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May 29 2015 — Steven Chase

A leading human-rights watchdog is pressing the Conservative government to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding a $15-billion arms deal Ottawa has inked to sell fighting vehicles to Saudi Arabia, a country notorious for its treatment of women, dissidents and offenders. The Harper government has stunned rights advocates by refusing to divulge how it is […]

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MagIndustries probed by RCMP over bribery allegations in Congo

May 29 2015 —

he Mounties are investigating allegations from a whistleblowing accountant at TSX-listed mining company MagIndustries that his bosses paid bribes to officials in the Republic of Congo to win approvals tied to a potash mine development in that country. According to newly unsealed court documents, the RCMP’s sensitive and international investigations unit raided the Toronto offices […]

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Oilsands industry needs to speed up environmental fixes, panel says

May 29 2015 —

Oilsands producers should speed up development of new technologies to temper the environmental effects of the industry, a new study commissioned by the Harper government suggests. An expert panel from the Council of Canadian Academies pointed to problems with tailings ponds and greenhouse gas emissions as key priorities for oilsands producers.

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Chief Justice says Canada attempted ‘cultural genocide’ on aboriginals

May 29 2015 — Sean Fine

Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin says Canada attempted to commit “cultural genocide” against aboriginal peoples, in what she calls the worst stain on Canada’s human-rights record. Genocide – an attempt to destroy a people, in whole or part – is a crime under international law. The United Nations’ Convention on the Prevention and Punishment […]

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Which way will Nigel Wright jump?

May 29 2015 — Michael Harris

The trial (or is it ‘smile’?) of the century is about to resume. Before it’s done, Mike Duffy’s day in court could resemble an extended Rick Mercer skit. In the end, the former happy Buddha of the news biz could wind up convicted of … being a senator. (Unless, of course, the Royal Conservative Mounted […]

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Catching the conscience of the Commons

May 29 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Free, free, set them free. In what has to be seen as another sign of the growing restlessness of the backbench, Saskatchewan Conservative MP Ed Komarnicki tabled a private members’ motion on May 28 that sought to affirm the right of MPs to vote according to their beliefs — not party diktats — on “matters […]

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All three major parties talk change in Ottawa

May 28 2015 — Tim Harper

In a pre-election capital, one word dominates any conversation with any politician or strategist of any party. Change. It may not yet be in the air, but it is certainly on the tip of the tongue. New Democrats and Liberals are seeking it, and, it is fair to say, Conservatives are eyeing it warily. If […]

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What Moby Dick can teach us about the war on terror

May 29 2015 — Rick Salutin

Vietnam is surely haunting the U.S. in Iraq, as Tony Burman wrote here last week. But something scary and vague is always haunting the U.S.: not just the sellout at Munich, the Berlin Wall, or the battle of Little Big Horn. Maybe it’s hauntedness itself. I happened to rewatch Apocalypse Now last week, Coppola’s Vietnam […]

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A full purge of FIFA can’t come soon enough

May 29 2015 — Daphne Bramham

A few weeks ago, one after another after another, the women on Canada’s national soccer team talked about wanting to be good role models, about the importance of sports for kids, especially girls, in gaining confidence and allowing themselves to dream big dreams. They talked about how soccer changed them, moulded them, made them better […]

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FILE - This Dec. 2004 file photo shows, the entrance to pop star Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in Santa Ynez, Calif.  Neverland is going up for sale. The Santa Ynez Valley property that once served as the late pop star's home and personal fantasyland is being listed for sale at $100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is on sale for $100M

May 29 2015 —

Michael Jackson‘s Neverland Ranch is up for sale. The Santa Ynez Valley property that once served as the late pop star’s home and personal fantasyland is being listed at $100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. The 2,700-acre ranch featuring a train station, six-bedroom house and 50-seat movie theater has been in limbo since […]

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