National Newswatch
Jul 31 2014 — Connie Walker

A chief from a small First Nation in B.C. was paid nearly $1 million last year, according to documents disclosed by the band. Ron Giesbrecht of the Kwikwetiem First Nation is listed as the chief and economic development officer and was paid $914,219 in remuneration and $16,574 in expenses. The documents state remuneration could include […]

Jul 31 2014 — Chris Hall

Canada and the European Union will release final details of their mammoth trade deal on Sept. 25 in Ottawa, ending a marathon 10 months of bargaining since Prime Minister Stephen Harper flew off to Brussels to sign the initial agreement in principle. Multiple sources tell CBC News that the text of the full agreement will […]

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National Defence was warned a year before the devastating fire aboard HMCS Protecteur that the electrical system, main engine controls and navigation system aboard both of the navy’s supply ships were on their last legs and prone to catastrophic failure. The unusually blunt assessment was contained in a four-page confidential briefing note prepared by the […]

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Temporary foreign worker agency Actyl Group sues McDonald’s Canada

Jul 31 2014 — Susana Mas

A company that recruits temporary foreign workers on behalf of Canadian employers has filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s Canada, alleging breach of contract and defamation of character. Graeme Young, the Manitoba lawyer representing Actyl Group Inc., which has recruited temporary foreign workers for McDonald’s in Western Canada, told CBC News the lawsuit was filed in […]

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Raitt tight-lipped on whether she’ll consider a bid to lead Ontario’s Tories

Jul 31 2014 —

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt remains tight-lipped on whether she’s considering a potential bid to lead Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives. Asked whether she’s thought about running, Raitt said Thursday she’ll continue to represent the riding of Halton, west of Toronto, any way that she can. Raitt has been the subject of much leadership speculation, with a “Draft […]

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NDP Gaza divisions come home to roost in Dewar’s office

Jul 31 2014 — Michelle Zilio

A group of Gaza supporters occupied NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar’s office Thursday to protest the party’s seeming policy shift on the conflict between Israel and Hamas. The pro-Gaza supporters issued tweets with photos from their sit-in at Dewar’s Ottawa Centre office Thursday morning.

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Liberal senators are including “designated travellers” for the first time in their expense disclosure statements. “It is our responsibility to provide this information to the public. We are committed to full transparency and adding designated travellers expenses’ is an important step for us,” wrote Senator Paul Massicotte in a release today. Massicotte has been co-ordinating […]

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Jul 31 2014 —

In November 2012, Colorado voters decided to experiment with marijuana, passing a constitutional amendment legalizing recreational cannabis. It was a bold move, but it also required quick, bold, and unprecedented action on the part of the state government to implement the policy. Colorado needed to set up a legal, regulatory, and tax system so that […]

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‘My own government betrayed me and I’m going to wreak an appropriate amount of political revenge.’ B.C. pot advocate Marc Emery has spoken to CBC News in his first interview since being transferred from a U.S. federal prison to a private deportation facility in Louisiana. Emery was sentenced to five years in prison in 2010 […]

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Jul 31 2014 — Alex Boutilier

Federal bureaucrats are warning that some departments and agencies lack sufficient network security and that Ottawa needs a more coherent plan to address large-scale cyber attacks, according to internal documents obtained by the Star. The documents reveal that even as the government accused Chinese-backed hackers of infiltrating the National Research Council’s network on Tuesday, senior […]

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Featured Ink

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Even Germany finds Canada-Europe trade deal too pro-business

Jul 31 2014 — Tom Walkom

Just nine months ago, Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared the proposed Canada-European Union free trade pact a done deal. “This is a big deal,” the prime minister crowed as he signed an agreement in principle with the president of the EU’s European Commission. “Indeed, it is the biggest deal our country has ever made. It […]

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Of course Redford’s flights had ‘ghost riders.’ Do you know how annoying other passengers are?

Jul 31 2014 — Robyn Urback

Airplanes are pretty much floating incubators of misery. Hundreds of strangers sit practically hip-to-hip, sucking in pressurized air and coughing into their sleeves, as if that will really protect anyone. Your seatmate will inevitably be either (a) incurably chatty (b) chewing loudly (c) constantly needing the bathroom or (d) a baby. Or else, any combination […]

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Alberta Tories zip it in Redford air farce

Jul 31 2014 — Rick Bell

From what we know, and we don’t know much, it sounds like a sleazy little arrangement. Staffers booking seats for ghost riders on at least a dozen provincial flights and then removing the names before printing the flight manifest. The booking of phantom passengers and then nixing their phantom reservations allowed former premier Alison Redford […]

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Canada’s veterans deserve better

Jul 31 2014 — Michael Taube

There’s no doubt the federal Tories strongly support Canada’s military. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s commitment to our troops, which includes a more robust and confident organization to take the lead in international missions such as Afghanistan, has made many Canadians proud. When it comes to supporting our military veterans, the government’s record has been much, […]

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Is John Tory in Toronto mayoral race ‘sweet spot?

Jul 31 2014 — Bob Hepburn

When John Tory entered the Toronto mayoral race back in February, he trailed both front-runner Olivia Chow and incumbent bad-boy mayor Rob Ford by a fairly wide margin in opinion polls. At the time, Tory’s campaign strategists felt that if he was to have any realistic hope of winning he would have to overtake second-place […]

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Omar Khadr is a ‘good kid’ – not a bogeyman

Jul 31 2014 — Konrad Yakabuski

If Omar Khadr didn’t exist, Conservatives might have to invent him. You might even say that’s what they’ve done. For the version of Mr. Khadr perpetuated by the Harper government – the “radicalized” terrorist guilty of “heinous crimes” – does not now exist and probably never did.

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If it’s 876, that’s Jamaica calling

Jul 31 2014 — Daphne Bramham

And you’d best not answer. Every 90 seconds or so for the past eight months, one of Jean Olson’s two phones would ring. It started at 5 a.m. and continued all day, every day until well into the evening. Whether on her cellphone or her North Vancouver home’s landline, the area code that almost invariably […]

Jul 31 2014 — Haroon Siddiqui

Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Gaza militants rain down mostly primitive and mostly ineffective rockets on Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu unleashes some of the most modern and lethal arsenal on Gaza homes, hospitals, health clinics, nursing and rehab centres, mosques and office buildings. Even civilians who had taken shelter in United Nations-run schools are not spared. […]

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Entertainment Plus

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Selena Gomez — I Did NOT Bang Orlando Bloom … It Was Just A Cigarette Break

Jul 31 2014 —

Selena Gomez says she’s never done the nasty with Orlando Bloom … and she has absolutely zero to do with his raging battle against her ex-BF Justin Bieber. Sources directly connected to Selena tell us … the reason she was with Orlando back in March is because their manager organized an event for his clients […]