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Jul 3 2015 — Daniel Leblanc

The RCMP investigated the Conservative government’s appointment of Arthur Porter to Canada’s intelligence oversight agency after allegations surfaced the physician was involved in a kickback scheme in Montreal, The Globe and Mail has learned. Dr. Porter made high-profile friends in the Conservative Party after he arrived in Canada from the United States in 2004 to […]

Jul 3 2015 —

Sapped by the oil slide, Canada’s economy appears headed toward recession, economists warn — and one says we’re already there. Emanuella Enenajor of Bank of America Merrill Lynch says the Canadian economy appears to have shrunk by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter after a drop of the same amount in the first, “suggesting […]

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Leaked dogfight test reveals that F-35 jet is in ‘very big trouble’

Jul 2 2015 —

It’s the most expensive weapon ever built in human history. But after decades of internationally-funded research and development at an estimated cost of a trillion dollars, a leaked report from a mock combat test reveals that the F-35 is terrible at air-to-air combat. “[The report found that] the F35 cannot turn or accelerate fast enough […]

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Marijuana industry flourishing amidst Tories’ war on pot

Jul 3 2015 — Gloria Galloway

As the Conservative government’s champion in the war on pot, Health Minister Rona Ambrose has taken some heavy blows and faces the prospect of more. Ms. Ambrose was “outraged” in early June when the Supreme Court ruled that legal medical-marijuana users would be permitted to eat the drug as well as smoke it. She was […]

Jul 3 2015 —

The political summertime barbecue season — the last for leaders to take advantage of before the fall federal election — will have a decidedly 905 flavour. Polls have indicated it is a three-way statistical tie between the governing Conservatives, New Democrats and Liberals in Ontario, where the majority of seats are gathered around the Greater […]

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Jul 3 2015 —

As federal politicians descend on Cowtown for the annual tradition of flipping pancakes and wooing voters during Calgary Stampede celebrations, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said urban issues will be a major factor in October’s federal election. “The parties have finally figured out that 80 per cent of Canadians live in cities and that what city dwellers […]

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Jul 3 2015 —

The writ hasn’t dropped for this fall’s federal election, but local MP Diane Finley is already on a campaign footing. In a wide-ranging interview this week, Finley said campaign readiness has been the norm since voters in Haldimand-Norfolk first sent her to Ottawa in 2004. “My first three governments were minority governments, and you were […]

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Jul 3 2015 —

Winnipeg MP Pat Martin says Health Canada’s decision to revise its long-standing stance on health risks associated with asbestos ends one of the country’s “most loathsome and moral and ethically reprehensible” policies in its history. “This is a very good day,” Martin said Thursday. “I think it’s one of the most significant breakthroughs in my […]

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Harper’s Canada day speech and the Canadian identity

Jul 3 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

What is the purpose of a Prime Minister’s Canada Day speech? For most, it presents an opportunity to rhapsodize on the country’s greatness while inspiring citizens to meet the challenges ahead. But it also allows the speaker to define the terms of that greatness, and the nature of those challenges. In other words, it’s about […]

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Raising the Bar on Public Engagement

Jul 3 2015 — Don Lenihan

Ontario could be on the verge of changing Canadian politics. Premier Kathleen Wynne wants to find a principled way to give citizens and stakeholders a more meaningful voice in the policy process. To see how and why, let’s start with two examples where conventional policymaking has failed. In the run-up to the Alberta election, Premier […]

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Cash-and-curry: Buying votes on the public dime

Jul 3 2015 — Michael Harris

Only Stephen Harper could be cynical enough to dream it up, and only Pierre Polyester sufficiently crass to carry it out. Canada’s minister of Employment and Social Development has had a photo-op with a bunch of government cheques. The usual photo partners — starry-eyed children, carefully vetted students, or alleged constituents lovingly gazing at Poilievre […]

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With polls plunging, Notley saddles up for Stampede Parade

Jul 3 2015 — Don Braid

Premier Rachel Notley, one of Friday’s celebrity Stampede Parade riders, has plenty of experience with horses. That’s a good thing, because Calgary shows signs of bucking the NDP into the tumbleweeds. A poll by Mainstreet Technologies says the Progressive Conservatives lead the NDP by nearly 20 points in Stampede city. Wildrose is a strong second. […]

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Game of Ches

Jul 3 2015 —

Ches Crosbie has been rejected as a candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada. No word yet on whether lambs are lying down with lions, or whether pigs are flying. © — Telegram file photo Ches Crosbie. For anyone who’s observed the local political scene going back a few decades, the idea is inconceivable: Conservatives […]

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Retirees mostly find life good, as long as the money lasts

Jul 3 2015 — Don Cayo

Money ups the odds of a happy retirement, and having a public service pension ups the odds of having enough money to retire in comfort. These are two significant take-aways from a new and detailed poll from the Angus Reid Institute that probed the views of retired and not-yet-retired Canadians. Another big finding — no […]

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Bobbi Kristina — Someone’s Shopping Death Bed Photo

Jul 3 2015 —

It’s pretty disgusting but also not unexpected … someone is shopping a pic of Bobbi Kristina laying at death’s door in a hospice. The photo was shopped to us … we passed. It was taken earlier this week at the facility outside of Atlanta. A woman is hovering over Bobbi Kristina in the photo … […]

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