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Jul 23 2014 —

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 […]

Mike Duffy

Lawyer for Peruvian woman says he heard from Mike Duffy

Jul 23 2014 — Josh Wingrove

It began as an attempt to reach the man she believes is her father. A Peruvian teenager, Karen Duffy Benites, looked up his name in Canadian phonebooks, then pursued him with letters, calls, e-mails and a poem. Years of messages went unanswered, she says. Eventually, she had all but given up on finding the Canadian […]


Conservative government censored memo on environmental group

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 […]

Jul 23 2014 —

Foreign retailers have flooded the Canadian market in recent years opening hundreds of new stores and the pressure may be too much for some long-established retail names in Canada. “Years of complacency, and a failure to innovate, could spell the end of many Canadian retail brands,” said Craig Patterson, a retail analyst and the founder […]

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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 […]


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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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 —

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 […]

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