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Pot still preferred drug in Canadian army, while cocaine gains ground: report

Dec 21 2014 —

Marijuana remains the drug of choice for members of the Canadian army, based on the Force’s latest blind drug testing report that also found cocaine is gaining popularity among some members. The report, done between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, found the overall drug consumption rate has been relatively stable since 2010 but suggested […]

Dec 21 2014 — Bill Kaufmann

The Wildrose Party began nearly seven years ago in much the same way it crumbled — in distrust and division. Calgarian John Hilton-O’Brien recalls those birthing pains when the Alberta Alliance Party merged with the Wildrose — two right-wing movements seeking political traction. “The Wildrose and Alliance people never got along,” said Hilton-O’Brien, who became […]

Dec 21 2014 — David Pugliese

The Department of National Defence has announced that it is joining efforts to improve missile systems for naval vessels. The upgrade process includes the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of the Evolved Seasparrow Missile Block 2 – the next generation of that missile. Canada’s contribution to participate in the development […]

Dec 21 2014 — Janyce McGregor

The chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission says there’s no evidence that the quality of Canadian wheat exports has decreased since the dismantling of the Canadian Wheat Board’s marketing monopoly in 2012. Earlier this month, Reuters reported that international buyers had experienced problems ever since the Harper government introduced what it called “marketing freedom” […]

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Cree chief refuses to recognize contentious bill

Dec 21 2014 —

Friday’s legal win means the Mikisew Cree now consider Ottawa’s omnibus budget bills null and void, warned Chief Steve Courtoreille Saturday. The wide-ranging bills, passed into law in June and December 2012, removed federal environmental oversight on most of the lakes, streams and rivers in the Mikisew Cree traditional territory in northeastern Alberta.

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Oilsands leak that fouled aquifer is close to site where oil bubbled to surface

Dec 21 2014 —

A Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. oilsands operation that has contaminated a groundwater aquifer is renewing questions about a technology that has already been linked to another serious leak in northern Alberta. The Alberta Energy Regulator says CNRL reported a break in a well at its Wolf Lake high pressure cyclic steam stimulation project in late […]

Dec 20 2014 — Susana Mas

Members of the Wildrose caucus had already started talking about unifying small-c conservatives when Danielle Smith criticized two members of the Alberta Legislature for crossing the floor to the Progressive Conservatives at the end of November. Smith took a calculated risk when she defected to Jim Prentice’s Progressive Conservatives, in a stunning move on Wednesday, […]

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Dec 20 2014 — Glen McGregor

The fairness of another Liberal nomination has been called into question amid allegations the winning candidate used automated robocalls that discouraged a rival’s supporters from voting. Marisa Sterling, a chemical engineer who lost the nomination contest in the Toronto riding of Beaches-East York, has filed an appeal with the Liberal permanent appeals committee over last […]

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Dec 20 2014 — Bruce Campion-Smith

Almost nine years of Conservative rule have produced a legacy of “cynicism” and “division” that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is vowing to overturn in the coming election battle. Trudeau accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives of playing on the country’s religious, ethnic and geographical differences for political advantage. “We know that careful application […]

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Dec 21 2014 — Robert Benzie

The Greater Toronto Area is at the dawn of a new era of regional co-operation, says Premier Kathleen Wynne. Wynne said the recent election of Toronto Mayor John Tory has triggered “a good moment” for GTA municipalities to begin working together on everything from better integrating public transit to improving land-use planning. “This is not […]

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Political life will go on

Dec 21 2014 — Lorne Gunter

“This is just going to make voters more cynical about politicians.” That was the basic message from a staunch Alberta Wildrose supporter who called me this week. At least that is the heavily scrubbed and sanitized version of what she said. Despite being a grandmother of four from a good church-going family in Southern Alberta, […]

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Making sense of Wildrose defections

Dec 21 2014 — Ezra Levant

There are many strange things about Danielle Smith quitting her post as leader of the opposition in Alberta, defecting to the governing Progressive Conservatives, and effectively dissolving the province’s first real opposition party in a generation. But the strangest is Smith’s excuse for it — that the low price of oil means that “all conservatives […]

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Canada must face up to its complicity in torture

Dec 21 2014 — Haroon Siddiqui

It’s easy to criticize others’ mistakes, difficult to admit one’s own. The recent Congressional acknowledgment of the CIA’s use of torture was widely condemned in Canada, as were earlier revelations of torture at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, as well as the American use of intelligence obtained under torture by unsavory regimes. […]

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Smart meters, stupid Liberals

Dec 21 2014 — Lorrie Goldstein

Reading Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s evisceration of the Ontario Liberal government’s smart meter scandal in December 2014, reminded me of reading former auditor general Jim McCarter’s evisceration of the Liberal government’s green energy scandal in December 2011. In both cases, the same thing happened and both are part of the same bigger problem. That is, […]

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Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Dec 21 2014 —

Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night. The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition, said his […]

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