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Former dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford consults sex workers on whether to out politicians as alleged clients

Oct 1 2014 — Stephen Maher

Former dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford has sent a letter to sex workers across Canada asking for feedback on whether she should reveal the names of politicians she claims have employed sex workers. In the letter, Bedford poses a series of questions about the possible consequences of naming names. “Would you and your members and colleagues prefer […]

Oct 1 2014 — James Munson

A year before scheduled Oct. 2015 federal election, a new EKOS poll shows that a summer of sabre-rattling against Russian aggression and the Islamic State did little to boost Stephen Harper’s fortunes among an electorate growing increasingly hazy over the incumbent Conservatives’ direction. In fact, even promises of a surplus budget and near-done trade deals […]

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The federal government will announce on Friday the combat role Canada will play in the fight against ISIS, a day before the current 30-day mission ends, CBC News has learned. Multiple sources tell CBC News that the nature of that action was discussed today during the Conservative Party’s caucus meeting, with at least two cabinet […]

Oct 1 2014 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto

Our most recent polls show that the Liberals continue to enjoy a significant lead over the Conservatives with the NDP in third. Among the trends we are watching is the drift downward in expressed support for the BQ. The BQ now is the choice of only 13% of Quebec voters in our latest sample, down […]

Oct 1 2014 — Mark Kennedy

Canadians are increasingly embracing “progressive” values that stand in sharp contrast to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s brand of conservatism, a new poll has found. The EKOS Research poll, to be released Thursday at a conference organized in Ottawa by the Canada 2020 think-tank, reveals a shift in public opinion that could have ramifications for next […]

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A basically decent few days for the House of Commons

Oct 1 2014 — Aaron Wherry

John Baird seemed to want it noted that the Prime Minister had just responded to a straightforward question with a straightforward answer. Thomas Mulcair had asked whether any members of the Canadian military were on the ground in Syria and Stephen Harper had responded simply, “No, Mr. Speaker” and sat back down. And now the […]

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Caution, confusion as Canadian government deliberates Iraq mission

Oct 1 2014 — Lee Berthiaume

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has dismissed suggestions that Canada is on the verge of “war,” as deliberations over an expanded military mission to help fight radical jihadists in Iraq were marked by caution and confusion Wednesday. Conservative members of Parliament and senators were presented with the need to tackle the Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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Stephen Harper confirms 26 Canadian soldiers now in Iraq

Oct 1 2014 — Laura Payton

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the House of Commons on Wednesday that, contrary to earlier reports, 26 Canadian soldiers are now in Iraq serving as military advisers. The numbers will fluctuate, he explained, as operational decisions are made by commanders on the ground‎. The government authorized up to 69 soldiers for the mission, Harper said, […]

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A national fur lobby says it raised objections with federal ministers upon learning the RCMP planned to begin outfitting officers with tuques instead of muskrat hats. Glen Doucet of the Fur Institute of Canada says the organization made its concerns known to the environment and public safety ministers after seeing a recent media report about […]

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Oct 1 2014 — Anna Mehler Paperny

The federal government is promising counselling for veterans’ families and smoother transitions between military and civilian life in response to recommendations on how to better serve those who’ve served the country and suffered often crippling disabilities in the process – but says it needs to give more thought to proposals that would improve benefits for […]

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Oct 1 2014 — Anca Gurzu

A clause that could lead to an eventual suspension of the Canada-European Union free trade deal over human rights issues has found its way into a recently announced political agreement between the two sides—despite Canada’s initial objection, Embassy has learned. Several European Union officials in Brussels, the EU nerve centre, have confirmed the clause is […]

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Can we make Parliament work? Yes.

Oct 1 2014 — Don Lenihan

There’s been a lot of angst over the state of Parliament this past week, leading some to wonder what it might take to fix it—or if it can be fixed at all. Maybe it’s time to pause and ask what, exactly, we really expect from parliamentary reform. For several decades the PMO has been clawing […]

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Prescription drug costs hurting Canadians

Oct 1 2014 — Danielle Martin and Steve Morgan

Why the public health system needs to evolve. This week, Health Ministers from across Canada will gather in Banff to discuss issues of common interest and explore opportunities to work together. Pharmacare – a program that would see all prescription drug costs covered through a publicly funded system instead of out-of-pocket — will almost certainly […]

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For better or worse, EU-Canada deal is a precedent

Oct 1 2014 — Jeffrey Simpson

When the European Union and Canada began negotiating their comprehensive trade and investment agreement, a coterie of EU ambassadors headed across the Atlantic. Their mission was to discover how Canadian provinces felt about a deal, and whether they would scuttle the negotiations or fail to implement provisions.

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Taseko wants to sue Ottawa for regulatory unfairness

Oct 1 2014 — Dan Cayo

Can a government be held accountable if its industry regulators don’t treat applicants fairly? And should a court-ordered remedy for any proven case of unfairness include shelling out millions, maybe even billions, of dollars in compensation? These are anything-but-hypothetical questions that Taseko Mines wants to put before the Federal Court of Canada. The Vancouver company, […]

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Earth to Tories: Just answer the question

Sep 30 2014 — Michael Den Tandt

Two things were remarkable about Sun News’s apology to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, over its airing of a particularly vile video comment by one of its marquis personalities, Ezra Levant. The first was the apology’s patent insincerity. The second was how little notice this drew — as though a meaningless apology, that is to say […]

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Feminism is mainstream, not a cult

Oct 1 2014 — Heather Mallick

Being the target of mass Twitter attacks from the extreme right and hard left simultaneously is not pleasant but it’s instructive. Canadians aren’t extremists, generally, and besides I believe in putting the best possible construction on what is said to me in reproof. Pander alert! Toronto Star readers — over 1 million on Saturdays, over […]

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Past still haunts PCs as byelection campaigns kick off

Oct 1 2014 — Don Braid

On the first full day of byelection campaigning, a pair of uneasy memories dogged the government, early snapshots of what we can expect for the next month. First came a leaked report to CBC that the auditor general is scathingly critical of sole-source contracts awarded by the province during flood relief to Navigator Ltd. This […]

Oct 1 2014 — Christina Blizzard

Premier Kathleen Wynne should immediately cancel plans to take part in a trade mission to China later this month with other premiers from across the country. It is unseemly and wildly inappropriate for Canadian politicians to visit Beijing at a time when thousands of people have taken to the streets of Hong Kong asking for […]

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Oct 1 2014 — Sue-Ann Levy

The Toronto Police Services Board voted not to renew Chief Bill Blair’s contract for a third term when it expires next April 25. In late July, board members claimed they wanted to pursue change on the force. In fact, board chairman Alok Mukherjee said at the time that change is “inevitable” and a blueprint will […]

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AC/DC: Malcolm Young suffering from dementia

Oct 1 2014 —

AC/DC founding member and guitarist Malcolm Young is suffering from dementia, his family has confirmed. It was announced last week the 61-year-old would not be returning to the rock band after taking a break earlier this year due to an unspecified illness. “Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their […]

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