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Liberals ahead by 8, 38% to 30%.

Oct 1 2014 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto

Our most recent polls show that the Liberals continue to enjoy a significant lead over the Conservatives with the NDP in third. Among the trends we are watching is the drift downward in expressed support for the BQ. The BQ now is the choice of only 13% of Quebec voters in our latest sample, down […]

Oct 1 2014 — Laura Payton

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the House of Commons on Wednesday that, contrary to earlier reports, 26 Canadian soldiers are now in Iraq serving as military advisers. The numbers will fluctuate, he explained, as operational decisions are made by commanders on the ground‎. The government authorized up to 69 soldiers for the mission, Harper said, […]

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A national fur lobby says it raised objections with federal ministers upon learning the RCMP planned to begin outfitting officers with tuques instead of muskrat hats. Glen Doucet of the Fur Institute of Canada says the organization made its concerns known to the environment and public safety ministers after seeing a recent media report about […]

Oct 1 2014 — Steven Chase

Canada has determined the historic Franklin Expedition shipwreck discovered in the Arctic last month is in fact the HMS Erebus, the vessel on which Sir John Franklin sailed. It’s another puzzle solved in the enthralling story of the famous British expedition that tried to traverse the Northwest Passage but ended in misery with all 129 […]

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Tom Mulcair warns against moving ‘full force’ into war in Iraq

Oct 1 2014 — Laura Payton

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is warning against being propelled “full force into a war” against ISIS in Iraq, as MPs wait to hear Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s plan for a Canadian contribution. “This is not a UN mission, so we’ve got to be extremely careful before we start listening to the siren song of those […]

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EU wins political-deal clause that could suspend trade deal

Oct 1 2014 — Anca Gurzu

A clause that could lead to an eventual suspension of the Canada-European Union free trade deal over human rights issues has found its way into a recently announced political agreement between the two sides—despite Canada’s initial objection, Embassy has learned. Several European Union officials in Brussels, the EU nerve centre, have confirmed the clause is […]

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Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Dr. Gregory Taylor, Canada’s chief public health officer, discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa today at the meeting of federal, provincial and territorial health ministers in Banff, Alta. On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first case of the deadly virus was diagnosed in […]

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Oct 1 2014 — Kristen Shane

Several local union groups at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development are proposing a new human resources system for the merged department that could combine five job classifications into one, possibly affecting the job descriptions, salaries and assignments of thousands of DFATD employees. The new “international officer” job classification, which one employee involved […]

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The federal government is appealing a federal court decision that threatened to strike down down its new policy on refugee health care as “cruel and unusual punishment.” The immigration minister also filed a motion to stay the judgment of Judge Anne Mactavish, whose ruling meant refugee applicants would once again have access to Canadian health […]

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Can we make Parliament work? Yes.

Oct 1 2014 — Don Lenihan

There’s been a lot of angst over the state of Parliament this past week, leading some to wonder what it might take to fix it—or if it can be fixed at all. Maybe it’s time to pause and ask what, exactly, we really expect from parliamentary reform. For several decades the PMO has been clawing […]

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Prescription drug costs hurting Canadians

Oct 1 2014 — Danielle Martin and Steve Morgan

Why the public health system needs to evolve. This week, Health Ministers from across Canada will gather in Banff to discuss issues of common interest and explore opportunities to work together. Pharmacare – a program that would see all prescription drug costs covered through a publicly funded system instead of out-of-pocket — will almost certainly […]

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For better or worse, EU-Canada deal is a precedent

Oct 1 2014 — Jeffrey Simpson

When the European Union and Canada began negotiating their comprehensive trade and investment agreement, a coterie of EU ambassadors headed across the Atlantic. Their mission was to discover how Canadian provinces felt about a deal, and whether they would scuttle the negotiations or fail to implement provisions.

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Taseko wants to sue Ottawa for regulatory unfairness

Oct 1 2014 — Dan Cayo

Can a government be held accountable if its industry regulators don’t treat applicants fairly? And should a court-ordered remedy for any proven case of unfairness include shelling out millions, maybe even billions, of dollars in compensation? These are anything-but-hypothetical questions that Taseko Mines wants to put before the Federal Court of Canada. The Vancouver company, […]

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Earth to Tories: Just answer the question

Sep 30 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

Two things were remarkable about Sun News’s apology to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, over its airing of a particularly vile video comment by one of its marquis personalities, Ezra Levant. The first was the apology’s patent insincerity. The second was how little notice this drew — as though a meaningless apology, that is to say […]

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Feminism is mainstream, not a cult

Oct 1 2014 — Heather Mallick

Being the target of mass Twitter attacks from the extreme right and hard left simultaneously is not pleasant but it’s instructive. Canadians aren’t extremists, generally, and besides I believe in putting the best possible construction on what is said to me in reproof. Pander alert! Toronto Star readers — over 1 million on Saturdays, over […]

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Past still haunts PCs as byelection campaigns kick off

Oct 1 2014 — Don Braid

On the first full day of byelection campaigning, a pair of uneasy memories dogged the government, early snapshots of what we can expect for the next month. First came a leaked report to CBC that the auditor general is scathingly critical of sole-source contracts awarded by the province during flood relief to Navigator Ltd. This […]

Oct 1 2014 — Christina Blizzard

Premier Kathleen Wynne should immediately cancel plans to take part in a trade mission to China later this month with other premiers from across the country. It is unseemly and wildly inappropriate for Canadian politicians to visit Beijing at a time when thousands of people have taken to the streets of Hong Kong asking for […]

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Oct 1 2014 — Sue-Ann Levy

The Toronto Police Services Board voted not to renew Chief Bill Blair’s contract for a third term when it expires next April 25. In late July, board members claimed they wanted to pursue change on the force. In fact, board chairman Alok Mukherjee said at the time that change is “inevitable” and a blueprint will […]

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AC/DC: Malcolm Young suffering from dementia

Oct 1 2014 —

AC/DC founding member and guitarist Malcolm Young is suffering from dementia, his family has confirmed. It was announced last week the 61-year-old would not be returning to the rock band after taking a break earlier this year due to an unspecified illness. “Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their […]

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