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Mike Duffy scandal: Liberals want PMO ethics probe resumed

Jul 23 2014 — James Fitz-Morris

The federal Liberals are calling on the Ethics Commissioner to resume her investigation into what role 11 PMO staffers playing in striking a deal with embattled Senator Mike Duffy. Mary Dawson had begun an investigation after it was revealed former PMO Chief of Staff Nigel Wright had provided Duffy with more than $90-thousand in illegitimate […]

Jul 23 2014 — Les Whittington

Amnesty International is questioning Canada’s approach to responsibility for civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip during the current Israeli-Hamas fighting and is urging Foreign Minister John Baird to press Israel about international standards for the protection of civilians in war zones. In a letter to Baird, Amnesty says Israel has every right to defend itself […]

Jul 23 2014 — Jason Markusoff

Mayor Naheed Nenshi is ripping both the temporary foreign worker program and the Harper government’s changes to it, because he feels a growing Calgary needs more access to working newcomers who can become citizens. The mayor said the “current system strips people of their dignity.” But in comments that mirror Alberta government officials’ protests that […]

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Feds overhaul gun laws with new ‘common sense’ firearms act

Jul 23 2014 — Bryn Weese

Gun laws in Canada are getting a major overhaul, government sources have confirmed to Sun News Network. And as of Wednesday, in a separate regulation, owners of Swiss Arms and CZ 858 rifles can transport and use those rifles as they were previously classified — non-restricted or restricted depending on barrel length — before the […]

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Create jobs by running deficits, Ottawa urged

Jul 23 2014 — Julian Beltrame

A new report issued by the C.D. Howe Institute says the federal government could create tens of thousands more jobs in the next three years if it stopped worrying so much about a tiny deficit and decided in favour of some stimulus spending. The report written by McMaster University economics professor William Scarth argues that […]

Jul 23 2014 — Mike De Souza

The Harper government heavily censored a memo showing the effectiveness of a non-partisan environmental group that had its funding axed, documents show. The government initially released the censored memo, sent to former environment minister Peter Kent, following a request through access to information legislation. It later released some of the censored passages following a complaint […]

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Jul 23 2014 — Peter Mazereeuw

Officials in the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the Department of National Defence were at odds early last year over an investment plan, with one Treasury official expressing concern over DND’s ability to manage its projects, and another questioning “if they are listening to us at all,” documents show. Despite months of communication with […]

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Duffy charges may underlie Tories’ funeral

Jul 23 2014 — Marilla Stephenson

“Give me a good funeral any day.” That statement was uttered years ago, as a comparison between weddings and funerals, by my favourite member of the clergy. I’ve never forgotten it. Politicians, I suspect, feel much the same way. Going to funerals, particularly for well-known constituents of their riding, is part of the job of […]

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Canada’s Elected Dictatorship

Jul 23 2014 — Frances Russell

“L’etat, c’est moi,” declared France’s King Louis XIV. Throughout their eight years in office, the Harper Conservatives have devoted much of their electoral mandate to denigrating and diminishing Parliament, beginning with their blatantly unconstitutional parliamentary prorogation in December, 2008 to avoid defeat on a non-confidence vote. As a result of that unparalleled assault, Canada’s parliament […]

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Would Tories be better off without Stephen Harper?

Jul 22 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

Would the governing Conservatives be better off motoring into Election 2015 without Stephen J. Harper at the wheel? And, if so, who would replace him? Tories adore scoffing at this question, so unlikely is the prospect of a prime ministerial resignation deemed to be. Rumours flew last fall, as the Senate scandal raged, that “The […]

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Want to really support Israel? Drop the partisan sniping

Jul 23 2014 — Adam Chapnick

Canada’s Conservative government stands “unequivocally behind Israel,” says Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Many would argue that recent events in the Middle East prove him right. Ottawa was one of the first and most vocal defenders of Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas rockets that are being fired indiscriminately from Gaza at Israeli civilians. Immediately […]

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Why Conservatives dislike foreign nannies

Jul 23 2014 — Heather Mallick

Why is the Conservative government so hostile to nannies? Is it because they’re almost all Filipino? Does it think Canadian women should stay home and care for their own damn children? Well, yes, that’s why Stephen Harper favours that troubling income-splitting tax measure that even the late Finance Minister Jim Flaherty disliked — it keeps […]

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Israel protest double standards

Jul 23 2014 — Anthony Furey

Ah, so this is what it takes to get Canadian protesters to really take to the streets over Middle East turmoil. For a while there, one had good reason to worry we’d lost our edge. A couple of international events saw hundreds, thousands of civilians killed around the world and the marches were few. Remember […]

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Ontario taxpayers fund electric car rebates to the rich

Jul 23 2014 — Christina Blizzard

A wealthy businessman with whom I am acquainted recently purchased a fully-loaded Tesla S electric car. It’s a made-in-California, high-performance sports car that makes a peppy little downtown runabout. The price tag? A cool $140,000. Imagine his surprise when he discovered he qualified for a $10,000 rebate from the Ontario government. While you struggle to […]

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Students worry about rising toll of mental illness

Jul 23 2014 — Carol Goar

Long before statistics show a trend, people sense a change in their world. That is happening now at Canada’s colleges and universities. Students see more of their friends than ever before seeking help for mental illness. Clinics report more demand for psychological services. Everyone on campus — undergrads, post-grads, researchers, teaching assistants, faculty and administrative […]

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‘Meet the Press’ host David Gregory to be replaced after elections

Jul 23 2014 — Emily Smith

David Gregory’s time is nearly up at “Meet the Press,” sources told Page Six, and he could be replaced as moderator of the nation’s longest-running TV show soon after the November midterm elections. While NBC News President Deborah Turness has publicly supported the embattled Gregory, there are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn […]