Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau won’t say if the government should provide him with a security detail following the break-in at his Ottawa home, saying he’ll accept the expert advice given to him by the Mounties. The RCMP is currently conducting a risk assessment at the Liberal leader’s request after an intruder broke into his home […]
Revenue Canada auditors are scrutinizing the books of Canadian foreign aid and human rights charities to ensure they’re complying with tough new rules the government introduced in 2012 to monitor charities’ political activities and ensure donations from abroad are not used for political purposes, Conservative MP Gerald Keddy said on Tuesday.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are gearing up for a federal election as early as next spring and will eventually release a detailed, fully costed policy platform that focuses on economic insecurities facing Canadian middle-class families.
Federal Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair is demanding immediate action now the Transportation Safety Board has found that Transport Canada failed to ensure the safety of the railway linked to the Lac Megantic tragedy.Read More
The Harper government’s faith in a deregulated railway safety system remains unshaken and won’t be abandoned in the wake of the Lac-Megantic tragedy, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt insisted Tuesday, even as the country’s top transportation investigator questioned the current amount of oversight. The tragedy that killed 47 people and incinerated the downtown of the sleepy […]Read More
Federal Opposition and New Democratic Party Leader Tom Mulcair has had his first look at Douglas Channel on B.C.’s central coast and is convinced it’s a bad idea to use the narrow channel as a highway for super tankers.Read More
Conservative MPs have blocked an opposition bid to review the government’s ongoing audits of a number of charities, saying it’s offensive to suggest the tax agency is the subject of political interference. The NDP had convened a rare summer sitting of the finance committee to consider a motion to study the Canada Revenue Agency’s recent […]Read More
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in the North Aug. 21- 26, his office announced Tuesday. Harper is scheduled to visit Whitehorse, Fort Smith, N.W.T., and Cambridge Bay, Pond Inlet and Iqaluit in Nunavut.Read More
Seamus O’Regan is only the most recent Atlantic Canadian to throw his lot in with the federal Liberals, as the region looks set to swing over to the party in dramatic fashion. The former host of CTV’s Canada AM will be seeking the Liberal nomination in the riding of St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, currently represented […]Read More
So much Justin. Stephen Harper, who is allegedly still Prime Minister, seems to have disappeared. In reality, he’s just gone off to the Far North on another of his annual summertime visits (which the CBC chose to illustrate with a photo of Harper seemingly giving a Nazi salute). Before that he was in the news […]
Each August, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a gaggle of staffers and senior cabinet ministers, accompanied by a gaggle of reporters, make the trek north for a round of tightly scripted photo opportunities. These Arctic sojourns are, if not quite working holidays, opportunities for the PM to do politics in an environment he clearly enjoys, […]
The term “vote suppression” is a euphemism. When a member or members of a political party run an operation to prevent citizens from voting for another party, it’s tantamount to trying to fix an election result. It’s attempted vote-rigging. For corrupt political acts, you can’t get much worse. It’s certainly more egregious than abusing housing […]
The politics of pot rages on. This weekend, three of Canada’s top health authorities declined Health Canada’s invitation to participate in an educational campaign about the perils of cannabis consumption. In a joint statement, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada said […]
Please, can we all just take a deep breath over the Prentice campaign’s practice of buying Tory party memberships for potential voters in the upcoming leadership balloting? It is not a threat to democracy; it will not taint the outcome of the Sept. 6 vote. Two weeks ago, a supporter of Prentice rival Ric McIver […]
The PC party really needs at least one Alison Redford uproar a week. She’s the only subject on which the key players stand united. When she leaves the picture, they fall on each other like wolverines. The latest bush war is over free party memberships — specifically, Jim Prentice’s admission that his campaign hands them […]
August 19th marks World Humanitarian Day, a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others, as well as to highlight grave humanitarian crises in the world, and the urgent need for Canada to do more. Currently, there are four countries in the world that share a Level 3 emergency […]
For the Coalition Avenir Québec, the party is finally over — not the CAQ itself, but its postelection celebrations. They came to an abrupt end last Friday when Christian Dubé announced his resignation as a CAQ member of the National Assembly. The Coalition had been on a high since election night last April 7. - […]
In the days since Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams took his own life, much has been written about creative types and their demons. However, there is no persuasive evidence that creativity is a risk factor for clinical depression. In a review of 29 studies that looked at possible links, published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, […]
When a construction crew began work last March on a property next to mine, I could not have anticipated the mayhem that would be visited on my quiet Kitsilano street. Ear-splitting noise. Sawdust. Blaring music. Loud profanities. Trucks continually blocking the back lane. And workers failing to respect a 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. window […]
Drive across the border. That’s all you need to do, really, to figure out why so many Americans are so enraged by the killing of Michael Brown. The fact that an unarmed teenage boy was shot six times – twice in the head – is part of it, of course. So, too, the fact that […]Read More
A Calgary radio station has given up a format featuring shorter versions of songs which it said gave listeners twice the music. The station, 90.3 Amp (CKMP), changed to the style called QuickHitz nearly three weeks ago.