National Newswatch

Harper government examines game-playing to motivate bureaucrats

Mar 1 2015 — Dean Beeby

The Harper government is looking at a whole new game plan for its workforce. Literally. Senior bureaucrats are examining how so-called “gamification” – encouraging employees and citizens to play games for rewards – can improve motivation, engagement and problem-solving. Gamification is a hot new concept in the corporate sector, as large firms such as Walmart […]

Mar 1 2015 — Rob Ferguson

Barrie MP Patrick Brown is claiming he has sold the most party memberships in the race to replace ousted Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak. Brown, a nine-year veteran of the House of Commons and the only candidate without a seat in the provincial legislature, said Saturday night that his campaign brought 40,410 new members into […]

Mar 1 2015 —

The free-for-all era of Canada’s commercial medical marijuana industry is over as a new crop of growers try to woo scarce investment dollars in an increasingly competitive business, observers say. Boris Ziger, CEO of Matica Enterprises Inc., said the short-lived days of unbridled growth ended soon after last year’s change in federal regulations that shifted […]

Feb 28 2015 —

Be it Whitehorse or Halifax, PEI or Sherbrooke, winter or summer, Prime Minister Stephen Harper helped open every Canada Games since his election in 2006. Every Games that is except the 25th edition that began Feb. 13 in Prince George. Judging from an extended Facebook posting started by Prince George councillor Brian Skakun, reaction to […]


Lethbridge mayor apologizes for ‘hockey better than women’ T-shirt

Mar 1 2015 —

Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman has come under fire for posting a picture on his personal Facebook of a T-shirt many Tweeters have ruled to be offensive. Friday, he posted a shot of a T-shirt, which he said was hanging in a store window along a main street in Banff. The T-shirt claims to list the […]


Wildrose leadership candidates say they’re past Danielle, focused on the future

Mar 1 2015 —

Three Wildrose leadership candidates blasted the governing Progressive Conservatives for fiscal mismanagement and breaking Albertans’ trust. They are promising a strong fight from Wildrose in an expected spring election. The unofficial leadership campaign kickoff drew about 200 people Saturday to the Ramada Inn on Kingsway Ave. where former Conservative MP Brian Jean, former Strathcona County […]

Feb 28 2015 — Evan Dyer

As MPs debate a major piece of anti-terrorism legislation presented partly as a response to the Oct. 22 shootings on Parliament Hill, Canadians still know relatively little about what lay behind that attack. Certainly, the federal government seems content to have a certain view of gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s motivations prevail: that he was a conventional […]

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Mar 1 2015 — Bruce Owen

So how is the delegate system working for the NDP? It seems not too well, but it’s better than the alternative. Heading into the March 8 leadership vote, the party’s system for electing its leader, and Manitoba’s premier, is anything but transparent. Those of us watching from the sidelines see a system where the big […]

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Armine Yalnizyan

Doubling contributions to TFSAs is simply pampering the privileged

Mar 1 2015 — Armine Yalnizyan

The Harper government gives five reasons why Canadians ought to be happy with its proposal to double the maximum contribution to the Tax-Free Savings Account. Examine each of its points more closely, however, and it’s clear that the TFSA carries far higher risks than rewards — for individual Canadians as well as for the economy […]

Don Lenihan

Five big ideas for Canada, but one is the biggest

Feb 28 2015 — Don Lenihan

Last Thursday, Canada 2020 invited five thought leaders to Ottawa to give TED Talks on a Big Idea for Canada’s future. While I loved them all, for my money, one speaker stood out. No, it wasn’t astronaut Chris Hadfield, but a retired bureaucrat named Morris Rosenberg. Rosenberg is a highly respected, former deputy minister of […]


How to minimize Islamic State lure for Canadian youth

Mar 1 2015 — Haroon Siddiqui

Panicky headlines pronounce the lure of the Islamic State to disaffected Canadian Muslims, both converts and those born into the faith. Six Montreal teenagers, including two girls, are the latest to go over to the dark side. That brings the total of the disappeared to an estimated 145 — about 40 to the Islamic State […]


Agonizing over the true Islam

Mar 1 2015 — Anthony Furey

Some charter member of the political correctness brigade is probably sitting in a Starbucks right now arguing that the three men arrested in New York City Wednesday for allegedly trying to join ISIS and attack Coney Island just had “economic grievances” that were likely to end in “workplace violence.” That’s how twisted the way we […]


You do the math — because our kids can’t

Mar 1 2015 — Christina Blizzard

The Fraser Institute report on schools gives new meaning to the phrase “You do the math.” Apparently you’ll have to – because our kids can’t. The Fraser report notes this province’s math scores are on a slow but steady decline. Math experts say part of the problem is a change to math teaching across the […]


Toughen bail laws for hardened criminals

Mar 1 2015 — Lorne Gunter

Albert Foulston was arrested at an Edmonton home Tuesday on a dark, wintery night. Police allege Foulston and two other suspects had earlier been involved in an assault and robbery at a modest motel nearby. Foulston and his co-accused allegedly had a loud argument with their victim in the motel parking lot. After flashing an […]

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Canadian Screen Awards: 5 things you might not know

Mar 1 2015 —

The Canadian Screen Awards for homegrown film and TV shows airs tonight. Here are five things you might not know about the show. Julianne Moore, Kiefer Sutherland and Tatiana Maslany are bringing their star power to Toronto tonight as they present at the Canadian Screen Awards.

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