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Mar 29 2015 — Tom Parry

In politics, voters often want nothing more than to throw the bums out. But in Ottawa these days, the question being asked is how to squeeze even more bums into the seats in the House of Commons. The number of ridings represented on Parliament Hill will grow in the next election. Under the government’s Fair […]

Mar 28 2015 —

Danielle Smith has lost her bid for the Progressive Conservative nomination in her riding of Highwood, losing out to Okotoks Coun. Carrie Fischer. Smith, the former leader of the province’s Official Opposition, led the defection of nine Wildrose MLAs to the ruling PC part in December — a move that angered many in her southern […]

Mar 28 2015 —

A former member of Stephen Harper’s Conservative caucus is the new leader of Alberta’s Official Opposition. Brian Jean, a 52-year-old lawyer from Fort McMurray, Alberta defeated two challengers to win the position. Jean resigned from federal politics last year. He intends to keep the PC government honest fiscally and to take it to task for […]

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How ISIS is different from al-Qaeda

Mar 29 2015 — Evan Dyer

According to the Government of Canada (and indeed, most Western politicians), the emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria represents a dramatic escalation of the terror threat to Western countries. So it may seem odd to read the following passage in ISIS’s official English-language publication Dabiq, looking back on the years immediately after […]

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Medical marijuana users could help researchers define risks, benefits

Mar 29 2015 — Talin Vartanian

The number of Canadians authorized to use medical marijuana has skyrocketed, even as medical experts warn that not enough is known about its risks and benefits. Now some are calling for researchers to tap into that growing pool of users to help answer some of those questions. In 2002, a year after the government first […]

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Three suspended OPP union leaders all on “sunshine list”

Mar 29 2015 — Lauren Pelley

The three Ontario Provincial Police officers who have been suspended with pay amid an ongoing RCMP investigation into the OPP union’s top brass are all on the “sunshine list.” The annual list of provincial staff making at least $100,000 includes former Ontario Provincial Police Association president James Christie, with a salary of $187,701, former vice […]

Mar 29 2015 — Staff

Members of the Idle No More community and supporters protested on Parliament hill Saturday to loudly reject the Conservatives’ anti-terror legislation, Bill C-51. Despite the government’s recent proposed amendments to the legislation that would safeguard protesters from being detained by the new measures, demonstrators say that their rights to freedom of speech are still threatened. […]

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Mar 28 2015 — Tim Naumetz

Democracy has suffered under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, say two prominent political authors who compared the effect of the Conservative regime over the past nine years to a “fibrous tumour.” The criticism came at a Broadbent Institute Progress Summit panel discussion headlined “The Great Unravelling: Why it Matters How Canada has become Less Democratic.” […]

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Mar 28 2015 —

Barrick Gold Corp. has hired former foreign affairs minister John Baird and former top U.S. lawmaker Newt Gingrich, the company said in regulatory filings. Mr. Baird is working on Barrick’s international advisory board along with Mr. Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives. No compensation details were disclosed in the filings.

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Mar 29 2015 — Theresa Boyle

Provincial New Democrats are pushing ahead with legislation to improve the transparency and accountability of health services after a string of scandals, including infection outbreaks at private clinics, the ORNGE air ambulance fiasco and the diluting of chemotherapy drugs. “The scandals underscore the need for more oversight,” says the party’s health critic, France Gelinas. On […]

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Trudeau taking punches from all corners

Mar 29 2015 — Andrew MacDougall

Justin Trudeau fancies himself a pugilist, but even his supporters must be wondering whether the last few rounds in the political ring haven’t left him a little punch drunk. In case you missed it, Trudeau this week stuck to his…um…guns and refused to back Canada and its allies’ military mission to combat ISIL. Once again, […]

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The niqab truth about face coverings

Mar 29 2015 — Lorne Gunter

There are three broad reasons why women in Canada should be banned on specific occasions and in particular places from wearing the Muslim face covering known as the niqab: Security concerns, the possibility of fraud and cultural concerns. Only the latter would apply to Zunera Ishaq, the Pakistani-born Mississauga, Ont., woman who is fighting the […]

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Alberta and Quebec trade ​places on fiscal policy

Mar 29 2015 — Adrienne Batra

Two provinces tabled budgets last week and they happen to be the two provinces that most Canadians would think of as being opposites in every way. Alberta — the land of a low, single-rate tax, where former premier Ralph Klein paid off the province’s debt and conservative political dynasties are replaced by conservative political dynasties. […]

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Why bombing Syria breaks the law

Mar 29 2015 — James Bissett

There are a number of reasons why Canada’s military mission in Iraq should be extended and there seems to be wide public support for doing so. However, there is one more powerful reason why that extension should not involve the bombing of Islamic State targets in Syria. The reason is that by doing so Canada […]

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Sunshine List will just keep growing

Mar 29 2015 — Christina Blizzard

Like some giant, organic, ever-growing monster that feeds on your tax dollars, the public sector payroll just keeps growing. This year, thanks to some very savvy number-crunching by one of my readers, Rodger Lucas, I’ve been able to compare a few salaries from the first list released in 1996 to the most recent list that […]

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Hydro highway robbery

Mar 29 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

Premier Kathleen Wynne gave us a glimpse into the future last week about what’s going to happen when she brings “carbon pricing” to Ontario. That was Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli’s announcement — actually re-announcement — of government actions that are going to hike the average Ontario household’s electricity bill by $120 a year, starting Jan. […]

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B.C. continues its massive restructuring of public education

Mar 29 2015 — Daphne Bramham

A blunt reading of the B.C. government’s plan for public education is this: Impoverish it, neuter critics (including teachers and elected school trustees) and centralize control. Once control is centralized, the blueprint seems to be to move to the American model where public school funding and teachers’ pay are linked more closely to students’ test […]

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Ozzy’s unknown daughter is about to make it big

Mar 29 2015 —

When your dad is Ozzy Osbourne, the usual teenage rebellion of smoking, drinking, drugs and blasting metal from your bedroom is unlikely to make much of an impact. In times gone by, the hell-raising Black Sabbath frontman regularly did all of that before breakfast.

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