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Veterans fund of $200-million to be spent over the next 50 years

Nov 28 2014 — Gloria Galloway

The federal Conservative government has trumpeted a new commitment of $200-million to help veterans deal with their mental-health issues, but it has been less vocal about the fact that the money will be paid out over the next half a century. Veterans advocates and opposition politicians accuse the government of deliberately misleading Canadians about the […]

Nov 28 2014 — Peter O'Neil

B.C. businessman and philanthropist Barjinder Singh Dhahan has pulled out of the Vancouver South Liberal nomination battle in a move that has raised questions about leader Justin Trudeau’s vow to hold open contests to run in the 2015 election. It was widely believed that Trudeau and his senior advisers preferred retired Lt.-Col. Harjit Singh Sajjan, […]

Nov 28 2014 — Stephen Maher

A former Liberal MP says people should be open to the possibility that Massimo Pacetti’s late night hotel-room encounter with an NDP MP could be a misunderstanding, not an assault. Alexandra Mendes, who worked closely with Pacetti when they both represented Montreal-area ridings from 2008-2011, said Thursday that if a process eventually clears Pacetti of […]


Kids using e-cigs to toke up, Tory MP says

Nov 28 2014 — Paul McLeod

Teenagers are using electronic cigarettes to discreetly inhale marijuana in front of teachers and parents, a Conservative MP said Thursday. The House of Commons health committee is studying e-cigarettes and how they should be regulated. As the committee met Thursday, James Lunney, Conservative MP for Nanaimo-Alberni, warned that the devices used to inhale nicotine and […]


NDP MP commemorates event honouring fallen Tamil Tigers, likens it to Remembrance Day in parliament

Nov 28 2014 — Stewart Bell

Canada’s public safety minister said Thursday he was “shocked and appalled” after a New Democratic Party MP rose in the House of Commons to commemorate Tamil Heroes Day, which honours fallen Tamil Tigers rebels. Steven Blaney urged Rathika Sitsabaiesan, a Sri Lankan-born rookie MP, to apologize “to veterans and all Canadians” for her statement that […]

Nov 28 2014 —

The economy grew at an annualized pace of 2.8 per cent in the third quarter, Statistics Canada said Friday. The jump in Canada’s gross domestic product was higher than the 2.1 per cent economists had expected, according to Thomson Reuters. Statistics Canada said real GDP was up by 0.7 per cent during the quarter ending […]

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Nov 28 2014 —

While American shoppers celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday —​ the biggest sales of the year in the U.S. —​ Canadians looking to save by shopping online could face some hidden costs. Purchasing from stores outside Canada mean shoppers get hit by duties, taxes and other fees that quickly add up. A few examples:

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In the Wynne-Harper detente, it will take two to tango

Nov 28 2014 — Paul Wells

In recent weeks, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has met with the prime ministers of India, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He’s met with the presidents of France and China. He met football legend Pinball Clemons before an Argos game. He met Jim Prentice, who used to be minister of this and that in […]

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Want to make amends with vets? Start by firing Fantino

Nov 28 2014 — Michael Harris

There are bullying, disingenuous, condescending windbags … and then there’s Julian Fantino. This is the minister who yelled at octogenarian veterans in front of the cameras, offered a fake apology for his rudeness after standing them up — and then insulted them again the next day by calling them union dupes. (Still better than a […]

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Financial Literacy Month ends and the real challenge begins

Nov 28 2014 — Terry Campbell

Financial Literacy Month (FLM) is over but the real challenge is just beginning – getting Canadians to move from learning about smart money management to actually taking action.  It isn’t always easy, so the federal government along with the private sector – including banks – and many community organizations across the country are collaborating on […]

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The Supreme Court of Canada won’t want this award

Nov 28 2014 — Benjamin Perrin

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed Quebec lawyer Suzanne Côté to the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice Côté joins the Court at a moment in history when it is having an increasingly large impact on policy, is remarkably united, and is handing the federal government a string of major losses. Each year, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute […]


When it comes to news, TV still rules all

Nov 28 2014 — Warren Kinsella

It’s quaint, almost, the notion that other media are more important than television. Watching a CTV helicopter hover over King St. E. in Toronto at lunchtime on Wednesday should have dispensed with it, once and for all. The helicopter was there, clattering overhead like a antediluvian bird of prey, for most of the lunch hour. […]


PKP and the PQ: Get ready for a weird year, Canada

Nov 28 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. Within hours of Doug Ford announcing that he was not running for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, Pierre Karl Peladeau confirmed that he will be a candidate for the leadership of the Parti Quebecois. So any journalists out there who were worrying that Canadian politics was going […]


Ottawa’s manufacturing fund a mirage

Nov 28 2014 — Carol Goar

There is a $200-million pot of money in Ottawa earmarked for Ontario’s hard-hit manufacturing sector. The Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF) was announced in February 2013 by then-finance minister Jim Flaherty. It was officially launched last December by Minister of State Gary Goodyear, who speaks for Ontario in cabinet. It was cited by Prime Minister Stephen […]


Watson and Baird call 100-day truce — finally

Nov 28 2014 — Joanne Chianello

The best thing to come out of the latest debacle over the western LRT expansion is the announcement that Mayor Jim Watson and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird are going to stop talking about it. Or, more accurately, stop talking about it in public for at least 100 days. The long-standing squabbling between Watson and […]

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Poll:Only a quarter surveyed will watch Grey Cup

Nov 28 2014 —

More than half the Canadians who took part in a recent online survey agreed the Grey Cup is an important national symbol but less than half that number plan on watching and younger Canadians are even less inclined. Overall, 47 per cent agreed “the Grey Cup is an important part of Canadian culture and identity” […]

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