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Apr 28 2015 — Dean Beeby

The middle-class income of a Canadian family of four, with both parents working, appears to have stalled, at least according to the “typical” example presented in last week’s federal budget. Henry and Cathy, raising their two kids Grace and Elizabeth, pull in $120,000 between them, says the example highlighted on page six of the main […]

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Canadians in Nepal and relatives of missing Canadian tourists are expressing frustration with Canada’s response to Saturday’s massive earthquake. Mark McDermott and Roel Teunissen are hoping to get on a military transport plane on Wednesday to return to Canada from the earthquake-ravaged country. Defence Minister Jason Kenney said a military aircraft loaded with personnel and […]

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Here’s the controversial new symbol of Canada’s 150th birthday

Apr 27 2015 — Don Butler

To the dismay of design professionals, the federal government has chosen an image crafted by a 19-year-old student as its logo for the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Selected from 300 entries in a contest aimed at students, the winning design is a stylized maple leaf made up of multi-coloured diamond shapes. It will be featured […]

Apr 28 2015 — Ingrid Peritz

Victims of the drug thalidomide came away from a two-hour meeting with Health Canada on Monday voicing “grave concerns” over Ottawa’s failure to provide key details about how the federal government’s promised financial-support package will work. The group representing Canada’s victims says that nearly two months after the announcement they remain in the dark and […]

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Apr 28 2015 — Les Whittington

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, introducing former Toronto police chief Bill Blair as a potential Liberal candidate, says he doesn’t want to be a Monday morning quarterback and second-guess the conduct of police during the G20 summit in Toronto. “I’m not going to Monday morning quarterback decisions made five years ago by the chief of police,” […]

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Apr 28 2015 — Joe Warmington

Bill Blair may now be in favour of legalizing marijuana but the national chief’s organization he often boasts having led is certainly not. “Our position has not changed,” Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) spokesman Tim Smith said Monday. No longer Toronto’s chief of police, and now a federal Liberal nomination hopeful, Blair’s position […]

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From the ground in Nepal, the chaos would have been immediate and terrifying. From the skies above, the scope of the tragedy came into sharper focus after Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude quake — a vast disaster zone with a death toll that has since climbed past 4,000 and turned UNESCO heritage sites such as the Dharahara Tower […]

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It’s time to get serious about election debates

Apr 28 2015 — Andrew Coyne

With another federal election fast approaching, it’s time once again to decide what sort of limits, if any, should apply to campaign fundraising. As usual the whole business will be settled in private via negotiations among the three major parties and the six largest Canadian banks. Well no, we don’t do it that way, do […]

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Why the Conservatives badly need a brawl with unions this year

Apr 28 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

In early November 2013, the Conservative party held a national policy convention in Calgary. One of the big themes that emerged from that weekend was a hate-on for Canada’s labour movement. Delegates passed a number of resolutions seeking to ban secret ballots during strikes and forbid the use of dues for political purposes. They also […]

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In this election year, it’s cop versus cop

Apr 27 2015 — David Akin

Politicians love to heckle each other other in the House of Commons. Sometimes it’s pretty funny. Sometimes it can be a bit vicious. But most of the time it’s just predictable. Like whenever Justin Trudeau gets up to speak on a law-and-order issue, you can bet that the Conservatives will start hollering at him that […]

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Dismal leadership race shows how far Ontario PCs have fallen

Apr 28 2015 — R.Michael Warren

On May 9, the once dominant Ontario Progressive Conservative party will choose its next leader. The surprisingly shallow PC gene pool has rendered up two political lightweights at a time when the party needs strong, transformative leadership. For the long-serving Liberal government, this may seem like good news — it will likely continue to operate […]

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Don’t expect an Alberta NDP government

Apr 28 2015 — Lorne Gunter

Before you get all excited about the possibility of Rachel Notley and the NDP winning the May 5 provincial election, remember the 2011 federal election. If you listened to media coverage of polls in the final days of that campaign, you would be forgiven for thinking Jack Layton and the NDP were well on their […]

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Bruce Jenner — Docuseries Both Serious and Humorous … Learning to Golf with Breasts

Apr 28 2015 —

Bruce Jenner’s docuseries will have plenty of serious, eye-opening moments, but there will also be plenty of fun, including how Bruce will adapt his golf game with newly-formed breasts. Sources connected with the production tell TMZ, the goal of the 8-part docuseries is to educate people and provide hope and inspiration for those going through […]