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Party leaders headed West seeking pipeline advantage

Jul 25 2014 — Peter O'Neil

The two major federal opposition leaders are heading west this summer hoping to take advantage of the hostility of many British Columbians for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. But Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau might want to reconsider making the $7.9 billion megaproject a central campaign plank in the 2015 election […]

Jul 25 2014 —

New research suggests that any type of significant oil spill in Canada’s western Arctic would likely spread quickly and foul oceans around Alaska and possibly as far west as Russia. “Spills originating from the Canadian Beaufort and resulting coastal oiling could be an international issue,” says the report from RPS Applied Science Associates, a global […]

Jul 25 2014 — Gloria Galloway

Police appear to be losing their zeal for investigating marijuana-related offences – particularly those related to cases of trafficking and production. While they are still searching people for pot and laying charges of possession, statistics suggest they are increasingly less likely to go to the trouble of finding actual drug dealers. The federal Conservative government […]

Jul 25 2014 —

The Canada Revenue Agency has told a well-known charity that it can no longer try to prevent poverty around the world, it can only alleviate poverty — because preventing poverty might benefit people who are not already poor. The bizarre bureaucratic brawl over a mission statement is yet more evidence of deteriorating relations between the […]

Jul 25 2014 — Jordan Press

Barring some sudden change of plan, Sen. Pierre Claude Nolin is expected to be named the Senate’s next Speaker by the end of the year. Nolin, a Quebecer appointed by Brian Mulroney, is in line to succeed Sen. Noël Kinsella when he hits the mandatory retirement age of 75 on Nov. 28. Kinsella has been […]

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Girlfriend of NDP MP hired in Montreal satellite office

Jul 24 2014 — Glen McGregor

After beginning a romantic relationship with a Quebec NDP MP, a staff member left her job in his constituency office earlier this year and was given a contract position in one of the party’s contentious satellite offices. The aide, Marie-Christine Lalonde-Fiset, worked for two years as a community outreach assistant for NDP MP Hoang Mai […]

Jul 24 2014 —

The Canadian government has announced new economic sanctions and travel bans against Ukrainian individuals, as well as economic sanctions against Ukrainian groups and a broad range of Russian firms in the financial and energy sectors. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander is expected to make the announcement in Toronto this afternoon. CBCNews.ca is carrying the […]

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Jul 24 2014 — Kathleen Harris

Canadians think pipelines are safer than trains or ships for transporting oil and gas – but they have little confidence the government is prepared to cope with a potential spill, according to public opinion research commissioned by the federal government. The study, which tapped Canadians through focus groups and a comprehensive telephone poll by Ipsos-Reid, […]

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Jul 24 2014 —

The federal Conservatives have taken the lead in lining up candidates for the Hamilton area by quietly acclaiming local incumbents. The incumbents, including Mike Wallace, David Sweet, Dean Allison, Lisa Raitt, Phil McColeman and Rick Dykstra, are part of more than 100 candidates the party has nominated over the past few months, leading some to […]

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Jul 25 2014 — Ann Hui

Mayoral candidate John Tory has written to the city’s integrity commissioner, asking whether her investigation involving Mayor Rob Ford will be completed in time for the October election. David S. Young, the lawyer for the John Tory campaign, sent a letter to integrity commissioner Janet Leiper Thursday inquiring about the status of an official complaint […]

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Maher Off-Base

Jul 25 2014 — David Tkachuk

In the column, Final act of the Duffy mess looks unpleasant for PM (SP, July 19), Stephen Maher writes that I told his colleague, Glen McGregor, in 2012 that there was no reason for “(Mike) Duffy not to claim expenses for his Ottawa home.” I may well have said that, because in 2012 I had […]

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Tax audits aimed at Harper government critics should worry all Canadians

Jul 25 2014 — Don Cayo

The Canadian Press’s list of charities being audited for political activities by the Canada Revenue Agency reads suspiciously like a Who’s Who of the Canadian left. Vancouver-based Tides Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation, the United Church of Canada’s affiliated human rights/justice organization called Kairos, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Amnesty International and, most […]

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Tom Mulcair brings NDP a new maturity over Israel

Jul 25 2014 — John Ivison

Israel has always been the litmus test by which to measure the degree of lunacy emanating from Canada’s left-wing. Back in 2002, when former MP Svend Robinson was the NDP’s critic on the Middle East, he issued a pro-Palestinian manifesto that justified taking sides – “life over death, peace over war, justice over tyranny and […]

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Pipeline opponents go against the grain

Jul 25 2014 — Warren Kinsella

As you head into town here, there’s bright yellow canola sprouting on one side of the highway, and bluish flax to be seen on the other side. There’s winter wheat, too, but it’s a bit harder to spot at this time of year. The Saskatchewan sky goes on forever and ever, and it’s frankly more […]

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Prentice willing to borrow to build Alberta

Jul 25 2014 — David Staples

When it comes to building Alberta, Jim Prentice isn’t afraid to use the “B-word”: Borrow. Prentice, who is in a three-man race to replace Alison Redford as Progressive Conservative leader and provincial premier, says when it comes to building schools, senior care facilities, roads, bridges and mass transit, if it’s necessary to borrow, his government […]

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Liberal MPP has quite a story to tell

Jul 25 2014 — Christina Blizzard

There are some astonishing hidden talents among Premier Kathleen Wynne’s backbench MPPs. Take, Etobicoke North MPP Dr. Shafiq Qaadri. He’s a budding author with two books so far to his credit. One, The Testosterone Factor is subtitled “A practical guide to improving vitality and virility, naturally.” His second book, published 18 months ago, is quite […]

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Palestinians must defeat Hamas death cult

Jul 25 2014 — Farzana Hassan

Hamas claims it rejects the ceasefire proposal brokered by Egypt because it wants a better life for its citizens. It will therefore accept no less than the lifting of Israel’s seven-year Gaza blockade. The resultant fighting continues to hammer Gaza’s citizens. They are dying by the hundreds. Yet Hamas, for all its rhetoric, doesn’t really […]

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Daniel Radcliffe trapped in Toronto because of visa glitch

Jul 25 2014 —

Daniel Radcliffe was expected to arrive at his first-ever Comic-Con on Thursday, but the English “Harry Potter” star got stuck in Toronto because of a visa glitch that kept him from entering the US. While Potter would’ve simply hopped on his broom to the influential San Diego fest, Radcliffe was unceremoniously grounded. “He’s stuck in […]