National Newswatch
Sep 18 2014 —

The NDP’s traditionally strong ties to the labour movement won’t be enough to secure a blanket endorsement from Canada’s largest private sector union in next year’s federal election. Unifor will urge its 300,000-plus members to vote strategically and will pour its resources behind local candidates — be they NDP or Liberal — that are best […]

Sep 18 2014 — Andrew Mayeda

Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau said Canada’s government should abandon its “ideological” focus on tax cuts and instead boost infrastructure spending to help the country pull out of the worst job slump since the 2009 recession. “They’re in a tax-cut box,” Trudeau said yesterday in an interview in his office in the nation’s main parliament […]

Sep 18 2014 — Jason Fekete

The federal government has spent millions of dollars advertising during the NHL playoffs and hundreds of thousands more targeting young men on Xbox to serve in the Canadian Forces. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is refusing to disclose exactly how much it has spent on individual ads during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Conservatives […]

Sep 18 2014 —

The cost of paying Conservative political staffers working in a network of satellite minister’s offices ballooned by 70 per cent during the same years the government was asking departments to tighten their belts. Between 2009-10 and 2013-14, the budget for staffing at the regional offices rose from $1.6 million to $2.7 million, according to figures […]

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Sask. cabinet minister McMillan stepping down from government

Sep 18 2014 —

Rural and Remote Health Minister Tim McMillan is quitting the Sask. Party government to take up a position with Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). In making the announcement on Thursday morning, McMillan said he would be resigning as the MLA for Lloydminster effective September 30 before taking up the presidency of CAPP on October […]

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Canada Revenue Agency sends layoff notices to 220 senior auditors

Sep 18 2014 —

The Canada Revenue Agency has notified 220 senior tax auditors that their jobs are in jeopardy in a move that the union representing the auditors says risks hurting Canada’s ability to crack down on tax evasion. In a statement, the president of the Professionals Institute of the Public Service of Canada said the notices follow… […]

Sep 18 2014 — Alex Boutilier

Ottawa has kept tabs on hundreds of demonstrations across Canada and around the world over the last eight years, from peaceful protests to public university lectures to riots. Newly released documents show about 800 public demonstrations and events were observed and reported on by government departments and law enforcement agencies since 2006.

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Sep 18 2014 —

A Conservative plan to allow Canadians to use income splitting as a tax-saving measure will be just one more example of the federal government financing its policies partly through provincial coffers, a new study says. The Mowat Centre report says if the federal government goes ahead with its plan to introduce income splitting, the provinces […]

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Will we roll the dice on pretty boy Trudeau?

Sep 18 2014 — Margaret Wente

Something alarming happened over the summer – several of my friends came down with Harper Derangement Syndrome. “He’s gotta go!” fumed one middle-aged man who had voted for him three times in a row. “I just can’t stand him any more,” said another. Both are independent voters who pride themselves on their rational, non-partisan approach […]

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Harper ramps up his war on independent thought

Sep 18 2014 — Linda McQuaig

In the conservative quest to shape public debate in recent years, no tool has proved more useful than the think tank. Nobody understood this better than the director of the ultra-right wing U.S.-based ATLAS Foundation, who once stated that his mission was “to litter the world with free-market think tanks.” Mission accomplished. Certainly the Canadian […]

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Will women voters save Olivia Chow’s campaign?

Sep 18 2014 — Bob Hepburn

Over the past few weeks, Olivia Chow has come under increased questioning about whether she might drop out of the Toronto mayoral race given her steep fall in public opinion polls. Once the favourite to win the election, Chow now trails badly behind front-runner John Tory and is either tied with or lags behind Doug […]

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Left bullied Rob Ford

Sep 18 2014 — Sue-Ann Levy

They would swear they’re against bullying in our schools and in our workplaces. The self-righteous Lib-left do talk a good game. Yet, in the 13 years I observed Rob Ford the councillor and then the mayor, I never saw a politician so subjected to bullying and personal attacks about his size and lack of polish. […]

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Ebola, not Putin or terrorism, is the real threat

Sep 18 2014 — Tom Walkom

The gravest threat facing Canada and the world today is not terrorism. Nor is it Russian President Vladimir Putin. The gravest threat is a deadly virus known as Ebola. It is leapfrogging across West Africa at an accelerating rate. It has killed almost 2,500 and is expected to kill thousands more.

Sep 18 2014 — Haroon Siddiqui

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the Toronto Star was the first newspaper in North America to call for the recognition of Ukraine and other former Soviet territories as independent states. During the violent breakup of Yugoslavia, a similar call went out for the recognition, among others, of Macedonia. Similarly, Kosovo deserved its independence. […]

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Entertainment Plus

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k.d. lang makes a play for billionaire’s wife

Sep 18 2014 —

k.d. lang — homewrecker? The butch Canadian singer is said to be having a torrid romance with Heather Edwards, the wife of oil/gas billionaire N. Murray Edwards, a co-owner of the Calgary Flames hockey team. The online magazine Frank reports, “They’re often seen together, dining out at Calgary’s swell eateries.”

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