Canada’s public sector integrity watchdog and protector of civil service whistleblowers is quitting. Mario Dion says he will leave his post as integrity commissioner in December after four years, Dion cites personal reasons for leaving. He tabled his first report on wrongdoing in March 2012 and has since tabled eight more, referring six cases to […]
A sarcastic tweet from Canada’s delegation to NATO instructing Russians to be mindful of their national borders was apparently itself wrong about the geography of Eastern Europe. Following the claim by Russian President Vladimir Putin this week that 10 Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine accidentally wandered into the neighbouring country, the Canada at NATO account […]
Renouncing your U.S. citizenship will set you back a cool $2,350(US) starting Sept. 6, when the fee will more than quadruple – up from $450. The State Department, which announced the change this week, claims the new fee is the real cost of processing an application to lose citizenship.
The fate of one of the federal government’s toughest crime bills is in doubt after the House of Commons sent the wrong version on to the Senate, which debated that version and sent it on to a committee for further study. The Commons’s mistake affects a key government priority – victim rights – by leaving […]Read More
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says there’s little chance Canada’s premiers will talk about bringing Quebec into the Constitution at their annual meeting in Charlottetown. The meeting, which officially started today, includes Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, whose federalist Liberal party defeated the separatist Parti Quebecois in April.Read More
As Toronto mayoral candidates enter the home stretch, Mayor Rob Ford is the only one gaining ground while once-frontrunner Olivia Chow has fallen behind him into third place, according to a new large-sample poll. Forum Research’s automated phone survey of 1,945 Torontonians conducted Monday and Tuesday is certain to send shock waves through campaigns preparing […]Read More
Mayor Rob Ford made his high school football players “roll in goose scat,” threatened to beat up a teacher, showed up intoxicated to the final practice before the Metro Bowl, ignored requests to complete criminal background checks, stuck the school with a $5,000 tab for helmets he promised to pay for, and held an improper […]Read More
A report into an error in the July jobs report by Statistics Canada has made five recommendations to prevent future mistakes including improved governance, testing protocols and diagnostics. The report released Friday also called for improved documentation that can be reviewed when system changes are made and better communication between staff.Read More
Trade between the provinces and territories is expected to dominate discussion today as Canada’s premiers gather in Charlottetown for their annual conference. The politicians, who met Wednesday with native leaders, started their day with a photo-op, walking down the rain-slicked street in front of the provincial legislature, where they dropped their umbrellas and posed for […]Read More
It has been no summer of love for Canada’s charities. A number of prominent charitable groups, among them PEN Canada, Environmental Defence Canada, Amnesty International Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation, have faced audits by the Canada Revenue Agency; the rest, it seems, are up in arms about it. Because so many of those who […]
Provincial premiers and native organizations are finally taking the initiative on the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women, compromising on their calls for a federally led inquiry in favour of a national roundtable organized by the provinces. Federal involvement was never likely to accomplish much, because almost all programs and services with a bearing […]
If the federal government launched a commission of inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women, we would be told what we already know. An inquiry, which would cost tens of millions of dollars, would tell us many First Nations people live in squalor on remote reserves where broken families, severe addictions, a lack of economic […]
The effort to sabotage PC leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk is hurtling the PCs into dark and dangerous territory where the leakers might suffer more damage than the target. His $20,000 data roaming bill from October 2012, leaked with such clumsy ardour, now cycles back to a purely private family dispute involving a cabinet minister. The […]
Some days (like Wednesday), you gotta feel for provincial Finance Minister Doug Horner. He is the last remaining cabinet guardian of the Redford legacy. As finance minister, he is the sole remaining apologist for disgraced former premier Alison Redford’s sleight-of-hand budgeting tricks. And as minister responsible for the provincial government’s fleet of four aircraft – […]
On Monday at 9pm, 190,000 Quebecers were glued to their televisions sets. It was not their passion for hockey that kept them indoors on a beautiful summer night, but their other love, Québec politics. Télé-Québec was showing Nation — Huis clos avec Lucien Bouchard (“In camera with Lucien Bouchard”), a 90-minute candid and sometimes confrontational […]
As an opinion writer, I wholeheartedly subscribe — for obviously selfish reasons — to the proposition that almost nothing should be above criticism. That, of course, includes other criticism. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon currently sweeping the online world is certainly not perfect. As was inevitable when human beings are involved, some folks have […]
He looked at the autopsy pictures without a twinge. He admitted having sex, purportedly consensual of course, with one of the dead women, ostensibly shortly before, without batting a lash or asking a single question, he cheerfully handed over the murder weapon to the purportedly real killers, mystery men he identified only as X, Y […]
Condos have long been touted as the affordable housing option in Vancouver. Not so much, anymore. “New housing in the City of Vancouver, even new multi-family, will never be affordable for the majority of potential home buyers.” That’s the frank assessment of housing market analyst Fred Schliewinsky, writing recently in his Vancouver Condo Report.
We’re told … at one point, Joan’s heart stopped beating. It’s unclear if doctors were able to restart the comic’s heart….