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Alison Redford flights: opposition politicians want RCMP probe

Jul 29 2014 —

Alberta opposition politicians are calling on the RCMP to investigate former premier Alison Redford over findings by the auditor general about her use of government aircraft. An internal report to the government from Merwan Saher, obtained exclusively by CBC News, found that “false passengers” were booked on the planes making it possible for Redford to […]

Jul 29 2014 —

A “highly sophisticated” cyberattack on the National Research Council’s computer systems may have compromised employees’ personal information and client data, along with Canada’s scientific and industrial trade secrets. NRC President John McDougall told employees in a conference call Tuesday that “any information held in our systems, including employees’ personal information, may have been compromised.” “Client […]

Jul 29 2014 —

The Canadian who led NATO’s mission in Libya three years ago says the international community under the guidance of the United Nations should have done more to ensure the country was on a path to long-term stability. Retired lieutenant-general Charles Bouchard, former commander of the NATO-led mission in Libya, told CBC News he had hoped […]

Jul 29 2014 —

The Canadian military is looking for an air defence system to protect its VIP aircraft, including the one used by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, from surface-to-air missiles. And one of Israel’s top defence contractors, Elbit Systems Ltd., has been working behind-the-scenes for months to get in on the anticipated project. The downing of Malaysian Airlines […]

Jul 29 2014 — Paul Wells

Paul Wells on how Harper’s winning issue is losing its kick. Nathan Silver has great fun with the news that the New York Times editorial board has come out for marijuana legalization. Silver asks the obvious question: is there a group of adult Americans likelier to support marijuana legalization than the editorial board of the […]

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Alison Redford responds to AG report

Jul 29 2014 — Staff

I have read media reports related to a leaked, draft report from the Auditor General and have the following comment: I have not been provided with, and therefore have not been able to read the draft report, but I have cooperated fully with the Auditor General in the preparation of his report and will continue […]

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Gov’t computers hacked at a delicate time

Jul 29 2014 —

The recent infiltration of National Research Council of Canada computers by Chinese hackers comes as the agency is working on an advanced computer encryption system that is supposed to prevent such attacks. The cyber assault has been met with sharp criticism of the Chinese government by Ottawa — even as Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird […]

SAINT PETERSBURG - SEPTEMBER 05:  In this handout image provided by Host Photo Agency, Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) stands with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper during an official welcome of G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organizations at the G20 summit on September 5, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The G20 summit is expected to be dominated by the issue of military action in Syria while issues surrounding the global economy, including tax avoidance by multinationals, will also be discussed duing the two-day summit.  (Photo by Ramil Sitdikov/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images)

Canada plans new sanctions against Russia

Jul 29 2014 —

The federal government says it will impose new sanctions against Russia in coming days over Moscow’s support of rebel groups in Ukraine. In a statement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Russian President Vladimir Putin’s failure to cease backing armed rebels in eastern Ukraine constitutes a genuine threat to international peace and security. Last week, Canada […]

Jul 29 2014 —

The Chinese Embassy is denying the “groundless allegation” that China was behind a cyberattack on Canadian government computers. In a strongly worded statement released Tuesday afternoon, Yang Yundong, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Canada, said they do not accept accusations or speculation about China’s involvement. “The Chinese government has always (been) firmly opposed […]

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Jul 29 2014 —

Five First Nations leaders in Ontario say their people are prepared to lay down their lives to protect their traditional lands. The aboriginal chiefs are serving notice on the Ontario and federal governments, developers and the public that they’ll assert their treaty rights over their ancestral lands. They say the two levels of government haven’t […]

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Jul 29 2014 —

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are expected to make an announcement Wednesday about a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ont. The Canadian government has agreed to finance the construction of the $2-billion bridge, which would open in 2020. The final permit for the project was issued last month after a […]

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Jul 29 2014 —

Mayor Rob Ford admits his office helped a U.S. company meet with city staff in a bid to explore potential savings opportunities, though he says there was no attempt to influence the outcome of those talks. The Globe and Mail published a report earlier this summer saying that Ford and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, […]

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Jul 29 2014 — Peter O'Neil

NDP deputy leader Libby Davies is urging Canadians to “speak out” against the growing bloodshed in Gaza, but has declined to discuss with the news media her strong views on the Israel-Palestine conflict. While that is in keeping with party leader Tom Mulcair’s strict approach to caucus discipline – only the leader and the official […]

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Jul 29 2014 — Mark Kennedy

The political debate over marijuana legalization in Canada could soon intensify, following a New York Times editorial that calls for the U.S. federal government to repeal its 44-year ban on pot. The influential newspaper, which says the question of legalization should be left up to individual U.S. states, is running a six-day series on the […]

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Stephen Harper’s hardline approach to Gaza unhelpful

Jul 29 2014 — Tom Walkom

Canada’s bully-boy approach to Gaza may be politically expedient for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. But in terms of bringing peace to the Middle East it is not helpful. If anything, it makes matters worse. To this Canadian government, events in the Palestinian territory are black and white. On one side are those that Foreign Affairs […]

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Will Trudeau’s principled stand woo Jewish voters?

Jul 29 2014 — Warren Kinsella

For political parties, winning elections is – naturally – the big prize. Almost as good: stealing away an entire demographic group from an opponent. Case in point, Canadian Jewish voters. The Liberal Party of Canada used to have ‘em. Now they don’t. The Conservative Party of Canada, Stephen Harper, prop., stole ‘em. It is an […]

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Legalizing pot is a social issue, not a medical one

Jul 29 2014 — Karin Klassen

Physicians don’t want to prescribe pot; surveys indicate this overwhelmingly. The Canadian Medical Association unequivocally doesn’t want them to do it either, and for years, they’ve issued policy statements, briefs and resolutions to their members, to the public, to the courts, and to government saying so. The insurer of physicians, the Canadian Medical Protective Association, […]

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Licence plate furor a bad sign for Alberta Tories

Jul 29 2014 — Gillian Steward

It’s summer so silly season is upon us. In Alberta that means that most people have given up talking about serious stuff and are instead debating the pros and cons of the little red, white and blue plates that adorn the back of their cars. Do we need a new slogan? Or is the old […]

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Israel must defend itself

Jul 29 2014 — Ezra Levant

Serious question: If Hamas terrorists in Gaza were to build Auschwitz-style ovens to burn Jews like the Nazis did, would the world still demand that Israel stop attacking them? Of course. The official goals of Hamas are the same as the Nazis: to kill every Jew. The Hamas Charter says so 12 times. And yet […]

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The crushing waves of grief

Jul 29 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

Weddings are supposed to be happy occasions. The recent nuptials of my best friend Marla were no exception, featuring a beautiful bride, smiling relatives and plenty of children racing around, high on cake and up way past their bedtimes. Marla and I have known each other since college; she asked me and her other “BFF,” […]

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Seniors concerned about post-retirement health expenses

Jul 29 2014 — Barbara Yaffe

A retired friend of mine returned last week from a visit to a dental specialist laden with a cost estimate for two medically necessary tooth implants totalling more than $9,000, $13,000 when necessary prep work by her regular dentist was added. Her experience certainly gives poignancy to a report released Monday by the BMO Wealth […]

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Success for one Chinese family doesn’t always mean happiness

Jul 29 2014 — Jan Wong

A tiny microcosm of China arrived at my home last week — mom, dad and the requisite only child. They’re staying with me for a month, inadvertently providing a glimpse into the world’s most extraordinary economic miracle. I met the parents 10 years ago for a series I wrote on three Toronto immigrant families from […]

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Jake Gardiner signs 5-year, $20.25M deal with Leafs: reports

Jul 29 2014 —

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenceman Jake Gardiner to a five-year, $20.25-million US contract extension, according to several media reports. Gardiner will make an annual salary of $4.05 million. Gardiner’s extension doesn’t include any no-movement protection, according to Sportsnet.ca. In 80 games with the Leafs last season, the 24-year-old defenceman scored 10 goals and […]