The poll by Dimitri Pantazopoulos is the second in July to suggest Tory has risen to first place, above Olivia Chow, in the campaign that runs until Oct. 27. John Tory holds a slight lead over Olivia Chow and a bigger lead over Rob Ford, a new poll by a prominent conservative pollster has found.
The Conservative government is beefing up a multimillion-dollar international public relations campaign promoting the oilsands and other Canadian resources, despite research suggesting the ad blitz has been ineffective. Advertising at subway stations in the U.S. capital region in the last year featured a variety of images such as the national flags, a green mountain with […]
The federal government has denied a freedom-of-expression charity’s request for auditors’ guidelines on political activity, saying revealing how the Canada Revenue Agency conducts audits could hamper their work.
It’s good to be the chief. Ron Giesbrecht, chief of the 80 member Kwikwetlem First Nation in B.C. earned a salary of $914,219 tax free last year and a further $16,574 in expenses. That’s the equivalent of $1.6-million for someone who pays tax on income. The band’s accountants Richmond-based Reid Hurst Nagy confirmed the salary […]Read More
A new poll shows 40% of Canadians have no idea what role Canada played in the First World War. Even worse, 8% of those respondents said they don’t think Canada took part at all. “In many ways, the First World War represents the moment when Canada first made its mark on the world stage and […]Read More
“The first casualty when war comes,” U.S. Senator Hiram Johnson reportedly declared in 1918, “is truth.” Johnson was an isolationist who opposed U.S. entry into the First World War, and his concern over the fate of truth in that conflict was justified. After the war ended, American journalist Will Irwin wrote, “the world struggle of […]Read More
National Defence was warned a year before the devastating fire aboard HMCS Protecteur that the electrical system, main engine controls and navigation system aboard both of the navy’s supply ships were on their last legs and prone to catastrophic failure. The unusually blunt assessment was contained in a four-page confidential briefing note prepared by the […]Read More
Canada and the European Union will release final details of their mammoth trade deal on Sept. 25 in Ottawa, ending a marathon 10 months of bargaining since Prime Minister Stephen Harper flew off to Brussels to sign the initial agreement in principle. Multiple sources tell CBC News that the text of the full agreement will […]Read More
A chief from a small First Nation in B.C. was paid nearly $1 million last year, according to documents disclosed by the band. Ron Giesbrecht of the Kwikwetiem First Nation is listed as the chief and economic development officer and was paid $914,219 in remuneration and $16,574 in expenses. The documents state remuneration could include […]Read More
The future of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp./Radio-Canada is backward, in more ways than one. Technologies change; the mission of the CBC does not. As the Broadcasting Act says, the CBC exists to inform, enlighten and entertain in that order. What the act says in lay person’s language is “aim high.” Consider the audience as adults. […]
Capricious, unstructured and even dangerous: That’s what American political thinker Walter Lippmann once wrote about the public’s views on foreign policy. “The unhappy truth,” he wrote in 1955, “is that the prevailing public opinion has been destructively wrong at critical junctures. [The people] have compelled governments to be too late with too little, too long […]
Although South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar have signed three peace agreements, citizens continue to be threatened; and in addition to the ongoing conflict, they face an acute humanitarian crisis and a chronic food and security problem. Since December 15th, 2013, over 10,000 people have been killed and 1.5 million […]
The case of the Green party president and Gaza is intriguing. Paul Estrin, who’s Jewish from Quebec City, posted a piece on the party site; it’s rambling, passionate and fiercely defends Israel against critics. Many members responded angrily, some cancelled memberships. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May straddled awhile, then distanced herself from his piece. It […]
Single parents who depend on social assistance are in for a jolt. Their basic needs allowance will drop by $8 this month. The reduction, effective Aug. 1, applies to both Ontario Works (commonly known as welfare) and the Ontario Disability Support program. Together they provide financial assistance to approximately 170,000 families. There was no mention […]
Bear with me: I want to tell you about an odd thought I had the other day that may induce minor whiplash. I confess that it tests the bounds of believability. But I actually think it’s true: Stephen Harper is the best thing to happen to the environmental issue in Canada. Ever. I know, I […]
It’s the Joe Biden you didn’t know — and might not want to see. Secret Service agents dread being assigned to protect the vice president, in part because Biden’s a big fan of skinny dipping, according to a new tell-all book. In “The First Family Detail,” author Robert Kessler quotes unnamed Secret Service agents dishing […]