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Aug 19 2014 —

Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay has told media in Vancouver that the government is still assessing whether to allow police to ticket people caught with small amounts of marijuana instead of pursuing charges. Speaking ahead of a meeting with law-enforcement experts, MacKay says that if the government were to introduce looser pot laws, that would […]

Aug 19 2014 — Paul Wells

[The following email, which I'm posting verbatim complete with a little inter-office chatter at the top, went out from Stephen Lecce, a press person at the Prime Minister's Office, to the office of the Parliamentary Press Gallery this afternoon, and thence to every journalist who is a member of the gallery. The occasion was the […]

Aug 19 2014 — Glen McGregor

Former Prime Minister Joe Clark registered to lobby the federal government on behalf of a French private equity firm that hoped to help build a replacement for Montreal’s Champlain Bridge. In July, Clark met with officials from Transport Canada and Public Works and Government Services on behalf of Paris-based Meridiam Infrastructure S.A.R.L., becoming the first […]


Justin Trudeau won’t second-guess RCMP following break-in

Aug 19 2014 — Susana Mas

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau won’t say if the government should provide him with a security detail following the break-in at his Ottawa home, saying he’ll accept the expert advice given to him by the Mounties. The RCMP is currently conducting a risk assessment at the Liberal leader’s request after an intruder broke into his home […]

Aug 19 2014 —

The Harper government’s faith in a deregulated railway safety system remains unshaken and won’t be abandoned in the wake of the Lac-Megantic tragedy, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt insisted Tuesday, even as the country’s top transportation investigator questioned the current amount of oversight. The tragedy that killed 47 people and incinerated the downtown of the sleepy […]

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Aug 19 2014 —

Conservative MPs have blocked an opposition bid to review the government’s ongoing audits of a number of charities, saying it’s offensive to suggest the tax agency is the subject of political interference. The NDP had convened a rare summer sitting of the finance committee to consider a motion to study the Canada Revenue Agency’s recent […]

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Summertime, and the news is all about Justin

Aug 19 2014 — Kelly McParland

So much Justin. Stephen Harper, who is allegedly still Prime Minister, seems to have disappeared. In reality, he’s just gone off to the Far North on another of his annual summertime visits (which the CBC chose to illustrate with a photo of Harper seemingly giving a Nazi salute). Before that he was in the news […]


If others were involved, Sona should name names

Aug 19 2014 — Lawrence Martin

The term “vote suppression” is a euphemism. When a member or members of a political party run an operation to prevent citizens from voting for another party, it’s tantamount to trying to fix an election result. It’s attempted vote-rigging. For corrupt political acts, you can’t get much worse. It’s certainly more egregious than abusing housing […]


Smoke signals: What are doctors really telling us about marijuana?

Aug 19 2014 — Tasha Kheiriddin

The politics of pot rages on. This weekend, three of Canada’s top health authorities declined Health Canada’s invitation to participate in an educational campaign about the perils of cannabis consumption. In a joint statement, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada said […]


Free memberships a fact of political life

Aug 19 2014 — Lorne Gunter

Please, can we all just take a deep breath over the Prentice campaign’s practice of buying Tory party memberships for potential voters in the upcoming leadership balloting? It is not a threat to democracy; it will not taint the outcome of the Sept. 6 vote. Two weeks ago, a supporter of Prentice rival Ric McIver […]


‘Honest’ — free PC memberships are fair game, says Prentice

Aug 19 2014 — Don Braid

The PC party really needs at least one Alison Redford uproar a week. She’s the only subject on which the key players stand united. When she leaves the picture, they fall on each other like wolverines. The latest bush war is over free party memberships — specifically, Jim Prentice’s admission that his campaign hands them […]


Christian Dubé’s resignation is sobering for the CAQ

Aug 19 2014 — Don Macpherson

For the Coalition Avenir Québec, the party is finally over — not the CAQ itself, but its postelection celebrations. They came to an abrupt end last Friday when Christian Dubé announced his resignation as a CAQ member of the National Assembly. The Coalition had been on a high since election night last April 7. - […]


We must shine light on darkness

Aug 19 2014 — Jan Wong

In the days since Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams took his own life, much has been written about creative types and their demons. However, there is no persuasive evidence that creativity is a risk factor for clinical depression. In a review of 29 studies that looked at possible links, published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, […]

Aug 19 2014 — Warren Kinsella

Drive across the border. That’s all you need to do, really, to figure out why so many Americans are so enraged by the killing of Michael Brown. The fact that an unarmed teenage boy was shot six times – twice in the head – is part of it, of course. So, too, the fact that […]

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