National Newswatch

CRTC unveils proposal to make TV service contracts more consumer friendly

Mar 26 2015 —

Canada’s broadcast regulator has released yet another proposal aimed at positioning consumers ahead of the country’s broadcasters. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has offered up a draft code that would, if enacted, require cable and satellite companies to make customer contracts easier to understand. Broadcast service providers would also have to more clearly spell […]

Mar 26 2015 — Mia Rabson

The federal conflict of interest and ethics commissioner will investigate the lobbying activities of Vic Toews, a former Manitoba senior cabinet minister who is now a judge. On March 13, Mary Dawson received a complaint from Winnipeg NDP MP Pat Martin about Toews’ post-cabinet lobbying work for a lawyer representing Peguis First Nation, with whom […]


Peter MacKay and Nazanin Afshin-Jam expecting a daughter

Mar 26 2015 —

Nazanin Afshin-Jam and Justice Minister Peter MacKay are expecting a new addition to their family. Afshin-Jam, a human rights activist, made the announcement this morning on Twitter. “Love my boys but looking forward to having another female voice in our house this fall. A baby sister for Kian!” Kian Alexander MacKay is the couple’s first […]


More questions than answers as Parliament debates ISIS mission

Mar 26 2015 — Chris Hall

Fifteen years ago, then U.S. president George W. Bush promised to “rid the world of evil-doers.” He failed spectacularly. On Thursday, MPs will debate Stephen Harper’s plan to extend the military mission against this decade’s version of Bush’s evil-doers — the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS. The Conservatives argue that extending Canada’s direct […]


MPs told ISIL mission will need more than one year, sources say

Mar 26 2015 —

The training of Kurdish peshmerga fighters has been a slow undertaking that could mean Canada’s mission in Iraq and Syria will take more than a year, The Canadian Press has learned. That was the message officials from the Canadian Forces and Foreign Affairs delivered behind closed doors Wednesday to the main critics of the New […]

Mar 26 2015 — Lucas Powers

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood in the House and said that Canada “will not seek the express consent of the Syrian government” to launch strikes against ISIS targets in northeastern Syria.​ Simply put, Canadian fighter jets will be dropping bombs on a sovereign nation without an explicit invitation or UN mandate to […]

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Mar 26 2015 — Dean Beeby

A backlog of unpaid court fines has hit a record $136 million as the federal government revives a stalled plan to hire collection agencies to make people pay up. The Public Prosecution Service of Canada issued a notice this week looking for companies to help clear the overdue accounts, almost a third of them older […]

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Mar 26 2015 — Kim Mackrael

Ottawa’s delay in staking out a position on a new Beijing-led infrastructure bank is raising questions about the Conservative government’s strategy toward China at a time when relations between the two countries appear to be improving. Britain, France, Germany and Italy all announced this month that they would join the contentious Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, […]

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Sagging economy threatens warrior Stephen Harper

Mar 26 2015 — Tom Walkom

The war is ramping up. The economy continues to sag. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives hope to ride to electoral victory this fall on the first of these, the war against Islamic State militants in the Middle East. But the stagnating Canadian economy could confound them. That the economy is weak is well-known. The plunging […]


Stephen Harper’s flip-flop on war fits pattern of deceit

Mar 26 2015 — Haroon Siddiqui

As with just about everything else, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said one thing about the war on the Islamic State but is doing another. The non-combat mission featured combat. The short-term commitment has become long. No involvement in Syria has evolved into a war in Syria. His reasons for extending and expanding the mission are […]


Syria gives the Liberals a way out

Mar 26 2015 — Konrad Yakabuski

Opposing Canada’s mission against the Islamic State never posed much of a dilemma for New Democratic Party Leader Tom Mulcair. His position is consistent with everything his party stands for. It was never as cut and dried for Justin Trudeau. The Liberal Leader’s popularity has declined in sync with the rising perceived threat from jihadi […]


Bell Media’s principles of business and media collide: Don Pittis

Mar 26 2015 — Don Pittis

If William Lyon Mackenzie is watching from heaven he’s mad as hell. “One thing is certain,” wrote Mackenzie in the 1820s in his newspaper blasting the financial power of Upper Canada’s family compact and their tame newspapers, “No free popular government can exist unless the people are informed.” The names and positions may have changed, […]


Mike Duffy trial a sorry excuse for a political scandal

Mar 26 2015 — John Barber

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming trial of former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy, the wanly flickering star of Ottawa’s hottest scandal since Old Mother Hubbard flashed a bluestocking ankle on Sparks Street (and just as compelling): a) The rules regarding Senate expenses are too vague to prove anybody actually broke them; and […]

Elizabeth May

By denying my right to speak, our Parliament is weakened

Mar 26 2015 — Elizabeth May

When I was first elected, the consensus among parliamentary observers was that I would never be heard from again. One MP, so it was said, cannot do anything in Parliament. Fortunately, I did not accept the accepted wisdom. I firmly believe in the essential role of Parliament as the living, breathing expression of our democracy. […]

Bob Hepburn

Why Canada’s democracy rates a sad ‘C’ grade

Mar 26 2015 — Bob Hepburn

Canadians have so little trust in our elected MPs and are so turned off by politics that the legitimacy of our entire democratic system is at risk. Indeed, politics is now so despised that it repels more people than it attracts, especially among young Canadians. Those jarring statements aren’t the rants of an out-of-touch political […]


Toronto and Montreal might find mutual benefit working together

Mar 26 2015 — Chantal Hébert

In the ongoing courtship between the mayors of Canada’s two biggest cities, Montreal’s Denis Coderre is the pursuer and Toronto’s John Tory (open John Tory’s policard) the pursued party . . . for now. That’s because if there were a lonely hearts club for Canadian cities, Montreal would be its most prominent member. Among the […]


Obama’s sights on Harper?

Mar 26 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

One wonders if U.S. President Barack Obama will campaign as vigorously to defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper this fall, as he did, unsuccessfully, to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in that country’s recent election. It’s no secret Obama despises Netanyahu, who heads Israel’s right-wing Likud party and favoured Mitt Romney over Obama in the […]

Mar 26 2015 — Christina Blizzard

Add one more phrase to the Liberal lexicon of deception. There’s the ever popular “new revenue stream” — Libspeak for a new tax. Now it’s “unlocking the value of our assets” — which in the new lingo of Liberal government actually means a fire sale of things taxpayers have already paid for, such as our […]

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Mar 26 2015 — Barbara Yaffe

Transit plebiscite voters are being told more tax revenue is needed annually to meet anticipated service demands from one million new residents arriving by 2041. That message, from the region’s mayors, has prompted some Lower Mainlanders to start thinking about moats and drawbridges. “How did we arrive at the ‘transportation crisis?’” Brian C. Kerr challenges. […]

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Phil Robertson uses ‘rape story’ to denounce atheists

Mar 26 2015 —

The star of the US TV reality show Duck Dynasty is facing criticism after a speech that included a graphic story about an atheist family being killed. Phil Robertson appeared to be using the imagined story to claim that atheists would not find rape or murder immoral. Atheist groups denounced the speech, saying it was […]

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