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Ezra Levant is shown at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Sun Media Corp. is set to apologize to Justin Trudeau later today for a rant against the Liberal leader by on-air personality Levant.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Pawel Dwulit

Sun Media apologizes to Justin Trudeau

Sep 29 2014 —

Sun Media apologized on Monday for an on-air rant by its outspoken provocateur, Ezra Levant, about Justin Trudeau and the Liberal leader’s famous parents. The apology aired at the beginning of Levant’s Sun News Network show. It was read by a narrator; Levant didn’t deliver the mea culpa. “It is the view of Sun News […]

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Quebec’s premier says Parti Quebecois heayweight Pierre Karl Peladeau should get a grip on reality after he compared the repatriation of the Constitution to the imposition of communist rule in East Germany. Philippe Couillard said he found Peladeau’s attempt to suggest parallels bizarre and pointed out that Canadians live in a democratic country. Peladeau made […]

Sep 29 2014 — Laura Payton

Conservative MPs are defending the decision to fly European officials home after adding a last-minute event to their schedule of events in Canada last week — an event the opposition derided as a public relations move. CBC News revealed Sunday that Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave visiting European delegates a free flight home to Brussels […]

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The federal cabinet is poised to consider the possible deployment of CF-18 jetfighters and CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft in the ever-expanding air war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But there is concern within National Defence and among critics about the wear and tear of yet another combat mission on the veritable […]

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Peter Van Loan takes a stand against the notion of relevancy

Sep 29 2014 — Aaron Wherry

Just after noon on Friday, Paul Calandra, the Prime Minister’s parliamentary secretary, stood and tearfully apologized for his irrelevant responses of earlier in the week. Just after noon today, Peter Van Loan, the Government House leader, stood and argued, essentially, that Mr. Calandra should be free (at least beyond his own conscience) to be so […]

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Levant’s greatest hits: A collection of apologies from Sun Media’s Ezra Levant

Sep 29 2014 —

Sun Media was set to apologize Monday to Justin Trudeau after Ezra Levant’s on-air rant about the Liberal leader and a wedding photo he appeared in last month. Trudeau boycotted the media company over Levant’s comments about Trudeau’s parents. It’s not the first time Levant’s remarks have prompted anger and subsequent apologies. Some examples: To […]

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Four Alberta byelections to be held Oct. 27

Sep 29 2014 —

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice announced Monday he will put himself and his mandate to the test on Oct. 27 in one of four byelections. “We’ve begun to shape a new Progressive Conservative government with essentially new leadership, new voices and a new way of doing things,” Prentice told a news conference. “We’re ready to hit […]

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Ottawa’s apparent refusal to grant visas to the most senior Russian and Chinese delegates at a prestigious international astronautical conference Monday blindsided the head of Canada’s space agency, who was left struggling to come up with an explanation. The leaders of Russia’s and China’s space agencies were conspicuous by their absence at the opening plenary […]

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Canadian spies are trying to narrow the scope of an inquiry into whether they overstepped the law while eyeing environmental activists. A lawyer for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says the terms spelled out in a civil liberties group’s complaint are “overly broad” and must be “better defined.” At issue is how far the Security […]

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Sep 29 2014 —

The CRTC has told Netflix and Google that it will ignore their submissions at hearings into the future of television in Canada after the companies refused to supply data backing their claims. The broadcast regulator had sought more information from the two companies which presented at public hearings earlier this month.

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Sep 29 2014 — Jordan Press

Four employees involved in CBC broadcasts earn more than $300,000 a year, taking home on average about $485,667 annually in total compensation. But the public broadcaster won’t identify who they are. The numbers are contained in a document sent to a Senate committee that is studying the challenges facing the CBC. The document includes the […]

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Polls highlight PQ’s referendum conundrum

Sep 29 2014 — Chantal Hébert

Scotland’s recent independence referendum undeniably struck a chord in Quebec but based on the first two polls to be published on the post-vote state of play it has not acted as a game changer on the political dynamics of the province. CROP, whose poll was published last week in La Presse and Le Soleil, covered […]

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Stephen Harper and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Week

Sep 29 2014 — Michael Harris

It is hard to say what was the worst part of Stephen Harper’s horrible week. Was it his appearance at the United Nations, where his speech was delivered with all the sincerity of a Walmart greeter to a near empty house? Was it Paul Calandra’s risible performance in the House of Commons, a silly, remorseless […]

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On war and trade, it’s crunch time for Tom Mulcair

Sep 28 2014 — Tim Harper

You can call it buying time, or you can call it Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition providing the scrutiny it should. But wherever you come down on the NDP, crunch time is fast approaching for Tom Mulcair. In the space of five minutes on Parliament Hill at the end of last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper […]

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NDP playing a dangerous game of chicken over ISIS

Sep 29 2014 — L. Ian MacDonald

NDP should beware. In demanding a vote following a debate in the House of Commons on whether Canada should join the U.S.-led allied campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, leader Tom Mulcair has inadvertently put the spotlight clearly on his judgment. It’s one thing for Mulcair to ask for details of how […]

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CRTC vs. Netflix: Has Canada’s Broadcast Regulator Started a Fight It Can’t Win?

Sep 29 2014 — Michael Geist

Canadian regulatory hearings are usually relatively predictable affairs with scripted presentations and well-rehearsed speaking lines to most questions. During the recent two-week Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission hearing on the future of television regulation (dubbed “TalkTV” by the CRTC), Chair Jean-Pierre Blais expressed frustration on several occasions with the unwillingness of witnesses to veer much […]

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Byfields kept conservative flame alive

Sep 29 2014 — Monte Solberg

If you ask political observers who it was that elected Stephen Harper prime minister, the answers would be of a sort. Guys with bow ties would say Michael Ignatieff, Stephane Dion, Paul Martin or Jack Layton. A few especially trenchant thinkers would say Preston Manning. One in 100 of those insightful types, a coffee shop […]

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Naomi Klein has written the book of the modern era

Sep 29 2014 — Heather Mallick

The planet is headed for a climate catastrophe, and soon. Make that now. Your reaction will be either a quick calculation as to whether you’ll be able to die in time to skip the whole thing, or an appalled realization that your children are in for pain and your grandchildren for a terrible fate. But […]

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Family can’t buy Vancouver home despite high income

Sep 29 2014 — Barbara Yaffe

Carla Gibbons and husband Tyler Moore love living in Vancouver and, with a combined family income of $128,000 and a $150,000 down payment at the ready, they expected to be able to buy a home in the city. “It’s hopeless, there’s nothing out there for us,” says Gibbons, a lab technician at the BC Cancer […]

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