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Sep 18 2014 —

Just hours before starting chemotherapy for a rare and aggressive cancer, Rob Ford released a recorded statement Thursday thanking well-wishers for their support and urging Torontonians to elect his brother as the city’s next mayor. Ford was diagnosed Wednesday with malignant liposarcoma — a type of cancer that arises from fat cells and can attack […]

Sep 18 2014 —

Get ready for Redbook. Alberta legislature member Thomas Lukaszuk says he is starting work on a “behind the scenes” book on his political days and on life under former Tory premier Alison Redford. “Until I write my book … no one will really know what has truly happened and how many courageous MLAs there actually […]

Sep 18 2014 —

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada has removed two banks from its list of sanctions against Russia. Baird made the admission in the House of Commons after a question from NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar. Baird says the banks were removed after analysis of new information found they were “sufficiently divorced” from the […]

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Stephen Harper’s Labrador-less tweet goes AWOL

Sep 18 2014 —

A bit of a blunder on Twitter prompted Prime Minister Stephen Harper to delete a tweet about Newfoundland and Labrador’s Premier-designate Paul Davis. Harper posted a tweet Thursday that had a key word noticeably absent from Davis’s title.

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Prentice negates debated plates

Sep 18 2014 —

The controversial overhaul of Alberta’s licence plates has been halted by the Prentice government. On Thursday afternoon, Premier Jim Prentice announced the new licence plate design, which was proposed under the Alison Redford regime, would not come to fruition. “There’ll be no further work on new licence plates for Alberta,” said Prentice. “Money would be […]

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New coal plant regulations have ‘negligible effect,’ report says

Sep 18 2014 — Margo McDiarmid

Canada could lag behind the U.S. when it comes to cutting emissions from coal-fired power plants, despite claims by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Canada is way ahead of its closest neighbour when it comes to cleaning up coal. A study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development says Canada’s new rules to control carbon […]

Sep 18 2014 — Andrew Mayeda

Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau said Canada’s government should abandon its “ideological” focus on tax cuts and instead boost infrastructure spending to help the country pull out of the worst job slump since the 2009 recession. “They’re in a tax-cut box,” Trudeau said yesterday in an interview in his office in the nation’s main parliament […]

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Sep 18 2014 —

The NDP’s traditionally strong ties to the labour movement won’t be enough to secure a blanket endorsement from Canada’s largest private sector union in next year’s federal election. Unifor will urge its 300,000-plus members to vote strategically and will pour its resources behind local candidates — be they NDP or Liberal — that are best […]

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Sep 18 2014 —

The cost of paying Conservative political staffers working in a network of satellite minister’s offices ballooned by 70 per cent during the same years the government was asking departments to tighten their belts. Between 2009-10 and 2013-14, the budget for staffing at the regional offices rose from $1.6 million to $2.7 million, according to figures […]

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Sep 18 2014 —

Rural and Remote Health Minister Tim McMillan is quitting the Sask. Party government to take up a position with Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). In making the announcement on Thursday morning, McMillan said he would be resigning as the MLA for Lloydminster effective September 30 before taking up the presidency of CAPP on October […]

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Featured Ink

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The Rathgeber Experiment

Sep 18 2014 — Aaron Wherry

What would happen if a Conservative backbencher was given complete freedom to vote as he pleased, with no regard for the party line or the party whip? What if the Conservative leadership had no ability to punish him and he abandoned all hope of ever being appointed to cabinet or winning his preferred committee assignment? […]

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Will we roll the dice on pretty boy Trudeau?

Sep 18 2014 — Margaret Wente

Something alarming happened over the summer – several of my friends came down with Harper Derangement Syndrome. “He’s gotta go!” fumed one middle-aged man who had voted for him three times in a row. “I just can’t stand him any more,” said another. Both are independent voters who pride themselves on their rational, non-partisan approach […]

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Harper ramps up his war on independent thought

Sep 18 2014 — Linda McQuaig

In the conservative quest to shape public debate in recent years, no tool has proved more useful than the think tank. Nobody understood this better than the director of the ultra-right wing U.S.-based ATLAS Foundation, who once stated that his mission was “to litter the world with free-market think tanks.” Mission accomplished. Certainly the Canadian […]

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It’s time to include dental health in the healthcare system

Sep 18 2014 — Paul Allison

Canada’s most vulnerable populations have highest rates of dental pain, decay and disease, and worst access to care. There are many reasons why some Canadians choose not to go to the dentist, but a new report released recently from the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) found that cost is a major factor – and […]

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Will women voters save Olivia Chow’s campaign?

Sep 18 2014 — Bob Hepburn

Over the past few weeks, Olivia Chow has come under increased questioning about whether she might drop out of the Toronto mayoral race given her steep fall in public opinion polls. Once the favourite to win the election, Chow now trails badly behind front-runner John Tory and is either tied with or lags behind Doug […]

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Left bullied Rob Ford

Sep 18 2014 — Sue-Ann Levy

They would swear they’re against bullying in our schools and in our workplaces. The self-righteous Lib-left do talk a good game. Yet, in the 13 years I observed Rob Ford the councillor and then the mayor, I never saw a politician so subjected to bullying and personal attacks about his size and lack of polish. […]

Sep 18 2014 — Haroon Siddiqui

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the Toronto Star was the first newspaper in North America to call for the recognition of Ukraine and other former Soviet territories as independent states. During the violent breakup of Yugoslavia, a similar call went out for the recognition, among others, of Macedonia. Similarly, Kosovo deserved its independence. […]

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k.d. lang makes a play for billionaire’s wife

Sep 18 2014 —

k.d. lang — homewrecker? The butch Canadian singer is said to be having a torrid romance with Heather Edwards, the wife of oil/gas billionaire N. Murray Edwards, a co-owner of the Calgary Flames hockey team. The online magazine Frank reports, “They’re often seen together, dining out at Calgary’s swell eateries.”

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