National Newswatch

Trudeau era to start with sweeping parliamentary reforms, empowerment of MPs

Nov 29 2015 —

The Justin Trudeau era begins in earnest Friday with all the pomp of a traditional speech from the throne. But thereafter, the new Liberal government is aiming to break from tradition, promising to transform the way Parliament operates to empower backbenchers, diminish partisanship, restore civility, make government more accountable, be more family friendly and create […]

Nov 28 2015 —

A rookie member of Parliament says he could better influence Prime Minister Justin Trudeau if he is elected Speaker of the House of Commons instead of remaining one of many Liberal backbenchers. Robert-Falcon Ouellette made the statement in a town hall meeting in his Winnipeg Centre riding Saturday while explaining to constituents his reasons for […]

Nov 29 2015 — Dean Beeby

The military’s research arm is looking for better ways to protect satellites from catastrophic failure after a 2011 space incident exposed Canada’s vulnerability to communications collapse. Defence Research and Development Canada is launching an initiative with the private sector to improve the reliability of satellites threatened by space debris, harmful radiation and even software glitches […]

Nov 29 2015 — Kyle Bakx

With no recovery in oil prices in sight, Alberta’s oilpatch is trying to figure out how it will survive 2016, yet another year of struggle for an industry that lost a collective $1.5 billion in the first half of 2015. With so much financial pain, it’s likely the large players that have the best odds […]

Nov 29 2015 —

The plane that flies Prime Minister Justin Trudeau around the world can be tracked in mid-air using a simple website or free app, a fact that some security experts say could put him at risk. Trudeau’s official plane broadcasts its location using transponders and, unlike President Barack Obama’s jet or similar flights carrying global dignitaries, […]

Dalton McGuinty

Dalton McGuinty’s take on Stephen Harper and other politicians

Nov 28 2015 — Jim Coyle

Dalton McGuinty, Ontario premier once removed, was so circumspect a gentleman that even under provocation scarcely a harsh word passed his lips. In his new memoir Making a Difference, McGuinty does, at last, unburden himself of some appraisals of those with whom he crossed paths. Here, starting with recently ousted prime minister Stephen Harper, apparently […]

Nov 28 2015 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s not only optimistic a deal will be reached during the United Nations climate change conference in Paris, but he’s comfortable parts of that deal could be legally binding. Leaders and climate negotiators from almost 200 countries are meeting from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 to try to work out […]

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Nov 28 2015 —

It’s hard to take shots at someone like Peter Stoffer. So friends gave the former NDP MP a flack jacket at his roast Friday night in Lower Sackville. “It’s kind of like roasting Jesus, how can you roast somebody when nobody is going to say anything bad about him?” Gerry White, a retired naval and […]

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Featured Ink


Whither the ‘new kids’ in the Bubble

Nov 29 2015 — Mark Bonokoski

With the 42nd session of the House of Commons set to begin on Thursday, and with the speech from the throne the following day, the enormity of what has happened is starting to sink in among Liberal political staffers. They have entered the glorious world where former beggars can now be choosers. It was surely […]


The one-point plan to fix Parliament

Nov 29 2015 — Anthony Furey

Canada’s Parliament is slated to resume this coming Thursday, yet we’ve got a serious problem on our hands that could greatly interfere with its functioning. The problem is that our democracy is broken. It’s in tatters – in crisis, even. At least that’s the impression the public’s been given over the past couple of years […]


How public servants ‘game the system’

Nov 29 2015 — Lorne Gunter

Can you guess how much Canadian taxpayers are on the hook for federal civil servants’ unused sick leave? Nearly $1 billion a year, according to a new study by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a non-profit think tank in Ottawa. And that’s just their unused sick leave – the days that are left over every year after […]

Jim Warren

Welcome refugees with Canadian generosity

Nov 29 2015 — Jim Warren

The images of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned in September, and those of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, have generated extreme emotional responses from Canadians. These two events have polarized many people into two extreme camps. Both images are powerful and drive decision-making from the brain to the heart – a […]

Bob Hepburn

How high-paid health bosses blew it

Nov 29 2015 — Bob Hepburn

When high-flying politicians or senior executives come crashing down to earth it is often because their outrageous spending habits or sky-high salaries have been exposed to the public. That’s what happened, for example, to Bev Oda in 2012 when the federal Conservative cabinet minister resigned her seat in the House of Commons after it was […]


B.C. climate leadership team says raise the carbon tax

Nov 29 2015 — Vaughn Palmer

British Columbia’s carbon tax needs to double within five years and continue to increase every year afterward if the province is to get back on back on track in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But at the same time the government ought to reduce the sales tax by one point and implement other relief to help […]

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Brad Pitt’s an atheist

Nov 29 2015 —

Brad Pitt‘s religious upbringing seems to have backfired. Despite being raised in a strict Southern Baptist household in Springfield, Mo., the 51-year-old actor is now a proud atheist. In a Saturday interview in the UK’s Telegraph, Pitt linked his lack of faith to his dad, who raised him “with all the Christian guilt about what […]

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