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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 […]
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 […]
Seven years ago nearly to the day, Bill Casey sat at home, recovering from surgery for prostate cancer and watching the release of the federal budget. Already booted from the Conservative caucus and sitting as an independent, his health was at the forefront of his mind. It was his second brush with cancer. He couldn’t […]Read More
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 […]Read More
Wildrose party members say they’re moving on from the “betrayal” of former party leader Danielle Smith’s floor crossing to the PC party on Dec. 17. Smith left when the going got tough, rather than fighting, said interim party leader Heather Forsyth. “To me that wasn’t strength, it was a weakness,” she said. At a Wildrose […]Read More
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 […]Read More
Steven Fletcher slowly makes his way through the narrow doors of his office, down the hall to the elevator and up to the fifth-floor cafeteria in Parliament’s Centre Block. His assistant, Stephanie Ross, pushes on the wheelchair-accessible button, and the glass doors open wide. “Watch behind, Steven,” Ross tells him, and he tries to navigate […]Read More
To many it was a mystery how Andre Poulin, a young man in his early 20s from Timmins, ended up dead on an ISIS battlefield in Syria in the summer of 2013. To the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS) it was an opportunity to put together more pieces of the […]Read More
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.