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Violence erupts at pro-Israel rally at Queen’s Park

Jul 27 2014 — David Rider

Fisticuffs broke out at a pro-Israel rally for peace at Queen’s Park on Sunday. As speakers lauded Israel’s actions in Gaza, punches flew after two young men confronted a counterprotester holding a sign depicting the Israeli flag with a swastika instead of the Star of David. Meir Weinstein, national director of the Jewish Defense League […]

Jul 27 2014 —

Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists also has crossed the border. The images, which came from the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and could not be independently verified by […]

Jul 27 2014 —

The Harper government has spent millions to commemorate the War of 1812 and other episodes from Canadian history, but has also erased at least one inspiring piece of the past. Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981, has been quietly removed from a national honour, to be replaced by an […]

Jul 27 2014 —

It’s not every day you see two grown men bouncing on a see-saw. But on this Sunday, it was Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, taking seats opposite each other on the classic playground toy. “I got you!,” the mayor said, before his brother went on to tell reporters about their sibling […]

Jul 27 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s wife probably would have preferred a taste of honey but ended up on the business end of a bee sting. Laureen Harper was taking a look at a bee hive on the rooftop of Toronto’s Royal York hotel Sunday, but she and the hotel chef got a bit close and were […]

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Quebecor’s plans for wireless expansion to be in spotlight as firm unveils results

Jul 27 2014 — Christine Dobby

Management will undoubtedly face further questions about plans for a potential wireless expansion when Quebecor Inc. reports second-quarter results Thursday. Speculation has been rife that the Montreal-based telecommunications and media company would make a national play since it spent $233-million on spectrum licences in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta in the public auction for […]

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Politics is a team sport, so you toe the party line

Jul 27 2014 — Andrew MacDougall

The question I’m most often asked about my time in politics is what part of it I hated the most, which, I suppose, tells you something about the current perception of my former profession. And what do I answer? I could go with the usual complaints: the constant work, the travel and the dark cloud […]

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Investor Protection fears could unravel Canada-EU trade deal

Jul 27 2014 — Les Whittington

Canada’s effort to open up trade with the huge European market appears increasingly at risk after a spike in concern in the EU about investor rights measures that have become a key feature of today’s free-trade pacts. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced last fall that Canada and the European Union had reached a tentative agreement […]

Jul 27 2014 —

A six-year-old child who was injured after being hit by a car that crashed through the front doors of a London, Ont., Costco has died. On Friday, the collision caused panic among those shopping in the busy store (on Wellington Road South). Police have identified the six-year-old child as Addison Hall.

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Jul 27 2014 —

Speculation is swirling on social media after strange, flashing lights were spotted over north Toronto on Saturday night. North York residents took to Twitter to report the colourful lights moving in the Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue area. Toronto Police confirmed receiving some calls about the flashing pink, green and white lights spotted in a […]

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Jul 27 2014 — Amber Hildebrandt

For Steve Langston, a Winnipegger with 30,000 kilometres of world-wide bike travel under his belt, the cycling trails in Quebec felt “like Amsterdam,” and proved a rare exception to most others he’d traversed across this country. “It was so great. …It’s just well thought out, well executed,” said Langston, 30, who’s written guidebooks on cycling […]

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Trudeau falls in line with Harper’s stance on Gaza

Jul 27 2014 — Haroon Siddiqui

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and, to a lesser extent, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair have fallen in line with Stephen Harper’s support of the Israeli onslaught on Gaza. None question the Israeli killing and maiming of hundreds of civilians, including women and children. All echo the formulation that, given the barrage of (ineffective) Hamas rockets, Israel […]

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Olivia Chow’s grasp of Toronto issues weak at best

Jul 27 2014 — Sue-Ann Levy

Trying to pin down mayoral candidate Olivia Chow as to where she stands on key issues is kind of like fighting to catch an errant hot-air balloon that, repeatedly propelled by sudden wind gusts, keeps floating off to a higher altitude. This is not to suggest she’s any more full of hot air than the […]

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CBC/Radio-Canada: Fighting for a brighter future

Jul 27 2014 — Hubert T. Lacroix

In the editorial pages of this newspaper and in many other forums across the country, much ink has been spilled about the future of CBC/Radio-Canada. It’s a conversation I not only follow very closely, but one that I care deeply about, and I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify just what it is we’re […]

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Russia’s message — money talks

Jul 27 2014 — Anne Applebaum

British Prime Minister David Cameron led the attack: It would be “unthinkable” for the British to sell a warship to Russia, he declared. Almost immediately, the French president, Francois Hollande, confirmed his intention to do precisely that: He would, he said, deliver a Mistral amphibious assault ship to the Russian navy, as contracted — and […]

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Hamas is insane

Jul 27 2014 — Lorrie Goldstein

Every time there’s a renewal of hostilities between Hamas and Israel, all sorts of people from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to U.S. President Barack Obama have all sorts of advice for Israel. Basically, it’s that Israel should negotiate with Hamas to create an independent Palestinian state, living in peace beside Israel. There are only […]

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There is no peace with Hamas

Jul 27 2014 — Ezra Levant

John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, flew to the Middle East to press for a ceasefire between the democratic country of Israel, and the terrorist group Hamas. Of course, Kerry cannot put pressure on a terrorist group. They’re terrorists. So he presses the democracy to make concessions. The chief concession being, of course, to […]

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Canada tightens rules on immigrant and refugee children

Jul 27 2014 — Ashley Chapman

While much of the country is enjoying the summer, the federal government is quietly amending its immigration and refugee protection regulations. With only $62,000 set aside for both implementation and communications, it’s clear that they’re not wanting much public attention. And no wonder. As of Aug. 1, Canada is tightening the rules on which immigrant […]

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Edmonton’s Emmy-nominated Apple ad a real family affair

Jul 27 2014 —

Hey Edmonton! We’re nominated for an Emmy! Well, you might want to hold off on pressing your tux or buying your ball gown. The Emmy nomination isn’t exactly for us. It’s for Apple’s subversively brilliant Christmas ad, Misunderstood. The commercial presents the story of a happy family Christmas reunion where kids toboggan, skate and make […]

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Inside the crumbling marriage of Jay Z and Beyoncé

Jul 27 2014 —

They are one of the most famous couples on earth, yet intensely private — rarely allowing a glimpse of anything but the picture of a marriage and partnership that is constantly, blissfully happy. But a source who has been close to Beyoncé and Jay Z for years tells The Post that all is not well […]

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