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Defiant Del Mastro: This isn’t over yet

Oct 31 2014 — Diana Mehta

The fight of his political life is far from over, Dean Del Mastro declared Friday after an Ontario judge who found his credibility lacking convicted the former Conservative MP of spending too much on his 2008 election campaign. After the ruling, a calm but defiant Del Mastro insisted that he would continue to sit in […]

Oct 31 2014 — Kady O'Malley

Former Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro has made it clear that he’s not planning on vacating his seat in the House of Commons after being found guilty of breaking multiple federal election laws. But the final decision on whether Del Mastro will be permitted to return to the Chamber will be made by his Commons […]

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Justin Bourque has been sentenced to serve 75 years in prison before becoming eligible to apply for parole for the June 4 shooting rampage that killed three RCMP officers and wounded two others in Moncton. Judge David Smith of the Court of Queen’s Bench in New Brunswick delivered his precedent-setting ruling today after a sentencing […]

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Canada is following in Australia’s footsteps and is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of the West African countries battling Ebola. The federal government signalled it would stop issuing visas in the worker, student or visitor class and won’t issue any pending permanent residency visas for people from those countries either. Any applications already […]

Oct 31 2014 — Kevin Donovan

Videos of bondage and beating during sexual activities involving Jian Ghomeshi were presented by the former CBC host to his bosses late last week, sources say. “CBC viewed scenarios where Jian Ghomeshi asks, for example, a woman to do something and she does it,” a source close to the matter told the Star. The source […]

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Tories still tops in fundraising but advantage eroding as Liberals surge

Oct 31 2014 —

The ruling Conservatives’ fundraising advantage is steadily eroding the closer they get to next year’s federal election. Financial reports for the third quarter of 2014 show the Conservatives remain the most effective party at raking in donations. But the Liberals are catching up. The Tories pulled in $4.2 million from 35,201 donors from July to […]

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Doctored Canadarm2 photo being removed from government websites

Oct 31 2014 — Sonja Puzic

A doctored image of Canadarm2, Canada’s much-touted contribution to the International Space Station, is being removed from various government websites after The Economist shamed Ottawa for using an image “reminiscent of North Korean propaganda.” The U.K.-based weekly newspaper with an international audience noted on its website Friday that a large Canadian government logo was photoshopped […]

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Luqmann Abdunnur praised Parliament Hill attack day before Ottawa arrest

Oct 31 2014 — Evan Dyer

The violent arrest in Ottawa of a man who was the target of a national security investigation came a day after he allegedly caused a furor in an Ottawa mosque by publicly praising Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a hero, sources told CBC News. Luqmann Abdunnur, 39, was arrested last Saturday after a traffic […]

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced plans for his third visit to China, set to begin next week. The prime minister will lead a Canadian business delegation to the industrial city of Hangzhou next Friday and Saturday, before heading to the capital of Beijing for two more days of meetings. Harper will make a whirlwind […]

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Oct 31 2014 — Susana Mas

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has announced much-anticipated reforms to the live-in caregiver program, creating new pathways for caregivers to work in Canada. “I’m pleased to announce reforms that will improve the lives of caregivers seeking to make Canada their permanent home,” Alexander said during a news conference in Toronto on Friday.

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Oct 31 2014 — James Bradshaw

The axe fell on Jian Ghomeshi’s career last Sunday, around noon. The popular host of the hit radio show Q with Jian Ghomeshi had been summoned to a meeting with his employer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, away from its Toronto headquarters and inquisitive staff. Two days earlier, on Friday, he had been placed on indefinite […]

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Justin Trudeau knows his fluff

Oct 31 2014 — Andrew MacDougall

If the debate in question period this week is any indication, the political world is well and truly back to normal. Before our world was interrupted by the murderous assault on Parliament, the race to define the framing of the next election had also taken an important step, with the publication of Justin Trudeau’s memoir. […]

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Facebook is personal, Twitter is political

Oct 31 2014 — Susan Delacourt

Social media sites, particularly Facebook and Twitter, have been labeled “the confirmed water cooler of the modern era” in a report on how Canadians share information. It’s been a busy two weeks around that water cooler, first with the horrific shootings in Ottawa and then with the stunning fall from grace of CBC celebrity Jian […]

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A windfall for the rich, a sop for everyone else

Oct 31 2014 — Scott Clark and Peter DeVries

Everyone was expecting Prime Minister Harper to announce a significant change to the tax system Thursday — one that would allow income-splitting for families with children aged 18 and younger. He did a lot more than that. He basically delivered much of the 2015 budget. According to the material provided with Harper’s announcement, the total […]

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Cutting through the fog

Oct 31 2014 — Mia Rabson

Political leaders spin attack on Ottawa for partisan purpose. In the wake of the Ottawa shootings last week, the elephant in the room is whether it was an act of terrorism or if it’s being spun this way to further a political agenda. It took Prime Minister Stephen Harper less than 10 hours to decide, […]

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Murder, mayhem and the case for an early vote

Oct 30 2014 — Tim Harper

Stephen Harper is about to get a bump in public approval. It comes with the turf for a leader after a period of national trauma, which then manifests itself in flag-waving, resolve and defiance. The prime minister earned this expected bump. His partisans would have cheered his vow that we will not be intimidated, but […]

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Bullets give way to cheap shots, security concerns

Oct 30 2014 — Don Martin

The post-shooting political reaction has been almost as bizarre as what went on inside the Conservative caucus room after gunfire erupted outside their door last week. In the immediate aftermath, sources say senior ministers, particularly some linked to the security file, understandably cowered while the Prime Minister was stuffed into a closet by the petite […]

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Times have evolved. Hubris has not

Oct 31 2014 — Jeffrey Simpson

Ben Bradlee, the late, legendary former editor of The Washington Post, was often asked why newspapers, including his own, never reported on the many sexual dalliances of his friend, president John F. Kennedy. Mr. Bradlee would shrug and reply that times were different then. The private lives of very public figures, such as the president, […]

Oct 31 2014 — Licia Corbella

There is much irony behind the predicament Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith finds herself in. It is precisely Smith’s efficacy as leader of the official Opposition that has led to the demise of Alison Redford, the rise of Jim Prentice as premier and the miraculous resuscitation of the seemingly flatlining Progressive Conservative Party. Every diehard Alberta […]

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Oct 31 2014 — Michele Mandel

Shame on me. No charges laid, no documented complaints, so naturally these women must be lying, I thought at first. Because of course, it would have been so easy to report such humiliating and upsetting encounters, especially when their alleged attacker is someone powerful and well-respected. Coming forward would not impact their career or family […]

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Calgary businessman John Forzani dies in California hospital

Oct 31 2014 —

Calgary businessman, community leader and former CFL football star John Forzani has died in a Palm Springs, Calif. hospital after being on life support following a heart attack or stroke. Brothers Joe and Tom confirmed to the Herald that Forzani died about midnight last night. “It’s a real sad time,” said Joe. “It’s unbelievable what […]

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