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Jian Ghomeshi will plead not guilty to sexual assault charges: Lawyer

Nov 26 2014 —

Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi plans to plead not guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault, his lawyer said Wednesday. Marie Henein made her comments just moments after Ghomeshi was released on $100,000 bail at a Toronto courthouse. “We will address these allegations fully and directly in a courtroom,” she said as a sombre-looking […]

Nov 26 2014 —

The NDP is embracing the idea of a neutral third-party investigation of misconduct complaints against two Liberal MPs, now that one New Democrat complainant has said she’d be willing to participate. Andrew Scheer, the Speaker of the House of Commons, last week offered the use of House administration resources as well as “external experts” to […]

Nov 26 2014 — Eric Grenier

Have the Conservatives really caught up to the Liberals in national voting intentions, as one recent poll asserts? While the margin between the two parties has certainly narrowed in recent weeks, it does not seem to be the case that the Conservatives are the ones on the move. Stephen Harper’s party is currently polling at […]

Nov 26 2014 —

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was briefed earlier this year on how across-the-board budget cuts hurt public service morale, productivity and citizen satisfaction. The memorandum — headlined “Death by a Thousand Cuts: How governments undermine their own productivity” — laid out arguments from an Australian, union-funded study that suggests poorly executed austerity undermines trust and confidence […]

Nov 25 2014 —

An NDP MP who levelled misconduct allegations against a Liberal colleague says she would be interested in participating in an independent House of Commons harassment probe, but doesn’t feel it’s been made clear how she should proceed. The woman, who spoke at length to The Canadian Press on Tuesday, also explained that she doesn’t want […]

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Brother says Rob Ford needs more treatment

Nov 26 2014 —

Rob Ford’s brother says the outgoing Toronto mayor will need a fifth round of chemotherapy for a rare and aggressive cancer in his abdomen. Ford is in hospital undergoing a fourth round of chemotherapy and his brother Coun. Doug Ford told all-news TV station CP24 on Wednesday that another round will begin 21 days after […]

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Defence Minister Rob Nicholson announces $11M more Ukraine aid

Nov 26 2014 —

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson says Canada will contribute $11 million more in non-lethal support to Ukraine. Nicholson made the announcement at a news conference this morning held at the Department of National Defence headquarters in Ottawa, along with his parliamentary secretary, James Bezan.

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Ford says decision soon as ‘stars are aligning’ for PC bid

Nov 26 2014 — Robert Benzie

Doug Ford says “the stars are aligning” for him to seek the Progressive Conservative leadership and he will make up his mind within the next few days. The runner-up to mayor-elect John Tory in last month’s Toronto election said he should know by Thursday if he will run to succeed Tim Hudak as Conservative leader. […]

Nov 26 2014 — Andrew Mayeda

Canadian banks and other mortgage lenders should rely less on the federal government to cushion the risk of a downturn in the housing market, the IMF said. “Action to further limit exposure of taxpayers to the housing market and encourage appropriate risk retention by the private sector would be desirable,” the Washington-based lender said in […]

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Nov 26 2014 — Alice Funke

Between them, the opposition NDP and Liberal parties will have nominated eighty candidates in the month of November alone, a sure sign that election readiness is top of mind in the year or so leading up to the next federal general election. Add those to the at least 11 Conservative nomination meetings (and likely more), […]

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Nov 26 2014 —

Conservative MPs are refusing to apologize for pillorying a Liberal candidate, even though the news story on which their criticism was based has been retracted. Sun Media retracted Tuesday a story published last week that attributed quotes about the Harper government’s income splitting plan to Banff-Airdrie Liberal candidate Marlo Raynolds. The quotes came from a […]

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The NDP’s poisoned chalice

Nov 26 2014 — Lysiane Gagnon

For most of the New Democratic Party’s existence, Quebec was the impossible dream, impossible to penetrate even as Tommy Douglas, David Lewis and Ed Broadbent did their successive best to overcome the steady resistance of French-speaking Quebeckers. The conventional wisdom was always that the NDP could never form government without making at least some inroads […]

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The star system and the CBC

Nov 26 2014 — Meredith McDonald

Pity the poor Mother Corp. Allegations its marquee radio personality’s erotic tastes involve punching and choking unsuspecting women have rightfully sent Canada’s public broadcaster into spasms of damage control. As if his purported treatment of a string of women wasn’t disturbing enough, claims have come to light the CBC was at least partially aware all […]

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Get over yourself, Mr. Harper — talk to the premiers

Nov 26 2014 — L. Ian MacDonald

A quarter century ago, when David Peterson was premier of Ontario, he used to say that “you can’t run the country without Ontario and Quebec. It’s that simple.” He invested heavily in his relationship with Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa. There would have been no Meech Lake Accord without their close personal rapport, and even when […]

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Canadian veterans deserve better

Nov 26 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

The Conservative party has made patriotism and support for the military central to its brand. That makes its ramshackle, shoddy and unacceptable treatment of Canadian veterans, revealed in auditor general Michael Ferguson’s fall report, all the more egregious. It is simply not good enough. And the customary official excuses and genuflections and blathering, in ample […]

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Veterans minister Julian Fantino an ocean away amid withering criticism

Nov 26 2014 — Tim Harper

The day before auditor general Michael Ferguson exposed for Canadians the government’s slow and shoddy treatment of veterans seeking mental health help, the minister responsible, Julian Fantino, was in the neighbourhood. His department appears to be fuelled by molasses, but Fantino can act in a timely fashion. By the time Ferguson laid out the problems […]

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Ontario, Quebec should embrace Energy East pipeline

Nov 26 2014 — Brad Wall

Plans for TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline that will move Alberta and Saskatchewan conventional oil to Atlantic Canada for refining while replacing the need for eastern Canada to import foreign oil are prompting considerable national debate. The National Energy Board is conducting a full review of the proposal as they are mandated to do. We in […]

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The strange tale of Canada’s ebola vaccine

Nov 26 2014 — Tom Walkom

The strange case of Canada’s Ebola vaccine became even stranger Monday. That’s when the pharmaceutical multinational Merck announced it will pay $50 million for commercial rights to manufacture and develop the vaccine, invented at the federal government’s National Microbiological Laboratory in Winnipeg. That a drug giant would shell out $50 million is not in itself […]

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Premier Jim Prentice set to cut Alberta’s trade offices

Nov 26 2014 — Rick Bell

We’re at Calgary’s legendary Blackfoot Diner. We’re sitting one booth over from the lady playing Johnny Cash on the jukebox while the premier eats his steak and eggs and talks about cutting the dough this province’s taxpayers spend on trade offices around the world. Premier Jim Prentice says it’s all part of the bigger picture, […]

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Queen’s Park newcomer aims to move the yardsticks on housing

Nov 26 2014 — Carol Goar

It was a modest breakthrough. But in the fight for affordable housing, every victory counts. Last week, Peter Milczyn, the newly elected MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, introduced his first private member’s bill: the Planning Statute Amendment Act. If it passes — and that’s a big if — it would give municipalities across Ontario the authority to […]

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Gilles Tremblay, Canadiens stalwart, dies at 75

Nov 26 2014 —

Former Montreal forward Gilles Tremblay, who won four Stanley Cups with the Canadiens in the 1960s, has died at age 75. The Canadiens reported Tremblay’s death on their official Twitter account. Tremblay played his entire career with Montreal, scoring 168 goals and adding 162 assists over 509 regular-season games.

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