National Newswatch
Apr 1 2015 —

The Conservative government plans to spend $7.5 million to promote the federal budget, documents obtained by CTV News show. The expected cost of the ad campaign was included in a tender issued by the Department of Finance, CTV’s Richard Madan reported Wednesday. The date for the release of the budget has yet to be announced. […]

Mar 31 2015 —

At least 40 current and former senators have received confidential letters from Attorney General Michael Ferguson about questionable expense claims, and one of them has been asked to account for more than $100,000, sources have told CTV News. The senators were tight-lipped Tuesday when asked about the letters — and whether they’ve been asked to […]

Apr 1 2015 — Eric Grenier

Is the tide turning for Tom Mulcair’s New Democrats? Recent polls suggest it is. Though the party remains in third place in national voting intentions, its support has increased to 22 per cent in ThreeHundredEight.com’s polling averages. That represents the party’s best score since mid-January, and the NDP has not regularly polled at this level […]

Mar 31 2015 —

Authorities have arrested the 15-year-old son of the Canadian Consul General in Miami after they say he was involved in a marijuana deal that ended in gunfire and claimed the life of his older brother and another man. Police believe Marc Wabafiyebazu and his 17-year-old brother Jean Wabafiyebazu — both armed with guns —planned to […]

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Canadian spy agency’s overseer can’t really oversee: documents

Apr 1 2015 — Alex Boutilier

CSIS’s review body admits it can only review a “small number” of the spy agency’s actions each year, as the government continues to resist calls for oversight into Canada’s intelligence agencies. The Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) warned that continued vacancies on the five-person board, the inability to investigate CSIS operations with other agencies, and […]

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Justin Trudeau’s fight to find the political middle

Mar 31 2015 — Tim Harper

Matters of terror and war do not lend themselves to nuance or half-measures. On these two issues, at least, Justin Trudeau is finding it difficult to claim a middle ground that has long been his party’s traditional turf. This should cause concern in Liberal circles, but hardly any sense of panic, because Trudeau’s difficulties and […]

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A modern Access to Information Act is long overdue

Apr 1 2015 — Suzanne Legault

Governments create and hold a large amount of information. In a society that runs on information, access to this information is necessary for us to understand how government operates. This also allows us to better understand our democracy and contribute to its economic and social advancement. This is the premise behind the Open Government movement […]

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The opposition’s fantasy election, coming soon

Apr 1 2015 — Don Braid

The coming Progressive Conservative election platform is the stuff of opposition dreams. There’s something in it for everybody — Liberals, New Democrats and Wildrosers. All the government’s opponents can sum up the PC world view in eight easy words: spending cuts and higher taxes, except for corporations. Like the dentist who says, ‘We have to […]

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Smith’s exit a loss for Alberta

Apr 1 2015 — Lorne Gunter

So Danielle Smith, the former leader of the Wildrose Party and the former leader of Alberta’s official opposition, made a colossal miscalculation in December when she decided to quit her party to join the governing Tories under Premier Jim Prentice. She miscalculated how strong the reaction would be by the Wildrosers she was abandoning. Tens […]

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Deficit shows Liberals are high-spending wastrels

Apr 1 2015 — Christina Blizzard

Congratulations, taxpayers of this province. You’ve elected the best and most fiscally-responsible government in the history of the world. Make that the history of the universe. This Liberal government are such brilliant money-managers, they’ve managed to reduce their deficit projection by the $1.6 billion they inflated it by last year. It’s a miracle only a […]

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The latest blow in battle over education vs. training

Apr 1 2015 — Heather Mallick

“More will mean worse,” professional curmudgeon Kingsley Amis wrote about the expansion of universities in the West in the 1960s. He was right. He was also wrong. There is still no agreement on the purpose of getting a university education. Is it to earn a bigger crust, become a wiser citizen, fuel the professorship, or […]

Apr 1 2015 — Carol Goar

If everything had gone according to plan, the Ontario government would be rolling out a new Employment-Related Benefit for people with disabilities on April 1. Things did not go as planned, of course. Last fall the Ministry of Community and Social Services installed a costly new social assistance program on its computers. Since then, it […]

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Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles

Apr 1 2015 —

Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. “Joni was found unconscious in her home this afternoon,” said a statement on the Mitchell website. “She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests […]

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