National Newswatch
Sep 22 2014 — Karolyn Coorsh

A Quebec NDP MP is apologizing on Monday after offering a bizarre perk to anyone who donated $50 to her online fundraising campaign. Charmaine Borg, who represents the riding of Terrebonne-Blainville in Quebec, came under fire over social media when her crowdsourcing platform came to light over Twitter.

Sep 22 2014 —

Nathalie Normandeau may perhaps have an interest in re-entering politics, but at least one political party is slow to show its enthusiasm. Radio-Canada is reporting that Jean Charest’s former minister has been approached by both the federal Liberals and the Conservatives to run as a candidate in the 2015. CJAD`s political analyst Jean Lapierre says […]

Sep 22 2014 — Kady O'Malley

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander may be keen to trumpet his government’s move to revoke passports from ISIS recruits and other Canadians suspected of plotting to travel abroad to join extremist causes, but his officials are tight-lipped when it comes to providing raw numbers to back the decision.


Harper government backs Senate bid to speed passage of anti-union bill

Sep 22 2014 —

The Harper government has thrown its support behind a bid to whisk a controversial anti-union bill through the Senate. Kevin Sorenson, minister of state for finance, says the government supports the intent of Bill C-377, which would force unions to publicly disclose details of their spending. And he says it supports the efforts of Conservative […]

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John Tory widens lead in Toronto mayoral race: poll

Sep 22 2014 —

John Tory enjoys a comfortable lead over both Doug Ford and Olivia Chow in the race to be Toronto’s next mayor, according to a new poll released Monday evening. The Nanos Research poll for CTV/Globe and Mail says that if the election were held today, 49 per cent of decided “very likely” municipal voters would […]

Sep 22 2014 —

John Tory still holds a commanding advantage in the Toronto mayoral race, with Doug Ford and Olivia Chow fighting it out for a distant second place according to a new poll released Monday. And Michael Ford, the 20-year-old nephew of Rob and Doug Ford who is running for a seat on the public school board, […]

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Sep 22 2014 — Kady O'Malley

‘I’m feeling pretty secure right now [because] of hard won freedoms,’ junior minister tweets. As part of its ongoing social media public relations campaign, Islamic extremist group ISIS released a new audio file over the weekend, which warned disbelievers — including Canadians, who, like the Europeans, Americans, French and Australians, were mentioned by name – […]

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Sep 22 2014 —

An internal federal study says electronic monitoring could be a useful alternative to locking up some immigrants and refugee claimants. The study, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, looks at the use of wired ankle bracelets, voice-recognition systems and other tracking tools in seven countries. It suggests electronic monitoring can […]

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Sep 22 2014 — Michelle Zilio

The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) is calling on the federal government to stop blocking efforts by doctors, nurses and the Ontario government to bring 100 wounded Gazan children to Canada for treatment. In an op-ed released today, CMAJ Deputy Editor Matthew Stanbrook is pressing Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government to grant the Gazan children […]

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Featured Ink


Why PM will never testify at Duffy’s trial

Sep 22 2014 — Dan Leger

People expecting to see Prime Minister Stephen Harper marched into court to testify in Senator Mike Duffy’s fraud and bribery trial are in for a big disappointment. The case really gets going tomorrow, but the PM won’t be there and never will be. As prime minister or in his incidental role as MP for Calgary […]

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Trudeau gets abortion policy exactly right

Sep 22 2014 — Heather Mallick

“The days when old men get to decide what a woman does with her body are long gone. Times have changed for the better. #LPC defends rights.” This was Liberal party Leader Justin Trudeau’s tweeted response to seven former Liberal MPs who publicly objected to his decision that Liberals must speak with one voice on […]


Breaking up the old 2011 Tory gang

Sep 21 2014 — Tim Harper

Rob Merrifield joined a growing parade last week. He’s the latest to bid so long to that old gang, the Conservative class of 2011. In accepting the post as Washington envoy for Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, Merrifield became just the latest Conservative MP to turn his or her back on Ottawa and to choose something […]


Justin is beyond infinity

Sep 22 2014 — Monte Solberg

“We have to realize that the way of thinking that got us to this place no longer holds. We have to rethink elements as basic as space and time, to go all science fictiony on you in this sense,” said Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, speaking to university students in London, Ontario. When you hear Justin […]


A morale boost for Péquistes

Sep 22 2014 — Konrad Yakabuski

A case of pink eye couldn’t stop Pierre Karl Péladeau from heading to Edinburgh to witness History in the flesh. The rookie Parti Québécois MNA was not alone. For Péquistes demoralized by the pitiful poll numbers of their party and their cause, the Scottish referendum was like Woodstock for separatists.


Stinging message to Canada’s lawyers

Sep 22 2014 — Carol Goar

The request would be funny if it weren’t so sad. Last week, 10 citizens who couldn’t afford lawyers sent an open letter to Canada’s judges. “When you meet us, please do not assume that we are enjoying ourselves. We are not,” they wrote. “Please do not assume that we have chosen to represent ourselves because […]


Stench of PC Party hard to hide, but Jim Prentice is sure tryin’

Sep 22 2014 — Ian Robinson

Have I got a monster movie for you. It’s about this guy. Name’s Jim. Done good for himself. Became a lawyer. One of the one percenters. Important folk. Not like you and me. No shame in success. Just saying. Now he’s at that age. You know the one. The what’s-it-all-about years. The mid-life-crisis-new-Porsche years. Not […]


Scotland’s ‘No’ and the road ahead

Sep 22 2014 — Celine Cooper

Last Thursday, I cleared the dinner dishes, put the kids to bed and threw in a last load of laundry for the night. Then I sat down on my couch, opened up my laptop and streamed BBC Scotland to watch history in the making. In what I found was a brilliant exercise of democracy, the […]

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Andrea Martin’s Lady Parts: comedian bares all in new memoir

Sep 22 2014 —

Andrea Martin joins Jian to discuss Lady Parts, her revealing new memoir about her colourful career and hidden personal struggles. The former SCTV cast member has had many memorable film and television roles, acclaimed one-woman shows, and show-stealing successes on Broadway.