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Mike Duffy has not acknowledged paternity of Karen Duffy

Jul 23 2014 — Rosemary Barton

Suspended senator Mike Duffy has not acknowledged the paternity of a woman called Karen Duffy who says she is his daughter, sources say, although the two have been communicating. Duffy reached out to the Peruvian woman yesterday through Facebook and a FaceTime conversation, but he did not confirm he is her biological father. Sources tell […]

Jul 23 2014 — Jordan Press

Canada’s senators collectively spent about $1 million less in the most recent quarter than they did during the same period last year, according to monthly expense reports. Between March and May of 2013, the Senate’s administration approved slightly more than $5.5 million in expense claims. During the same period this year – the most recent […]

Jul 23 2014 —

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is once again maligning the United Nations, accusing its human rights council of singling out Israel and making no mention of Hamas in its resolution on the Gaza conflict. The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted 29-1 on Wednesday to authorize an international commission of inquiry to investigate all […]

Jul 23 2014 — James Fitz-Morris

The federal Liberals are calling on the Ethics Commissioner to resume her investigation into what role 11 PMO staffers playing in striking a deal with embattled Senator Mike Duffy. Mary Dawson had begun an investigation after it was revealed former PMO Chief of Staff Nigel Wright had provided Duffy with more than $90-thousand in illegitimate […]

Jul 23 2014 —

Canadian charities would have to turn over lists of their donors’ identities to the Canada Revenue Agency under a proposal being floated by the Conservative government. The move is touted as a way to prevent tax-receipt fraud, but some charities are wary of the administrative burden — and the potential close surveillance of groups that […]

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HMCS Toronto to join NATO in Mediterranean

Jul 23 2014 —

Minister of Defence Robert Nicholson will announce Thursday the immediate deployment of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto to join NATO Reassurance measures in the Mediterranean. HMCS Toronto will be replacing HMCS Regina, which has been part of Standing NATO Maritime Forces since May 2014.

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Toronto inundated with complaints over Ford Fest

Jul 23 2014 — David Rider

Toronto residents are inundating city hall with complaints over the issuance of a permit for “Ford Fest” despite a ban on politicking in city parks. By Wednesday city ombudsman Fiona Crean’s office had fielded more than 100 objections to the permit, while other residents complained directly to city hall.

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Scandal has left black mark on the Senate, says Callbeck

Jul 23 2014 —

Catherine Callbeck admits the Senate she entered is far different than the one she is leaving behind. “For the first two years the number of workaholics in that Senate was more than in any group that I worked with,” Callbeck added. “But, you know lately, I think that the appointments have changed that somewhat.”

Jul 23 2014 — Mark Dunn

The mother of a Peruvian woman who claims Mike Duffy is the father of her daughter says the suspended senator has acknowledged paternity. Yvette Benites Ruiz and her daughter, who goes by the name of Karen Duffy, were both reached by QMI Agency’s French television station TVA on Wednesday morning in Peru. Ruiz said from […]

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Jul 23 2014 — Les Whittington

Amnesty International is questioning Canada’s approach to responsibility for civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip during the current Israeli-Hamas fighting and is urging Foreign Minister John Baird to press Israel about international standards for the protection of civilians in war zones. In a letter to Baird, Amnesty says Israel has every right to defend itself […]

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Jul 22 2014 — Stephen Maher

Prime Minister Stephen Harper does not intend to testify in the trial of suspended senator Mike Duffy because he doesn’t have any useful information to offer, his office said Tuesday. RCMP laid 31 criminal charges against Duffy last week related to his disputed expenses, and experts say it’s likely that Harper could be called to […]

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Jul 23 2014 — Theophilos Argitis

Calgary, Canada’s oil capital, has surpassed Ottawa as the city with the nation’s highest family incomes, new data show. The median family income in the southern Alberta city rose 5.2 percent to C$98,300 ($91,600) in 2012, the most-recent reporting period, to snag top spot in the nation, Statistics Canada said today. Former leader Ottawa, the […]

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Jul 23 2014 — Jason Markusoff

Mayor Naheed Nenshi is ripping both the temporary foreign worker program and the Harper government’s changes to it, because he feels a growing Calgary needs more access to working newcomers who can become citizens. The mayor said the “current system strips people of their dignity.” But in comments that mirror Alberta government officials’ protests that […]

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What if Harper had admitted everything about Duffy-Wright?

Jul 23 2014 — Aaron Wherry

For all the attention and scrutiny that should be applied to what occurred before the revelation of an arrangement between Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy and for all the lessons and meaning that might be derived from how the Prime Minister’s chief of staff came to cut a cheque for a sitting senator, it’s also […]

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Duffy charges may underlie Tories’ funeral

Jul 23 2014 — Marilla Stephenson

“Give me a good funeral any day.” That statement was uttered years ago, as a comparison between weddings and funerals, by my favourite member of the clergy. I’ve never forgotten it. Politicians, I suspect, feel much the same way. Going to funerals, particularly for well-known constituents of their riding, is part of the job of […]

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Canada’s Elected Dictatorship

Jul 23 2014 — Frances Russell

“L’etat, c’est moi,” declared France’s King Louis XIV. Throughout their eight years in office, the Harper Conservatives have devoted much of their electoral mandate to denigrating and diminishing Parliament, beginning with their blatantly unconstitutional parliamentary prorogation in December, 2008 to avoid defeat on a non-confidence vote. As a result of that unparalleled assault, Canada’s parliament […]

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Would Tories be better off without Stephen Harper?

Jul 22 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

Would the governing Conservatives be better off motoring into Election 2015 without Stephen J. Harper at the wheel? And, if so, who would replace him? Tories adore scoffing at this question, so unlikely is the prospect of a prime ministerial resignation deemed to be. Rumours flew last fall, as the Senate scandal raged, that “The […]

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Want to really support Israel? Drop the partisan sniping

Jul 23 2014 — Adam Chapnick

Canada’s Conservative government stands “unequivocally behind Israel,” says Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Many would argue that recent events in the Middle East prove him right. Ottawa was one of the first and most vocal defenders of Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas rockets that are being fired indiscriminately from Gaza at Israeli civilians. Immediately […]

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Why Conservatives dislike foreign nannies

Jul 23 2014 — Heather Mallick

Why is the Conservative government so hostile to nannies? Is it because they’re almost all Filipino? Does it think Canadian women should stay home and care for their own damn children? Well, yes, that’s why Stephen Harper favours that troubling income-splitting tax measure that even the late Finance Minister Jim Flaherty disliked — it keeps […]

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Israel protest double standards

Jul 23 2014 — Anthony Furey

Ah, so this is what it takes to get Canadian protesters to really take to the streets over Middle East turmoil. For a while there, one had good reason to worry we’d lost our edge. A couple of international events saw hundreds, thousands of civilians killed around the world and the marches were few. Remember […]

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Ontario taxpayers fund electric car rebates to the rich

Jul 23 2014 — Christina Blizzard

A wealthy businessman with whom I am acquainted recently purchased a fully-loaded Tesla S electric car. It’s a made-in-California, high-performance sports car that makes a peppy little downtown runabout. The price tag? A cool $140,000. Imagine his surprise when he discovered he qualified for a $10,000 rebate from the Ontario government. While you struggle to […]

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Students worry about rising toll of mental illness

Jul 23 2014 — Carol Goar

Long before statistics show a trend, people sense a change in their world. That is happening now at Canada’s colleges and universities. Students see more of their friends than ever before seeking help for mental illness. Clinics report more demand for psychological services. Everyone on campus — undergrads, post-grads, researchers, teaching assistants, faculty and administrative […]

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Broadcaster Bill Stephenson dead at 85

Jul 23 2014 —

Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Bill Stephenson, who spent several decades on Canadian radio and television, has died. He was 85. Newstalk 1010 in Toronto, where Stephenson worked for many years when the station was known as CFRB, says he died Tuesday night. Born in Elrose, Sask., Stephenson started his radio career in his early […]