) The next biggest talker was probably the reduction in Stampede Week parties. It used to be possible to […]

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Jul 21 2016 — Martin Regg Cohn

The rhetoric of reconciliation comes easily. Calls for an indigenous inquiry sound simple. But after long demanding action, some provinces are now demanding further consultations. And reassurances they won’t have to pay the bills. As Canada’s premiers gathered in the land of the midnight sun for their annual summit with the nation’s indigenous leaders Wednesday, […]

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Dennis Rodman is a person of interest in a California hit-and-run

Jul 24 2016 —

The Worm could be on the hook for a hit-and-run accident in California. Cops say that NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is a person of interest in the crash that happened in the middle of last week. The driver of a black BMW told California Highway Patrol officers that the other driver left the […]

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