National Newswatch
Nov 28 2014 — Peter O'Neil

B.C. businessman and philanthropist Barjinder Singh Dhahan has pulled out of the Vancouver South Liberal nomination battle in a move that has raised questions about leader Justin Trudeau’s vow to hold open contests to run in the 2015 election. It was widely believed that Trudeau and his senior advisers preferred retired Lt.-Col. Harjit Singh Sajjan, […]

Nov 28 2014 — Stephen Maher

A former Liberal MP says people should be open to the possibility that Massimo Pacetti’s late night hotel-room encounter with an NDP MP could be a misunderstanding, not an assault. Alexandra Mendes, who worked closely with Pacetti when they both represented Montreal-area ridings from 2008-2011, said Thursday that if a process eventually clears Pacetti of […]

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Immunization funding of $500M pledged by Canada for poor countries

Nov 28 2014 — Laura Payton

Canada will provide $500 million to help immunize children in developing countries, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said today in Senegal. The money is part of the $3.5 billion committed by Canada for maternal, newborn and child health to be spent between 2015 and 2020. Harper announced that funding last May at the Saving Every Woman […]

Nov 28 2014 — Paul McLeod

Teenagers are using electronic cigarettes to discreetly inhale marijuana in front of teachers and parents, a Conservative MP said Thursday. The House of Commons health committee is studying e-cigarettes and how they should be regulated. As the committee met Thursday, James Lunney, Conservative MP for Nanaimo-Alberni, warned that the devices used to inhale nicotine and […]

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Nov 28 2014 — Stewart Bell

Canada’s public safety minister said Thursday he was “shocked and appalled” after a New Democratic Party MP rose in the House of Commons to commemorate Tamil Heroes Day, which honours fallen Tamil Tigers rebels. Steven Blaney urged Rathika Sitsabaiesan, a Sri Lankan-born rookie MP, to apologize “to veterans and all Canadians” for her statement that […]

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Nov 28 2014 —

The economy grew at an annualized pace of 2.8 per cent in the third quarter, Statistics Canada said Friday. The jump in Canada’s gross domestic product was higher than the 2.1 per cent economists had expected, according to Thomson Reuters. Statistics Canada said real GDP was up by 0.7 per cent during the quarter ending […]

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In the Wynne-Harper detente, it will take two to tango

Nov 28 2014 — Paul Wells

In recent weeks, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has met with the prime ministers of India, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He’s met with the presidents of France and China. He met football legend Pinball Clemons before an Argos game. He met Jim Prentice, who used to be minister of this and that in […]

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Want to make amends with vets? Start by firing Fantino

Nov 28 2014 — Michael Harris

There are bullying, disingenuous, condescending windbags … and then there’s Julian Fantino. This is the minister who yelled at octogenarian veterans in front of the cameras, offered a fake apology for his rudeness after standing them up — and then insulted them again the next day by calling them union dupes. (Still better than a […]

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Financial Literacy Month ends and the real challenge begins

Nov 28 2014 — Terry Campbell

Financial Literacy Month (FLM) is over but the real challenge is just beginning – getting Canadians to move from learning about smart money management to actually taking action.  It isn’t always easy, so the federal government along with the private sector – including banks – and many community organizations across the country are collaborating on […]

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The Supreme Court of Canada won’t want this award

Nov 28 2014 — Benjamin Perrin

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed Quebec lawyer Suzanne Côté to the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice Côté joins the Court at a moment in history when it is having an increasingly large impact on policy, is remarkably united, and is handing the federal government a string of major losses. Each year, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute […]

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When it comes to news, TV still rules all

Nov 28 2014 — Warren Kinsella

It’s quaint, almost, the notion that other media are more important than television. Watching a CTV helicopter hover over King St. E. in Toronto at lunchtime on Wednesday should have dispensed with it, once and for all. The helicopter was there, clattering overhead like a antediluvian bird of prey, for most of the lunch hour. […]

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PKP and the PQ: Get ready for a weird year, Canada

Nov 28 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. Within hours of Doug Ford announcing that he was not running for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, Pierre Karl Peladeau confirmed that he will be a candidate for the leadership of the Parti Quebecois. So any journalists out there who were worrying that Canadian politics was going […]

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Ottawa’s manufacturing fund a mirage

Nov 28 2014 — Carol Goar

There is a $200-million pot of money in Ottawa earmarked for Ontario’s hard-hit manufacturing sector. The Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF) was announced in February 2013 by then-finance minister Jim Flaherty. It was officially launched last December by Minister of State Gary Goodyear, who speaks for Ontario in cabinet. It was cited by Prime Minister Stephen […]

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer out today

Nov 28 2014 —

The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit Apple iTunes Friday morning sending millions fans into a frenzy. People were poised around their devices in anticipation of the much-hyped first look at the seventh film in the franchise, and the initial reaction is overwhelmingly positive.

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