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Anti-marijuana ad’s dubious claim a scary hit with parents

Dec 18 2014 — Dean Beeby

Health Canada’s latest anti-marijuana ad makes a “scary” claim about lowered IQ that has been widely challenged by researchers, but the campaign went ahead anyway after that message tested well with focus groups. An ominous 30-second ad now on YouTube and TV warns that smoking too many joints can seriously harm a teen’s developing brain, […]

Dec 18 2014 — Sean Fine

A law professor named an Ontario judge this week wrote two years ago for a conservative, U.S.-based institute that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada has harmed religious freedom and free speech, and led to the “indoctrination” of children in public schools. Bradley Miller, a constitutional specialist at Western University in London, Ont., said […]

Dec 18 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper disappeared into a caucus room closet during the Parliament Hill attack on Oct. 22 in order to ensure Canada had a functioning government in the event of a catastrophic attack. In a year-end interview with the CBC’s chief correspondent, Peter Mansbridge, the prime minister revealed for the first time how he […]

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Peladeau likely to dominate Quebec politics in 2015 with PQ leadership run

Dec 18 2014 —

Quebec media mogul Pierre Karl Peladeau’s journey to become the father of a country begins in earnest in 2015. The controlling shareholder of Quebecor Inc. is the acknowledged front-runner in the Parti Quebecois leadership race, which will end in May. While some polls have suggested Peladeau is already the man Quebecers want as premier, the […]

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Sudbury shafted by the Liberals: Prof

Dec 18 2014 —

It isn’t just former Liberal candidate Andrew Olivier who “got the shaft” from the provincial government. Sudburians are feeling it as well, says a political scientist. Olivier’s announcement Monday that he was asked by Premier Kathleen Wynne to step aside for a star candidate likely forced Wynne’s hand to announce a Liberal candidate was being […]

Dec 17 2014 —

Stephen Harper is still taking a hard line against introducing a “job-killing carbon tax,” but in an interview with CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, the prime minister has indicated for the first time a willingness to accept a price on greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking favourably about the merits of Alberta’s carbon-pricing system, Harper said […]

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Dec 17 2014 —

Stephen Harper says the two men with jihadist sympathies who launched separate attacks in Quebec and on Parliament Hill might not have been acting in isolation. In a year-end interview, the prime minister tells the news network TVA that although Michael Zehaf Bibeau and Martin Couture-Rouleau were each alone at the time of their attacks, […]

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Dec 17 2014 —

The leader of Alberta’s Official Opposition shattered her caucus Wednesday by leading an en masse floor crossing, saying she no longer had the fire in the belly to oppose Premier Jim Prentice. “If you’re going to be the official Opposition leader, you have to really want to take down the government and really want to […]

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The Wildrose Nine sell out

Dec 18 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Or, more cynically, if you don’t feel like toiling on the opposition benches for the rest of your career, dump your party and waltz across the aisle. The view is better, the perks bigger, and the future brighter — if you ever get over being tarred a floor-crosser, […]

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How could Smith do that to her party?

Dec 18 2014 — Don Braid

What a thing Danielle Smith did. It takes the breath away. It tests the gag reflex. Not only did she abandon her party to join the government, taking eight Wildrose MLAs with her; not only did she praise the very premier her byelection campaigns vilified only weeks ago. No, along with all that, she wants […]

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Wildrose, NDP defections good news for Harper, but not Mulcair

Dec 18 2014 — Tom Walkom

As Glenn Thibeault and Danielle Smith know, politics is a fluid business. Thibeault is the MP from Sudbury who left the federal New Democrats in the hope of becoming a provincial Liberal politician. Smith is the Alberta Wildrose leader who is defecting from her own party. She wants to bring much of her caucus into […]

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Once again, Alberta’s without opposition

Dec 18 2014 — Tom Flanagan

Opposition Leader Danielle Smith, House Leader Rob Anderson and other Wildrose MLAs are crossing the floor to join Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives after having failed to persuade the rest of the Wildrose MLAs to go with them. It’s a profoundly cynical act of political opportunism to make such a move without consulting the Wildrose executive and […]

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Smith’s defection from Wildrose party a blow to democracy

Dec 18 2014 — Graham Thomson

It is being called a takeover, a capitulation, a travesty, and the greatest betrayal in Canadian political history. It is all of those things. Most of all, perhaps, it is a sad day for democracy. The leader of Alberta’s official Opposition — who vociferously condemned the Progressive Conservative government for five years — has abandoned […]

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Wildrose death knell near

Dec 18 2014 — Lorne Gunter

As the great political philosopher Bill Parcells once said, “You are what your record says you are.” Of course, Parcells isn’t a modern day Machiavelli. He’s a Hall of Fame football coach. Still, his famous quote about teams and their win-loss records is applicable to Alberta’s current political drama. Loyal Wildrosers — both MLAs and […]

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The torture report — and the blood on Canada’s hands

Dec 18 2014 — Linda McQuaig

When it comes to torture, it’s hard not to look good compared to the U.S. authorities who, among other things, subjected an Algerian prisoner to ice-water baths and 66 hours of standing sleep deprivation … before discovering he was not the person they thought he was. OK, so there were a few screw-ups in the […]

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TimesTalks Presents A Conversation With Chris Rock

Chris Rock: Hollywood is terrified over Sony hack

Dec 18 2014 —

Chris Rock says all of Hollywood’s terrified over the Sony hacking scandal — and he’s particularly worried because his job is to “say offensive things.” “Read my e-mails, I say offensive things for a living,” said comedian Rock, whose “Top Five” was produced by Sony hacking victim Scott Rudin. “This whole thing is just scary,” […]

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