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Michael Zehaf-Bibeau warns in video: ‘You gotta be careful’

Mar 6 2015 —

Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau tied his attack on Cpl. Nathan Cirillo to Canadian Forces missions in Afghanistan and Iraq in a cellphone video he recorded ahead of the fatal shooting Oct. 22 killing. Canadians got their first look at the video Friday morning during a special meeting of the House public safety committee where […]

Mar 6 2015 — Steven Chase

The Canadian government is announcing a support package for victims of the drug thalidomi‎de Friday that includes a tax-free payment of $125,000 per person and a guarantee of $168-million in medical assistance to help survivors for the rest of their lives. ‎The announcement by Health Minister Rona Ambrose comes three months after the Commons voted […]

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson appears at Senate National Security and Defence committee in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Paulson will use an open meeting of the House of Commons public safety committee to provide an update into the investigation of the Oct. 22 attack that killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Zehaf Bibeau was terrorist, RCMP commissioner tells MPs

Mar 6 2015 —

Canada’s top Mountie says the man who gunned down a soldier and stormed Parliament Hill on Oct. 22 was a terrorist. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson tells the House of Commons public safety committee the Mounties are still trying to determine if anyone collaborated with Michael Zehaf Bibeau. Zehaf Bibeau fatally shot honour guard Cpl. Nathan […]

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Watch Live: Manning Conference

Mar 6 2015 — Staff

Live online coverage of the annual conservative gathering in Ottawa. Friday’s speakers include Finance Minister Joe Oliver, Industry Minister James Moore, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, and B.C. Premier Christy Clark. (no interpretation)

Mar 6 2015 — Daniel Leblanc

The government’s anti-terrorism bill provides excessive powers to federal agencies to monitor and profile ordinary Canadians as part of the war on terror, the Privacy Commissioner is arguing. “All Canadians – not only terrorism suspects – will be caught in this web,” Daniel Therrien said an an open-letter published in The Globe and Mail. “Bill […]

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Mar 6 2015 — Evan Dyer

Last week, an official inquiry delivered its findings on December’s deadly attack on the Lindt Café in Sydney, Australia. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the review two days after the attack. The inquiry not only examined police actions, but also the mental history, motivations and past affiliations of Iranian-born gunman Man Haron Monis. Analysis: Hill […]

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Mar 6 2015 — Elizabeth Thompson

U.S. President Barack Obama, Toronto Mayor John Tory and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark don’t just ‘like’ Facebook. All three have used Facebook to help them get elected. Now, as political parties and hundreds of candidates prepare for the upcoming federal election, Facebook stands to be a significant factor in this campaign — allowing organizers […]

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Canadians torn between idealism, pragmatism

Mar 6 2015 — Susan Delacourt

Canadians are looking for saints to run for office, but in the meantime, they’ll take some tax savings. That pretty much sums up the mood of the Canadian electorate in the latest state-of-politics poll by the Manning Centre, released at the think-tank’s big gathering in Ottawa this week.

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If women could only count

Mar 6 2015 — Mia Rabson

Sexist, patronizing attitudes are still well-entrenchedThere I was last week, sipping a coffee at my desk while trying not to go cross-eyed from reading the fine print of the government’s anti-terror legislation when an email popped up on my screen. “Four reasons women should cut their credit cards today,” screamed the headline. Scanning the content […]

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More red meat for the hang-‘em-high crowd

Mar 6 2015 — Michael Harris

In the kick-ass rodeo of Canadian politics, Stephen Harper has created a new event: Trojan horseback riding. C-51 is supposed to confer safety and security on Canadians. Hidden inside are the seeds of a police state. Before that, Bills C-38 and C-45 were supposed to “streamline” governance. In the belly of these undemocratic monstrosities was […]

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Ottawa harasses injured soldiers

Mar 6 2015 — Carol Goar

At the tail end of question period on Friday, Feb. 27, Pierre Lemieux, parliamentary secretary of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, rose in the House of Commons to announce good news. Veterans with lost limbs would no longer be required to verify their condition annually. The cycle would be lengthened to once every three years. […]

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Mr. Harper wants to know — are you scared yet?

Mar 6 2015 — Tasha Kheiriddin

The fear, apparently, is real. According to a study conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights for CBC News, nearly 50 per cent of Canadians are more afraid of terrorism today than they were two years ago. When asked about challenges facing young people in Canada, 71 per cent said they are concerned that Canadian youth could […]

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Let’s leave Harper in charge

Mar 6 2015 — Michael Taube

It appears that the federal Liberal political honeymoon is officially over. Nanos Research, a well-respected polling firm, has just revealed an interesting trend. Although the Liberals have 34% in popular support, that’s down from 35.7% from the previous week. Meanwhile, the Tories have reached their highest popularity numbers since August 2013. They’re currently at 32.6%, […]

Mar 5 2015 — Kenneth Green

On Feb. 24, President Barack Obama vetoed Senate Bill 1, a.k.a. “The Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.”  Mr. Obama’s action was not only predictable, it was virtually inevitable given: a) the political polarization in the United States; b) unrelenting environmental opposition to the pipeline; and c) a certain amount of congressional over-reach. But the presidential […]

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Mar 6 2015 — Christina Blizzard

It looks like the federal Conservative Party, frustrated by the inability of its provincial counterpart to make a breakthrough into government, is poised to take over the Ontario party. There are wildly conflicting numbers from the various PC leadership camps of who’s sold the most memberships. Reliable sources tell me the numbers aren’t final yet, […]

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Mar 6 2015 — Phil Upshall

References to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in films and television are getting surprisingly common for a condition that has only just started to get serious attention in the health care system. In some respects, given the persistent role stigma still plays in the mental health landscape, this is a good thing. However, given the […]

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