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How the federal party leaders are celebrating Canada Day

Jul 1 2015 — Michelle Zilio

Federal political party leaders are celebrating Canada Day across the country, marking a busy day in the summer barbecue circuit that’s serving, this year, as an unofficial campaign for the October election. Canada Day is a key opportunity for politicians to reach out to voters less than four months ahead of the federal vote. From […]


Canada’s role in world affairs viewed from abroad

Jul 1 2015 —

Canadians are often curious about how others see them, so, for Canada Day, with the help of the International Council for Canadian Studies, CBC News reached out to the 7,000 or so academics outside Canada who teach courses about Canada. They call themselves Canadianists, and we wanted to know what their students are being taught […]

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Wanted: Grown-ups for the Tory war room and better economic numbers

Jul 1 2015 — L. Ian MacDonald

In an unusual moment of strategic full disclosure, Stephen Harper declared a few weeks ago that the main issues in the coming election were “the economy and security.” We know how the Conservatives are going to play the security card—with fear and loathing. Fear for the voters and loathing for their opponents. The Conservatives posted […]


Justin Trudeau’s climate change plan disappoints

Jul 1 2015 — Tom Walkom

Justin Trudeau’s plan for the environment is an odd mixture of precision and studied vagueness. It is precise in most details, The Liberal leader has something to say on a host of things, ranging from electric cars to sockeye salmon. But on the big question of how to deal with climate change, he is disappointingly […]


Canada is a great country

Jul 1 2015 — Anthony Furey

Let’s buck the trend this Canada Day. Let’s unapologetically celebrate Canadian greatness. Sadly we now live in an age of moral relativism. We live in an age of irony, of insincerity. Sometimes you get the impression it’s not cool anymore to love our country. In fact, it’s almost as if we’re supposed to look for […]


In Canada, inspiration isn’t hard to find

Jul 1 2015 — Ken Dryden

Last year at this time I was asked to be the guest editor for the Canada Day edition of the Star. I was excited about it, and also anxious. I knew I didn’t want the edition to be a lot of words from people who most of their lives have worked to define Canada: Canadians […]

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Jennifer Garner — ‘Fed Up’ with Ben’s Gambling, Drinking

Jul 1 2015 —

Jennifer Garner reached her breaking point with Ben Affleck’s drinking and gambling, and that’s why she called pulled the plug on their marriage … sources connected with the couple tell TMZ. Our sources not surprisingly have 2 views of what happened … some align with him and some with her. The Jen sources say Ben’s […]

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