Prime Minister Stephen Harper has dismissed renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women after the killing of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg. “It’s very clear that there has been very fulsome study of this particular … of these particular things. They’re not all one phenomenon,” said Harper. “We should not […]
The RCMP and the Canadian military have spent nearly $11.5 million in the last eight years on a national search-and-destroy mission for illicit marijuana crops. Federal figures show the annual Mountie-led effort, known as Operation Sabot, has led to tens of thousands of pot plants being wiped out each year.
Canada’s broadcast regulator has issued broad new proposals that could dramatically alter how Canadians receive and pay for their television. The proposals issued Thursday by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission include requiring cable and satellite providers to offer a basic service made up primarily of local Canadian channels.
Karen Stintz bowed out of the Toronto mayoral race on Thursday. “I’m announcing my decision to exit the race for mayor of Toronto,” she said at an 11 a.m. news conference. “I knew more than anyone I was in for a difficult race,” Stintz said. She decided to run because “I know how to get […]Read More
Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off his annual northern trip in Whitehorse on Thursday morning, announcing a partnership between Yukon College and the National Research Council. The partnership will see the council invest approximately $2 million annually over eight years with Yukon College’s Cold Climate Innovation Centre. The centre specializes in the development and commercialization […]Read More
The federal Liberals remain ahead of the Conservatives in support, but lost ground to Prime Stephen Harper’s government, dropping from 16 points ahead last month to nine this month, according to the latest public opinion poll by Forum Research. The survey Aug. 18 and 19 of nearly 1,800 Canadian voters found that 41 per cent […]Read More
Canada’s privacy watchdog is calling on companies to be more transparent on how they harvest and use personal data collected online. Online privacy “has emerged as a significant concern,” says Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien in his annual report on compliance with the federal privacy regime.Read More
Ontario and Quebec are calling on the federal government to increase infrastructure funding because of the slower rate of economic recovery and job creation in Eastern Canada. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec’s Philippe Couillard say they are looking for improved and stable funding that allows provinces to determine their own infrastructure investment priorities.Read More
A controversial tax deal with the United States, under which Canadian banks agree to try to find U.S. citizen clients and report them to the IRS, using the CRA as an intermediary, took effect July 1. But many dual citizens in southern Ontario aren’t waiting to be found – they’ve decided to shed U.S. citizenship. […]Read More
Our first past the post elections can be won or lost on movements of only a few points in voter support. So, the question of what BQ voters would do, if there were no BQ candidates to vote for, is a pretty interesting one. We’ve gone back over our data from surveys conducted by Abacus […]
He came to the north, as it were, loaded for bear. In response to a journalist’s question about his government’s growing list of long-promised, as-yet unfulfilled big-ticket commitments to Canada’s far north, Prime Minister Stephen Harper wasn’t having any of it. In an answer that ran to five minutes-plus — an uncharacteristically long statement from […]
Tom Mulcair appears set to go the entire summer without balancing a single baby in his hand. In fact, so ill-suited is he to assume the top office in the land, he doesn’t even have a baby. He doesn’t have the famous family name, he is not on the cover of a national newsmagazine. He […]
Paul Wells on Chantal Hébert’s important new book about the 1995 referendum. A team of Saskatchewan officials worked quietly to develop contingency plans in the event of a Yes vote in the 1995 Quebec referendum — options that included Saskatchewan following Quebec out of Canada, a new book reveals. Roy Romanow, the premier of Saskatchewan […]
This week in Waterloo, Ont., Conservative Finance Minister Joe Oliver promised that after balancing the books next year, “our first priority will be providing tax relief for hard working Canadian families … We want you to keep more of the money you work hard to earn so you can decide how to spend and save […]
With the Bloc Québécois tottering on the brink of implosion the question no longer is whether a sizeable chunk of its vote will be up for grabs in next year’s federal election but rather which of the other three main parties stands to benefit from its sovereigntist rival’s decline. In 2011 the Bloc finished second […]
Warning young people about the dangers of smoking pot should be about as controversial as telling them to brush their teeth. The same goes for recommending that adults consume no more sugar than they can bench-press. Health officials are right to point out the pitfalls of both. This is Canada, in 2014, however, where the […]
In the age of the selfie, he is the political king. They cluster around him. Mothers and fathers with children. Old men with canes. Teenagers with that star-struck look in their eyes. Many of them carry cell-phone cameras, and as he approaches, they ask him to pose with them. Justin Trudeau, the man who wants […]
Yes, it’s a minor incident in a long race that has yet to begin in earnest. And, okay, it’s only Warren Kinsella, a long-time political operative notorious for his feuds and flare-ups. All the same, the Kinsella affair is bad news at a critical time for the faltering Olivia Chow campaign. We are on the […]
Ontario needs to pull up its socks and get its foundering fiscal house in order or risk dragging down the rest of the country, federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver says. And it’s morally wrong to pile up debt for another generation to pay off, he said.
The call for a federal inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous girls and women isn’t the result of nearly 1,200 females crying out from wherever their graves may be. It isn’t history leaking blood, it is a continuing serial tragedy, and pretty little Tina Fontaine, her corpse hauled out of the Red River on the […]Read More
When Canada’s premiers meet next week in Charlottetown, I sincerely hope they will take the time to reflect on the tragic story of Tina Fontaine. Tina is the 15-year-old Anishinabe girl whose body was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River this week – the sort of occurrence repeated all too often in cities and towns across […]Read More
V. Stiviano has reportedly filed new documents in her legal battle with Donald Sterling’s wife, Shelly, claiming the former Los Angeles Clippers owner is gay and he paid her to pretend to be his mistress. According to TMZ, Stiviano argues that Sterling gave her gifts in exchange for being his “beard” – a person of […]