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Chinese cyberattack forces computer shutdown at National Research Council

Jul 28 2014 —

The federal government’s National Research Council was forced to shut down its computers to stop cyberattacks from China, CTV News has learned. Sources told CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife that Chinese hackers had been trying to get into NRC computers for the past month. On Monday, it was decided that a complete shutdown was […]

Jul 28 2014 — Robert Fife

A failed Conservative candidate is contesting the nomination for the new Toronto-area riding of King-Vaughan, accusing the winner of “engaging in one of the greatest travesties of justice.” Lawyer Michael Tibollo lost the nomination to real estate agent Konstantin Toubis in a vote that was held last Thursday at an Ahmadiyya Muslim community centre, adjacent […]

Jul 28 2014 —

It’s an open question whether Canada needs a free trade deal with Europe, but it is more certain that the Harper government does. With a cloud suddenly appearing over the Stephen Harper’s “historic achievement” because of German concerns over a clause that allow firms to sue governments, free trade advocates are advising the prime minister […]

Jul 28 2014 —

A Senate committee is debating what — if any — sanction to level against a Quebec Conservative who was found to have breached parts of the upper chamber’s conflict-of-interest code. Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu got a chance Monday to testify behind closed doors about why he continued to employ his girlfriend as an assistant, even though […]

Jul 28 2014 —

Alberta’s Stoney Nakoda First Nation says it has signed a “huge” deal with a Chinese petrochemical company to develop oil and gas on its land. The First Nation is located 60 kilometres west of Calgary and has signed a joint venture agreement with Hong Kong-based Huatong Petrochemical Holdings Ltd. to explore and develop oil and […]

Michele Nadeau, president of the Therese Casgrain Foundation, holds a photo of her grandmother Therese Casgrain in Montreal, Friday, July 25, 2014.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

PMO defends Harper government’s recognition of feminist icon Casgrain

Jul 28 2014 —

A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper dismisses accusations from the opposition parties and others that the government is erasing the late feminist icon Therese Casgrain from Canada’s public history. Carl Vallee called the accusations “ridiculous,” pointing to a revised citizenship study guide — Discover Canada — that for the first time included mention of […]

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EU trade deal troubles denied by Canadian officials

Jul 28 2014 — James Fitz-Morris

Canadian officials are quietly preparing a ceremony to formally mark the successful conclusion of EU trade deal negotiations, but Germany could scuttle those plans. Officials acknowledge the negotiations aren’t quite completed, but International Trade Minister Ed Fast’s office said Monday “excellent progress is being made.”

This April 3, 2013 file photo shows bitcoin tokens in Sandy, Utah. The lack of regulation and high level of anonymity of Bitcoins may make the virtually currency "an attractive payment method for criminals," former finance minister Jim Flaherty was warned by senior officials in a recently declassified memo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Rick Bowmer

Internal Finance memo warns of potential for Bitcoin-related crime

Jul 28 2014 —

A newly disclosed Finance Department memo warns that the high level of anonymity associated with Bitcoin transactions may make the virtual currency an attractive payment method for criminals. The internal memo, prepared for former finance minister Jim Flaherty, says while the degree of criminal activity involving Bitcoin is unclear, some have raised flags about its […]

Jul 28 2014 — Michelle Zilio

The Green Party of Canada is distancing itself from a controversial blog post written by its president blaming the ongoing crisis between Israel and Gaza on Hamas. Green Party President Paul Estrin posted the more than 2,100-word blog, titled “Why Gaza makes me sad,” on the party’s blog page last week.

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Jul 28 2014 —

Nigel Wright, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has returned to Onex Corp. (OCX), Canada’s largest private-equity firm. Onex said Wright will rejoin the firm in its London office as a managing director. “We missed Nigel during his leave of absence and are excited to have him back,” said Chief Executive Officer […]

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Harper, Gaza and Ukraine: Foreign policy without apology

Jul 28 2014 — L. Ian MacDonald

One thing about Stephen Harper’s foreign policy — it comes with moral clarity. Consider his clear denunciations of Russian President Vladimir Putin for his annexation of Crimea and support of separatist forces in eastern Ukraine — the bad guys who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 with Russian-supplied missiles. Even if it was an accident, […]

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It’s time for Canadians to take a stand

Jul 28 2014 — Monte Solberg

It’s a good thing Canadian foreign policy has moved past Lester Pearson, perpetual peacekeeping missions and unthinking support for UN types like Boutros Boutros-Ghali, but now I’m repeating myself. Sitting on the international picket fence isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s unprincipled. For now, at least, those days are over. You don’t have to guess about where […]

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Toronto’s phoney populist

Jul 28 2014 — Celine Cooper

He has used his privilege and power to justify his actions; Toronto deserves a better mayor In October, the people of Toronto will go to the polls to elect a mayor. At a time when most Canadians have zoned out for the summer, interest in the city’s mayoral race remains high. There are two obvious […]

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Northern Ontario has beautiful landscape but crushing poverty

Jul 28 2014 — Carol Goar

This is high tourist season in the Kenora-Rainy River district. Anglers are flying in from all over North America to fish northwestern Ontario’s 150,000 pristine lakes. The food bank in Ignace is hoping to benefit from the catch — but not in the way southerners might think. Well-outfitted sport fishermen don’t patronize the town’s businesses […]

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We can’t stomach the real cost of food

Jul 28 2014 — Elizabeth Renzetti

I’m going to apologize right now if you’re eating breakfast, particularly if it includes a nice bit of bacon and a lovely runny egg. Look away now, because this column is about the crappy things we do to animals in our pursuit of a cheap breakfast – or lunch, or dinner, or one of the […]

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Is Vancouver’s Arbutus corridor worth $100 million?

Jul 28 2014 — Daphne Bramham

There’s no question that the hodgepodge of gardens along CP Rail’s Arbutus corridor are charming and no doubt that homeowners prefer gardens and a leafy walkway to trains. But are Vancouverites willing to pay $100 million for it? Because that’s how much Canadian Pacific Railway wants for the 66-foot-wide right-of-way that runs for 11 kilometres […]

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The U.S. is one lousy executioner

Jul 28 2014 — Heather Mallick

When the United States, a nation famed for its excellent killing technologies, takes a full two hours to execute a prisoner, as it did recently in Arizona, one has to wonder if it was no accident. Joseph Rudolph Wood, 55, gasped and snorted, clearly struggling for breath after being given heavy doses of sedatives and […]

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Judge rules against Clippers owner Donald Sterling, OKs sale of team

Jul 28 2014 —

A judge has ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and cleared the way for the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling’s estranged wife in the case that arose after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks […]