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Hijab-wearing woman should be allowed to testify, Harper spokesman says

Feb 27 2015 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t agree with a Quebec Court judge’s controversial decision to refuse to hear a woman’s case because she was wearing a hijab, a spokesman says. “If someone is not covering their face, we believe they should be allowed to testify,” Harper spokesman Stephen Lecce said in a one-line statement.

Feb 27 2015 —

A new analysis says the Conservative government’s anti-terrorism bill will lead to spy scandals due to inadequate oversight of Canadian intelligence agencies. Law professors Craig Forcese and Kent Roach say Canada’s real-time oversight of spy agencies is imperfect and its after-the-fact review of intelligence activities is close to broken. In a paper published today, they […]

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Navy says Canada’s submarines ready to perform nationally, globally

Feb 27 2015 —

Canada’s Navy has fired off two simulated torpedo test shots in waters near Victoria to show the readiness of its submarine fleet after years of mechanical, technical and fire-related issues. The force of the blowback from two simulated torpedo launches from the sub HMCS Victoria sent hats and notebooks flying and observers gasping in amazement. […]

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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 […]

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Transgender rights bill gutted by ‘transphobic’ Senate amendments

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 — Chris Reynolds, Whitehorse Star

A Yukon MP says a family whose deportation to Mexico he was trying to prevent may have altered documents to improve their chances of staying in Canada. Sergio Rojas and Linda Martinez pleaded with the Immigration Department to let them remain in the country on compassionate grounds because of their three-year-old son Jonathan’s medical condition. […]

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Feb 27 2015 — Tom Zeller Jr.

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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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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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 […]

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Conservatives may be upping their glamour quotient

Feb 27 2015 — Susan Delacourt

Next week, when some big thinkers in Canada’s conservative movement meet in Ottawa, the subject of “glamour” will be among their deep thoughts. Glamour seems an unlikely topic for the annual Manning Centre gathering, which tends to dwell on decidedly non-glitzy matters of policy, democracy and electoral strategy. But this year, the conservative think-tank founded […]

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Conservatives, Bloc adding fuel to fire in niqab debate

Feb 27 2015 — Chantal Hébert

First, the Conservatives decided that it was good politics for the prime minister to use a pit stop in Quebec earlier this month to champion a ban on the wearing of face coverings at citizenship ceremonies. No sooner had Stephen Harper announced his government would appeal a Federal court ruling supportive of the right to […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Spock, dead at 83

Feb 27 2015 —

Leonard Nimoy, the actor, author and director best known for his portrayal of the ultra-logical character Spock in the TV series Star Trek has died at the age of 83. His wife Susan Bay Nimoy confirmed to the New York Times that her husband died Friday morning at their Los Angeles home of end-stage chronic […]

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