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Canada open to completing NAFTA talks in short order

Aug 19 2017 — Katie Simpson

Canadian negotiators are open to working on a timeline proposed by the U.S. to complete NAFTA renegotiations before the end of the year, CBC News has learned. A government source, speaking on background, tells CBC News that Canada is willing to work quickly, but will not agree to a bad deal for the sake of […]

Aug 18 2017 — Peter Zimonjic

Ian Moore Wilson has been identified as the Canadian killed in the Barcelona van attack. The father of Vancouver police officer Fiona Wilson was described by his daughter as “compassionate, generous, adventurous, and always game for a lively debate, a good book, exploring new places, and a proper-sized pint.”

Aug 18 2017 — Aaron Wherry

While three presidential advisory committees have disbanded in the wake of Donald Trump’s comments about an “alt-right” rally in Virginia, the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders remains active, according to the Prime Minister’s Office. Comprising 10 executives from the two countries, the council was launched in February when Prime […]

Aug 18 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith

After controversial events were cancelled at two Toronto campuses this week, Conservative Party Andrew Scheer says universities have the right to determine which “outside groups” they give platforms to. In an interview Friday, the National Post asked Scheer to clarify a policy idea floated during his leadership campaign: to make federal grant money for universities […]

Aug 18 2017 —

The American dairy industry is split on the question of Canada’s supply-management system as national negotiators get set to hold their first session on agriculture Saturday in North American free trade talks. A vocal contingent of American farmers actually supports the Canadian system of price-and-import controls and wants their national negotiators to leave the Canadian […]

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Aug 18 2017 — Dean Beeby

An incident involving a leaky air conditioner at Statistics Canada’s Ottawa data centre in June mushroomed into a major outage that, among other problems, left some exporters’ trucks stuck at the American border. The rapid escalation of a minor spill into a 30-hour crisis was no accidental series of escalating events, says the former head […]

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Featured Ink

Trudeau should quit while he’s still ahead on federal-provincial relations

Aug 19 2017 — John Ibbitson

Justin Trudeau has been remarkably successful in handling federal-provincial relations. To cement that legacy, he might want to consider losing the next election. Whoever is prime minister after 2019 could confront a far less co-operative collection of premiers, should Alberta and Ontario voters choose to elect conservative governments. History tells us that when those two […]

Steve Bannon, Gerald Butts and the limits of political friendship

Aug 18 2017 — Susan Delacourt

Gerald Butts, principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, threw out an open question on Facebook earlier this summer: “Why do people who are self-evidently not your friends want to be your friends?” He was not referring to Steve Bannon, the now ex-adviser to Donald Trump, whose old alt-right connections were in the spotlight this […]

Hate and mob power is as ugly as it has ever been, only louder in the modern world

Aug 18 2017 — Christie Blatchford

As evidence that there really is nothing new under the sun, notwithstanding that grotesque neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Va., last Saturday that ended in death for Heather Heyer and all the fallout since, I give you Exhibit A. It’s an ancient microfilm clipping from Ryerson University’s student newspaper, The Eyeopener, dated Nov. 30, 1972, retrieved […]

Aug 18 2017 — Don Braid

Brian Mason, a top NDP cabinet minister, blasted the United Conservative Party Thursday for snuggling up to Rebel Media. The two main leadership candidates, Brian Jean and Jason Kenney, responded by fleeing Ezra Levant’s alt-right outfit at light speed. At the same time, they reviled Mason for suggesting they had any link at all with […]

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Aug 18 2017 — Tabatha Southey

It’s long been assumed that denouncing white supremacists or at least literal swastika-waving Nazis was a pretty easy task, that not liking Nazis was something that most post-Second World War people just knew how to do. Sure, it has not always been that way, but a general distaste for at least openly genocidal white supremacists […]

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Aug 17 2017 — Kady O'Malley

With Parliament back in session next month, Kady O’Malley outlines three key pieces of legislation the Liberals will want to push through before Christmas. By now, even the most stubborn of seasonal holdouts has been forced to concede that a once seemingly endless stretch of lazy, hazy summer days will soon be behind us.

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Aug 17 2017 — Adam Radwanski

The words had scarcely been published on Tuesday evening when Canada’s chattering classes lit up Twitter with titters. That Justin Trudeau’s Liberals had spent much of their time since last November making nice with the Trump administration was well documented. But the Prime Minister making showy public appearances with Ivanka Trump or his chief of […]

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Aug 17 2017 — Peter Clark

I’m off to Washington for round one of the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations. There may be some minimal harvesting of low-hanging fruit this week. President Trump wants more, of course. He needs something to distract from the daily disintegration of his administration. NAFTA must be demolished and rebuilt to his design — or perhaps just scrapped […]

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Aug 15 2017 — Peter Clark

Hundreds of trade negotiators have descended on Washington this week to ‘modernize’ NAFTA – whether it needs it or not. Tens of millions of jobs in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. depend directly on trade within North America. More than US$1 trillion in annual trade in goods and services is being held for ransom to satisfy irresponsible xenophobic election promises and the beggar thy neighbour initiatives of President Donald J. Trump.

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Entertainment Plus

Cash family: Keep Johnny’s name away from ‘hateful ideology’

Aug 17 2017 —

The children of Johnny Cash are asking white supremacists and other hate groups not to wear or use the country singer’s name or image. In a lengthy Wednesday night Facebook post from son John Carter Cash, the siblings say they were “sickened” when they were alerted to a video of a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi wearing a […]

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