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Coronation now a horse race: Alberta election enters final two weeks

Apr 19 2015 —

The Alberta election was supposed to be a coronation for Premier Jim Prentice — and it still might be. But at the campaign’s midpoint, the Progressive Conservative leader finds himself rewriting the script as he gets squeezed by the left-leaning NDP and by a Wildrose party dispatched into that good night returning to rage, rage […]

Apr 19 2015 — Trevor Howell

Candidates vying to unseat Tory Leader Jim Prentice in his riding of Calgary-Foothills attacked the premier from all sides during a heated debate Saturday. More than 200 people, many partisans, crammed into the Symons Valley United Church in the city’s northwest to hear Prentice and his opponents square off on the provincial budget, corporate taxes, […]

Apr 19 2015 — Michael Shulman

Protesters gathered in cities across Canada on Saturday to rally against the government’s proposed anti-terror legislation, just days before the bill could face a final vote in the House of Commons. Rallies against Bill C-51, which seeks to expand the powers of police and spy agencies, took place in many cities including Halifax, Ottawa, Windsor, […]

Apr 19 2015 —

NDP leader Tom Mulcair says his party will introduce a motion in Parliament this week demanding the Conservative government reopen the Kitsilano Coast Guard station in Vancouver. His announcement on Saturday came as all but two beaches in Vancouver reopened after officials said water and sand samples showed no harmful levels of oil. Mulcair said […]

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Budget 2015: What you should and shouldn’t expect

Apr 19 2015 — Michelle Zilio

It’s widely known that the Conservative government will table a balanced federal budget this week. But what else can Canadians expect on Tuesday? From infrastructure and security spending to breaks for seniors, the Conservatives have been dropping hints about what to expect when the government tables the federal budget Tuesday. The speech is long-awaited, after […]


Bird flu detected at second Ontario farm

Apr 19 2015 —

Avian influenza has been detected at a second farm in southwestern Ontario, prompting food safety officials to place it in quarantine. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says preliminary testing has confirmed the presence of avian flu at the chicken farm in Oxford County. Further testing is underway to determine the precise subtype and strain of […]


Alberta NDP leader to unveil fiscal platform Sunday

Apr 19 2015 — Karen Kleiss

On the eve of her party’s crucial platform launch, NDP Leader Rachel Notley bought a bag of scarves Saturday at an Edmonton church rummage sale. With a laugh, she displayed the $5 haul for the assembled reporters, starting with a fringed, white number. “This could contrast quite nicely with an orange, should one feel compelled […]

Apr 19 2015 —

A damning report detailing CBC management missteps in stopping alleged inappropriate behaviour by former radio host Jian Ghomeshi reinforces the need for safe work environments and mechanisms for employees to freely voice concerns, experts say. The probe by outside investigator Janice Rubin found several of the allegations levelled against Ghomeshi initially went unpunished, most of […]

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Bob Hepburn

Justin Trudeau – The good, the bad and the ugly

Apr 19 2015 — Bob Hepburn

With exactly six months to go before the federal election, Justin Trudeau is facing a rising chorus of complaints about his leadership of the Liberal party. Importantly, many of the complaints are coming from within the party itself, especially among long-time Liberals who fear the party’s chances of winning the Oct. 19 election are slipping […]

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Duffy trial puts focus on Senate

Apr 19 2015 — Corey Larocque

After two weeks of Sen. Mike Duffy’s criminal trial, the verdict is in on Canada’s Senate — it’s the loser. And Canadians are the losers who have to foot the $80 million-a-year bill for an institution with loose rules, few brakes on how senators spend public money and virtually no oversight to ensure their spending […]


Supreme Court judges’ gun ruling shows they fooled themselves with pretend offender

Apr 19 2015 — Rosie DiManno

Hypothetical: Law-abiding legally licensed gun owner who wrongly stores his unloaded firearm in an insecure cabinet with ammunition nearby. Reality: Five individuals wounded in a shootout at a Toronto townhouse complex early Thursday evening, broad daylight, close to a park where children were playing. Further reality: Summer of the Gun, 52 gun-related homicides in the […]


CBC failed us in Ghomeshi scandal

Apr 19 2015 — Lorne Gunter

The results of an independent investigation into the Jian Ghomeshi affair at the CBC were released Thursday. Investigators concluded that CBC management “condoned” the “intimidating, humiliating, hostile, or offensive work environment” that Ghomeshi is alleged to have perpetrated at his popular radio show Q. “Management knew or ought to have known of this behaviour,” wrote […]


Ghomeshi scared the CBC

Apr 19 2015 — Adrienne Batra

Failure. That one word sums up CBC management’s years of inaction regarding the abusive behaviour of their self-created “star” Jian Ghomeshi, former host of Q. Failure to act. Failure to protect. Failure to question. Failure to supervise. The failure of anyone to grow a pair in the behemoth public broadcaster and cut Ghomeshi down to […]


Kathleen Wynne keeps a promise

Apr 19 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

A year ago when she was running for election, Premier Kathleen Wynne promised to be different from her predecessor Dalton McGuinty. She has been. Arguably she’s worse. Even McGuinty didn’t dismiss opposition to the province’s controversial new sex-ed curriculum as based on homophobia and pulled it back for further review. Wynne, on the other hand, […]


For Notley, this is not her father’s NDP

Apr 19 2015 — Graham Thomson

If you haven’t seen NDP Leader Rachel Notley during this election campaign, just give it a minute. You will. Odds are her ambitious pan-Alberta travel itinerary — to demonstrate she really is running to be premier, not just leader of an Edmonton-based official Opposition — will bring her to your town, city, community, neighbourhood or […]

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