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Take U.S. networks off Canadian airwaves, Bell Media urges

Mar 6 2015 — James Bradshaw

The president of Bell Media fired a broadside at Canada’s broadcast regulator on Friday, saying its policies are hobbling the company’s profitability and suggesting that U.S. networks such as CBS, NBC and FOX should be kicked off the country’s airwaves. In a speech to a TV industry audience in Ottawa, Kevin Crull argued the business […]

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U.S. President Barack Obama has some less-than-laudatory words for Canada’s oil industry. The president says the way oil is extracted in Canada is extraordinarily dirty and that’s why a lot of environmentalists are concerned about it. The remarks in a question-and-answer session at a town hall are the latest from a president who sounds increasingly […]

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Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau tied his attack on Cpl. Nathan Cirillo to Canadian Forces missions in Afghanistan and Iraq in a cellphone video he recorded ahead of the fatal shooting Oct. 22 killing. Canadians got their first look at the video Friday morning during a special meeting of the House public safety committee where […]

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Parliament again comes face to face with Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

Mar 6 2015 — Aaron Wherry

And there at last he was, on video screens arranged around the room—the same room in Parliament’s Centre Block, in which Conservative MPs barricaded themselves and took up flagpoles as weapons on the morning of Oct. 22. Just outside this room—the ornate and historic Reading Room that hosts the governing party’s weekly caucus and where […]

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Ottawa offers new deal for thalidomide victims

Mar 6 2015 — Steven Chase

The Canadian government is announcing a support package for victims of the drug thalidomi‎de Friday that includes a tax-free payment of $125,000 per person and a guarantee of $168-million in medical assistance to help survivors for the rest of their lives. ‎The announcement by Health Minister Rona Ambrose comes three months after the Commons voted […]

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Canada’s top Mountie says the man who gunned down a soldier and stormed Parliament Hill on Oct. 22 was a terrorist. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson tells the House of Commons public safety committee the Mounties are still trying to determine if anyone collaborated with Michael Zehaf Bibeau. Zehaf Bibeau fatally shot honour guard Cpl. Nathan […]

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Mar 6 2015 — Daniel Leblanc

The government’s anti-terrorism bill provides excessive powers to federal agencies to monitor and profile ordinary Canadians as part of the war on terror, the Privacy Commissioner is arguing. “All Canadians – not only terrorism suspects – will be caught in this web,” Daniel Therrien said an an open-letter published in The Globe and Mail. “Bill […]

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Video proves Harper right about terror threat, but voters have other worries

Mar 6 2015 — John Ivison

The video that proves beyond reasonable doubt Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was neither drug-addled nor deranged, but rather that he committed a premeditated act of terror in retaliation for Canadian involvement in Afghanistan, bolsters the government’s argument that we are at war with jihadists. Steven Blaney, the public safety minister, was quick to say the attack justified […]

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Canadians torn between idealism, pragmatism

Mar 6 2015 — Susan Delacourt

Canadians are looking for saints to run for office, but in the meantime, they’ll take some tax savings. That pretty much sums up the mood of the Canadian electorate in the latest state-of-politics poll by the Manning Centre, released at the think-tank’s big gathering in Ottawa this week.

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If women could only count

Mar 6 2015 — Mia Rabson

Sexist, patronizing attitudes are still well-entrenchedThere I was last week, sipping a coffee at my desk while trying not to go cross-eyed from reading the fine print of the government’s anti-terror legislation when an email popped up on my screen. “Four reasons women should cut their credit cards today,” screamed the headline. Scanning the content […]

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More red meat for the hang-‘em-high crowd

Mar 6 2015 — Michael Harris

In the kick-ass rodeo of Canadian politics, Stephen Harper has created a new event: Trojan horseback riding. C-51 is supposed to confer safety and security on Canadians. Hidden inside are the seeds of a police state. Before that, Bills C-38 and C-45 were supposed to “streamline” governance. In the belly of these undemocratic monstrosities was […]

Mar 6 2015 — Carol Goar

At the tail end of question period on Friday, Feb. 27, Pierre Lemieux, parliamentary secretary of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, rose in the House of Commons to announce good news. Veterans with lost limbs would no longer be required to verify their condition annually. The cycle would be lengthened to once every three years. […]

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Mar 6 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

The fear, apparently, is real. According to a study conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights for CBC News, nearly 50 per cent of Canadians are more afraid of terrorism today than they were two years ago. When asked about challenges facing young people in Canada, 71 per cent said they are concerned that Canadian youth could […]

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Mar 6 2015 — Michael Taube

It appears that the federal Liberal political honeymoon is officially over. Nanos Research, a well-respected polling firm, has just revealed an interesting trend. Although the Liberals have 34% in popular support, that’s down from 35.7% from the previous week. Meanwhile, the Tories have reached their highest popularity numbers since August 2013. They’re currently at 32.6%, […]

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Mar 5 2015 — Kenneth Green

On Feb. 24, President Barack Obama vetoed Senate Bill 1, a.k.a. “The Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.”  Mr. Obama’s action was not only predictable, it was virtually inevitable given: a) the political polarization in the United States; b) unrelenting environmental opposition to the pipeline; and c) a certain amount of congressional over-reach. But the presidential […]

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Mar 6 2015 — Christina Blizzard

It looks like the federal Conservative Party, frustrated by the inability of its provincial counterpart to make a breakthrough into government, is poised to take over the Ontario party. There are wildly conflicting numbers from the various PC leadership camps of who’s sold the most memberships. Reliable sources tell me the numbers aren’t final yet, […]

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Mar 6 2015 — Phil Upshall

References to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in films and television are getting surprisingly common for a condition that has only just started to get serious attention in the health care system. In some respects, given the persistent role stigma still plays in the mental health landscape, this is a good thing. However, given the […]

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