Twenty members of a Hungarian human trafficking ring that brought people from eastern Europe with promises of a better life in Canada have been deported, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Tuesday. He said the victims were forced to work illegally, live in deplorable conditions without adequate food, and were intimidated or attacked repeatedly. “The […]
Tempers flared briefly as protesters marched through downtown Ottawa today, calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to denounce Israel’s military actions in Gaza. Hundreds of Palestinian-Canadians and their supporters demonstrated in front of Harper’s Langevin Block office building before heading to the Israeli embassy a few blocks away.
Applications to carry handguns have skyrocketed in B.C. and Alberta in the past three years – likely driven by demand among people who work in the bush and want portable protection against wildlife. Rates have held steady in the rest of Canada, according to RCMP figures show released in response to an access-to-information request.
A new study published in the respected medical journal Lancet says the decriminalization of prostitution could avert nearly a third of HIV infections among prostitutes and their clients over the next decade. The study, led by a Canadian researcher, examined all published epidemiological data about HIV — the virus that causes AIDS — among sex […]Read More
Nearly one third of access to information requests on Ottawa’s plate this spring were expected to take more than four months to release, according to new data analyzed by the Star. Information tabled in Parliament revealed that 29 per cent of access to information requests being processed by Ottawa in May were expected to take […]Read More
Cash-strapped Parks Canada is getting into the fashion business, with a line of Parks Canada clothing launching this week. To side-step controversy — the RCMP was criticized for partnering with Disney in 1995 — Parks Canada awarded the licence to a Canadian company after a public bidding process. “The key is connecting Canadians with parks […]Read More
The RCMP alleges that Sen. Mike Duffy charged taxpayers for a personal trainer, a makeup artist and for the cost of personal travel to funerals and other ceremonies. New court documents provide fresh details on 31 charges laid against Duffy last week, alleging five “inappropriate expense claims associated with personal attendance at funeral and related […]Read More
Telecoms across Canada are tightening their privacy policies after last month’s landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling. Just-released documents under access to information laws show warrantless disclosures were extremely common but also wildly inconsistent across the country. But that’s all changing since the Spencer decision. The Supreme Court found that police were breaching the privacy […]Read More
Leona Aglukkaq, Nunavut’s MP and Canada’s Minister of Environment, had strong words against Greenpeace in her keynote address at the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s general assembly in Inuvik, N.W.T. “Inuit were victims of misinformation and lies spread by a group that had no regard for their impact on our way of life,” she said of Greenpeace’s […]Read More
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 […]
Stephen Harper was right. It’s not fashionable today to say that about anything the Prime Minister says or does. It’s especially against the current to praise his foreign policy which, most critics agree, is distinguished only by its unbalanced megaphone style and simplistic good versus evil rhetoric. But how can anyone deny that on Vladimir […]
It’s a little like being charged with speeding when you’re not in a car. Or, it’s like robbing a bank when, you know, there’s no bank. Or, say, being busted for breaking and entering, when nothing was broken into and entered. A first-year law student understands it, and I’m certain you do, too: In order […]
Last January, in advance of the federal budget being released, the federal government spent $135,000 to find out what Canadians were thinking about. It hired a polling company to survey 3,000 people and also held focus groups across the country. Turns out, most Canadians weren’t thinking about the economy or the upcoming budget. And they […]
The Canadian Judicial Council inquiry into the conduct of Manitoba Associate Chief Justice Lori Douglas was little more than a disgraceful schmozzle. And the group now saying that, albeit in careful lawyerly language, is none other than the Canadian Bar Association, the national body which represents 37,500 lawyers, law teachers and students across the country. […]
On Friday, close to 1,000 anti-Israel extremists in Calgary had a street protest about the war in Gaza. Some of the protesters were there to support ordinary Gazans. But some of them were there to support the terrorist group Hamas. And some of them were there just because they hate Jews. The protest was right […]
There’s a world of difference between what’s going on in Denver and Seattle when it comes to the sale of marijuana and what’s happening here in Vancouver. In Colorado and Washington, voters decided that they wanted to legalize its sale. Then, legislators formulated all kinds of regulations and levied hefty taxes on the growers, processors, […]
During the FIFA World Cup final, an Argentine forward accidentally (or not) clawed German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger in the face. The latter briefly left the field, ruby-red blood trickling down his cheek, and the Germans ultimately won, 1-0. Good thing Schweinsteiger wasn’t playing against girls. His gory encounter got me thinking about human claws. Nails, […]
A tree planted in Los Angeles to honour former Beatle George Harrison has been killed — by beetles. Councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine grew to more than 12 feet tall before succumbing to a bark beetle infestation. The tree was removed last month. LaBonge says it will be replanted in the fall.