National Newswatch
Jan 28 2015 — Daniel Leblanc

The Liberals are ready to support the government’s upcoming anti-terrorism legislation that will curtail freedoms in the name of national security, while continuing to push for increased oversight of Canada’s intelligence services. The party has struggled to explain its position against the military deployment in Iraq and Liberal officials said they now want to avoid […]

Jan 28 2015 — Robert Benzie

Cash-strapped provinces will lose millions to foreign gambling websites and criminals in Sunday’s Super Bowl because the Senate is stalling legislative changes passed by the Commons. Almost three years after NDP MP Joe Comartin’s private member’s bill to allow one-game betting on sports sailed through the House with support of members of all parties, the […]

Jan 28 2015 — Nik Nanos

Harper and Trudeau remain locked in a statistical tie in the weekly preferred Prime Minister tracking by Nanos. Thirty-one per cent of Canadians identified Stephen Harper as their choice for preferred PM, while 30 per cent picked Justin Trudeau. Thomas Mulcair remains in third at 19%, followed by Elizabeth May at 4%. Fifteen per cent […]


Bill for Stephen Harper’s annual Arctic trips tops $3.4M

Jan 28 2015 — Alex Boutilier

The Canadian public paid more than $2.6 million — excluding security costs — to send Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his annual northern trips between 2006 and 2013. Federal departments and agencies reported $2,650,442 in costs for the August Arctic trip, which Harper has made every year since taking power in 2006. The total cost […]


CSE tracks millions of downloads daily: Snowden documents

Jan 28 2015 — Amber Hildebrandt

Canada’s electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and suspects, CBC News has learned. Details of the Communications Security Establishment project dubbed “Levitation” are revealed in a document obtained by U.S. whistleblower Edward […]

Jan 28 2015 —

There’s a fine line between legitimate religious expression and inciting terrorism, says Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney. It’s that line the government will be walking — carefully — in its new anti-terrorism bill, expected to be unveiled Friday. The bill is the government’s long-awaited legislative response to two attacks carried out on Canadian soldiers last […]

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Jan 28 2015 — Kady O'Malley

With just two days to go before the government unveils its latest bid to crack down on terrorism, terrorists and terror-related activities, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan has served notice that he intends to impose a deadline on House debate over a related bill introduced last fall — C-44, which would expand the power […]

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Jan 28 2015 —

Federal correctional workers who have been using government computers to make Wikipedia edits may face disciplinary measures for posting “offensive and inappropriate” comments on the site, an agency spokesperson says. The edits range from homophobic remarks to commentary about Correctional Service Canada’s own institution to apparent inside jokes between employees. In some instances, names of […]

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Jan 28 2015 — Bruce Campion-Smith

The federal government has formally refused to release any details about the cost of Canada’s ongoing military mission in Iraq, prompting opposition charges of cover-up. In a response to a question by NDP MP Jack Harris, the government says it knows the estimated price tags for its air and ground operations but is refusing to […]

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Dean Del Mastro hides behind his baby in court

Jan 28 2015 — Heather Mallick

The sentencing of Dean Del Mastro, Stephen Harper’s former parliamentary secretary and the good city of Peterborough’s finest whatever, should have been a brisk swift thing. But like everything Del Mastro, it grew sodden, the legal works gummed up by whining and eccentric complaints by the new lawyer he has hired post-conviction. Del Mastro, former […]


A Sask. NDP MP not yet a sure thing

Jan 28 2015 — Murray Mandryk

It’s rather startling that it’s been more than a decade since an NDP MP from Saskatchewan last took a seat in the House of Commons, but there may be something even more startling: When Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls the election, there’s a chance the Saskatchewan NDP again will be shut out of the House […]


Middle-class concerns push environment to background

Jan 27 2015 — Tim Harper

If we don’t have an adult conversation about climate change and carbon pricing at the federal level this year, then when? The void should not be filled by the provinces. It demands federal leadership. But if there is timidity at the federal level right now, you can blame the tao of Stephen Harper. The Conservative […]


Joe Oliver, in a corner

Jan 28 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

Joe Oliver’s got a starring role in an upcoming remake — Honey, I Shrunk the Surplus. It’s not a comedy. And he still doesn’t know when it might open. “Not before April,” he has said, when asked (and a lot of people are asking) when his first budget might come down. Over at Finance, they’re […]


The selective Conservative memory

Jan 28 2015 — Andrew Cohen

On February 15, 1965, 10,000 people gathered on Parliament Hill. They were there, in the shadow of the Peace Tower, to watch the raising of Canada’s new flag. At noon, amidst a muffled 21-gun salute, a gust of wind gave the flag “the first flutter of life,” Peter C. Newman observed. “If our nation by […]


The spreading alchemy of central bank money-printing

Jan 28 2015 — Neil MacDonald

Two years ago, I sat in the hushed fortress of the Bank of England, listening to one of its secretive boffins, a languid fellow named Paul Fisher, explain the creation and meaning of money. He reached into his wallet and fished out a 10-pound note. This note is worth 10 pounds, he said, because you […]

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How the maple leaf became forever

Jan 28 2015 — Paul Adams

The flag. Earlier this week, a Canadian Auschwitz survivor returned to the scene of her childhood horror, arm in arm with her daughter. The two women chose to drape themselves in a large Canadian flag. Literally half a world away, and in an utterly different context, the Aussie fanboys of glamorous Canadian tennis star Eugenie […]

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Actor in CTV sitcom charged with voyeurism

Jan 27 2015 —

Toronto police say they have charged sitcom actor Jean Paul Manoux after two women discovered hidden cameras in a condo they were renting. Police say they responded to a call on Thursday and spoke to two women, aged 25 and 27, who had discovered concealed cameras and video equipment connected to the Internet. The 45-year-old […]

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