National Newswatch

Hells Angels visit Parliament Buildings in Ottawa during Canada Run

Jul 23 2016 —

Fearsome Hells Angels largely seemed to play tourist in the capital Saturday, with dozens of bikers heading for the Hill for photos and to gawk at the Parliament buildings. Police had said they expected the 500 or more Angels (and affiliated bikers) to be on their best behaviour for the mandatory meeting taking place in […]

Jul 23 2016 —

Two Alberta teenagers were apprehended after they accidentally crossed the U.S. border into Montana while playing the game Pokemon Go, U.S. Border Patrol officials say. “Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokemon Go games that they lost track of where they were,” the service said in a release on Friday. Border Patrol Agent John […]

Jul 23 2016 —

Canada’s economy should rebound “over the course of the year” from the impact of the Fort McMurray, Alta. wildfire, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Saturday on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Chengdu, China. The fire is estimated to have cut daily oil production by more than 1 million barrels and the Bank […]

Jul 23 2016 — Althia Raj

The Canadian importer of the abortion pill Mifegymiso plans to ask the Liberal government to expand the gestational age limit for pregnancy terminations, The Huffington Post Canada has learned. Celopharma Inc., the company approved to import and distribute the drug commonly known as RU-486, also wants Ottawa to lift major restrictions imposed by the previous […]

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Hells Angels ride into Ottawa for largest-ever Canadian meeting

Jul 23 2016 — Graham Slaughter

Hundreds of Hells Angels biker gang members arrived in Ottawa this weekend for an annual meeting that police have called the largest gathering of the notorious organization in Canadian history. More than 700 members have begun arriving at a longstanding Hells Angels clubhouse in Carlsbad Springs, a community in Ottawa’s southeast end. The bikers are […]

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Provinces, territories reach deal in principle on interprovincial trade

Jul 23 2016 — Chris Hall

The biggest deal coming out of the annual premiers’ meeting, which wrapped up Friday in Whitehorse, was the one that almost didn’t happen at all. But after extending their conference beyond the scheduled closing, the premiers came up with an agreement in principle for a free-trade deal within Canada. Free trade. Within Canada. It’s taken […]

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Bains responds after 8-year-old Quebec girl applies to astronaut program

Jul 23 2016 —

When she heard the Canadian Space Agency is looking to recruit new astronauts, eight-year-old Sahana Khatri figured she just might be what they’re looking for. The Quebec girl spent a little more than a week working on her application before presenting it to her local representative, Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke. In a video Schiefke posted […]

Jul 23 2016 —

Canada seeks a “strong trade agreement” with a Britain that has voted to leave the European Union, the country’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Saturday on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Chengdu, China. Speaking to reporters on the phone, Morneau also said Canada’s economy, “impacted” by a wildfire in its energy heartland, […]

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Jul 23 2016 — Steven Chase

A high-profile Canadian think tank that just published a paper defending this country’s controversial $15-billion combat-vehicle sale to Saudi Arabia recently accepted donations from defence contractor General Dynamics – the parent of the arms maker in this export contract. At least four of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute’s “fellows,” or affiliated academics, have also written […]

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Jul 23 2016 — James Wood

Premier Rachel Notley is downplaying the political impact of a significant new pipeline spill that occurred as she was pitching the need for new pipelines to her fellow premiers. Calgary-based Husky Energy notified the Saskatchewan government Thursday that between 200,000 and 250,000 litres of crude oil and other material had leaked into the North Saskatchewan […]

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Jul 23 2016 —

Public schools are showing great improvement, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual Report Card which ranks Alberta’s elementary and high schools, but many private schools remain top of the class. The school that showed the fastest improvement over the past five years was Ecole Mallaig School, a public school north-east of Edmonton. Despite having 25 […]

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Jul 23 2016 — Evan Dyer

Their country is divided by a war that has killed thousands and displaced more than a million people. And yet when polled on which is more urgent — the war against pro-Russian rebels or the war against corruption — Ukrainians say it’s corruption, by a margin of more than two-to-one. Such is the scale of […]

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Featured Ink


Canada Federal leadership unavoidable on climate change

Jul 23 2016 — Martin Regg Cohn

Justin Trudeau couldn’t crash the premiers’ closed-door meeting in Yukon. But he was still the elephant in the room. Far removed from the Yukon’s bracing northern air, his prime ministerial admonitions on emissions of greenhouse gases rankled many of the provinces accustomed to going at their own glacial pace. After a decade of deliberate neglect […]


While Canada’s LNG dream fades, U.S. gears up

Jul 22 2016 — Gary Lamphier

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark once dreamed of wiping out her province’s debt and creating a $100-billion Prosperity Fund from the riches generated by B.C.’s nascent liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. “The safe recovery and export of our abundant supply of natural gas presents an opportunity for prosperity unlike anything we have ever seen,” she […]

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Trump a cautionary tale for Canadian conservatives

Jul 22 2016 — Andrew MacDougall

It is tempting for Canadian Conservatives to look at the Republicans’ festival of stupid in Cleveland and snigger; there is, thankfully, no Trump-style carnival barkery in Canada. But attention must be paid. The Republican convention is what happens when you chase your base up your own backside: You’re left talking out of your butt, alienating […]

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The genius of Donald Trump

Jul 23 2016 — Conrad Black

Even in the week that he is nominated by the Republican party for the presidency of the United States, intelligent people fail in droves to understand what Donald Trump has accomplished. It was disappointing to read the editorial in this newspaper on Tuesday that “a Trump presidency would be a descent into the uncertainties of […]


America deserves Trump

Jul 23 2016 — Candice Malcolm

In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve. And in America, they deserve Donald Trump. The old adage comes from Alexis de Tocqueville, a French historian and writer who studied early American democracy. Tocqueville’s book, Democracy in America, examined how and why the political system worked so well in the U.S., whereas it […]


Donald Trump’s dark vision of America

Jul 22 2016 — L. Ian MacDonald

Just in case anyone missed the point in his acceptance speech, Donald Trump said it several times — he is the “law and order” candidate for president of the United States. “There can be no security without law and order,” he declared in his 75-minute address to the Republican National Convention Thursday night. “I will […]

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Carbon Tax: We’re Fighting the Wrong Fight

Jul 22 2016 — Danielle Smith

Listeners keep forwarding me emails from different conservative campaigns asking me to: “Add your name to the petition today and help us stop the carbon tax!” No doubt petition forms are piling up all over the province in support, but I think conservatives are fighting the wrong fight. It’s hard to argue with the logic: […]

Jul 22 2016 — Barry Cooper

A minor plank in the Liberals’ election platform aimed to ensure “that 2015 will be the last federal election” conducted with the “first-past-the-post” electoral system. It was enshrined in the December throne speech. The objective is “to make sure that every vote counts.” The ensuing media and blogosphere discussion has recapitulated a lot of post-Second […]

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Jul 22 2016 —

The House of Commons special committee on electoral reform has started hearings into alternatives to the first-past-the-post system that has been at the core of Canadian democracy since Confederation. No matter which model it ends up proposing, significant changes to how MPs are selected and, accordingly, how our federal government is formed must be referred […]

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Jul 22 2016 — David Climenhaga

Now there’s a shocker! Upon close examination it turns out Saskatchewan, which has been loudly whinging about Alberta beer sales running “counter to the spirit and intent” of the New West Partnership, has a provincial beer sales system that … erm … operates counter to the spirit and intent of the New West Partnership. Egregiously, […]

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Jul 22 2016 — Tom Walkom

Donald Trump has blown up the Republican Party. It’s not clear what will replace it. Trump didn’t do the deed on his own. The Republicans have been at war with themselves for decades, a war that found expression in renegade presidential candidacies like that of Pat Buchanan in the ’90s, in the ongoing tension between […]

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Jul 22 2016 — Rick Salutin

It’s tempting to say Donald Trump is all leader and no ship: no party inclinations in any recognizable forms, nor typical policies, organization, strategy or scripts. It centres on him alone. Except for a literal ship, labelled Trump, that he flies in on and speaks in front of. He likes it so much, he flies […]

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Jul 21 2016 — Lorne Gunter

The #1 issue around Calgary during Stampede week this year was the continued downturn in the energy industry. (Ok, maybe it was the crummy weather and low attendance. But after that it was the oil industry’s woes.) The next biggest talker was probably the reduction in Stampede Week parties. It used to be possible to […]

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Jul 21 2016 — Martin Regg Cohn

The rhetoric of reconciliation comes easily. Calls for an indigenous inquiry sound simple. But after long demanding action, some provinces are now demanding further consultations. And reassurances they won’t have to pay the bills. As Canada’s premiers gathered in the land of the midnight sun for their annual summit with the nation’s indigenous leaders Wednesday, […]

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Jul 20 2016 — Jennifer Ditchburn

The word “disruption” pops up just about everywhere these days, suddenly transformed into something companies and governments actually want. Uber is an example of a disruptor — shaking an age-old industry to its core, with an innovation that the marketplace suddenly realizes it desperately needs. The Conservative Party of Canada needs a disruptive leadership candidate. […]

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Jul 21 2016 — Adam Goldenberg

If you are watching this week’s Republican convention, then you probably fit into one of four categories. There are The Converted, for whom the prime-time carnival of conspiracy theories and racial antagonism is mother’s milk; The Concerned, who cringe at the populist ignorance on display and fear its spread; The Condescending, who scoff at gaffes […]

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Jul 20 2016 — Brent Rathgeber

It was inevitable, I suppose. Last night at 8:09 EDT, Paul Ryan — Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and chairman of the Republican nomination meeting — read out the cumulative state delegate totals, confirming that Donald J. Trump is the Republican nominee for president. The qualifier “presumptive” has now been dropped.

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Jul 21 2016 — Don Pittis

No wonder Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used an unofficial email address instead of the official State Department one. She probably just wanted to avoid office reply-all. And while the FBI has determined that Clinton was careless, not criminal, in her use of electronic messaging, Republican Mike

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Jul 21 2016 — Desmond Cole

As dozens of migrants continue a hunger strike inside a provincial jail in Lindsay, Ontario the federal minister responsible for their welfare keeps stalling for time. Ralph Goodale, the minister of Public Safety, says he is concerned about the indefinite detention of undocumented migrants, who are being jailed across the country not because of criminal […]

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Entertainment Plus


Adele accidentally locks lips with fan at Canada concert

Jul 23 2016 —

Adele said hello to one of her audience members with an accidental kiss on the lips at a show in Canada. The “Send My Love” singer had brought the 21-year-old superfan, reportedly calling himself Wisdom, on stage, where he revealed that he had flown in to Vancouver from his home of Nigeria just to watch […]


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