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Tory takes 14-point lead over Ford in new Globe poll

Sep 2 2014 — Elizabeth Church

John Tory is pulling ahead in the race for Toronto mayor as the campaign hits its final leg, leading Rob Ford by a 14-point margin among decided voters, and Olivia Chow is in third place closely behind the mayor, new exclusive polling numbers show. Mr. Tory has the support of 42 per cent of decided […]

Sep 2 2014 — Tim Naumetz

Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals are taking the offensive following sustained Conservative attacks over his support for the legalization of marijuana. The Liberal Party blitzed an email to thousands of party supporters and members on Friday, arguing the Conservative position in favour of maintaining criminal laws prohibiting marijuana possession will only prop up a […]

Sep 2 2014 — Stephen Maher

Dean Del Mastro’s lawyer repeatedly called the Crown’s key witness a liar Tuesday morning as the defence made its closing arguments in the MP’s trial. Del Mastro, who left the Conservative caucus after he was charged, faces as long as a year in jail if he is convicted of four counts of violating the Elections […]

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The NDP is asking Canada’s director of public prosecutions to look at the evidence collected by the RCMP in the Mike Duffy case to determine if charges should be laid against other people as well. The Mounties have filed 31 charges against Duffy related to his housing and travel expense claims, accusing him of misspending […]

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Brian Gallant’s Liberals hold wide lead in new CRA poll

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The Liberals continue to hold a wide lead in public opinion, according to the latest political poll released by Corporate Research Associates on Tuesday. The Liberals were selected by 48 per cent of decided voters as their preferred party, followed by the Progressive Conservatives at 29 per cent, the NDP at 17 per cent, the […]

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The interview: Alleged fraudster Arthur Porter

Sep 2 2014 — Jeff Todd

Arthur Porter has been in prison in Panama for more than a year. The former CEO of the McGill University Health Centre is fighting extradition to Canada, where he and several others are facing charges related to a $22.5-million kickback that SNC-Lavalin allegedly paid to secure the contract to build the new $1.3-billion super-hospital. Porter […]

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Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr tries again Wednesday to expand his civil lawsuit against the federal government to include a claim that Canada conspired with the United States for what he says was the abuse of his rights and torture. The proposed $20-million action foundered last December when Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley ruled […]

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After decades of service, the military’s last Lee-Enfield rifles are finally getting close to retirement. Colt Canada of Kitchener, Ont., has been picked to design modern rifles to replace the vintage firearms used by the Canadian Rangers. The military will get a chance to test out 125 of the new weapons next summer during its […]

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Sep 2 2014 — Andrew MacDougall

ISIL. Ukraine. Ferguson. Ebola. So much for slow news summers. But while outlets have plenty to cover, they are worrying about the mounting cost of their coverage. The Internet has eroded so much of the news’ revenue base, the industry now resembles Wile E. Coyote after he’s run off a cliff: caught in mid-air, legs […]

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Despite tough talk, Canadian Forces are badly under-funded

Sep 2 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

Is Russian president Vladimir Putin a bad, bad man? We think probably he is. Do the butchers of the Islamic State, now running amok in Iraq and Syria, pose a clear and present danger to Western civilization? It seems so. Therefore it’s good, we can agree, that this country’s prime minister and foreign minister, Stephen […]

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Harper’s Gitmo: The Sisyphean Task of Senate Reform

Sep 2 2014 — Ian Brodie

One of Barack Obama’s first official acts as President of the United States was to order the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay closed by the end of 2009. Closing “Gitmo” had been more than just a campaign promise for Candidate Obama. It was the essence of his moral case against the Bush Administration. The prison […]

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Youth, Big Data and the politics of the future

Sep 2 2014 — Don Lenihan

Most young people aren’t interested in politics and changing their minds will take more than voting campaigns or a high-school course in civics. Engagement has to happen on their terms. And for that we need to think way outside the box. Two news stories last week may point the way. STORY 1: According to the […]

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What NATO members must do to empower the alliance

Sep 2 2014 — Colin Robertson

“Keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down” was how Lord Ismay, NATO’s first Secretary General (1952 to 1957), described the Alliance that has since become both the sword and shield of our liberal international order. Recent events revalidate Lord Ismay’s trope except that Germany now needs to take on responsibilities within […]

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Feds need lessons in history — ours included

Sep 2 2014 — Scott Taylor

Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made his ninth annual photo-op pilgrimage to the Canadian Arctic. As has become the custom, the Canadian military provided some martial-looking props to emphasize the Conservative government’s resolve to exercise our sovereignty in the Far North. One ridiculous image that received widespread circulation in the media was that of […]

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What progressives can learn from Harper

Sep 2 2014 — Shannon Gormley

If you can’t earn a reputation through action, you can always take it by fiat. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, long ridiculed for being internationally inept, at last appears strong and principled in foreign affairs, thanks in no small part to the fact that it has taken to calling itself just that: strong and principled. […]

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Missing, murdered aboriginal women deserve more than a shrug

Sep 2 2014 — Warren Kinsella

So, 1,200 of your family, friends and neighbours are murdered, or go missing. Would you be upset? How about this? The murders and the disappearances have been going on, unchecked, since 1980. Is that upsetting? No? Then, let’s say you go to Ottawa for help, and they shrug and refuse to do anything. Upset yet? […]

Sep 2 2014 — Celine Cooper

Without national independence on the horizon, can Quebec reclaim its place in the Canadian federation? Should it? There has been a groundswell of political reflection taking place these days among Quebec’s journalists, politicians and intellectuals, and this — compellingly — is the question that keeps floating to the top.

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Sep 2 2014 — Lawrence Martin

After tragic occurrences, we’re used to political leaders making a stop or two at hospitals to have their pictures taken with the afflicted. But how about a prime minister visiting 52 hospitals, speaking to wounded and dying soldiers individually at each, taking notes from them for their Canadian families back home?

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Sep 2 2014 — Ezra Levant

It’s been clear for months that President Barack Obama is already in retirement mode. He is closing in on 200 golf games since becoming president. He regularly skips his briefings. He’s disengaged from files,making only grudging statements about national crises. Then a U.S. citizen, James Foley, was beheaded by the terrorist group called the Islamic […]

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Justin Bieber charged with assault in ATV crash near Stratford, Ontario

Sep 2 2014 — Staff

Justin Bieber has been charged with assault and dangerous driving after he was arrested Friday near his hometown of Stratford, Ont. Ontario Provincial Police were called to the scene of a collision between a minivan and an All-Terrain Vehicle on Line 40, east of Road 106, in the Township of Perth shortly before 3 p.m. […]