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John Crosbie ‘Disgusted’ by CPC Decision

Jul 2 2015 —

Twenty-three years ago to the day, John Crosbie was announcing the closure of the cod fishery. Today, he is speaking out about the rejection of his son as a candidate in the upcoming federal election. VOCM News was first to report yesterday that Ches Crosbie was told by the Conservative Party that he was “not […]

Jul 2 2015 —

The Ontario Superior Court will hear arguments today from a coalition of groups seeking an injunction against a couple of key elements of the Conservative government’s Fair Elections Act. The group, comprised of the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Federation of Students, and three private voters, is concerned that provisions in the Fair Elections Act […]

Jul 2 2015 — Alex Boutilier

A secret deal between Canada’s spies and border guards proposed more information sharing and joint operations without the need for political sign-off, the Star has learned. A 2014 deal between the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Canada Border Services Agency proposed the two agencies be allowed to share information and resources without the prior […]

Jul 2 2015 — Adam Radwanski

At a time when they’re under fire for using Islamic State footage of brutal executions in an ad attacking Justin Trudeau, describing Stephen Harper’s Conservatives as “restrained” might seem like a stretch. But a rare case of the governing party holding fire against its opponents has been among the most noteworthy stories during the runup […]


Communications intelligence website goes offline

Jul 2 2015 —

The website for Canada’s signals intelligence agency is the latest Canadian government-affiliated website to go offline in an apparent cyberattack. The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) was offline Thursday morning, after what may be the same kind of denial-of-service attacks that recently targeted other federal government websites. Earlier this week, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) […]


Poll shows ‘honeymoon’ over for NDP, Notley

Jul 2 2015 — Erika Stark

Support for Rachel Notley and her NDP party has dropped since this spring’s provincial election, but the premier still holds the highest approval rating among all party leaders, a new poll shows. The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll found that if an election were held immediately, more voters would cast votes for the Wildrose Party than the governing […]

Jul 2 2015 — Glen McGregor

As the unofficial federal election campaign begins, the installation of community mailboxes in urban areas is generating more angry complaints from constituents than any other issue, says Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. The mailboxes that replace the door-to-door delivery city residents once enjoyed are being placed in two areas of Dewar’s riding: Westboro Beach, north […]

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Jul 2 2015 —

Public servants who are blind or have visual impairments say the federal government is failing them when it comes to making sure they have the proper tools to do their jobs. CBC News has spoken with public servants who are seeking legal advice for what they call a clear violation of their charter and human […]

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Jul 2 2015 — Dave Seglins

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says the department overseeing rail safety has undergone significant changes and new marching orders since the Lac-Mégantic, Que., rail disaster on July 6, 2013, that killed 47 people. Rail Accident Report 20141027 Smoke rises from tanker cars in downtown Lac-Megantic, Que., on July 6, 2013. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press) But the minister […]

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Can Harper calm swirling winds of change?

Jul 2 2015 — David Akin

Hearken back to high school English for a moment and the literary term “pathetic fallacy.” Remember that? It’s a stylistic device columnists use to attribute human emotions to nature. Well, hang on, as I bid to get this column into classrooms everywhere when a teacher needs contemporary examples of the use of pathetic fallacy. It […]


Why Stephen Harper can’t build a ‘natural governing party’

Jul 2 2015 — Robin V. Sears

Canadian Liberals used to be the experts at building and maintaining a national electoral coalition. In George Brown’s days that meant regional partners and deals. To Laurier it was about language and religion and trade. Their transcendent Trudeau years saw the triumph of clientalist politics focusing on new immigrants, hungry local political clans, and slices […]

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The Nepean contest wasn’t about substance

Jul 2 2015 — Jeffrey Simpson

If you like Pierre Poilievre, the bare-knuckles brawler of a Conservative cabinet minister, smile because you might have a two-fer in the next Parliament. Last weekend, a young man with a wafer-thin résumé but great devotion to Mr. Poilievre won the Conservative nomination for the Ottawa riding of Nepean. Andy Wang, 27, who started knocking […]


Why the Conservatives new ad doesn’t violate C-51

Jul 2 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

It’s understandable some people find the latest Conservative political ad portraying Justin Trudeau as soft on terrorism offensive. But it’s absurd to suggest it violates the Tories’ anti-terrorism law known as C51. The ad juxtaposes ISIS music and video imagery showing how it kills innocent people, to Trudeau’s statement he would end Canadian participation in […]


How Canada led the way on same-sex marriage

Jul 2 2015 — Irwin Cotler

When the House of Commons passed the Civil Marriage Act 10 years ago this week, Canada was only the fourth country in the world — and the first outside Europe — to legalize same-sex marriage. Now, with last week’s Supreme Court ruling in the United States, and with the successful referendum in Ireland this spring, […]


Think about it, Canada’s remarkable

Jul 2 2015 — Candice Malcolm

There is a federal election just around the corner, as you can probably tell by the onslaught of silly political ads starting to fill the airwaves. But before the election really gets going — before the parties start mudslinging and the chattering classes start handwringing — we should take the opportunity to celebrate our just-completed […]

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Jim Carrey tweets his outrage over Calif. vaccine law

Jul 2 2015 —

Canadian-born comedian Jim Carrey has gone on a bit of a Twitter tear, lashing out against California’s new mandatory vaccination law, insisting he’s not anti-vaccine, just “anti-neurotoxin.” Carrey was clearly angry about the California bill signed into law Wednesday that makes vaccinations mandatory for nearly every child in school and daycare in the state. The […]

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