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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 1 2015 —

VOCM News has learned that the Conservative Party of Canada has rejected Ches Crosbie’s bid to represent the party in the riding of Avalon in the upcoming federal election. Sources told VOCM News today that Crosbie, who announced his intention to run back in December 2014, has been told he cannot represent the party. In […]

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 […]

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Business innovation has continued to fade despite billions in federal cash: memo

Jul 1 2015 —

Spending billions of public dollars over two decades has done little to reverse Canada’s long decline in the key economic category of business innovation, the federal government acknowledges in a newly released document. The self-assessment, contained in a “secret” memorandum to Finance Minister Joe Oliver, underlines how chronically sluggish business innovation remains “of great concern” […]


Why a new Québec-based party is running in the Peterborough by-election, and other unintended consequences of sloppy law-making

Jul 1 2015 — Alice Funke

The law of unintended consequences is getting quite a workout with these – legally necessary – but otherwise totally pointless federal by-elections. The fact they weren’t called long ago, but now have to be called this close to a fixed election date, the fact that the spending limits are obscenely huge because of the long […]

Jul 1 2015 —

A WestJet flight from Vancouver to Toronto was diverted to Calgary Wednesday night after a bomb threat, the fourth such incident targeting the airline in the past five days. The affected flight was WestJet 722, which took off from Vancouver at 5:14 p.m. PT, confirmed WestJet spokesman Robert Palmer.

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Wanted: Grown-ups for the Tory war room and better economic numbers

Jul 1 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

In an unusual moment of strategic full disclosure, Stephen Harper declared a few weeks ago that the main issues in the coming election were “the economy and security.” We know how the Conservatives are going to play the security card—with fear and loathing. Fear for the voters and loathing for their opponents. The Conservatives posted […]


Justin Trudeau’s climate change plan disappoints

Jul 1 2015 — Tom Walkom

Justin Trudeau’s plan for the environment is an odd mixture of precision and studied vagueness. It is precise in most details, The Liberal leader has something to say on a host of things, ranging from electric cars to sockeye salmon. But on the big question of how to deal with climate change, he is disappointingly […]


Canada is a great country

Jul 1 2015 — Anthony Furey

Let’s buck the trend this Canada Day. Let’s unapologetically celebrate Canadian greatness. Sadly we now live in an age of moral relativism. We live in an age of irony, of insincerity. Sometimes you get the impression it’s not cool anymore to love our country. In fact, it’s almost as if we’re supposed to look for […]


In Canada, inspiration isn’t hard to find

Jul 1 2015 — Ken Dryden

Last year at this time I was asked to be the guest editor for the Canada Day edition of the Star. I was excited about it, and also anxious. I knew I didn’t want the edition to be a lot of words from people who most of their lives have worked to define Canada: Canadians […]

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Poverty porn reality TV can highlight working class struggles

Jul 2 2015 — Aleksandra Sagan

Kim Bergin, an American mother of three who owns a floundering ice-cream truck business with her husband Joe since he lost his job a decade ago, climbs out of the car, and pants and heaves by the side of the road, overcome with stress. She’s been given $101,000 US and 72 hours to decide how […]

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