National Newswatch
Feb 12 2016 — Tonda MacCharles

Two Toronto-based human rights organizations have written a letter to the Iraqi and Canadian governments alleging pro-Iraqi government Shia militias were responsible for a massacre of at least 55 Yazidi slaves kidnapped by ISIS and possibly hundreds more Sunni civilians during the liberation of Ramadi in early January. Iraqi forces ousted ISIS soldiers from the […]

Feb 13 2016 — John Paul Tasker

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sweeping sanctions relief for Iran will be a boon for Canadian businesses, but thawing relations between the two countries is not without risks for the Liberal government, say experts. Stéphane Dion, Canada’s foreign affairs minister, lifted virtually all sanctions against Iran last week, paving the way for non-military exports to a […]


Federal Liberals to hand final firearms approval back to RCMP bureaucrats

Feb 13 2016 — Douglas Quan

Mounties will once again have final authority over the classification of firearms, the Liberal government says, reversing legislative changes made by the Conservatives allowing Cabinet to override RCMP decisions. Police are the “experts” in these matters, Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said in an email Friday. “We know of no […]

Feb 13 2016 —

Andrew Weaver doesn’t live in Metro Vancouver. He doesn’t work in Metro Vancouver. He doesn’t own a home in Metro Vancouver. So you might think the Green Party leader’s chances of being able to solve Metro Vancouver’s housing crisis are about as good as, say, having the B.C. Liberal government actually heed the advice of […]

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Feb 13 2016 —

Canada’s first transgender judge was sworn in today in Winnipeg. After being appointed to the bench in mid-December, former Crown attorney Kael McKenzie officially took his seat in the Manitoba court Friday. “Kael is the first self-identified transgender judge in Canada and that is something to be celebrated,” a judge said to a crowd of […]

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Featured Ink


Is Mulcair prepared for perpetual opposition?

Feb 13 2016 — Jeffrey Simpson

What else could NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair say in response to a party report chronicling the shortcomings of the party’s last election campaign? “As leader, I take full responsibility for these shortcomings,” he wrote this week. “I could have done a better job.” It is said that defeat is an orphan and victory has 1,000 […]


Bombardier bailout just more of the same old

Feb 13 2016 — Andrew Coyne

The government of Canada would like you to know how reluctant, how unwilling, how supremely disinclined it is to bail out Bombardier. Not that it isn’t going to, or that there was ever the slightest doubt it would. But when it inevitably does, you are meant to understand what a hard bargain it struck.


Epic federal election was a victory for democracy

Feb 12 2016 — Susan Delacourt

For roughly the price of one movie ticket and a large bag of popcorn, Canadians were treated last fall to an 11-week epic spectacle of fortunes lost and gained. I’m referring here to the federal election and the cost estimate released last week by Elections Canada: $443 million, or approximately $17 for every registered voter. […]


Three bad ideas Trudeau should avoid

Feb 13 2016 — Conrad Black

Three horrible notions of government intervention have been floating around in Canada recently, and they should be vaporized before they settle in the nostrils of the federal government, historically susceptible as federal Liberals have sometimes been to nasty outbreaks of that contagion. First is the demand that the manufacture and sale to Saudi Arabia of […]


Equalization is broken, and the Tories made it worse

Feb 13 2016 — Candice Malcolm

Ronald Reagan used to say if you want more of something, subsidize it. When it comes to Canada’s equalization transfer program, it is easy to see that Reagan was correct. The more money we transfer to so-called ‘have-not’ provinces — providing a subsidy to the high-tax and low-growth jurisdictions to help cover their provincial social […]


PM is right to consult on energy, but should stop sending mixed signals

Feb 13 2016 — Don Cayo

A key aspect of the Trudeau government’s energy policy — reforming the regulatory process to build credibility and make it easier for more Canadians to express their views — is the right way to go, according to a new study by the market-oriented Macdonald-Laurier Institute. I agree. After all, the previous government’s ham-handed boosterism when […]


Would somebody please stand up for Alberta? Maybe the government?

Feb 13 2016 — Don Braid

Who’s harder on Alberta — them, or us? It’s getting hard to tell. British Columbia insulted the whole provincial record in a throne speech. This was a uniquely low moment in Canadian interprovincial relations. “Alberta lost its focus,” the speech said. “They expected their resource boom never to end, failed to diversify their economy and […]

Feb 13 2016 — Rona Ambrose

As I watched Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announce the end of Canada’s air combat mission against ISIL, I was struck by the incoherence of the Liberal government’s position. While I applaud the commitment to increased diplomacy and development, I question how such lofty goals can be achieved without basic peace and security for the people […]

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Feb 12 2016 — Carol Goar

She had no choice, really. Rona Ambrose, interim leader of the Conservative party, had to denounce Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to trade warplanes in the skies over Iraq for boots on the ground as “a shameful step backward from our proud traditions.” She had to dismiss the government’s decision to focus on training local […]

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Entertainment Plus


Drake coaches Canada to win over U.S. in NBA Celebrity All-Star Game

Feb 13 2016 —

Air balls, comedic bits and the odd quality play — the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game had a little bit of everything Friday night at the Ricoh Coliseum. Serving as the on-court kickoff to a weekend of festivities building up to Sunday’s all-star game, fans were treated to an entertaining mix of characters who delivered a […]