National Newswatch

‘Canada is back,’ Trudeau says at COP21 in Paris

Nov 30 2015 —

Speaking at the UN climate summit in Paris on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government considers the fight against climate change a top priority, as well as a “historic opportunity” to create economic growth. Trudeau is one of approximately 150 leaders attending the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention […]

Nov 30 2015 —

A solid majority of Americans say the United States should join an international treaty to limit the impact of global warming, but on this and other climate-related questions, opinion divides sharply along partisan lines, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Two-thirds of Americans support the United States joining a binding international agreement […]

Nov 30 2015 —

President Obama told world leaders who gathered northeast of Paris on Monday for a climate conference that the United States is at least partly to blame for the life-threatening damage that environmental change has wrought, and he urged world leaders to join him in fixing the problem. “I’ve come here personally, as the leader of […]

Zunera Ishaq talks to reporters outside the Federal Court of Appeal after her case was heard on whether she can wear a niqab while taking her citizenship oath, in Ottawa on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Niqab ban legal battle cost federal government more than $420K

Nov 30 2015 — Alison Crawford

The final tally of the federal government’s legal bill for its fight to prevent women from wearing a face veil at citizenship ceremonies is $421,840. The figure is included in a document obtained in an access to information request filed by CBC News. The former Conservative government lost in Federal Court and again at the […]


Liberal transparency reforms subject to ‘review’ next year

Nov 30 2015 — Dean Beeby

Delivery of a key Liberal promise on transparency is likely months away, as an election commitment to reform the Access to Information Act has morphed into a “review” of the legislation starting next year. During the election campaign, Leader Justin Trudeau said a Liberal government would end fees for processing information requests; give the information […]

Nov 30 2015 — Claire Brownell

A Birks Group Inc. press release intending to draw attention to a diamond brooch Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau wore to meet Queen Elizabeth II has instead raised questions about whether such gifts are ethical and in good taste. On Wednesday, the Montreal-based jewelry retailer issued a release with a photo of Gregoire-Trudeau, her husband Prime Minister Justin […]

Read More

Featured Ink


Why climate change hope is not misplaced

Nov 30 2015 — Tim Harper

It was 13 years ago. Jean Chrétien’s government ratified the Kyoto Protocol and the Liberal prime minister proclaimed “Canada is a good citizen of the world.’’ It was four years ago. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives pulled Canada out of the protocol. “Kyoto, for Canada, is in the past,’’ said his environment minister, Peter Kent. After more […]


Will Trudeau’s victory be Wynne’s undoing?

Nov 30 2015 — Matt Gurney

The Ontario Liberals were at it again last week. Canada’s most fiscally hapless government — for now, at any rate — happily announced that the deficit for this year is coming in a billion dollars lower than expected. Charles Sousa, finance minister, immediately hit the TV news and talk-radio circuit to tout the accomplishment. Ontario’s […]


On climate change, Trudeau pulls a bait-and-switch

Nov 30 2015 — David Akin

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is getting a lot of love from climate change campaigners these days simply because he doesn’t insult them. The last prime minister — that would be Stephen Harper, of course — had a natural resources minister that talked about “environmentalists and other radical groups” who would “hijack our regulatory system.” One […]


Obama’s climate scam backed by Canada

Nov 30 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

It’s beyond bizarre. U.S. President Barack Obama — backed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna — heads into Monday’s United Nations climate change conference in Paris opposed to any global deal that includes legally binding targets to reduce industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions linked to climate change. It’s bizarre because […]


Barnacle of politics attaches itself to shipbuilding contracts

Nov 30 2015 — Dan Leger

It had to be too good to be true. A politics-free defence acquisition project? It seemed like a miracle. But Ottawa’s naval shipbuilding project now looks to be going the way of all the others into political squabbling, corporate manipulation and expensive cost overruns. On Oct. 19, 2011, the Conservative government announced the results of […]


Tories appear in no hurry to choose Harper’s replacement

Nov 30 2015 — Adam Radwanski

Rona Ambrose should probably settle into Stornoway a bit. As the federal Conservatives’ national council prepares to meet next weekend for the first time since this fall’s election, the party seems in no hurry to select Stephen Harper’s long-term replacement as leader. While it’s unlikely the date for the leadership vote will be announced until […]

Tom Parkin

Battle for the hearts of progressives

Nov 29 2015 — Tom Parkin

The House of Commons returns this week for a Throne Speech that will be carefully analysed for signs the Liberals are backing away from election promises. Concerns are further heightened by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fiscal report. Post-election claims of bare cupboards have been used many times to prepare voters for broken promises to come. […]

Michael Harris

A Liberal win in NFLD could be sweet justice for Dunphy

Nov 30 2015 — Michael Harris

Don Dunphy’s daughter is waiting. For what, you ask? The longest wait of them all — justice. And tomorrow night, if the political stars align, she might just get it. The last Conservative government in Canada is headed towards oblivion at warp speed. Of three polls done during the dying days of the campaign (Corporate […]

Entertainment Plus

grey cup

Eskimos score late, hold on to capture 103rd Grey Cup

Nov 29 2015 —

The Edmonton Eskimos scored with less than three minutes to play and held on for a 26-20 win over the Ottawa Redblacks to capture the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg. Jordan Lynch punched in the winning score from a yard out for the Eskimos. Mike Reilly had two touchdown passes for the Eskimos who came […]

Climate Corner

The Mix