National Newswatch
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, […]

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 […]

Jul 25 2014 — Tonda MacCharles

The International Commission of Jurists slammed the Prime Minister for remarks that were critical of Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. An international legal body has cleared Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin in her efforts to communicate with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government over a judicial appointment to her court last year, and slammed the prime […]


Court system essential part of democracy: Canadian Bar Association

Jul 25 2014 — Rosemary Barton

Association head rejects Tory claims the courts are undermining democracy. Canadians should not be worried about the judicial system undermining democracy, says the president of the Canadian Bar Association, in response to recent comments by Conservative parliamentarians criticizing and questioning the judiciary. “The courts are essential and integral to a democracy. They play a very […]


NDP wants Tories to fund UN agency that housed terrorist rocket launchers

Jul 25 2014 — Mark Dunn

The NDP wants the government to give money to the United Nations agency in Gaza that Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird rebuked this week because terrorist rocket launchers were found in one of its schools. In a letter Friday, the party’s foreign affairs critic, Paul Dewar, urged the minister to help the UN Relief and […]

Jul 25 2014 —

Ottawa is sitting on a stockpile of more than $730 million in uncashed tax refunds and other government cheques, according to Public Works Canada. Many Canadians eagerly await their pension, employment insurance and child-tax benefits, but the department says that 3.2 million cheques issued over the past five years have never been cashed for a […]

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Jul 25 2014 —

New research suggests that any type of significant oil spill in Canada’s western Arctic would likely spread quickly and foul oceans around Alaska and possibly as far west as Russia. “Spills originating from the Canadian Beaufort and resulting coastal oiling could be an international issue,” says the report from RPS Applied Science Associates, a global […]

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Jul 25 2014 — Peter O'Neil

The two major federal opposition leaders are heading west this summer hoping to take advantage of the hostility of many British Columbians for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. But Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau might want to reconsider making the $7.9 billion megaproject a central campaign plank in the 2015 election […]

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Jul 25 2014 —

A politician from Nunavut has been fined after pleading guilty to fleeing Charlottetown police after going the wrong way down a one-way street while driving drunk. David Joanasie, who is the member for South Baffin, appeared in provincial court in Charlottetown on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to failing the breathalyzer and failing to stop […]

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Featured Ink


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 […]


Maher Off-Base

Jul 25 2014 — David Tkachuk

In the column, Final act of the Duffy mess looks unpleasant for PM (SP, July 19), Stephen Maher writes that I told his colleague, Glen McGregor, in 2012 that there was no reason for “(Mike) Duffy not to claim expenses for his Ottawa home.” I may well have said that, because in 2012 I had […]

Jason Kirby

Canada’s slow-motion jobs crisis

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 […]


How to deal with hateful messages on Mideast

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 […]


Tax audits aimed at Harper government critics should worry all Canadians

Jul 25 2014 — Don Cayo

The Canadian Press’s list of charities being audited for political activities by the Canada Revenue Agency reads suspiciously like a Who’s Who of the Canadian left. Vancouver-based Tides Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation, the United Church of Canada’s affiliated human rights/justice organization called Kairos, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Amnesty International and, most […]


Tom Mulcair brings NDP a new maturity over Israel

Jul 25 2014 — John Ivison

Israel has always been the litmus test by which to measure the degree of lunacy emanating from Canada’s left-wing. Back in 2002, when former MP Svend Robinson was the NDP’s critic on the Middle East, he issued a pro-Palestinian manifesto that justified taking sides – “life over death, peace over war, justice over tyranny and […]


Pipeline opponents go against the grain

Jul 25 2014 — Warren Kinsella

As you head into town here, there’s bright yellow canola sprouting on one side of the highway, and bluish flax to be seen on the other side. There’s winter wheat, too, but it’s a bit harder to spot at this time of year. The Saskatchewan sky goes on forever and ever, and it’s frankly more […]

Jul 25 2014 — David Staples

When it comes to building Alberta, Jim Prentice isn’t afraid to use the “B-word”: Borrow. Prentice, who is in a three-man race to replace Alison Redford as Progressive Conservative leader and provincial premier, says when it comes to building schools, senior care facilities, roads, bridges and mass transit, if it’s necessary to borrow, his government […]

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Jul 25 2014 — Christina Blizzard

There are some astonishing hidden talents among Premier Kathleen Wynne’s backbench MPPs. Take, Etobicoke North MPP Dr. Shafiq Qaadri. He’s a budding author with two books so far to his credit. One, The Testosterone Factor is subtitled “A practical guide to improving vitality and virility, naturally.” His second book, published 18 months ago, is quite […]

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Jul 25 2014 — Farzana Hassan

Hamas claims it rejects the ceasefire proposal brokered by Egypt because it wants a better life for its citizens. It will therefore accept no less than the lifting of Israel’s seven-year Gaza blockade. The resultant fighting continues to hammer Gaza’s citizens. They are dying by the hundreds. Yet Hamas, for all its rhetoric, doesn’t really […]

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Daniel Radcliffe trapped in Toronto because of visa glitch

Jul 25 2014 —

Daniel Radcliffe was expected to arrive at his first-ever Comic-Con on Thursday, but the English “Harry Potter” star got stuck in Toronto because of a visa glitch that kept him from entering the US. While Potter would’ve simply hopped on his broom to the influential San Diego fest, Radcliffe was unceremoniously grounded. “He’s stuck in […]