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Ontario Liberals condemn Tory MP Cheryl Gallant’s comments on sex-ed curriculum

Mar 2 2015 —

Ontario’s governing Liberals are firing back at a Conservative MP who suggested the province’s updated sex-education curriculum puts children at risk. Ottawa-area Conservative Cheryl Gallant urged Parliament to pass legislation with tougher penalties for child predators last week, saying the need was demonstrated by Ontario’s “sweeping changes” to its sex-ed curriculum. Gallant said if withdrawing […]

Mar 2 2015 — Bea Vongdouangchanh

Despite recent heated speculation that Prime Minister Stephen Harper could capitalize on his government’s anti-terrorism legislation and national security issues and pull the plug on this Parliament for an early spring election, political players say it’s too risky. “I think it will be part of an election story, but I don’t think it’ll be why […]

Mar 2 2015 — Steven Chase

Stephen Harper is coming under pressure to strip a distinguished title from the man he once appointed to head the watchdog group that oversees Canada’s spy agency. Arthur Porter was selected by the Conservatives in 2008 to chair the Security Intelligence Review Committee which reviews the activities of Canada’s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence […]

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One of Canada’s media giants has launched an appeal of the broadcast regulator’s ban on substituting Canadian advertising over American ads during the Superbowl. Bell Media (TSX:BCE) has filed a motion with the Federal Court of Appeal seeking leave to appeal a Jan. 29 decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission that would prevent […]

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Hill media fight over harassment policy, some say it could destroy Parliamentary Press Gallery

Mar 2 2015 — Laura Ryckewaert

A proposed bylaw to give the Parliamentary Press Gallery the power to officially handle complaints and recommend members of the Hill media be booted out for alleged personal or sexual harassment, serious misconduct, violence, threats of violence or intimidation, or a criminal offence, was shelved by the gallery’s executive last week for three months after […]

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Beyond Parliament, a debate about C-51

Mar 2 2015 — Aaron Wherry

On Thursday evening, the Conservative members of the public safety committee voted to overrule the chair of the committee on a procedural ruling and then voted to impose on the committee a schedule for hearings on Bill C-51, the government’s anti-terror act. In overruling the chair, the Conservatives have opened themselves up to a formal […]

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A northern court has temporarily blocked the federal government’s attempt to change the way resource development is regulated in the Northwest Territories. The territory’s Supreme Court has granted an injunction that prevents Ottawa from combining local boards into one agency led by a federal appointee. Justice Karan Shaner found the government’s plans may violate treaty […]

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Mar 2 2015 —

Two men built the mysterious tunnel found near York University in Toronto for “personal reasons,” police announced Monday. In a brief news release issued early Monday morning, police said they received several tips about the case that allowed them to identify two men. “The two men told investigators they built the tunnel for personal reasons,” […]

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Mar 2 2015 — Robert Fisher

A little over two years ago, Kathleen Wynne found herself mostly alone on a stage at Toronto’s Mattamy Centre — the former Maple Leaf Gardens — doing a mic check for what would be, the following the day, the most important speech of her political life. It was the Liberal leadership race, a race whose […]

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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the 2015 election

Mar 2 2015 — Michael Harris

Think of what follows as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the 2015 election. It is my intention to street-proof your vote. It needs street-proofing because the old electoral politics of presentation, explanation and proof are mostly dead. Politicians no longer court you, they stalk you. They don’t campaign, they spy, cheat, chisel and connive their way […]

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Time to put the brakes on our slide to intolerance

Mar 2 2015 — Tim Harper

Are we moving into a new era of intolerance in this country? Intolerance is a strong word, but certainly no more inflammatory than some of the words being bandied about by our politicians in this election year. Vigilance has crossed a line, much of it fuelled by comments — or inaction, or studied silence — […]

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Trudeau’s inevitability slipped 15 points, and that’s a lot

Mar 2 2015 — Warren Kinsella

You’re the incumbent, you’re smart, you’ve got plenty of experience, but you can’t get ahead in the polls. So what do you do? You call for a series of leaders’ debates, that’s what you do. Stephen Harper, however much he disdains the mainstream media, he disdains the mainstream media, knows one media truism to be […]

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Mr. PM, please think twice about five debates

Mar 2 2015 — Geoffrey Stevens

My very dear Prime Minister: I am writing to you again as a steadfast admirer of your inspired leadership, your splendid cabinet and your exceptional caucus. Sir, be assured Canada has never been so well served. Permit me to begin by apologizing for intruding on your solitude this week. With Parliament in recess, you are […]

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What’s missing is action

Mar 2 2015 — Dan Lett

Even without an inquiry, we can still help aboriginal women. Most Canadians understand government moves pretty slowly. It’s the nature of a complex organization with competing interests (political versus administrative) and many different goals. In this context, it is often a good idea to go slow when citizens’ money, or welfare, is at stake. And […]

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Double-failing on health

Mar 2 2015 — Joshua Tepper and Danielle Martin

Why it is critical we learn from past healthcare mistakes. Forty is the new thirty. Orange is the new black. And Failure is the new success. It seems these days that no success story is complete without a failure (or two) along the way: the bankruptcy that gave birth to a successful company; the entrepreneur […]

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Unpaid labour fits into Harper’s plan

Mar 2 2015 — Heather Mallick

Our brains are being dipped into a Conservative vat of fluid and moved along down the assembly line. The way we look at the work-and-money transaction is being slowly altered for us in a way that is doing us damage. Short version? We’re worthless. The recent attempt by the University of Toronto Law School, said […]

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Why the West makes nice to authoritarian Egypt

Mar 2 2015 — Neil MacDonald

A few weeks ago, from Switzerland, John Baird tweeted a picture of himself grinning into the camera, shaking the hand of a short, unprepossessing fellow who seemed amused and distracted by something elsewhere in the room. “Great to have dinner & speak with President el-Sisi last night,” gushed Baird, who was at the time still […]

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Canadian Screen Awards 2015: Mommy big film winner, Orphan Black takes top TV trophies

Mar 2 2015 —

The critically acclaimed Montreal-based film Mommy was the darling of Sunday’s Canadian Screen Awards, taking home nine trophies including best motion picture. The night also saw CBC win another two awards, adding to 18 garnered during two ceremonies held earlier this week. Sunday’s two-hour gala, hosted by comedian Andrea Martin and broadcast on CBC TV, […]

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