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Bill C-51 defies key rulings on security certificates, lawyers say

Feb 27 2015 — Louise Elliott

Immigration experts say the sweeping anti-terrorism bill would give the government — and its spy agency, CSIS — new power to withhold information in cases where suspects are held on security certificates. The changes are included in Bill C-51’s amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which have received little attention to date. Security […]

Feb 27 2015 —

Although Barack Obama issued an immediate veto of legislation from Congress that would have forced approval of the long-debated and highly contentious Keystone XL pipeline, the American president still needs to give the project — vehemently opposed by his core constituency but favored by the Republican majority in Congress — a clear thumbs-up or thumbs-down […]

Feb 27 2015 — Olivia Ward

The Egyptian prosecutor of the court that condemned Mohamed Fahmy to a seven-year sentence on terrorism-linked charges has denounced the case as spurious, according to documents obtained by the Canadian journalist’s lawyers. Fahmy is now on bail facing retrial after Egypt’s highest court overturned the original judgment against him and two Al Jazeera colleagues, rejecting […]

Feb 27 2015 —

A new ad from the Bloc Québécois is targeting NDP voters unhappy with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s comments Wednesday defending women’s right to wear the niqab at citizenship ceremonies.

Feb 26 2015 — Max Paris

Contrary to government assertions, violence against indigenous women and girls is a sociological phenomenon and, while it has been studied, many recommendations haven’t been implemented, claims a new report on the issue of murdered and missing aboriginal women. The report, released today by the Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women, comes a day […]

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So what’s terrorism? Whatever Harper says it is.

Feb 27 2015 — Michael Harris

Steve the terror-monger has a lot of reasons to call an early election — not least the fact that the popularity of his security bill, which proposes to turn Canada into a police-state, is likely to be short-duration. Having managed to convince the public (and apparently Justin Trudeau), that C-51 is going to save us […]

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Government has tunnel vision when it comes to terror radicalization

Feb 26 2015 — Don Martin

That bizarre Toronto tunnel was the howler of the week. It went nowhere and, given the discovery of Roman Catholic rosary beads and a military-honoring poppy inside, clearly wasn’t linked to jihad terrorism. But conspiracy theorists sounding the alarm about the tunnel as a Pan-Am Games terrorism launch pad underline public fear factors stoked by […]

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A roundtable laden with emotion and suspicion

Feb 27 2015 — Tim Harper

It’s going to be awfully crowded in a downtown hotel ballroom here Friday. Emotion and frustration. Suspicion and ill will. All sitting cheek by jowl. For the first time since a shocking RCMP report revealed 1,181 indigenous women and girls had been murdered or gone missing between 1980 and 2012, federal ministers will sit down […]

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Let a parliamentary debate begin on physician-assisted dying.

Feb 27 2015 — Justin Trudeau

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a unanimous judgment, striking down the ban on physician-assisted dying. Death, and the ways in which it touches our lives, is not easily discussed. In the few short weeks that have passed, I’ve had many difficult conversations with those who applaud — and those who condemn […]

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A devolution in Ontario’s PC party

Feb 27 2015 — Michael Den Tandt

In the Canadian conservative movement there’s a pro league, a junior A contingent and a smallmarket bush league where bullet-headed scrappers tough it out in the corners for a few years, busting teeth and noses – most often their own – before soon moving on to that career in real estate. And can you guess […]

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NDP the voice of reason in shameful display at Queen’s Park

Feb 27 2015 — Christina Blizzard

So now according to our fearless leader, if you dare raise questions about the proposed new sex-ed curriculum you’re “homophobic.” And if you dare disagree with this scandal-plagued government, you’ll be mocked and pilloried for your views. In a ploy to deflect attention from the disgraceful allegations about corruption in the Sudbury byelection, the Liberals […]

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Western weakness won’t help Ontario’s budget woes

Feb 26 2015 — Mark Milke

With the plunge in oil prices over the last six months (and already soft natural gas prices), it’s not headline news to note that provinces heavily dependent on energy-related revenues are suffering.  The decline in the resource sector has also contributed to a decline in the value of the Canadian dollar against the greenback. That […]

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Why Barack Obama won’t say ‘Islamic extremists’

Feb 27 2015 — Neil MacDonald

A few days after the 9/11 attacks, George W. Bush began repeating what would become a mandatory presidential preamble. “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam,” he declared, then quoted from the Qur’an to make that case: “In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those […]

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Kardashians — E! Isn’t Paying $100 Mil … But Close

Feb 27 2015 —

Reports the Kardashians have scored $100 million from E! for 4 more seasons are NOT true … they’re only getting a measly $80 mil … TMZ has learned. NBCUniversal called the $100 mil story “grossly inaccurate.” But our sources connected with the network say the word “grossly” may be grossly inaccurate, because we’re told best […]

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