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Income splitting would not benefit low-income single parents, minister says

Nov 1 2014 — Kristen Everson

Income splitting would not benefit single parents because the majority are considered low income, says the Minister of State for Social Development, Candice Bergen. In an interview airing Saturday on CBC Radio’s The House, host Evan Solomon asked Bergen whether the government would consider adopting income splitting for single parents — similar to what is […]

Oct 31 2014 — Colin Perkel

Former CBC star radio host Jian Ghomeshi is under criminal investigation after two women came forward to complain, police said Friday. Word of police involvement followed a day in which the public broadcaster said the emergence of “graphic” evidence that Ghomeshi had caused physical injury to a person is what prompted his firing last Sunday. […]

Nov 1 2014 — James Wood

The threat of homegrown terrorism arising from Calgary and elsewhere points to the need to boost police powers in Canada, Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney said Friday. RCMP have charged five individuals — including three from Calgary — with passport fraud as part of efforts to intervene with young Canadians they suspect have becoming radicalized […]

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The aggressive form of cancer Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is battling is typically treated with a minimum of four rounds of chemotherapy and a maximum of six before the tumour is reassessed with a scan, a U.S. oncologist says. The mayor has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital and a third […]

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The Conservative government plans to increase immigration levels significantly as it heads into an election year in 2015. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said on Friday that Canada aims to welcome as many as 285,000 new permanent residents next year, which is the highest planned total “in recent history,” according to the Minister.


How Canada’s terror laws could change

Nov 1 2014 — Josh Wingrove

The attacks that killed soldiers in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., have Canadian MPs grappling with how to respond – one bill is already nearly through parliament, another was tabled days after the attacks and the government has mused openly about what new powers it may yet give police. The collection of efforts have sparked calls […]


David Petraeus, ex-CIA head, says security must be balanced by privacy

Nov 1 2014 —

The former head of the Central Intelligence Agency is cautioning Canadian officials to keep in mind the delicate balance between security and privacy when crafting new laws. In an interview with CBC Radio’s The House, retired U.S. general and former CIA director David Petraeus said that balance should be at the heart of an open […]


Defiant Del Mastro: This isn’t over yet

Oct 31 2014 — Diana Mehta

The fight of his political life is far from over, Dean Del Mastro declared Friday after an Ontario judge who found his credibility lacking convicted the former Conservative MP of spending too much on his 2008 election campaign. After the ruling, a calm but defiant Del Mastro insisted that he would continue to sit in […]

Nov 1 2014 —

Union Gas said Friday it’s disappointed with TransCanada Corp.’s decision to submit its Energy East application with the National Energy Board (NEB) without resolving its concerns with its natural gas customers. The Chatham-Kent, Ont.-based natural gas distribution company said it “remains concerned” that TransCanada’s 1.1-million bpd crude oil pipeline project, filed yesterday, “will have significant […]

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Oct 31 2014 —

Canada is following in Australia’s footsteps and is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of the West African countries battling Ebola. The federal government signalled it would stop issuing visas in the worker, student or visitor class and won’t issue any pending permanent residency visas for people from those countries either. Any applications already […]

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Oct 31 2014 — Sonja Puzic

A doctored image of Canadarm2, Canada’s much-touted contribution to the International Space Station, is being removed from various government websites after The Economist shamed Ottawa for using an image “reminiscent of North Korean propaganda.” The U.K.-based weekly newspaper with an international audience noted on its website Friday that a large Canadian government logo was photoshopped […]

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Oct 31 2014 —

The ruling Conservatives’ fundraising advantage is steadily eroding the closer they get to next year’s federal election. Financial reports for the third quarter of 2014 show the Conservatives remain the most effective party at raking in donations. But the Liberals are catching up. The Tories pulled in $4.2 million from 35,201 donors from July to […]

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Dean’s done — and Harper’s eye for talent is as keen as ever

Nov 1 2014 —

If it wasn’t so serious, it would be funnier than Rick Mercer on St. Paddy’s Day with a straw in his rum and Coke. On Friday, MP Dean Del Mastro — late of the Conservative caucus, lately an independent — was found guilty on all counts by Justice Lisa Cameron in his election expenses trial. […]


Federal program for income-splitting a step in right direction

Nov 1 2014 — Andrew Coyne

It’s a long-promised federal program, ostensibly aimed at parents with children, that would in fact benefit only a minority among them, with the better off hogging the lion’s share. Well, no, I was talking about the NDP daycare plan, actually. The plan would create just 370,000 spaces, four years out, though the pre-school population numbers […]

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Harper puts focus on families to revive political fortunes

Nov 1 2014 — David Akin

Stephen Harper broke a key election promise this week but I suspect there are at least four million voters who will be quite happy to give him a pass on his decision to ignore commitments he made the last time he asked for their vote. In 2011, Harper promised in writing that “when the federal […]


Bet on a Doug Ford PC leadership run

Nov 1 2014 — John Snobelen

Nothing fails like success and nothing succeeds like failure. It’s surprising how often that old equation proves right in politics. I lost my first campaign for office way back in 1990. It wasn’t my first blush at failure. Long before I put my name on a lawn sign I had tasted the bitterness of trying […]

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Racist Olivia Chow cartoon tests Canada

Nov 1 2014 — Heather Mallick

Two days before the election, the Toronto Sun ran a cartoon of mayoral candidate Olivia Chow, a famous and storied politician in this city, a fixture in Canadian life. And there she was with slitty eyes slanting at a 45-degree angle, wearing a drab Mao suit and holding up the empty coat of a dead […]


The left has lost its grip on Toronto

Nov 1 2014 — Conrad Black

There is much to celebrate in this week’s Toronto mayoral election. The total voter turnout was just under 1-million, an unheard of number for a municipal election in Canada. The turnout rate was 60%, the highest in a great many years. An able candidate, John Tory has been elected. He will spare the city and […]


Jian Ghomeshi story shouldn’t have gotten this ugly

Nov 1 2014 — Rosie DiManno

If you didn’t believe one woman, do you now believe nine? Even the most ardent defenders of media darling Jian Ghomeshi — those who worshipped at the altar of his popular CBC radio cultural affairs program — have been busy this past week deleting supportive tweets and blog postings, retracting statements and, presumably, giving their […]

Nov 1 2014 — Anthony Furey

This time it’s different. It might appear to some that Jian Ghomeshi is the victim of a social media lynch mob. After all, he’s not under police investigation and hasn’t been charged with anything. Yet each day the pile-on worsens. Generally there are two types of participants in such national debates: The impulse for some […]

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