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CSIS to be given ‘power to disrupt,’ not arrest, in new anti-terror bill

Jan 30 2015 — Chris Hall

Canada’s spy agency is expected to be given new powers to stop would-be Canadian jihadists before they leave the country as part of sweeping new anti-terrorism measures being unveiled Friday. Sources familiar with the proposed legislation tell CBC News the goal is to give the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service the kinds of legal tools […]

Jan 30 2015 — Alex Boutilier

As parliament continues to debate the role of Canadian Forces in the fight against the Islamic State group, a new poll shows support remains strong for CF-18 airstrikes in Iraq. The poll, released by Forum Research, found that 63 per cent of Canadians somewhat or strongly approve the Conservatives’ decision to send six CF-18 fighter […]

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They are the elder statesmen of the Liberal party’s election machine — yet many will sit on the sidelines during this year’s campaign. It’s an unusual position for many in what’s called the Senate Liberal caucus, as they look ahead to the vote this year. Although they call themselves Liberals, a year ago this week […]

Jan 30 2015 — Carol Mulligan

Members of his caucus are more sad than bitter former Sudbury MP Glenn Thibeault defected from the New Democrats to become the appointed Liberal candidate in a Sudbury byelection, says Thomas Mulcair. Thibeault’s behaviour is “beneath contempt,” said the federal NDP leader, and he’s coming to Sudbury to warn people not to vote for the […]

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Third Québec NDP MP facing nomination challenge

Jan 30 2015 — Alice Funke

The sitting Member of Parliament in Joliette is long-time NDP activist Francine Raynault, who finally ran in 2011, taking her turn after supporting earlier runs by her husband in the same seat. Mme Raynault will be turning 70 years old in March – not to suggest that our elders don’t belong in Parliament, but most […]

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CSIS to be granted massive expansion of its powers: source

Jan 30 2015 — Steven Chase

Canada’s spy agency will be granted the authority to intervene and disrupt threats to national security in a massive expansion of its powers as the federal government tries to make it easier to thwart terror plots at home and abroad, sources say. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s role is currently restricted to collecting intelligence, analyzing […]

Jan 29 2015 — Dina Cappiello

The Republican-controlled United States Senate has passed a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The 62-36 vote on the privately funded Canadian project advanced a top priority of the newly empowered Republicans, who championed the legislation despite a presidential veto threat. Keystone is the first of many battles with the White House […]

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Jan 29 2015 — Jordan Press

The federal government has spent approximately $57 million on outside consultants over the past nine years to help decide which government records Canadians are allowed to obtain. Most of that spending, on what are called access to information consultants, occurred during the last four years. The $57-million price tag is for spending starting in fiscal […]

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Jan 29 2015 — Laura Payton

CBC News has learned the commissioner of Canada Elections has cleared the organizers of an event that raised nearly $40,000 — and provided tax receipts — to pay some of former MP Dean Del Mastro’s legal fees. Investigator Al Mathews, who investigated the 2011 illegal robocalls in Guelph, Ont., probed the fundraiser but found nothing […]

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Canada’s premiers meet today to discuss a range of issues that include climate change, infrastructure, internal trade barriers and the health-care needs of the country’s seniors. The premiers — all but Alberta’s Jim Prentice and Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall — are gathering at a conference centre just a few blocks from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office. […]

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Jan 30 2015 — Donovan Vincent

A leaked internal memo from the province identifies nearly a dozen key problems with Ontario’s $242 million welfare caseload computer system, issues a senior official says will take about 10 weeks longer to resolve. The issues with the SAMS computer software system include difficulties inputting additional benefits for welfare recipients, problems adding and removing clients […]

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Stephen Harper discovers Ontario

Jan 30 2015 — Carol Goar

The biblical parable of the prodigal son contains a large grain of political wisdom. The moral of the story — to forgive those who treat you badly — is counterintuitive in this era of caustic partisanship but it is relevant, especially for Ontario. Stephen Harper, like the prodigal son in the narrative, turned his back […]

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Buckle up! It’s a bumpy year

Jan 30 2015 — Warren Kinsella

What a difference a few weeks make. Not so long ago, the federal government was counting on a structural surplus — and lots of largess to dispense around the time of the final budget before the general election. Not so long ago, the price of oil per barrel was going up. Not so long ago, […]

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Harper whispers his way into another war

Jan 30 2015 — Michael Harris

You go quietly past the bedroom of someone who is sleeping. You go quietly when you walk a trout stream with a fly-rod. You go quietly when you’ve outlived your usefulness. But there is one thing you do not do quietly. You do not go quietly to war. When you are a democratically-elected government and […]

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Stephen Harper spinning gold from his little Iraq war

Jan 29 2015 — Tim Harper

Here’s an exclusive for you: Canada Stands Strong and Free. It’s right there on Stephen Harper’s propaganda video network, complete with that “exclusive” tag before its flag-waving title, more than three minutes worth of fighter jets and military ships, the National War Memorial and the Centennial Flame, poppies and police tape, Kevin Vickers and uniformed […]

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The economy is headed for a cold, dark spring

Jan 30 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Down, down the dollar goes; where it stops, nobody knows. It’s now sunk below 80 cents, for the first time since 2009. In the past two years, it has slid 20 per cent against the greenback, 15 per cent in the last six months alone. Like it or not, when it comes to our currency, […]

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Ignoring the poor impoverishes politics

Jan 30 2015 — Jeffrey Simpson

The poor will always be among us, the Bible instructs, but they have disappeared in Canadian politics. The words “the poor” or “poverty” have apparently become so distasteful, or at least so politically risky, that no federal political leader dares to utter them. Or perhaps this studied reluctance reflects the politician’s regrettable but repeated preference […]

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NDP truce talks too little, too late

Jan 30 2015 — Deveryn Ross

We may now have a better idea of what Gord Mackintosh was up to last week, when he announced he has been approached by representatives of Greg Selinger and Theresa Oswald to broker a truce between the two warring factions. He told the media that “there are deeply held and divided camps that have to […]

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