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Ukraine has not received Canadian aid promised months ago, ambassador says

Jul 24 2014 — Steven Chase

Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada says financial aid Ottawa pledged four months ago has not yet materialized and a request for non-lethal equipment has gone unanswered. Canada announced a $200-million-plus financial package for Ukraine in mid-March and that same month Kiev asked Ottawa and other NATO allies for supplies to bolster its fight against pro-Russian separatists […]

Jul 24 2014 — Mark Kennedy

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is expressing alarm about “innocent civilians” being killed in the line of fire in Gaza, while also declaring that Israel has the right to defend itself against “unacceptable” rocket attacks by Hamas. The carefully written statement by the leader of the Official Opposition, which also urges the Canadian government to work […]

Jul 24 2014 — Alison Crawford

The RCMP is getting far less than its asking price at the online auction of a controversial Italian-made plane ordered by former commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli. The Piaggio P180 Avanti luxury turboprop was listed for sale on the government of Canada’s surplus website last spring with bids starting at $2.5 million.

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There’s a mystery in Canada’s business world. Why did Roots, the iconic Canadian company that’s synonymous with stylish, quality casual wear for nature lovers, drop out of a plan to collaborate with Parks Canada on a new fashion line? When Parks Canada announced in 2012 that it would licence its brand in order to produce […]

Jul 24 2014 — Nicholas Keung

A husband and wife who own two chain restaurants in Labrador have launched a constitutional challenge against Ottawa’s move to keep them from hiring foreign workers and place their businesses on an online blacklist. This is the first legal action against the federal government’s revamped temporary foreign workers program since new enforcement measures were brought […]

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Mike Duffy calls Peruvian daughter story ‘a private matter’

Jul 24 2014 — Laura Stone

After calling the initial revelations untrue, Mike Duffy now says his relationship with a Peruvian woman who claims to be his daughter is a “private matter and no one’s business.” On Wednesday, the lawyer for Karen Duffy, a 32-year-old woman from Peru, said the embattled senator and his alleged daughter spoke on Facebook and by […]

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Retiring senator calls for quick replacement

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P.E.I. Senator Catherine Callbeck is urging the federal government to choose someone to replace her as soon as possible after she retires. Callbeck reaches the mandatory age of retirement of 75 on Friday and will be stepping down from the Senate after a political career that spanned almost 30 years.

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20 years on, Canadians warming to NAFTA, poll shows

Jul 24 2014 — Gordon Isfeld

Proponents of the North American Free Trade Agreement argued it would bring unequalled benefits to Canada, the United States and Mexico and serve as a model for future interlocking global economic ties. Most Canadians, however, were not sold on the idea in 1993 when the agreement was signed by then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. NAFTA […]

Jul 24 2014 — Mark Gollom

A young suspect was told in bail court he could be thrown in jail for refusing to make his bed at home — one example of how unnecessary bail conditions are helping to clog up the provincial jail system with legally innocent people, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association says. “We’re not supposed to be imposing […]

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Jul 23 2014 — Rosemary Barton

Suspended senator Mike Duffy has not acknowledged the paternity of a woman called Karen Duffy who says she is his daughter, sources say, although the two have been communicating. Duffy reached out to the Peruvian woman yesterday through Facebook and a FaceTime conversation, but he did not confirm he is her biological father. Sources tell […]

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Jul 23 2014 — Mark Dunn

The mother of a Peruvian woman who claims Mike Duffy is the father of her daughter says the suspended senator has acknowledged paternity. Yvette Benites Ruiz and her daughter, who goes by the name of Karen Duffy, were both reached by QMI Agency’s French television station TVA on Wednesday morning in Peru. Ruiz said from […]

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Jul 23 2014 — James Fitz-Morris

The federal Liberals are calling on the Ethics Commissioner to resume her investigation into what role 11 PMO staffers playing in striking a deal with embattled Senator Mike Duffy. Mary Dawson had begun an investigation after it was revealed former PMO Chief of Staff Nigel Wright had provided Duffy with more than $90-thousand in illegitimate […]

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Jul 23 2014 — Terry Milewski

The Western world “cannot tolerate” the strategic threat posed by a Hamas with newly uncovered “state-like” capabilities in rocketry and tunnelling, a senior Israeli defence official told reporters in Ottawa today. The senior official, who cannot be identified under the ground rules of the briefing, said the Israeli military had considerable prior knowledge of Hamas […]

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Grits seek points as Senate scandal persists

Jul 24 2014 — Marilla Stephenson

The lazy days of summer have not yet hit for federal Liberals, some of whom are busy in Ottawa making hay while the sun continues to shine on the Senate expense drama. The Liberals are working the fertile political ground dumped into their laps thanks to 31 charges laid last week against suspended Prince Edward […]

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The Super Awesome Act of 2014

Jul 24 2014 — Aaron Wherry

How to properly convey the greatness of your own legislation. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney has announced his intention to table a new bill this fall, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act. Never mind what the legislation will entail. Unless the opposition parties have something against common sense, they will surely be compelled to agree […]

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Lauding Harper’s strong stance against Hamas

Jul 24 2014 — Michael Taube

Do you remember when the federal government used to walk on eggshells when it came to international affairs? Liberal and Tory prime ministers worried that if they either forcefully spoke out or publicly took sides, they would turn off a particular individual, group or country. Thankfully, those days of Canadian-style indecisiveness are over. Prime Minister […]

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Why Canadian medicare should neither ‘go Dutch’ or ‘to the dogs’

Jul 24 2014 — Ryan Meili

Canada’s health care system faced some provocative comparisons recently. First was Sarah Boston’s new book, Lucky Dog, in which she details her personal experience with thyroid cancer and navigating the Canadian health system. Boston, a veterinary oncologist, claims that Canadian dogs often have better access to health care than their human counterparts. The next round […]

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Feds slam Ontario gov’t over refugee health-care ‘scare-mongering’

Jul 24 2014 — Christina Blizzard

Federal Immigration Minister Chris Alexander slammed the Ontario government for “scare-mongering” over health-care funding for failed refugees. Alexander’s scathing response came after provincial Health Minister Eric Hoskins’ news conference complaining about the feds’ cuts to health care for people who’ve been turned down for refugee status. “This shows how bad policy can lead to out-of-control […]

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