National Newswatch

Harper’s coming election strategy

Jul 30 2014 — Don Lenihan

Last winter/spring, as Stephen Harper sat sullenly in the Commons getting grilled on the Senate, there was growing speculation he’d be gone by the fall. Not anymore. These days he is being fêted at home and abroad for his “principled stand” against thugs and terrorists, and the question now is whether this will pay off […]

Jul 30 2014 — Bill Curry

A controversial Manitoba chief charged last year with extortion is among the highest paid First Nation leaders in the country, according to an initial government release of salary information. Chief John Thunder, the hereditary chief of the 125-member Buffalo Point First Nation, was paid $116,918 last year. Mr. Thunder was charged with extortion by the […]

Jul 30 2014 — Kady O'Malley

A Twitter account that alerts Wikipedia edits made from parliamentary computers has been seen as shining a light on furtive attempts by political staffers to burnish the online images of their bosses — or tarnish those of their opponents. But in this age of digital profiles and concern over the “right to be forgotten,” a […]

Disclosure of First Nations salaries raises eyebrows

Jul 30 2014 — Mike De Souza

Records showing a native councillor with construction contracts worth $300,000, a chief with a six-figure salary, and an eight member band council each making about $6,500 annually are among dozens of revelations that emerged Tuesday under a new transparency law targeting First Nations leaders. The information came from multiple First Nations communities across the country […]

Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May distances herself from party president over Gaza

Jul 30 2014 — Mark Kennedy

Green Leader Elizabeth May is distancing herself from her party president after he wrote a strongly worded blogpost on the Gaza conflict that condemns Hamas and supports Israel. Paul Estrin’s essay — “Why Gaza makes me sad” — appeared on the party’s website, prompting anger from some Green members who said it should not have […]


Genocide complaint against PM stalling

Jul 30 2014 —

Corner Brook man claims national media afraid to touch story. The Corner Brook man who hopes to get the Canadian prime minister charged with advocating for genocide suspects some people are not taking him seriously. “It’s not like I’m filing a civil suit. These are actual criminal charges for an actual crime that’s been committed,” […]

Jul 29 2014 —

A “highly sophisticated” cyberattack on the National Research Council’s computer systems may have compromised employees’ personal information and client data, along with Canada’s scientific and industrial trade secrets. NRC President John McDougall told employees in a conference call Tuesday that “any information held in our systems, including employees’ personal information, may have been compromised.” “Client […]

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Jul 29 2014 —

The Canadian who led NATO’s mission in Libya three years ago says the international community under the guidance of the United Nations should have done more to ensure the country was on a path to long-term stability. Retired lieutenant-general Charles Bouchard, former commander of the NATO-led mission in Libya, told CBC News he had hoped […]

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Jul 29 2014 — Paul Wells

Paul Wells on how Harper’s winning issue is losing its kick. Nathan Silver has great fun with the news that the New York Times editorial board has come out for marijuana legalization. Silver asks the obvious question: is there a group of adult Americans likelier to support marijuana legalization than the editorial board of the […]

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Jul 29 2014 —

The federal government says it will impose new sanctions against Russia in coming days over Moscow’s support of rebel groups in Ukraine. In a statement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Russian President Vladimir Putin’s failure to cease backing armed rebels in eastern Ukraine constitutes a genuine threat to international peace and security. Last week, Canada […]

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Jul 29 2014 —

Alberta opposition politicians are calling on the RCMP to investigate former premier Alison Redford over findings by the auditor general about her use of government aircraft. An internal report to the government from Merwan Saher, obtained exclusively by CBC News, found that “false passengers” were booked on the planes making it possible for Redford to […]

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Jul 29 2014 — Staff

I have read media reports related to a leaked, draft report from the Auditor General and have the following comment: I have not been provided with, and therefore have not been able to read the draft report, but I have cooperated fully with the Auditor General in the preparation of his report and will continue […]

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Featured Ink

Frances Russell

Corporate “Citizens” Damage Democracy

Jul 30 2014 — Frances Russell

Corporate personhood is an American legal concept created by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1819. First, under U.S. and increasingly, international law, corporate “persons“ enjoy many of the same rights as actual citizens under both British common law and the U.S. Constitution. Corporate personhood is at the root of the global proliferation of U.S.-style corporate […]


Flying on your own, the Alberta Conservative way

Jul 30 2014 — Colby Cosh

I was pretty sure the press had squeezed the last ounce of public entertainment out of ex-Premier Alison Redford’s outrages against the Alberta treasury. Her attempt at constructing a secret premier’s residence in Edmonton’s Federal Building was always going to be hard to top, and for brazen North Korea-esque megalomania it still takes the cake. […]


Alison Redford’s alleged ‘ghost flights’ and faked manifests take scandalous behaviour to a new level

Jul 30 2014 — Jen Gerson

Former premier Alison Redford was no stranger to scandal during her checkered tenure, but even opposition critics are meeting claims of faked passenger manifests and “ghost flights” with disbelief and battle-haunted weariness. Still, they are demanding the government call in the Mounties to investigate Ms. Redford’s penchant for solo travel on Alberta government prop planes. […]


Redford fights back while Alberta’s PCs scramble over damning report

Jul 30 2014 — Rick Bell

Deadline looms. Alison Redford comes out swinging. She did nothing wrong. If there was something done wrong, and she’d be surprised if there was anything done wrong, she knew nothing about it. “As far as I am concerned there was never any directive preventing others from flying on government aircraft when I was a passenger,” […]


Investigate Redford’s high-flying ways

Jul 30 2014 — Lorne Gunter

Please, call in the Mounties. When it comes to abusing taxpayer dollars for personal travel, Alison Redford could make a Canadian senator blush. In fact, she could make a dozen senators blush. If the RCMP could investigate former Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy for fraud in connection with his travel claims, then the Alberta government must […]

Paul Tuns

The Bill Davis myth

Jul 30 2014 — Paul Tuns

Following four consecutive election defeats under three different leaders, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is being counselled in some quarters to return to the moderation of former Tory premier Bill Davis, who won four elections from 1971 through 1981. Davis turns 85 Wednesday, so it’s as good a time as any to consider his legacy. […]

Yakov M. Rabkin

Israeli Jews can criticize Israel. So why can’t we?

Jul 30 2014 — Yakov M. Rabkin

Even as the war in Gaza continues, Israeli attitudes about the murder of three Jewish teenagers in June, which helped spark the conflict, vary widely. Some blame the spread of settlements and their promoters, arguing that Palestinians have endured many tragedies. Some even blame the Zionist nature of the state of Israel. Many others, on […]


Deaf-blind woman tests Canada’s equality guarantee

Jul 30 2014 — Carol Goar

The government of Canada can outmuscle, outspend and outlast Jasmin Simpson. But it can’t deflect her from her goal. Simpson, 39, is deaf, blind and has lupus, which causes her immune system to attack healthy cells — skin, joints, organs, blood vessels. She overcame these formidable challenges to earn a master’s degree in social work […]

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I did not outsource this column

Jul 30 2014 — Heather Mallick

Personal outsourcing is the wave of the future. I don’t mean companies hiring corporate temps or foreigners to do your job, I mean people escaping tasks that used to be a basic part of adulthood. When my sonic-wave toothbrush exploded, there was a simple solution: buy a cheap plastic hand-held. But I haven’t used an […]

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Orlando Bloom Throws Punch at Justin Bieber

Jul 30 2014 —

Orlando Bloom threw a punch at Justin Bieber early Wednesday morning in Ibiza … and Justin fled the restaurant — this according to 2 eyewitnesses. The eyewitnesses tell TMZ … Orlando was in Cipriani restaurant which was packed with celebs, including Paris Hilton, and Diddy.

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