National Newswatch

Jody Wilson-Raybould ‘taking all steps’ to dodge conflict over husband’s lobbying gig

Feb 11 2016 — Kady O'Malley

Well, that’s one topic crossed off the list of appropriate dinnertime discussions at the Wilson-Raybould household. Late last month, BC public policy consultant Tim Raybould — whose wife of eight years now serves as Justin Trudeau’s justice minister — filed the necessary paperwork to help two First Nations organizations in their future dealings with the […]

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Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says allies are giving their political and military blessing to Canada’s retooled mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Sajjan, who is in Brussels for NATO meetings, says Lt.-Gen. Sean MacFarland — the U.S. Army officer commanding the campaign against ISIL — considers Canada’s new mission to be […]

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The CEO of Ford’s Canadian operations says risks posed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the automotive manufacturing sector are among topics she plans to raise in a meeting with federal government officials later this month. Dianne Craig says the need to boost government subsidies to help attract more global investment in Canada’s auto sector will […]

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is going to look at securing a seat on the UN Security Council as vacancies come up. His comments come after a meeting today with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Trudeau says seeking a seat on the council meshes with his government’s plan to renew Canada’s relationship with the […]

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr,

Baloney Meter: Not a kilometre of new oil pipeline built since 2011?

Feb 11 2016 —

“There wasn’t a kilometre of pipe built in Canada between 2011 and October the 19th, 2015. That’s the record. That’s the reality.” — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, Feb. 3, 2015. — Late last month, the federal government added new criteria to the approval process for major resource projects, while putting off a decision on […]

Feb 11 2016 — Aaron Wherry

The campaign was about change. And so perhaps it should only follow that the first months of the new government would be about change. “We wanted to establish change,” says a senior government official, asked about the first 100 days. “Our interpretation of our mandate was that, I think the prime minister’s said this a […]

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Feb 11 2016 — Althia Raj

Government aid could help provide food and health services to Islamic State fighters, Canada’s international development minister acknowledged this week. Marie-Claude Bibeau made the comments during an interview with The Huffington Post Canada on Sirius XM’s “Everything Is Political Show.” “Médecins Sans Frontières or the Red Cross, they will use the money following their own […]

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Feb 11 2016 —

Both the Turkish and Italian coast guards (should this say services?) are releasing videos of dramatic rescues of people attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe, providing a glimpse into the perilous conditions refugees face, and the lengths rescuers go to save them when they run into trouble.

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Featured Ink


Conservative backroom suffered from myopia in last election

Feb 11 2016 — Chantal Hébert

On a week that marks the passing of Justin Trudeau’s 100th day in power, key Conservative and NDP insiders have been delivering some preliminary conclusions as to the causes of their October defeats. Their findings are strikingly interchangeable — with the popular momentum for change somewhat conveniently fingered as a root cause of electoral failure. […]


Christy Clark feels the wind at her back

Feb 11 2016 — Vaughn Palmer

The provincial capital would never be mistaken for a hotbed of enthusiasm for the B.C. Liberals, the party having lost its only seats in the region in the last election. Still, more than 900 supporters packed the main hall at the Victoria convention centre this week for a $125-a-plate fundraiser that grossed more than $100,000 […]


Alberta’s NDP gets caught in BC’s political crossfire

Feb 11 2016 — Graham Thomson

In politics, there are drive-by smears and drive-by insults. Now, British Columbia has introduced the drive-by throne speech. On Tuesday evening, reading from a throne speech written by the government of Christy Clark, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon hit the gas pedal and took aim. “Over the decades, Alberta lost its focus,” said Guichon. “They expected their […]


Independent science lay the foundation for protecting the Great Bear Rainforest

Feb 11 2016 — Linda Hannah

First Nations, environmentalists, industry and governments are all celebrating the recent announcement of the 2016 Great Bear Rainforest Agreement. This sweeping, globally-significant agreement marks more than 20 years of efforts to redefine land-use in the 3.6-million-hectare Great Bear Rainforest that encompasses the BC coast, from Campbell River to Stewart. The Nature Conservancy of Canada congratulates […]


Liberals create national language barrier

Feb 11 2016 — Candice Malcolm

Get ready for “radical changes” to Canada’s citizenship laws. That is what Immigration Minister John McCallum told reporters in Ottawa, adding that details of these changes will be announced in the next few weeks. Recall that during the election campaign Justin Trudeau said he would scrap the Conservatives’ Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, also known as […]

Entertainment Plus


Bernie Sanders interrupts monologue, drinks beer and munches on peanuts during appearance with Stephen Colbert

Feb 11 2016 —

t’s the “Late Show” with Bernie Sanders! The presidential candidate didn’t wait to be called out when he stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday. Instead, the 74-year-old glided in midway through Colbert’s monologue, even though the TV host tried to stop Sanders from breaking the show’s status quo. “Stephen, that’s what […]