National Newswatch

TPP would make it harder for Canada to innovate, Jim Balsillie warns

Feb 6 2016 —

Ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal would seriously impede Canada’s future prosperity, according to Jim Balsille, the former co-CEO of Research In Motion and co-founder of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. ​”We’re in an innovation deficit in this country and when you find yourself in a hole, the first rule is stop digging. What […]

Feb 6 2016 — Steven Chase

Opponents of Canada’s $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia are taking Ottawa to court in an attempt to block shipments of the combat vehicles, a move that could force the governing Liberals to explain how they justify the sale to a human-rights pariah under weapon-export restrictions. Daniel Turp, a professor of international and constitutional law […]

Feb 6 2016 — Alex Boutilier

Canada’s privacy watchdog wants more information on a central government agency keeping tabs on peaceful protests. Documents obtained by the Star show privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien’s office has asked the Government Operations Centre (GOC) to review its tracking of lawful protest and dissent. “In (the letter), we asked that a more detailed analysis of the […]

Feb 6 2016 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is among hundreds of people expected to attend two funerals in Quebec City today in honour of the six Quebecers killed last month in Burkina Faso. Four members of the same family — Yves Carrier, 65, Gladys Chamberland, 54, their son Charles-Élie Carrier, 21, and Yves’ daughter Maude, 37 — were […]


Clark, Robertson optimistic after talks with Trudeau

Feb 6 2016 — Peter O'Neil

Billions of federal dollars could be headed B.C.’s direction, Premier Christy Clark and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said Friday after separate meetings with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “I think we’ve found a willing partner in this federal government for the things we want to achieve,” said Clark, who is seeking funding for projects, including the […]

Feb 5 2016 —

A member of the Royal Canadian Navy charged in Japan with a drug offence is the son of a high-ranking military official, CTV News has learned. Ian Greenwood, a member of HMCS Winnipeg’s crew and son of retired Real Admiral Richard Greenwood, has been charged with drug use following a drug test and he remains […]

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Feb 5 2016 —

The Canadian government is lifting some of its sanctions against Iran. Stephane Dion, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, announced Friday that Canada will be ending a number of sanctions against the country. He added that Canada is open to the possibility of restoring diplomatic contacts with Iran, after Canada’s embassy to the country was shuttered […]

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Feb 6 2016 —

Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison describes his first meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “exceptional.” Atchison met with Trudeau and federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Friday morning alongside 21 big city mayors. He said the discussion touched on issues such as attainable housing, bridges, transit, pipelines and moving rail lines outside of cities. “It […]

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Feb 6 2016 —

At least 13 indigenous candidates will run between the Manitoba New Democratic and Liberal parties in the upcoming provincial election — a number up slightly from the 2011 election. The NDP intend to field at least six indigenous candidates (up two from the last election), while the Liberals aim to run a minimum of seven […]

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Featured Ink


Sizing up Trudeau 100 days after being elected

Feb 6 2016 — Chantal Hébert

Almost 100 days after the swearing-in of Justin Trudeau’s cabinet there are almost as many dots to connect between the Liberal campaign promises and their actual execution as on election night . . . and much contrary speculation as to what that suggests about the character of the rookie government. For some, the Liberals suffer […]


Trudeau needs to bring hope back to Canada’s rust belt

Feb 6 2016 — Adam Radwanski

Neil from London’s moment in the spotlight was inevitably brief. The most visibly disappointed of the 10 Canadians given a chance to interview Justin Trudeau in a CBC special aired last Sunday, Neil Piercey – a 58-year-old victim of southwestern Ontario’s manufacturing jobs drying up, who can’t find decent-paying work and described cashing out his […]


Justin Trudeau is dealing with a loaves and fishes problem

Feb 6 2016 — Gary Mason

If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to Alberta this week was intended to assuage concerns in the province over whether the federal government has its back during these punishing economic times, it did not exactly work. Part of that failure Mr. Trudeau must wear. But certainly, much of the negative coverage the visit prompted had […]

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Michael Moore hospitalized for pneumonia ahead of film release

Feb 6 2016 —

Michael Moore has been in intensive care all week at a New York hospital with pneumonia, and was forced to cancel all promotional stops for his new movie, “Where To Invade Next,” including appearances on Conan O’Brien and Bill Maher’s shows. “I have to be honest, with my absence . . . I’m now worried about my […]