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B.C. to start daycare payments to parents as teachers strike talks collapse

Aug 31 2014 —

British Columbia expects to start giving cash to parents to offset the costs of daycare that result from kids not being in school because of a teachers strike. Education Minister Peter Fassbender says parents who start registering at the government’s website can expect to receive $40 a day starting late September or early October. He […]

Aug 31 2014 — Kady O'Malley

The prime minister’s Quebec lieutenant, Denis Lebel, has spent the past couple weeks crisscrossing his home province on what the party is billing as his “End of Summer Tour” — a 12-day trek that has taken him from Charlevoix to Mount Royal to Saguenay and finally to a rally in Quebec City on Friday.

Aug 31 2014 —

Canada will send troops, jets and warships to participate in a massive NATO training exercise next year in a deployment that could be the first step towards deeper involvement in the alliance’s long-term strategy to counter a resurgent Russia. The units will participate in a test of the military alliance’s crisis response brigade, The Canadian […]

Aug 31 2014 — Matthew Fisher

Canada is interested in joining a NATO joint expeditionary force of at least 10,000 troops that is being created to bolster the alliance’s eastern flank in an effort to check Russia’s creeping military takeover of eastern Ukraine, according to Britain’s Financial Times newspaper. The British-led division-sized force will include troops from at least six countries. […]

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Health Canada pulling last of citronella-based bug sprays

Aug 31 2014 — Sophia Harris

Health Canada is pulling the last of citronella-based bug sprays off the shelves by the end of December because of “the absence of adequate safety data.” The essential oil has been used as an insect repellent in Canada for decades. The move has left scientists who advised Health Canada on the issue befuddled by the […]

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More volunteers sought for Rob Ford’s mayoral campaign

Aug 31 2014 —

The campaign to re-elect Mayor Rob Ford held a rally Saturday to recruit more election volunteers. Doug Ford, the outgoing Etobicoke councillor and his brother’s campaign manager, said the campaign has roughly 2,000 volunteers and is looking for another 1,000. “This is a massive machine and we need to be well organized to get the […]

Aug 31 2014 — Paul Watson

One of the many mysteries of the lost Franklin expedition is the story of a three-masted ghost ship that Inuit hunters saw drifting southward in deadly silence. Before the last of Sir John Franklin’s 128 men died on their ill-fated mid-19th century mission to navigate the entire Northwest Passage, one of his officers wrote a […]

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Aug 31 2014 — David Larkins

A mayoral campaign that started off slow has picked up in recent days and weeks with five candidates distancing themselves as the peloton in this race that still has nearly two months to play out. Pace yourselves, people, there’ll be plenty of time for shots and snark. (Actually, keep it up.) But in the midst […]

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Aug 30 2014 —

Bolivian police say eight foreign tourists are among the 10 people killed when a bus returning to La Paz from the Salar de Uyuni salt flats ran off the highway and crashed. Some Canadian tourists were injured in the accident. Police Capt. Gonzalo Carrasco said that another 24 people, most of them foreigners, were injured […]

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Aug 30 2014 — Paul Wells

There’s an inconvenient complicating detail in the Great Stephen Harper-Justin Trudeau Showdown of 2015. His name is Tom Mulcair, his New Democratic Party still holds 98 seats in the House of Commons and, the other day, he dropped a big hint about how the 2015 election will go. Almost nobody caught the hint. Let’s take […]

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Book excerpt: The Morning After

Aug 31 2014 — Chantal Hébert

In the saga of the 1995 referendum, all roads inevitably lead back to Jean Chrétien . . . and to a barrage of smoke. Those who know the former prime minister will not be surprised that two decades after the fact he still insists on keeping his post-referendum cards close to his chest. Or that […]

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The incredible shrinking super power

Aug 31 2014 — Ezra Levant

The world is burning. Russia is invading Ukraine with impunity. A brutal mutation of al-Qaida, called the Islamic State, now controls half of Iraq, scooping up with ease the land that America spent so much blood and treasure to briefly liberate. The Islamic State lives up to its name: It is a Muslim theocracy. The […]

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Aboriginal leaders: Canada’s shame in it’s relations with First Nations

Aug 31 2014 — Lorne Gunter

The premiers, meeting in P.E.I., have expressed their disappointment at the federal government’s refusal to order a national inquiry into the high number of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada. Aboriginal leaders claim the Harper government’s decision highlights Canada’s “shame” in its relations with First Peoples. They believe it is proof of widespread racism […]

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Rob Ford is in the groove

Aug 31 2014 — Adrienne Batra

When organizers of the Jesus in the City parade got the call last week from City of Toronto staff that because of road work, the permit for their event was being pulled, it didn’t take long for Mayor Rob Ford to spring into action. Staff said they were unable to offer an alternative route for […]

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Parents also need to be prepared for school

Aug 31 2014 — Christina Blizzard

Back to school – that post Labour Day ritual of waking kids early after a summer of silliness – starts Tuesday. Across the province, kids are gearing up for a return to the classroom or a new adventure in kindergarten. As someone who’s seen the good, the bad and the ugly of the entire school […]

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