National Newswatch
Feb 26 2015 — Laura Payton

In most cases where someone is willing to travel for terror-related reasons, those around them are aware of their beliefs, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Thursday, as he urged people to report those cases to officials. “We all have a responsibility and our studies clearly demonstrate that in 80 per cent of the [cases], […]

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Missing and murdered aboriginal women inquiry a must, report says

Feb 26 2015 — Max Paris

Contrary to government assertions, violence against indigenous women and girls is a sociological phenomenon and, while it has been studied, many recommendations haven’t been implemented, claims a new report on the issue of murdered and missing aboriginal women. The report, released today by the Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women, comes a day […]

Feb 26 2015 — Kady O'Malley

After fending off accusations of ducking parliamentary scrutiny of its controversial anti-terror bill in the House, the government has offered to give the public safety committee significantly more time to hear from witnesses. The move came in response to a New Democrat-driven filibuster that could have put the committee review on hold indefinitely while MPs […]

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Government has tunnel vision when it comes to terror radicalization

Feb 26 2015 — Don Martin

That bizarre Toronto tunnel was the howler of the week. It went nowhere and, given the discovery of Roman Catholic rosary beads and a military-honoring poppy inside, clearly wasn’t linked to jihad terrorism. But conspiracy theorists sounding the alarm about the tunnel as a Pan-Am Games terrorism launch pad underline public fear factors stoked by […]

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A Liberal nomination conundrum in Nepean

Feb 26 2015 — Terry Glavin

When Liberal leader Justin Trudeau promised “open nominations” for local riding candidacies two years ago, he couldn’t possibly have foreseen what was coming, so let’s be fair. But let’s be honest. Trudeau’s idealistic open-door policy has bogged down in an embarrassing quagmire of lawsuits, accusations of back-alley shenanigans to benefit Trudeau’s favourites and miraculous last-minute […]

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There are times when good politics make for better policy

Feb 26 2015 — Chantal Hébert

Cast in the lead Conservative role for the first House of Commons debate on the Supreme Court’s ruling on assisted suicide on Tuesday, MP Bob Dechert made a pretty definitive case for the government to seek an extension to deal with the issue. Earlier this month the top court gave Parliament one year to draft […]

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Western weakness won’t help Ontario’s budget woes

Feb 26 2015 — Mark Milke

With the plunge in oil prices over the last six months (and already soft natural gas prices), it’s not headline news to note that provinces heavily dependent on energy-related revenues are suffering.  The decline in the resource sector has also contributed to a decline in the value of the Canadian dollar against the greenback. That […]

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Getting a grip on the risks of vaccination

Feb 26 2015 — Brian Rotenberg

Every day when I see patients in my surgical clinic, some are offered a procedure to help them feel better. Whether it is a minor surgery like a tonsillectomy, or something larger scale such as tumor resection, I have a full discussion with the patient regarding the benefits and risks of doing “something.” Each time […]

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No point pretending the Reform Act can revive Canada’s Pretend Parliament

Feb 26 2015 — Andrew Coyne

It is a touching irony that Michael Chong’s Reform Act, intended to revive Parliament as a meaningful legislative body, should have passed the House in the very week that Parliament’s irrelevance was conclusively demonstrated. Indeed, the very history of the Reform Act, a longtime passion of the Conservative MP, demonstrates much the same. Carefully drafted […]

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CBC has entered the digital age, but not the ethical age

Feb 26 2015 — John Doyle

If you wrote to the CBC ombudsman to complain about Amanda Lang’s apparent conflict-of- interest antics after she accepted money from the insurer Manulife for moderating a pair of seminars, and from Sun Life for giving a speech, and many of you did, you’ve probably had a reply by now. You probably got this: “Thank […]

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The Bloc is back from the dead. What gives?

Feb 26 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

“Right now,” says EKOS president Frank Graves, “Quebec is the most interesting race in the country.” An understatement. Not only are the Conservatives competitive again in Quebec, so is the Bloc Québécois, according to the latest EKOS poll for iPolitics — which describes an unprecedented deadlocked race there among four federal parties. In the field […]

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Canada’s tantrum in the Middle East

Feb 26 2015 — Paul Adams

Many Canadians would be surprised to learn the extent to which Canada has become an enemy of moderation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, so let’s not allow the latest petty incident to go unremarked: apparent payback to a Palestinian NGO because its founder criticized John Baird. For more than twenty years, Hanan Ashrawi, an ethnic Christian […]

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Bill C-51 threatens to sacrifice liberty for security

Feb 26 2015 — Errol P. Mendes

Four former Canadian prime ministers (including a Conservative) and five former Supreme Court justices have warned Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper that protecting the security of Canadians and their most important freedoms is not a zero sum game. In their own words criticizing his anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51, they warn: “Protecting human rights and protecting […]

Feb 26 2015 — Haroon Siddiqui

The West is at war with Muslim terrorists, not Muslims, let alone Islam. That has been the mantra of the states waging war on terrorism. But much of the Muslim world doesn’t buy that, believing instead that the war on terrorism is part of a broader war to control oil and geo-political interests. A related […]

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Feb 26 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

Indulge me today while I dispense with a smear campaign some climate hysterics have spread about me in the wake of the leak of an RCMP report on environmental radicalism in Canada. Their smear is the false suggestion I provided ‘“intel” to the RCMP in the preparation of this report, which began on one environmental […]

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Brit Awards 2015: Madonna falls off stage

Feb 26 2015 —

Pop star Madonna fell off the stage during her performance at the 2015 Brit Awards, on a night that saw Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran each win two prizes. Madonna tumbled down a set of stairs and landed awkwardly, apparently after a dancer tried to remove a cape she was wearing at the start of […]