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May 25 2015 — Emma Loop

The federal government’s decision to replace its prison watchdog after a decade of success has baffled some corrections experts, with one former high-ranking insider suggesting Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney wants a Quebecer for the post. Howard Sapers, who holds the job of Correctional Investigator of Canada, was appointed in 2004 by the then-Liberal government. […]

May 25 2015 — Mark Burgess

The videos public servants shot of Employment and Social Development Minister Pierre Poilievre glad-handing constituents and explaining Conservative tax breaks are “propaganda” that show the government’s “manic obsession with image management,” experts say, and they’re undermining the public service’s independence. Public service experts and critics on the political right and left are calling for reforms […]

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Most Canadians oppose communism victims memorial: poll

May 25 2015 — Elizabeth Payne

A large majority of Canadians — even among Conservative supporters — think the Conservative government’s planned memorial to the victims of communism is a poor idea, a poll has found. Across the country, just 23 per cent of Canadians said they would support the Memorial to Victims of Communism “in its current form after they […]

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Government scientists get permission to meet with union at workplace

May 25 2015 — Kathryn May

Environment Canada has changed its rules and will allow scientists to meet with their union at the workplace to discuss collective bargaining – as long as it not related to strike or job action. The department notified the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, which represents federal scientists across government, that it has […]

May 25 2015 — Kim Mackrael

The federal government should work with the provinces to integrate mental-health services into the health system, the opposition NDP and Liberals say. NDP health critic Murray Rankin said his party would implement the broad strokes of recommendations from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, which include a call to make psychotherapy and clinical counselling more […]

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May 25 2015 — Rachel Aiello

As ISIL seized the Iraqi city Ramadi and Syrian city Palmyra, the “operational tempo” of Canada’s CF-18s has been “quite high” says Defence Minister Jason Kenney who expects that, as the ground warfare between ISIL and the Iraqi security forces intensifies, Canada’s fighter jets “will be called upon with significant frequency in the weeks to […]

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May 25 2015 — Stewart Bell

The day after the United States and its Arab allies launched airstrikes in Syria last September, President Barack Obama advised American lawmakers the targets had included “elements of al-Qaida known as the Khorasan Group.” Khorasan was described as a terrorist faction operating in Syria that had been set up by the senior al-Qaida leadership to […]

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May 25 2015 — Kathy Tomlinson

Parents who say they’re tearing their hair out trying to apply for a foreign nanny accuse the federal government of stringing them along — for political reasons. “We’re pawns in a game that’s supposed to look like families are getting helped, but they’re not,” said Michael Shandro, the Edmonton father of two preschoolers.

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Auditor general to blow lid on Senate Scandal, Part II

May 25 2015 — Dan Leger

The other shoe is about to drop on the Senate, and it’s going to land with a King Kong stomp. Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s expensive, painstaking audit of Senate expenses will be released within days, and it could take down many members of the Red Chamber. It’s not just a Mike Duffy problem anymore. Details […]

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Mulcair looking more like a potential PM in waiting

May 25 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

Two polls on the weekend agree on one thing—the NDP is firmly back in first place in Quebec. Both EKOS for iPolitics and CROP for LaPresse have reported a surge in NDP support in the province in the first three weeks of May, at the expense of the Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois. EKOS has […]

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Conservatives’ debate strategy a game changer

May 25 2015 — Dan Lett

It appears there could be three times more debates between party leaders in the 2015 federal election campaign than in any previous campaign. A good thing, right? That depends on whom you talk to. For the first time since 1968, a consortium of Canada’s principal broadcasters will not hold a monopoly on televised debates among […]

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Harper proving weak on governance, even weaker on courage

May 25 2015 — Michael Harris

And so Canadian public life has come down to an empty chair. JFK’s unoccupied rocking chair following his assassination meant the end of Camelot. When imprisoned human rights activist Liu Xiaobo was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, it was placed on an empty chair reserved for Liu. But what does Stephen Harper’s empty […]

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Harper now has to battle rivals on two fronts

May 24 2015 — Tim Harper

We’ve been here before. There was a time, in the not too distant past, when the NDP led the national polls, it appeared electoral revolution was at hand and the leader of the day, Ed Broadbent, was being spoken of as the next prime minister. In 1988, as today, the country seemed headed for a […]

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Ramadi is indeed a setback, Mr. Kenney

May 25 2015 — Scott Taylor

The propaganda machine of the U.S.-led alliance in Iraq suffered a serious setback last week. Contrary to what we have been told for months, ISIS fighters were not “on their back foot,” nor have they been “contained” as a result of allied airstrikes. Instead of being downgraded and on the defensive, ISIS has been very […]

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A great party, then a cabinet short on Calgary ministers

May 25 2015 — Don Braid

There’s never been a swearing-in ceremony like that: a joyous, friendly, noisy party with thousands occupying the legislature plaza, cooling their heels in the pools, lining up at the food trucks, and listening to folk music from Hundred Mile House, the Edmonton trio that remade O Canada into a softly haunting ballad. After attending at […]

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Conservatives are out to manipulate debate rules

May 24 2015 — Toronto Star

The longer and more convoluted the so-called debate over debates gets in advance of this fall’s federal election, the clearer it becomes that the Conservative party’s goal is simply to manipulate the rules in its favour. In some senses there’s nothing surprising about this: it’s what political parties always try to do, the Harper Conservatives […]

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Actress, comedian Anne Meara, mother of Ben Stiller, dies at 85

May 24 2015 —

Actress and comedian Anne Meara has died. She was 85. Her husband, Jerry Stiller, and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara’s “husband and partner in life.” “The two were married for 61 […]

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