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Mike Duffy trial to hear from former PMO insiders, Conservative MPs

Mar 2 2015 — Rosemary Barton

Some of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s closest former advisers will appear as Crown witnesses in the trial of suspended senator Mike Duffy, CBC News has learned. And the list of those subpoenaed to testify against Duffy will include several Conservative MPs, according to multiple sources familiar with the Crown’s witness list.

Mar 2 2015 — Evan Dyer

Member of Parliament advises on Twitter to just ‘stop calling evolution fact!’ James Lunney, a federal Conservative MP, is using his Twitter account to come to the defence of an Ontario Progressive Conservative who told reporters last week that he doesn’t believe in evolution. The British Columbia chiropractor, first elected as a member of Parliament […]

Mar 2 2015 — Michelle Zilio

The NDP will have until March 31 to pay back nearly $3 million for its use of satellite offices, CTV News has learned. Sources tell CTV News that the 68 NDP MPs have been ordered repayment by the end of the month. Last month, the Board of Internal Economy (BOIE), a secretive parliamentary committee responsible […]

Mar 2 2015 — Kathleen Harris

The federal government is cutting funds for a program designed to prevent the most dangerous, high-risk sex offenders from repeating their crimes, just as its own five-year study has found the program dramatically improves public safety and saves money. The 18 Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) programs across the country now have about 700 […]

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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 […]

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Canada warns of more sanctions if pro-Russia rebels violate ceasefire

Mar 2 2015 — Steven Chase

Canada warns it will increase sanctions on Russia if pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine continue to violate a ceasefire deal inked last month. Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson vowed further action as 125 more Canadian soldiers depart for Europe to join military exercises designed to reassure NATO alliance members near Russia that they will be […]

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Inspired by Andre Poulin’s apparent charisma and his message, five Toronto men followed him to Syria and ultimately into the arms of ISIS, CBC News has learned. Poulin, from Timmins, Ont., converted to Islam and went by the name Abu Muslim. He joined the jihadist fight in Syria in 2012, in the process creating an […]

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No excuse for limiting the number of leaders’ debates

Mar 2 2015 — Chantal Hébert

When it comes to the televised debates of the upcoming federal campaign, the only certainty is that there will be at least one in each official language and that the leaders of Canada’s three main parties will be on stage. Everything else is up in the air. As the Star reported last week some Conservative […]

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Increasingly, Parliament simply does not have the information to properly scrutinize public spending

Mar 2 2015 — John Ivison

The Magna Carta will visit Canada this year as part of the 800th anniversary celebrations of the charter that provided the foundation for individual freedom against arbitrary despotism. Parliaments have used the Great Charter as a guide for their role ­chief among which has been the task of reviewing and authorizing government expenditure of public […]

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Patrick Brown shakes the Ontario Tory establishment

Mar 2 2015 — David Reevely

The race to lead the Ontario Progressive Conservatives has a new frontrunner: Patrick Brown, the socially conservative outsider who’s promised to raze the party structure before rebuilding it. After Saturday’s deadline for signing up new Tories who’ll be eligible to vote in the party’s May leadership election, Brown’s campaign boasted it had registered more than […]

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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, knows one media truism to be irrefutable: politicians are rarely felled […]

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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 […]

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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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

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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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