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Anti-terrorism bill C-51 ‘dangerous’ legislation, 100 academics say

Feb 27 2015 — Laura Payton

More than 100 academics are urging the government to drastically alter C-51, the Conservatives’ proposed anti-terrorism legislation, arguing it is far too broad and doesn’t come with safeguards to protect Canadians’ privacy rights. The group, made up mainly of law professors from across Canada, have signed an open letter arguing the proposed bill has major […]

Feb 27 2015 — Janyce McGregor

Advocates for Canadian transgender rights legislation were set back and frustrated with what they say is a “transphobic” Senate committee amendment that limits the effectiveness of the bill. NDP MP Randall Garrison’s private member’s bill, C-279, seeks to fight hate crimes against transgender individuals by adding gender identity provisions to both the Criminal Code and […]

Feb 27 2015 —

Although Barack Obama issued an immediate veto of legislation from Congress that would have forced approval of the long-debated and highly contentious Keystone XL pipeline, the American president still needs to give the project — vehemently opposed by his core constituency but favored by the Republican majority in Congress — a clear thumbs-up or thumbs-down […]

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Lawyer for Canadian journalist on trial in Egypt lashes out at Harper govt

Feb 27 2015 —

The high-profile human rights lawyer for a Canadian journalist on trial in Egypt is lashing out at what she calls Canada’s “woefully inadequate” efforts to bring him home. Mohamed Fahmy spent more than a year in a Cairo prison after being arrested along with two colleagues while working for satellite news broadcaster Al Jazeera English. […]

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Bill C-51 defies key rulings on security certificates, lawyers say

Feb 27 2015 — Louise Elliott

Immigration experts say the sweeping anti-terrorism bill would give the government — and its spy agency, CSIS — new power to withhold information in cases where suspects are held on security certificates. The changes are included in Bill C-51’s amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which have received little attention to date. Security […]

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Fahmy charges spurious, Egyptian prosecutor says

Feb 27 2015 — Olivia Ward

The Egyptian prosecutor of the court that condemned Mohamed Fahmy to a seven-year sentence on terrorism-linked charges has denounced the case as spurious, according to documents obtained by the Canadian journalist’s lawyers. Fahmy is now on bail facing retrial after Egypt’s highest court overturned the original judgment against him and two Al Jazeera colleagues, rejecting […]

Feb 27 2015 —

The federal Status of Women Minister hopes to emerge from Canada’s first national round table on murdered and missing aboriginal women with plans for anti-violence initiatives directed at aboriginal men, saying she has a “good sense” of the people who are committing the crimes. The Conservative government is using its assertion that the disproportionate number […]

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So what’s terrorism? Whatever Harper says it is.

Feb 27 2015 — Michael Harris

Steve the terror-monger has a lot of reasons to call an early election — not least the fact that the popularity of his security bill, which proposes to turn Canada into a police-state, is likely to be short-duration. Having managed to convince the public (and apparently Justin Trudeau), that C-51 is going to save us […]

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A roundtable laden with emotion and suspicion

Feb 27 2015 — Tim Harper

It’s going to be awfully crowded in a downtown hotel ballroom here Friday. Emotion and frustration. Suspicion and ill will. All sitting cheek by jowl. For the first time since a shocking RCMP report revealed 1,181 indigenous women and girls had been murdered or gone missing between 1980 and 2012, federal ministers will sit down […]

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Let a parliamentary debate begin on physician-assisted dying.

Feb 27 2015 — Justin Trudeau

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a unanimous judgment, striking down the ban on physician-assisted dying. Death, and the ways in which it touches our lives, is not easily discussed. In the few short weeks that have passed, I’ve had many difficult conversations with those who applaud — and those who condemn […]

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Medicare’s Midlife Crisis (Part One): The case for reform

Feb 27 2015 — Macdonald-Laurier Institute

Canadians take a lot of pride in their health care system. The only problem? A lot of that pride is misplaced. This is the first entry in the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Medicare’s Midlife Crisis series, a collection of four videos designed to present some of the best thought leadership on health care in an accessible format. […]

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A devolution in Ontario’s PC party

Feb 27 2015 — Michael Den Tandt

In the Canadian conservative movement there’s a pro league, a junior A contingent and a smallmarket bush league where bullet-headed scrappers tough it out in the corners for a few years, busting teeth and noses – most often their own – before soon moving on to that career in real estate. And can you guess […]

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NDP the voice of reason in shameful display at Queen’s Park

Feb 27 2015 — Christina Blizzard

So now according to our fearless leader, if you dare raise questions about the proposed new sex-ed curriculum you’re “homophobic.” And if you dare disagree with this scandal-plagued government, you’ll be mocked and pilloried for your views. In a ploy to deflect attention from the disgraceful allegations about corruption in the Sudbury byelection, the Liberals […]

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Dancing with the enemy unlikely

Feb 27 2015 — Deveryn Ross

How do porcupines mate? Very carefully, and only when absolutely necessary. It’s an old joke, but an apt metaphor for discussions that will likely occur between NDP leadership candidates Steve Ashton, Theresa Oswald, Greg Selinger or their emissaries over the next several days. Each of the three campaign teams has released delegate counts they claim […]

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Why Barack Obama won’t say ‘Islamic extremists’

Feb 27 2015 — Neil MacDonald

A few days after the 9/11 attacks, George W. Bush began repeating what would become a mandatory presidential preamble. “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam,” he declared, then quoted from the Qur’an to make that case: “In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those […]

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Kardashians — E! Isn’t Paying $100 Mil … But Close

Feb 27 2015 —

Reports the Kardashians have scored $100 million from E! for 4 more seasons are NOT true … they’re only getting a measly $80 mil … TMZ has learned. NBCUniversal called the $100 mil story “grossly inaccurate.” But our sources connected with the network say the word “grossly” may be grossly inaccurate, because we’re told best […]

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