National Newswatch

Germany to reject EU-Canada trade deal – Sueddeutsche newspaper

Jul 26 2014 —

Germany is to reject a multi-billion free trade deal between the European Union and Canada which is widely seen as a template for a bigger agreement with the United States, a leading German paper reported on Saturday. Citing diplomats in Brussels, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported that Berlin objects to clauses outlining the legal protection offered […]

Jul 26 2014 — Stephen J. Harper

The world is saddened and rightfully outraged by images of the charred remnants of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and by the loss of almost 300 people from 11 countries, strewn across fields in eastern Ukraine. While the grim work of identifying victims’ remains and tracking down the perpetrators of this appalling crime is just beginning, […]

Jul 26 2014 — James Fitz-Morris

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada will live up to the obligations it has made to Ukraine, but will not “write blank cheques.” Earlier this week, Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada, Vadym Prystaiko, publicly complained in an interview that his country had not received the $200 million in aid that Canada has pledged. In an […]

Jul 26 2014 — Steven Chase and Bill Curry

Canada Revenue Agency says a special political-activities audit of charities was designed to be balanced across the political spectrum rather than focus on groups with particular leanings. The tax collector is responding to public allegations that it’s being used by the Harper government to target charities that are outspoken critics of the Conservative Party.


Toronto Ford Fest draws big crowd and LGBT protest

Jul 26 2014 —

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s annual Ford Fest drew more than a thousand supporters to a park in the city’s east end, but the event was marred by some tense moments as LGBT activists were jeered at and told to go home by some supporters. About six demonstrators protesting what they called Ford’s homophobia turned up […]


‘Gin and Jaguar set’ to fete Trudeau on former Tory turf

Jul 25 2014 — Jane Taber

Jon Dimick III is the lord of Overtheway, a 7,200-square-foot shingled mansion with one of the best views of Mahone Bay in this seaside village on Nova Scotia’s south shore. The five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home, painted green with an elegant “French” elevator (to move heavy luggage) and covered verandah, has been in Mr. Dimick’s family since […]

Jul 26 2014 —

The head of the umbrella organization that represents Canadian charities says there are no plans to mount a collective defence in response to what some groups have alleged may be politically motivated audits to rout out partisan political activities.

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Jul 26 2014 — Ian MacLeod

A New York congressman says the proposed trucking of intensely radioactive liquid waste from Chalk River to the United States could cause a “mobile Chernobyl” in the event of a spill while crossing the border at Buffalo. Representative Brian Higgins brought the issue to the floor of the House Thursday, calling on the Department of […]

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Jul 25 2014 — Kathleen Harris

Overstretched staff and drastic cuts to travel and hospitality are compromising Canada’s defence diplomacy program, considered a crucial tool for advancing military and trade interests at a time of complex global insecurity, according to a new internal evaluation. The report, completed more than six months ago but only recently released on the National Defence website, […]

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Jul 25 2014 —

A highly popular conservative radio talk show in the United States has heaped praise on Canada’s Harper government, while simultaneously blasting U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration. Its host delivered a gushing review of Canada’s foreign policy to millions of listeners this week during a segment with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, where they […]

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Don Lenihan's Public Voice(s)

Are political parties in decline?

Jul 26 2014 — Don Lenihan

In a provocative piece, The Toronto Star’s Susan Delacourt recently asked whether political parties still have a useful role to play in our democratic future. I think they do, but she puts her finger on an issue we would all be wise to consider. Delacourt (who is also my spouse) thinks parties served us well in the […]


The mighty combustion of small events, and other lessons from the First World War

Jul 26 2014 — Rex Murphy

History, said T.S. Eliot, has many “cunning passages, contrived corridors and issues.” He continues rather bleakly that what history might or could teach us emerges with “subtle confusions” offered only when our “attention is distracted.” Eliot’s is a necessary caution against seeking specific lessons from history; despite the maxim, it never “repeats itself.” Rather it […]

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Harper has Oxfam in his charity sightlines

Jul 26 2014 — Heather Mallick

How peculiar. The federal government’s tax audits of charities always seem to descend on those that help the poor or ocean tides or trees, and on churches that are United rather than Evangelical. Groups that help create a better world for bitumen extraction or urge pregnant teenagers not to have abortions, in other words, groups […]


The moral illiteracy of Israel’s critics

Jul 26 2014 — George Jonas

In a letter to the editor on the topic of Gaza this week, Marc Côté explains that when he was a boy, “the defence ‘He hit me first’ was unacceptable. ‘Two wrongs,’ my mother would say, ‘don’t make a right.’” Time out for a disclosure: Our correspondent is a friend. Marc Côté published my last […]

Trudy Rubin

Strengthening Abbas offers best hope for peace

Jul 26 2014 — Trudy Rubin

As the Gaza war drags on and the terrible civilian death toll keeps rising, it’s necessary to look to the past to find a way to stop the killing. It’s particularly vital to revisit the moment in 2005 when Israel made a strategic error by unilaterally withdrawing from the Gaza Strip. I wrote then that […]

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Three responses to Gaza: despair, cynicism, (maybe) hope

Jul 26 2014 — Rick Salutin

Writing in these pages, Dr. Gabor Maté expressed the sense of despair around Gaza exquisitely. That’s exquisite as in painful. Speaking as a writer who’s written on this for 35 years, and still hopes to find lifelong Jewish friends among my readers, I’ve never found communication so hard. I don’t mean agreement, I mean the […]


Liberal love fest: The Sequel

Jul 26 2014 — Susan Sherring

Apparently anything worth announcing is worth announcing twice. Such was the case on Friday when local Liberal MPPs re-announced how their just-passed budget included a basket of goodies for Ottawa. To confirm that news, Mayor Jim Watson — a former Liberal cabinet minister — was on hand as well to offer up his thanks to […]


When it comes to Mike Duffy, there’s always more

Jul 25 2014 — Scott Reid

From Peru to Prince Edward Island, Mike Duffy has spent the past two weeks lacquering his name with fresh new coats of disgrace. Fifteen counts of breach of trust. Fifteen counts of fraud. One charge of bribery. And, most spectacularly, one allegation of paternity. To the mental portrait of Duffy clutching Nigel Wright’s $92,000 cheque […]

Jul 25 2014 — Jason Kirby

The Canadain jobs market is stuck in neutral. How long until the public turns on the Prime Minister? When it comes to Stephen Harper’s track record on job creation, and what it might mean for his re-election bid next year, it helps to know which employment legacy we’re referring to: his boast that the economy […]

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Jul 25 2014 — Susan Delacourt

The biggest danger of treating politics as a business is that old rule about the customer always being right. Consumers of politics — and media — are not always right, and extreme events, as we’ve seen in the news this past week in Gaza and Ukraine, are eliciting extreme views. The perpetual question is: how […]

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Tim McGraw’s Bitch Slap Victim Lawyers Up — Pay Up, Or Else

Jul 26 2014 —

The woman Tim McGraw bitch slapped during a concert earlier this month has taken the first step in slapping Tim back … with a lawsuit. Jesslyn Taylor has hired a lawyer who has already contacted Tim’s people … and it’s pretty obvious she wants Tim to ante up … or face a personal injury lawsuit. […]

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