National Newswatch

OPP to lead independent probe into Parliament shootings

Oct 25 2014 — Tonda MacCharles

The RCMP has asked the Ontario Provincial Police to lead an independent probe into Wednesday’s attack on Parliament, during which police and parliamentary security staff shot and killed a gunman who stormed the government buildings, The Star has learned. According to sources with knowledge of the request, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which gathered evidence […]

Oct 25 2014 —

For Stephen Harper, there’s no place like home. Calgary – and most of Alberta – can be counted on to elect a Conservative MP every time. But the Conservative party support continues to slip across the province, according to the latest survey from the Citizen Society Research Lab in Lethbridge. It’s fallen to 41.5 per […]

Oct 25 2014 — Bruce Owen

Premier Greg Selinger is facing a potential revolt within his caucus following a series of bad-news polls and Wednesday’s evaporation of support for New Democrat Judy Wasylycia-Leis in Winnipeg’s mayoral race. Backbench MLAs, cabinet ministers and longtime New Democrats feel Selinger must resign as leader if the NDP is to have a chance of winning […]

Oct 25 2014 — Evan Solomon

It is the critical moment of the attack on Parliament Hill: Before any more lives could be taken by gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, he is shot dead by House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. CBC News has learned the dramatic details of that face-to-face encounter, when the 58-year-old Vickers confronted Zehaf-Bibeau and killed him at point-blank […]

Oct 25 2014 —

Mark Dunn, senior national bureau reporter for QMI Agency, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 53. Dunn was born and raised in Ottawa and covered Parliament Hill for QMI Agency and The Canadian Press. He also served in senior communications roles for sitting governments and opposition parties, including a stint with former […]

A runner makes his way towards Centre Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. The grounds and lawn of Parliament Hill reopened Friday night following the shootings at the National War Memorial and inside Centre Block. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Parliament Hill again open to the public; tours to resume Monday: Speaker

Oct 25 2014 —

The grounds of Parliament Hill have reopened to the public and the Speaker says tours are to resume on Monday. Parliament Hill had been off limits until Friday night in the wake of the fatal shooting of a soldier at the National War Memorial and the killing of his assailant in the Commons Centre Block […]


Five injured, 1 critically, in explosion at Sarnia, Ont. industrial plant: Mayor

Oct 25 2014 —

The mayor of Sarnia says five people have been sent to hospital after an explosion at an industrial facility in the southwestern Ontario city. Mayor Mike Bradley says the explosion occurred Saturday afternoon at the Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc plant. He says one person was critically injured in the blast, while three suffered […]


Memorial held in Montreal for soldiers Patrice Vincent and Nathan Cirillo

Oct 25 2014 —

Canadians continue to pay tribute to the soldiers who died in two separate attacks this week. A memorial was held at the foot of a Montreal cenotaph today for both Cpl Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. Organizers asked people to bring two flowers — one for each soldier — and sign a book […]

Oct 25 2014 —

John Tory is poised for a comfortable victory in the Monday mayoral election, the latest Ipsos Reid poll finds. The poll of 1,201 residents, taken Tuesday through Thursday, put Tory at 42 per cent among decided voters, Doug Ford (open Doug Ford’s policard) 31 per cent, Olivia Chow 25 per cent. Two per cent said […]

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Oct 25 2014 — Kady O'Malley

In the wake of this week’s attacks in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Ottawa, the Conservative government is looking at bringing in new laws to crack down on pro-ISIS sentiments like those posted to Quebec assailant Martin Couture-Rouleau’s Facebook page, CBC News has learned. The move to tighten Canada’s Criminal Code is expected to come as part […]

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Oct 25 2014 —

A British celebrity isn’t wowed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s handling of the aftermath of the shooting of an honour guard at the National War Memorial. Harper’s address to Canadians after Wednesday’s deadly rampage that included a gunfight on Parliament Hill was the subject of “The Trews,” comedian Russell Brand’s YouTube series in which he […]

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There is no reason to turn Parliament Hill into an armed fortress

Oct 25 2014 —

Legitimate questions are now being raised about security in the area of Parliament Hill. An armed man, having already killed a uniformed soldier, was able to cross the large, open lawn in front of the Peace Tower, gain entry to Centre Block, and then open fire again within a few dozen feet of the regular […]


Did one man’s attack on Parliament really change Canada ‘forever’?

Oct 25 2014 — Jonathan Kay

‘Our world has changed forever today and we don’t even know yet how much,” Canadian Senator Fabian Manning declared on Wednesday, after a shootout in the heart of Canada’s Parliament buildings, which ended with the death of rampaging gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. In an editorial entitled “The End of Innocence,” the Calgary Herald solemnly declared that […]

Tabatha Southey

Mr. Mansbridge, can you please narrate my life?

Oct 25 2014 — Tabatha Southey

Is it too much to ask that Peter Mansbridge follow me around every day periodically saying, “This is what we know for certain right now …”? Then, I’d like him to just go over the verified facts: “You have a bowl of that good Scottish oatmeal close to ready but your milk has gone off,” […]

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This week’s events should bolster fight for freedom

Oct 24 2014 — Don Martin

The worst crisis to hit Parliament Hill and the best day in Parliament were separated by 50 metres of corridor and 24 hours. The day after a gunman spraying bullets in the Hall of Honor, the House of Commons hosted a thunderous display of unity and resolve. MPs trapped in meeting rooms with flagpoles for […]

Oct 24 2014 — Scott Reid

Amid the tragedy, bravery, bloodshed, terror, tears and resolve of this week’s startling events in Ottawa, there is disagreement. Fierce and fundamental disagreement. The kind of disagreement that cannot be casually reconciled or easily bridged. The kind of disagreement that cuts to the core of ideas like country, community and citizenship. For the moment – […]

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Oct 25 2014 — Brian Lee Crowley

How could a Canadian do this? That is a question on many minds in the wake of the two terror attacks in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu this past week. But far from being inexplicable, such attacks are part of a phenomenon that every society is familiar with, including ones blessed with liberty, prosperity and the rule […]

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Jack Bruce, bassist from 1960s band Cream, dead at 71

Oct 25 2014 —

British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71. Publicist Claire Singers said Saturday Bruce died at his home in Suffolk, England. A statement released by his family said “the world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in […]

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