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No Copyright Act changes in budget bill

Oct 24 2014 —

The Conservative government has introduced another mammoth omnibus budget bill that includes a grab-bag of measures, ranging from tax breaks for beekeepers to provisions banning cable companies from charging for paper bills. Much of the 458-page bill involves the complicated implementation of tax changes and other budget measures, including revisions to the Investment Canada Act. […]

Oct 24 2014 —

A Conservative MP whose riding includes a major military base is criticizing a directive which tells soldiers to avoid wearing uniforms in public. John Williamson, who is also a member of the Commons defence committee, tweets that the sight of uniforms is as symbolically important as re-opening Parliament after Wednesday’s shooting.

Oct 24 2014 —

There is no evidence so far that a gunman who attacked Canada’s capital had links to Middle Eastern Islamist extremists, the government says. Foreign Minister John Baird told the BBC that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was “certainly radicalised” but not on a list of high-risk individuals. Zehaf-Bibeau killed a soldier at Ottawa’s war memorial before being shot […]

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RCMP to escort PM ‘24/7’ after Ottawa shooting

Oct 24 2014 — Tim Naumetz

The attack on Parliament Wednesday by a gunman who died in a hail of bullets fired by House of Commons security and RCMP officers has prompted the RCMP to begin escorting Prime Minister Stephen Harper with an armed protective detail “24/7”—including for the first time ever while the Prime Minister is inside the Parliament Buildings. […]

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Powder-filled envelope sends employee at Cdn consulate in Turkey to hospital

Oct 24 2014 —

Canada’s consulate in Istanbul was closed Friday after an employee opened a package filled with yellow powder. The package was received around noon at the same time as similar envelopes were reported at the German and Belgian consulates, Turkish authorities said. Decontamination units were sent to each building and in the case of the Canadian […]

Oct 24 2014 —

Several reports say the body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, gunned down in Ottawa this week, will be returned to his hometown of Hamilton via the Highway of Heroes today. Military authorities are refusing to discuss the matter. Provincial police confirm that a motorcade is planned for today but say exact details are still to be […]

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Politics rises to what it should be in wake of Ottawa attacks

Oct 24 2014 — Andrew Coyne

There is a script people in politics are called upon to perform, in times of crisis or tragedy. In the script, our leaders put politics aside in a moment of unity. At such times, they declare, we are all Canadians first, partisans second. They praise each other, and vow to work together. They may even […]

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An awkward hug — and a difficult debate

Oct 24 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Hugs are not the norm in the House of Commons. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in particular, is not known as a ‘huggy’ type. Reporters still recall the day, many years ago, when Harper solemnly shook his son Ben’s hand when seeing him off to school, instead of being more, uh, parentally demonstrative. But the day […]

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History of Hill security hiccups repeats

Oct 24 2014 — Warren Kinsella

Yep. That’s what he said: it caught them by surprise. That’s what RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud actually said at a shambles of a press conference on Wednesday, looking feckless and useless: the attack on Parliament Hill – the murder of Corporal Nathan Cirillo – “caught us by surprise.” It caught them by surprise, despite […]

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Defiance will come, but emotion in Ottawa still too raw

Oct 24 2014 — Tim Harper

The strains of O Canada started faintly, but gradually built. It was sung by cabinet ministers, MPs from all parties, public servants on their way to work, a bicycle courier and university students. We all sang, but this was a plaintive rendering of the anthem. Spontaneous, yes, but delivered more in grief than defiance, behind […]

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Now, there’s even more to remember this Nov. 11

Oct 24 2014 — Lezlie Lowe

The first message at Wednesday’s official press conference in the hours after the Ottawa Parliament shootings was simple: the situation, Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said, “is fluid.” It will remain so for a long time, I’d wager, as police and RCMP piece together what happened on Wellington Street and how. As our hearts stop skipping […]

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We didn’t lose our innocence. We never had it

Oct 24 2014 — Rick Salutin

After Wednesday’s events in Ottawa, I want to comment on one version or account (yes, the dread “narrative”) which was dominant in the reporting. It’s the “unprecedented chaos, lost our virginity/innocence, never gonna be the same, demise of Canada as a Peaceable Kingdom” rendering. The Peaceable Kingdom isn’t even a Canadian phrase. It was used […]

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Tribute, solidarity and back to politics

Oct 24 2014 — Jeffrey Simpson

Blessed normalcy and quiet dignity settled over the city of Ottawa and the country’s government Thursday in the aftermath of violence and tragedy. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen, laid a wreath at the National War Memorial, where Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a reservist from Hamilton, was slain. It was a moving and appropriate […]

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An easy way to make Parliament Hill safer

Oct 24 2014 — Matt Gurney

On Wednesday, when Michael Zehaf-Bibeau stormed Parliament Hill after gunning down Canadian Army Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial, things went well. As I wrote in Thursday’s National Post, the sudden attack was quickly and efficiently stopped, the Prime Minister was secured, the downtown area quickly locked down and wounded evacuated for treatment. […]

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Attack in Ottawa cannot silence voice of the people

Oct 24 2014 — Irwin Cotler

In 1951, my father took me on my first-ever visit to Parliament Hill. As we arrived at Centre Block, he turned and said to me, in a tone of reverence and awe that I will never forget, “Son, this is vox populi, the voice of the people.” It was a teaching that has remained with […]

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Our House gets back to its business

Oct 24 2014 — Aaron Wherry

There were, at the start, the pleasing formalities—the morning prayer, the tabling of petitions—but let the record show that the first great glimpse of real returning normalcy arrived at 10:20am this morning. It was at that moment, with the Prime Minister having reviewed the relevant legislative initiatives of his government and then promised new bills […]

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Steve Nash out for the season, two-time MVP’s career uncertain

Oct 24 2014 —

Steve Nash hoped for one more chance to show off his playmaking skills after fighting injuries and time for two miserable years with the Los Angeles Lakers. Instead, Nash couldn’t even make it to opening night in the 19th season of his remarkable career. Nash will miss the entire season because of a back injury, […]

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