National Newswatch
Sep 15 2014 — Chantal Hébert

On a day when the House of Commons reopened after a three-month break, the prime minister picked a venue a stone’s throw from Parliament Hill to preach to the converted. Part state-of-the-government address and part electoral call-to-arms, the lecture Stephen Harper delivered to a Conservative crowd essentially made up of his own party’s staffers and […]

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Justin Trudeau says employers who hire additional workers should get a one-year holiday from paying employment insurance premiums for those employees. The Liberal leader says his proposal would help create jobs. By contrast, he says the Harper government’s decision last week to reduce premiums for some small businesses will actually give employers an incentive to […]

Sep 15 2014 — Glen McGregor

After his abrupt exit from an executive gig atop the Conservative Party masthead earlier this year, Dimitri Soudas appears to have turned pro in the consulting business. Soudas, who rose to prominence in his role as press secretary, then director of communications, for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is now listed as a managing partner with […]

Sep 15 2014 — Stephen Maher

Nathan Jacobson, the self-described “radioactive” businessman close to senior Conservatives, cleared his name Monday in a San Diego courtroom. Justice Janis L. Sammartino accepted a deal reached between federal prosecutors and Jacobson’s lawyer, Mike Attanasio, allowing Jacobson to withdraw his 2008 guilty plea for money laundering in connection with an online pharmacy.

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Mike Duffy could face trial before 2015 election

Sep 15 2014 — Laura Stone

Mike Duffy’s legal team hopes to set a trial date as early as Tuesday, as the suspended senator’s lawyer makes a first court appearance on 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery. If it happens, the trial could take place as early as 2015 – before next year’s scheduled October election. It also […]

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Toronto Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti under police investigation for fundraiser

Sep 15 2014 — Zach Dubinsky

Police have launched a criminal investigation into a Toronto city councillor who took in $80,000 from a private fundraiser last year attended by developers, lobbyists, friends, family and companies that do millions of dollars in business with the city. CBC News has learned that Toronto police’s financial crimes unit is investigating Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti after […]

Sep 15 2014 — Kady O'Malley

Canada’s election watchdog will officially make the move to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada on Oct. 1, according to a notice posted to the Canada Gazette website last week. The transfer of powers was triggered by the passage of the government’s controversial revamp of Canada’s election laws earlier this year.

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Sep 15 2014 — Christine Dobby

Wind Mobile’s Canadian founder is buying out its foreign owner and recapitalizing the company with the backing of several financial players, according to sources familiar with the matter. Investors in the new structure include Canadian hedge fund West Face Capital and California-based private equity firm Tennenbaum Capital Partners.

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Sep 15 2014 — Althia Raj

The Conservative government may announce personal tax cuts as early as this fall, Prime Minister Stephen Harper suggested in a speech Monday. Speaking to Conservative MPs, senators, their staff, industry lobbyists and some party members, Harper said he was looking forward to “the economic and fiscal update this fall, when we will be taking the […]

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t back away from tough talk over Ukraine and the terrorist activities of the so-called Islamic State. Nor will he back away from his outspoken support of Israel. In a kind of political pep rally Monday to mark the return of MPs to Parliament Hill, Harper told his caucus that now […]

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Featured Ink

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Harper, Mulcair or Trudeau: Who is the man for this moment?

Sep 15 2014 — Aaron Wherry

In a glass bubble by the canal, Stephen Harper stood before a giant Canadian flag. The giant flag was flanked by two smaller, but still large, flags. The Conservative caucus, or at least most of it, was lined up in rows, behind Harper and below the flags. “Friends, as you all know, particularly my colleagues […]

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Justin Trudeau’s lack of platform is ever more glaring

Sep 15 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

For months Justin Trudeau has had his mitts in the air, deflecting right and left hooks from seasoned combatants who would love to connect solidly with his jaw, just once. The Liberal leader’s main point of vulnerability, they believe, is his lack of substance – which includes questions about his experience and judgment, but is […]

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Why this Parliament is all about the next election

Sep 15 2014 — Campbell Clark

When Justin Trudeau got onstage in Markham Friday night and told his audience of Ontario Liberals that someone had asked him if the election campaign had already begun, they all laughed. “I think you know the answer,” he said. It’s obvious to the parties. The election year – Canada’s first, made inevitable by the fixed […]

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Ready for a year-long campaign? Didn’t think so

Sep 15 2014 — Tim Harper

Last week, those who ensure that the capital remain as bland as possible laid charges against a local folk festival because its “unusual” noise was disturbing inhabitants and keeping them awake until almost 11 p.m. There’s no word how they will deal with the noise that will be coming from the big building on Wellington […]

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Tories hardly only party that could run economy

Sep 15 2014 — Dan Leger

An old colleague of mine can’t understand how some Canadians can ignore what to him is an indisputable fact: that the Conservatives are by far the best choice for economic leadership in the country. “Just look at their record,” he says. “Their policies got us through the financial crisis. The rest of the G7 was […]

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Putting spotlight on all Canada’s vulnerable

Sep 15 2014 — Dan Lett

It’s a pretty good bet that when he took the podium at Yukon College in Whitehorse last month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had no intention of sparking a national debate on the role of the federal government in the lives of the most vulnerable Canadians. And yet, intended or not, that’s exactly what Harper has […]

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We need citizens, not just taxpayers and bookkeepers

Sep 15 2014 — Daphne Bramham

A citizen is a rare thing these days in Canada. Citizens have been expunged from the political lexicon and replaced with taxpayers and, as elections approach, voters. Decrying the loss of a word may seem a bit pedantic. But words are powerful. They frame debates and influence our thinking. Use the word taxpayer instead of […]

Sep 15 2014 — Elizabeth Renzetti

What we’ve got here, if I may quote Strother Martin’s immortal line in Cool Hand Luke, is failure to communicate. Or perhaps it’s a failure of math. How else to explain this discrepancy: Almost 100 per cent of climate scientists believe that human behaviour will have a long-term effect on the planet’s temperature. Only half […]

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Sep 15 2014 — Joe Warmington

Having signed the papers to run for mayor, Big Brother Doug Ford officially starts his campaign Monday after a scheduled trip to the bank. Prior to Friday — when he formally threw his hat in the ring to replace his too-ill-to-run little brother Rob Ford — he was the mayor’s campaign manager. Now he is […]

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Sep 15 2014 — Monte Solberg

Alberta has a new premier, the fourth in a little under three years, tying Italy for the most frequent leadership changes in that time. Japan has had seven prime ministers in seven years. Egypt is in a category all its own. Egypt has had six new leaders in three years, but that’s cheating because only […]

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Sep 15 2014 — Sue-Ann Levy

We arrived in Israel on Aug. 29, two days after a truce had been declared in the 50-day conflict with the Hamas in Gaza, the longest since the 1948 War of Independence. The streets, beaches, bike paths, shops, cafes and buses were teeming with people — to us rather shocking, but to those who live […]

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Entertainment Plus

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L.A. police detain black actress for ‘showing affection’ with white boyfriend

Sep 15 2014 —

Daniele Watts, a black U.S. actress who appeared in hit movie Django Unchained, has accused Los Angeles police of handcuffing and briefly detaining her for “showing affection” in public. The city’s police force said on Sunday it was investigating a complaint from Watts, who posted a picture on Facebook, showing her crying next to an […]