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Russia ‘invaded’ Ukraine: Baird

Aug 28 2014 — Giuseppe Valiante

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Russia has launched an “invasion” into Eastern Ukraine. Baird’s comments came shortly after NATO released satellite images Thursday it said showed Russian combat forces with heavy weapons engaged in military operations inside Ukrainian territory. NATO says 1,000 Russian troops are operating in the country.

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Canadian fighter jets will be patrolling the edge of Russian airspace next week as part of NATO’s response to the unravelling situation in Ukraine. At least four of the six CF-18s sent overseas by the Harper government earlier this year have arrived at Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania, where they will fly air policing missions […]

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EU lawmakers are threatening to block a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union — a blueprint for a much bigger EU-U.S. deal — because it would allow firms to sue governments if they breach the treaty. The agreement with Canada, a draft of which was seen by Reuters, could increase bilateral […]

Aug 28 2014 — Laura Payton

New Brunswick Premier David Alward says federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is “50 years late” in arguing for research into the effects of fracking, the method used to extract shale gas. Alward, who as leader of the New Brunswick Progressive Conservatives is in the middle of an election campaign in his province, spoke at a […]

Aug 28 2014 — Paul Wells

On Aug. 19, Michelle Rempel, a junior minister in the Stephen Harper government who won her Calgary Centre-North riding in 2011 by 20,000 votes, posted a video of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on her Facebook page. “Many of you ask me why I sought to serve as an MP. Part of this role includes standing […]

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Feds integrity watchdog quitting in December

Aug 28 2014 —

Canada’s public sector integrity watchdog and protector of civil service whistleblowers is quitting. Mario Dion says he will leave his post as integrity commissioner in December after four years, Dion cites personal reasons for leaving. He tabled his first report on wrongdoing in March 2012 and has since tabled eight more, referring six cases to […]

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Canada screws up Russian geography while mocking Russians about geography

Aug 28 2014 — Ishmael N. Daro

A sarcastic tweet from Canada’s delegation to NATO instructing Russians to be mindful of their national borders was apparently itself wrong about the geography of Eastern Europe. Following the claim by Russian President Vladimir Putin this week that 10 Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine accidentally wandered into the neighbouring country, the Canada at NATO account […]

Aug 28 2014 — David Rider

As Toronto mayoral candidates enter the home stretch, Mayor Rob Ford is the only one gaining ground while once-frontrunner Olivia Chow has fallen behind him into third place, according to a new large-sample poll. Forum Research’s automated phone survey of 1,945 Torontonians conducted Monday and Tuesday is certain to send shock waves through campaigns preparing […]

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A report into an error in the July jobs report by Statistics Canada has made five recommendations to prevent future mistakes including improved governance, testing protocols and diagnostics. The report released Friday also called for improved documentation that can be reviewed when system changes are made and better communication between staff.

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Trade between the provinces and territories is expected to dominate discussion today as Canada’s premiers gather in Charlottetown for their annual conference. The politicians, who met Wednesday with native leaders, started their day with a photo-op, walking down the rain-slicked street in front of the provincial legislature, where they dropped their umbrellas and posed for […]

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Charitable tax credits should be abolished

Aug 28 2014 — Andrew Coyne

It has been no summer of love for Canada’s charities. A number of prominent charitable groups, among them PEN Canada, Environmental Defence Canada, Amnesty International Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation, have faced audits by the Canada Revenue Agency; the rest, it seems, are up in arms about it. Because so many of those who […]

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A federal inquiry was never going to accomplish much

Aug 28 2014 — Tom Flanagan

Provincial premiers and native organizations are finally taking the initiative on the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women, compromising on their calls for a federally led inquiry in favour of a national roundtable organized by the provinces. Federal involvement was never likely to accomplish much, because almost all programs and services with a bearing […]

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Roaming charges controversy dark, dangerous territory for Tories

Aug 28 2014 — Don Braid

The effort to sabotage PC leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk is hurtling the PCs into dark and dangerous territory where the leakers might suffer more damage than the target. His $20,000 data roaming bill from October 2012, leaked with such clumsy ardour, now cycles back to a purely private family dispute involving a cabinet minister. The […]

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Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner’s fiscal update just ‘more fiscal rubbish’

Aug 28 2014 — Lorne Gunter

Some days (like Wednesday), you gotta feel for provincial Finance Minister Doug Horner. He is the last remaining cabinet guardian of the Redford legacy. As finance minister, he is the sole remaining apologist for disgraced former premier Alison Redford’s sleight-of-hand budgeting tricks. And as minister responsible for the provincial government’s fleet of four aircraft – […]

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Quebec’s fascination with Lucien Bouchard still runs strong

Aug 28 2014 — Lise Ravary

On Monday at 9pm, 190,000 Quebecers were glued to their televisions sets. It was not their passion for hockey that kept them indoors on a beautiful summer night, but their other love, Québec politics. Télé-Québec was showing Nation — Huis clos avec Lucien Bouchard (“In camera with Lucien Bouchard”), a 90-minute candid and sometimes confrontational […]

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge foes all wet over chillin’ for charity

Aug 28 2014 — Paul Schneidereit

As an opinion writer, I wholeheartedly subscribe — for obviously selfish reasons — to the proposition that almost nothing should be above criticism. That, of course, includes other criticism. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon currently sweeping the online world is certainly not perfect. As was inevitable when human beings are involved, some folks have […]

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