National Newswatch
Feb 12 2016 — Tonda MacCharles

Two Toronto-based human rights organizations have written a letter to the Iraqi and Canadian governments alleging pro-Iraqi government Shia militias were responsible for a massacre of at least 55 Yazidi slaves kidnapped by ISIS and possibly hundreds more Sunni civilians during the liberation of Ramadi in early January. Iraqi forces ousted ISIS soldiers from the […]

Feb 13 2016 — John Paul Tasker

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sweeping sanctions relief for Iran will be a boon for Canadian businesses, but thawing relations between the two countries is not without risks for the Liberal government, say experts. Stéphane Dion, Canada’s foreign affairs minister, lifted virtually all sanctions against Iran last week, paving the way for non-military exports to a […]

Feb 12 2016 —

In a Friday announcement in Toronto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hinted at the nature of the coming change-up in the governor general’s office. Trudeau said the next appointment would express Canada’s diversity and referenced the answer he gave last November when he was asked why he created a cabinet with equal number of men and […]

Feb 12 2016 —

Ever since Napoleon’s 100-day second coming ended with the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, politics watchers have been consumed with 100-day increments in the lives of new governments. Former U.S. president Franklin Roosevelt made it an American political standard with his Depression-era burst of activity in 1933 and John F. Kennedy cemented the modern television-era […]

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’60 Minutes’ to profile Justin Trudeau in an upcoming episode

Feb 12 2016 — John Paul Tasker

The most-watched American news program will profile Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an episode to air soon, CBC News has confirmed. CBS’s 60 Minutes has been filming Trudeau for months — including at last November’s swearing-in ceremony — for the segment. Lara Logan, chief foreign correspondent for CBS News and co-host of the weekly newsmagazine, […]

Feb 12 2016 — Chris Hall

He came. They met. They smiled for the cameras and said all the right things. After years of uneasy relations between the UN and the previous Conservative government, the mere meeting of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau passed for news here in Ottawa on Thursday. Ban emerged from his meeting […]

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Featured Ink

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Epic federal election was a victory for democracy

Feb 12 2016 — Susan Delacourt

For roughly the price of one movie ticket and a large bag of popcorn, Canadians were treated last fall to an 11-week epic spectacle of fortunes lost and gained. I’m referring here to the federal election and the cost estimate released last week by Elections Canada: $443 million, or approximately $17 for every registered voter. […]

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Rona Ambrose sticks to partisan clichés

Feb 12 2016 — Carol Goar

She had no choice, really. Rona Ambrose, interim leader of the Conservative party, had to denounce Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to trade warplanes in the skies over Iraq for boots on the ground as “a shameful step backward from our proud traditions.” She had to dismiss the government’s decision to focus on training local […]

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Dealing with life and death at breakneck speed

Feb 12 2016 — Tim Harper

Meet the most important MP you may not have heard of, the co-chair of the most important Parliamentary committee no one seems to be noticing. Don Valley West Liberal Rob Oliphant, a soft spoken United Church minister, has 13 days to present to Parliament and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould a framework for a federal law […]

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Remember the income trust affair? Here’s why you should

Feb 12 2016 — Scott Reid

Canada is not the kind of country where the head of the national police force intervenes arbitrarily to alter the course of a federal election. We’re not Pinochet’s Chile. Or North Korea. The very suggestion is tin-foil hat territory. All the more reason that an important anniversary should not have gone by unnoted just a […]

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The NDP’s failure; a crisis of strategy, or of ideology?

Feb 12 2016 — Jen Gerson

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair seems to have successfully waited for the election-night Molotov cocktails to fizzle before emerging from obscurity to offer his personal apologies for the party’s collapse. “I agree with the overarching assessment that our campaign came up short,” he wrote in a note accompanying an election postmortem. “As leader, I take full […]

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The 100-day honeymoon faces a reality check

Feb 11 2016 — Don Martin

One hundred days is the approximate gestation period for lions, leopards and pigs. In an unrelated development, it is also the incubation period for new governments to be first assessed in style, if not substance. Today is Justin Trudeau’s 100th day as Liberal prime minister. Much will be written and said by way of analysis, […]

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Why newspapers really failed and why government should care

Feb 12 2016 — Colin Horgan

In the weeks since the latest, deep, round of Postmedia cuts, some journalists who still have jobs have written thoughtfully about the state of Canadian media. In amongst it all, an interesting idea popped up. In the Globe and Mail, via Lawrence Martin, it went like this: “If traditional print journalism cannot be sustained, what […]

Feb 12 2016 — Colby Cosh

The Canadian frigate Fredericton left port early in the new year. It crossed the Atlantic in order to, in the words of the Department of National Defence (DND), “engage in NATO counter-terrorism patrols and related activities in the Mediterranean Sea.” You do not have to read between the lines very closely to translate this into […]

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Entertainment Plus

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Drake coaches Canada to win over U.S. in NBA Celebrity All-Star Game

Feb 13 2016 —

Air balls, comedic bits and the odd quality play — the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game had a little bit of everything Friday night at the Ricoh Coliseum. Serving as the on-court kickoff to a weekend of festivities building up to Sunday’s all-star game, fans were treated to an entertaining mix of characters who delivered a […]