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May 28 2015 — Don Pittis

If as many suggest, the government’s latest plan to expand the Canada Pension Plan is pure politics, perhaps the details don’t matter. But based on the little we know so far, you should not expect the new scheme to solve what many worry is a coming Canadian pension crisis. At first glance, the plan is […]

May 28 2015 — Richard J. Brennan

Foreign military personnel are entitled to half-price booze at the LCBO, the Star has learned. It’s the latest revelation on the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s little-known discount programs. According to LCBO records, some 181 officers and enlisted men and women from other countries on official duty in Canada can walk into specific locations and […]

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Omar Khadr tells his Guantanamo story in new documentary

May 27 2015 — Daniel Schwartz

In his first full-length interview since being released from a Canadian prison, Omar Khadr, the former Guantanamo detainee, says he wants to be seen as “just the next Joe on the street who nobody knows and nobody gives a second look or thought to.” But having come from the family he does, and having spent […]

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Deaf Canadians fear loss of televised, captioned election debates

May 27 2015 —

Deaf and hard-of-hearing Canadians fear their needs as voting citizens might be lost in the shuffle in the coming election campaign as the federal parties squabble over the formats and hosts of the leaders’ debates. The proposal by the major TV networks, put to the federal parties, includes closed captioning in both French and English […]

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CPP expansion: Stephen Harper accused of lacking credibility

May 27 2015 — Mark Gollom

Opposition leaders suggested Wednesday Canadians shouldn’t believe Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he says he’ll consider expanding the Canada Pension Plan, since he has been against the idea for years. During question period Wednesday, both NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau pounced on the finance minister’s announcement the day before — that […]

May 27 2015 — Mark Kennedy

Opposition party leaders are calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to show personal “leadership” in his government’s public response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) next week. But it’s unclear if Harper will even participate in the closing events for the six-year probe of the aboriginal residential school system. Harper’s involvement is considered important […]

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Rejected ideas new again for Conservatives

May 27 2015 — Chantal Hébert

In the dying days of a third mandate, federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver is about to spend the last summer before the October election consulting the provinces on a public pension reform that all governments including his own dismissed as unworkable five years ago. When the idea of allowing Canadians to make supplementary voluntary contributions […]

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For Stephen Harper, danger comes in threes

May 27 2015 — Tim Harper

A fixed election date provides party strategists a roadmap to determine when best to slot in announcements, make appointments and unveil policies for political advantage. You can plot, you can strategize and you can prognosticate. But it is always the events beyond tactical control that carry the most peril. In 2015, as always, that danger […]

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Justin Trudeau under attack from anti-union group

May 27 2015 — Tom Walkom

A business group that cut its teeth fighting “union bosses” in last year’s Ontario election campaign is now airing attack ads federally — against Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. Exactly why the organization that calls itself Working Canadians has chosen to single out Trudeau’s Liberals rather than Tom Mulcair’s far more labour-friendly New Democrats is not […]

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Coffee shops and character attacks: The ad war takes shape

May 27 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

One of the consequences of fixed election dates is the permanent campaign — like the one we’re living through now. Another consequence: Given that everyone knows when the writ drops, the pre-writ period is a political marketing free-for-all. During the five weeks of a writ period, political parties are limited to spending about $21 million. […]

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Five things to watch for in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

May 27 2015 — Adam Taylor

It first surfaced a decade ago as an idea to boost trade in one of the world’s fastest-growing regions. The original incarnation of what is now known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) had just four countries in its membership back in 2005. Membership has now swelled to 12 countries — including Canada and the U.S. […]

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Meet Alberta Premier Notley’s cabinet of anti-oilsands extremists

May 27 2015 — Ezra Levant

Don’t be too hard on Deborah Drever, the 26-year-old MLA suspended from Alberta’s NDP caucus over her social media shenanigans. Neither Drever nor the NDP really thought she would win. Last election, the NDP got just 4% of the vote in her riding of Calgary Bow. Drever wasn’t even nominated until ten days after the […]

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Ontario’s Sex-ed Battle Enters a Dangerous Phase

May 26 2015 — John Milloy

The debate around Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum is entering a dangerous phase. As media coverage moves on, myths have started to solidify and a convenient narrative has taken hold about a secular society trampling over the rights of people of faith. A narrative that the federal Conservatives plan to use to win key GTA seats […]

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Weep for our media, times are bad

May 27 2015 — Warren Kinsella

Fittingly, it took a small-town radio station to ask The Question. It came on Dave Glover’s drive-time show on CFWN in Northumberland. “What,” I was asked, “do you think about Postmedia’s purchase of the Sun Media newspaper chain?” “Thank you for asking that question,” I told Glover and his co-host. “As someone who used to […]

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Senate needs to pass Reform Act — now

May 26 2015 — John Ivison

It has been suggested that the collective noun for a group of senators should be a “compromise.” It’s true, when one or two senators are gathered together and do nothing in particular, they do it very well. But when they interfere in the important affairs of state, it reminds people that this is an institution […]

May 27 2015 — Daphne Bramham

While we may grumble about how much we pay in taxes, most of us accept the premise that it’s the price we pay for a civil society. Without taxes, we wouldn’t have roads, transit, courts, public schools, libraries, hospitals and a social safety net that includes welfare, old age pensions and unemployment insurance. And most […]

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