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Suspended Senators Duffy, Wallin, Harb repay $465,000

Nov 26 2014 — Tim Naumetz

Three of the four Senators who were suspended last year for filing false expense and living allowance claims have repaid a total of $465,000 over the past year-and-a-half, including interest on the money they wrongly received, public accounts and Senate records show. The repayments will be even higher—more than $511,000—if former Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau, […]

Nov 26 2014 —

A Conservative cloak-and-dagger caper aimed at capturing a Liberal candidate in a verbal gaffe has taken another twist. The Conservative party has asked an audio forensic expert to analyze a secretly recorded conversation involving Marlo Raynolds, the Liberal candidate in Banff-Airdrie. And that expert has concluded that it was indeed Raynolds who said the Tories’ […]

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 — Andrew Foote

Edmonton East MP Peter Goldring now says he deeply regrets a statement he issued Wednesday that advised fellow members of Parliament to wear body cameras at all times for “risk protection” and to “prevent besmirchment.” The statement drew immediate and widespread criticism from other parties and shocked political pundits. Hours later, a second statement was […]

Nov 26 2014 — Mark Kennedy

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says he is hopeful that a “rigorous” independent review will now be launched into allegations of personal misconduct against MPs he suspended from the Liberal caucus. Trudeau made the comments to reporters after emerging from a caucus meeting Wednesday, exactly three weeks after Parliament Hill was rocked by his announcement that […]

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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 […]

Jian Ghomeshi?s radio show can now be heard on WNYC in New York.

CBC’s ‘Fifth Estate’ to run Ghomeshi episode

Nov 26 2014 —

CBC is promising to tell the story of “what really happened” with Jian Ghomeshi in an upcoming episode of “The Fifth Estate.” The investigative program is set to run an hour-long documentary on the disgraced “Q” radio host Friday, titled “The Unmaking of Jian Ghomeshi.” In a preview, Ghomeshi is described as “the breakout success […]

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Pierre Claude Nolin named Senate speaker

Nov 26 2014 —

Quebec Sen. Pierre Claude Nolin has been named the new Speaker of the Senate. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement in a statement acknowledging the contributions of Nolin’s predecessor, Noel Kinsella, whose last day as Speaker was Wednesday. Harper congratulated Kinsella for presiding over the upper chamber with “aplomb and dignity,” and for setting […]

Nov 26 2014 — Kady O'Malley

With his family watching from the public gallery, senators paid tribute to retiring Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella as he took the chair for the last time. Senate Government Leader Claude Carignan referred to Kinsella as “an institution within our institution.” “Not only is he an undisputed authority in terms of his institutional memory, he is […]

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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 […]

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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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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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The time for creating a Canadian LNG industry is now

Nov 26 2014 — Barry Munro and Gary L. Zed

There has been plenty of public debate recently, in government and financial circles, about whether British Columbia and Canada will ever enter the global Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) game. The sector’s first movers, PETRONAS and its partners, are on the verge of making a final investment decision that is destined to mark a historic step […]


Pipeline politics could fuel talk of Alberta separation

Nov 27 2014 — David Marsden

Few people are indifferent to the prospect of global warming, but that doesn’t mean that greenhouse gas emissions should cloud the debate over construction of new pipelines. Unless we’re going to ban automobiles and other forms of transportation, such as buses and jets, the focus should be on reducing the amount of emissions that are […]


Central Canadians should be prepared to freeze in the dark

Nov 27 2014 — Barry Cooper

Insufficient pipeline access to tidewater for Alberta crude costs the Canadian government more than $7 billion a year in revenue. To the west, a toxic combination of largely American-funded ideological enviros, who have alarmed already resentment-filled aboriginals, has temporarily stopped the Northern Gateway pipeline. They have slowed the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline (along […]


Stealth Cuts and Omnibus Bills are no Friends of Democracy

Nov 27 2014 — Colin Kenny

The Harper government has made no secret of its intention to tighten Canada’s fiscal belt over the last several years. Since 2010, the prime minister has been working to downsize the budgets of most federal agencies by between 5 and 10 percent as part of his Deficit Reduction Action Plan (DRAP). In some cases, such […]


No, the markets won’t ‘fix’ climate change for us

Nov 27 2014 — Linda McQuaig

OK, so we’ve figured out how to propel a small device through space on solar power at 60,000 kilometres an hour for ten years, and then land it on a comet 6 billion kilometers away. But using a solar-powered car to drive, say, the 60 kilometres between Toronto and Whitby? No way. Get real. For […]


Ghomeshi’s spectacular fall from grace

Nov 27 2014 — Rosie DiManno

Jian Ghomeshi has been a rock musician. He’s been a media celebrity in the admittedly low wattage firmament occupied by Canadian entertainment luminaries. Now he knows how it feels to be a megastar — fallen. And he would have known, from his career vantage point on the other side of the curtain, what to expect […]

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Bill Cosby, under oath, says he gave tabloid exclusive in 2005, had accuser’s story spiked

Nov 27 2014 —

Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser’s story. Excerpts released Wednesday of Cosby’s deposition from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand quote Cosby as saying he […]

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