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Outgoing Toronto Police chief Bill Blair will run for federal Liberals

Apr 26 2015 —

Toronto’s outgoing police chief has confirmed he will be running for the federal Liberals in the fall election. Bill Blair tweeted Sunday morning that he is “excited to continue my public service by working to earn the support of people in Scarborough Southwest.” The tweet follows a report from the Toronto Star in which Blair […]

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Federal transit funds too little, too late: Vancouver, Calgary mayors

Apr 26 2015 —

They say it’s not enough – and, even if Ottawa was offering enough infrastructure funding to cities, the envelope is opening too late. “But I don’t want that to sound negative,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “This federal government has in fact done some important things for cities, and in this budget they did something […]

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Nicholson deflects criticism over Canada’s Arctic Council chairmanship

Apr 26 2015 — Michelle Zilio

Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson is deflecting criticism over Canada’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council, specifically its focus on economic development over the environment and climate change. Speaking to CTV’s Question Period from the Arctic Council meeting in Iqaluit this week, Nicholson said Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq was commended at the gathering for her work […]

Apr 26 2015 — Michelle Zilio

Omar Khadr’s lawyer says the Conservative government is pursuing a case against his client that they know is “fiction.” Last week, an Alberta judge granted Khadr bail. Within minutes of Friday’s decision, the Conservative government said it would appeal the decision affecting the “convicted terrorist.” Khadr’s lawyer, Dennis Edney, told CTV’s Question Period that Prime […]

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Apr 26 2015 —

The Conservatives’ anti-terror law threatens to stifle the Canadian tech sector, potentially dealing a lasting blow to the national economy, business leaders are warning. “We work with international clients, and we fear that this proposed legislation will undermine international trust in Canada’s technology sector,” a letter from 60 leading business owners to the prime minister […]

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Apr 26 2015 — Dean Beeby

An internal Finance Canada document raises questions about the Harper government’s billion-dollar project to open up land-border crossings with the U.S. The report says truck traffic has fallen sharply as Canada’s manufacturing sector slumps, and wait times at key border points are negligible. Altogether, the document drawn up by federal bureaucrats suggests a thinning border, […]

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Apr 25 2015 — James Wood

Jonathan Denis has been forced to resign as Alberta’s justice minister and solicitor general over legal proceedings between himself and his estranged wife but will continue as a Tory candidate in the May 5 provincial election. Premier Jim Prentice said he asked Denis to step down when he became aware of the court case Saturday […]

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Kathleen Wynne wastes chance to create a legacy

Apr 26 2015 — Bob Hepburn

When Dalton McGuinty first took office back in 2003, he declared he wanted to be known as the “education premier.” During his term, McGuinty made education a top priority, introducing forward-looking policies that turned the troubled, cash-starved Ontario system into a world leader, with high-school graduation rates up, more students in colleges and universities and […]

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Alberta Premier Jim Prentice still confident

Apr 26 2015 — Rick Bell

The premier looked like he was having a good time. Pressing the flesh, slamming the NDP, telling old jokes. But he got the news early Saturday morning. Legal proceedings are underway between Jonathan Denis and his estranged wife. Denis was, until early Saturday morning, the province’s top cop and Prentice’s justice minister. Prentice asked for […]

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Do PCs have a death wish?

Apr 26 2015 — Sue-Ann Levy

This was supposed to be the Progressive Conservatives’ “Aha” moment. After four devastating election losses, Ontario PCs agreed they had to focus on reinventing their party and renewing themselves in their ongoing leadership race. They have to be perceived as a kinder, gentler, urban-centric party that has evolved in 2015, if they ever hope to […]

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More Liberal hot air

Apr 26 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

You know what? I don’t think Premier Kathleen Wynne and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray understand what cap-and-trade is, even though they’re about to impose it on Ontario. So far, whenever they’re challenged on its specifics, they go off on strange rants about how they’re doing it for their grandchildren and to heck with the […]

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Liberals beating Ontario up

Apr 26 2015 — Adrienne Batra

Last year it was “Building Opportunity, Securing our Future”. Governments in general and the Ontario Liberals in particular, like to use words such as “build”, because it conjures up images in our minds that something responsible and worthwhile is being done with taxpayers’ money. But Ontarians are right to be skeptical about anything this government […]

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Longtime Expos general manager Jim Fanning dies

Apr 26 2015 —

Former Montreal Expos general manager and lifelong supporter of Canadian baseball Jim Fanning has died of a heart attack. He was 87. Often called Gentleman Jim, Fanning first served the Expos as general manager in 1968, and stayed involved with the franchise in different roles until the early 1990s. “He wore just about every hat […]

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