National Newswatch
Jul 30 2014 —

The justice minister’s office says the government won’t make Marc Nadon repay any monies he collected during his ill-fated appointment to the high court. The elevation of Nadon from the Federal Court of Appeal was ruled invalid in March on the grounds it violated Quebec-specific provisions of the Supreme Court Act. Registrar Roger Bilodeau says […]

Jul 30 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is reiterating his government’s hard line against Hamas, saying it is solely responsible for the death and destruction in Gaza. In Saskatchewan, Harper says that while no one likes to see the suffering and loss that is occurring in the Middle East, Hamas is to blame. The prime minister calls Hamas […]

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Top B.C. aboriginal leader to run for Justin Trudeau Liberals in Metro Vancouver riding

Jul 30 2014 — Peter O'Neil

When Jody Wilson-Raybould was growing up in Comox she watched proudly in class as her father urged prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, during a nationally televised conference, to include an aboriginal rights section in the 1982 Constitution Act. On Thursday, Wilson-Raybould, the B.C. regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations and daughter of retired […]

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Al Qaeda unhappy with ‘meagre’ ransom for Canadians

Jul 30 2014 —

According to the New York Times, a letter discovered by reporter Rukmini Callimachi, then with The Associated Press, described how Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar was reprimanded by his leaders for securing only $1 million in ransom money for two Canadian diplomats kidnapped in Niger in 2008. Robert Fowler, the […]

Jul 30 2014 — Susan Lunn

The Public Health Agency of Canada says that despite the Ebola crisis in Africa, the risk to Canadians remains very low. There has never been a case of Ebola in Canada. And there are a number of measures the agency is already taking that it expects will prevent and control the spread of communicable diseases […]

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Jul 30 2014 — Bill Curry

A controversial Manitoba chief charged last year with extortion is among the highest paid First Nation leaders in the country, according to an initial government release of salary information. Chief John Thunder, the hereditary chief of the 125-member Buffalo Point First Nation, was paid $116,918 last year. Mr. Thunder was charged with extortion by the […]

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Jul 30 2014 —

Canada and the U.S. have named the members of the international authority that will oversee the construction of the new publicly owned $1-billion bridge connecting Windsor, Ont., and Detroit. Kristine Burr, Genevieve Gagnon and a person to be named at a later date have been appointed by Canada. Americans Michael D. Hayes, Birgit M. Klohs […]

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Should we let the people question the Prime Minister?

Jul 30 2014 — Aaron Wherry

British opposition leader Ed Miliband believes that his country’s Parliament should open its doors to the public so that voters might directly question the prime minister. This is a splendid idea situated within a problematic idea. Here is an argument that British Prime Minister David Cameron should steal Miliband’s idea, but here is an argument […]

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Harper’s coming election strategy

Jul 30 2014 — Don Lenihan

Last winter/spring, as Stephen Harper sat sullenly in the Commons getting grilled on the Senate, there was growing speculation he’d be gone by the fall. Not anymore. These days he is being fêted at home and abroad for his “principled stand” against thugs and terrorists, and the question now is whether this will pay off […]

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Free Traders Panic Over German Challenge to Investor-State Dispute-Settlement

Jul 30 2014 — Jim Stanford

In my many years documenting and critiquing the overblown claims of free trade proponents about the supposedly self-regulating efficiency-promoting mutually-benefiting effects of globalization, I’ve encountered some real doozies. (My Ph.D. dissertation consisted of a critique of the theoretical and empirical basis of neoclassical CGE trade models, and the construction of quantitative models based on alternative […]

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Corporate “Citizens” Damage Democracy

Jul 30 2014 — Frances Russell

Corporate personhood is an American legal concept created by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1819. First, under U.S. and increasingly, international law, corporate “persons“ enjoy many of the same rights as actual citizens under both British common law and the U.S. Constitution. Corporate personhood is at the root of the global proliferation of U.S.-style corporate […]

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Flying on your own, the Alberta Conservative way

Jul 30 2014 — Colby Cosh

I was pretty sure the press had squeezed the last ounce of public entertainment out of ex-Premier Alison Redford’s outrages against the Alberta treasury. Her attempt at constructing a secret premier’s residence in Edmonton’s Federal Building was always going to be hard to top, and for brazen North Korea-esque megalomania it still takes the cake. […]

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Alison Redford’s alleged ‘ghost flights’ and faked manifests take scandalous behaviour to a new level

Jul 30 2014 — Jen Gerson

Former premier Alison Redford was no stranger to scandal during her checkered tenure, but even opposition critics are meeting claims of faked passenger manifests and “ghost flights” with disbelief and battle-haunted weariness. Still, they are demanding the government call in the Mounties to investigate Ms. Redford’s penchant for solo travel on Alberta government prop planes. […]

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Redford fights back while Alberta’s PCs scramble over damning report

Jul 30 2014 — Rick Bell

Deadline looms. Alison Redford comes out swinging. She did nothing wrong. If there was something done wrong, and she’d be surprised if there was anything done wrong, she knew nothing about it. “As far as I am concerned there was never any directive preventing others from flying on government aircraft when I was a passenger,” […]

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Investigate Redford’s high-flying ways

Jul 30 2014 — Lorne Gunter

Please, call in the Mounties. When it comes to abusing taxpayer dollars for personal travel, Alison Redford could make a Canadian senator blush. In fact, she could make a dozen senators blush. If the RCMP could investigate former Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy for fraud in connection with his travel claims, then the Alberta government must […]

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The Bill Davis myth

Jul 30 2014 — Paul Tuns

Following four consecutive election defeats under three different leaders, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is being counselled in some quarters to return to the moderation of former Tory premier Bill Davis, who won four elections from 1971 through 1981. Davis turns 85 Wednesday, so it’s as good a time as any to consider his legacy. […]

Yakov M. Rabkin

Israeli Jews can criticize Israel. So why can’t we?

Jul 30 2014 — Yakov M. Rabkin

Even as the war in Gaza continues, Israeli attitudes about the murder of three Jewish teenagers in June, which helped spark the conflict, vary widely. Some blame the spread of settlements and their promoters, arguing that Palestinians have endured many tragedies. Some even blame the Zionist nature of the state of Israel. Many others, on […]

Jul 30 2014 — Carol Goar

The government of Canada can outmuscle, outspend and outlast Jasmin Simpson. But it can’t deflect her from her goal. Simpson, 39, is deaf, blind and has lupus, which causes her immune system to attack healthy cells — skin, joints, organs, blood vessels. She overcame these formidable challenges to earn a master’s degree in social work […]

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Jul 30 2014 — Heather Mallick

Personal outsourcing is the wave of the future. I don’t mean companies hiring corporate temps or foreigners to do your job, I mean people escaping tasks that used to be a basic part of adulthood. When my sonic-wave toothbrush exploded, there was a simple solution: buy a cheap plastic hand-held. But I haven’t used an […]

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Orlando Bloom Throws Punch at Justin Bieber

Jul 30 2014 —

Orlando Bloom threw a punch at Justin Bieber early Wednesday morning in Ibiza … and Justin fled the restaurant — this according to 2 eyewitnesses. The eyewitnesses tell TMZ … Orlando was in Cipriani restaurant which was packed with celebs, including Paris Hilton, and Diddy.

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