National Newswatch
Apr 1 2015 —

Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair says the results of the auditor general’s investigation into senators’ expenses should be released “as soon as possible,” after CTV News reported that at least 40 current and former senators have received letters about questionable expense claims. “We’ve seen, since the beginning of this whole sordid affair, Liberal and Conservative senators […]

Apr 1 2015 — Mariam Ibrahim

Premier Jim Prentice’s office said Tuesday it spent $13,000 on four 80-inch flat screen TVs, less than a week after the Alberta government tabled a budget that hiked taxes and a host of user fees. The Sharp LED Smart TVs will be used for video conferencing during cabinet and government committee meetings, said Mike Percy, […]

Apr 1 2015 — Janice Dickson

Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth is a bit … cheesed off. Taking questions from reporters about her expense claims today, Ruth said the office of Auditor General Michael Ferguson has been asking her questions about her eating habits. But buying meals instead of eating “awful” airplane food should’t be considered Senate business, said Ruth. Ruth said […]

Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.A Canadian journalist on trial in Egypt on widely denounced terror charges is expressing shock over Ottawa's refusal to issue him a passport while he awaits the outcome of his case THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Hassan Ammar

Fahmy shocked at Ottawa’s refusal to issue passport due to travel ban

Apr 1 2015 —

A Canadian journalist on trial in Egypt on widely denounced terror charges is expressing shock over Ottawa’s refusal to issue him a passport while he awaits the outcome of his case. Mohamed Fahmy says his original passport was seized by Egyptian authorities when he was first arrested in December 2013, and has never been returned. […]

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Teen son of Canadian Consul General arrested after brother killed in drug deal

Mar 31 2015 —

Authorities have arrested the 15-year-old son of the Canadian Consul General in Miami after they say he was involved in a marijuana deal that ended in gunfire and claimed the life of his older brother and another man. Police believe Marc Wabafiyebazu and his 17-year-old brother Jean Wabafiyebazu — both armed with guns —planned to […]

Apr 1 2015 —

The Conservative government plans to spend $7.5 million to promote the federal budget, documents obtained by CTV News show. The expected cost of the ad campaign was included in a tender issued by the Department of Finance, CTV’s Richard Madan reported Wednesday. The date for the release of the budget has yet to be announced. […]

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Apr 1 2015 — Alex Boutilier

CSIS’s review body admits it can only review a “small number” of the spy agency’s actions each year, as the government continues to resist calls for oversight into Canada’s intelligence agencies. The Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) warned that continued vacancies on the five-person board, the inability to investigate CSIS operations with other agencies, and […]

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Apr 1 2015 — Eric Grenier

Is the tide turning for Tom Mulcair’s New Democrats? Recent polls suggest it is. Though the party remains in third place in national voting intentions, its support has increased to 22 per cent in ThreeHundredEight.com’s polling averages. That represents the party’s best score since mid-January, and the NDP has not regularly polled at this level […]

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Justin Trudeau’s fight to find the political middle

Mar 31 2015 — Tim Harper

Matters of terror and war do not lend themselves to nuance or half-measures. On these two issues, at least, Justin Trudeau is finding it difficult to claim a middle ground that has long been his party’s traditional turf. This should cause concern in Liberal circles, but hardly any sense of panic, because Trudeau’s difficulties and […]

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A modern Access to Information Act is long overdue

Apr 1 2015 — Suzanne Legault

Governments create and hold a large amount of information. In a society that runs on information, access to this information is necessary for us to understand how government operates. This also allows us to better understand our democracy and contribute to its economic and social advancement. This is the premise behind the Open Government movement […]

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The opposition’s fantasy election, coming soon

Apr 1 2015 — Don Braid

The coming Progressive Conservative election platform is the stuff of opposition dreams. There’s something in it for everybody — Liberals, New Democrats and Wildrosers. All the government’s opponents can sum up the PC world view in eight easy words: spending cuts and higher taxes, except for corporations. Like the dentist who says, ‘We have to […]

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Smith’s exit a loss for Alberta

Apr 1 2015 — Lorne Gunter

So Danielle Smith, the former leader of the Wildrose Party and the former leader of Alberta’s official opposition, made a colossal miscalculation in December when she decided to quit her party to join the governing Tories under Premier Jim Prentice. She miscalculated how strong the reaction would be by the Wildrosers she was abandoning. Tens […]

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Deficit shows Liberals are high-spending wastrels

Apr 1 2015 — Christina Blizzard

Congratulations, taxpayers of this province. You’ve elected the best and most fiscally-responsible government in the history of the world. Make that the history of the universe. This Liberal government are such brilliant money-managers, they’ve managed to reduce their deficit projection by the $1.6 billion they inflated it by last year. It’s a miracle only a […]

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The latest blow in battle over education vs. training

Apr 1 2015 — Heather Mallick

“More will mean worse,” professional curmudgeon Kingsley Amis wrote about the expansion of universities in the West in the 1960s. He was right. He was also wrong. There is still no agreement on the purpose of getting a university education. Is it to earn a bigger crust, become a wiser citizen, fuel the professorship, or […]

Apr 1 2015 — Carol Goar

If everything had gone according to plan, the Ontario government would be rolling out a new Employment-Related Benefit for people with disabilities on April 1. Things did not go as planned, of course. Last fall the Ministry of Community and Social Services installed a costly new social assistance program on its computers. Since then, it […]

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Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles

Apr 1 2015 —

Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. “Joni was found unconscious in her home this afternoon,” said a statement on the Mitchell website. “She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests […]

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