National Newswatch

Toronto police Chief Bill Blair’s contract won’t be renewed

Jul 30 2014 —

Toronto police Chief Bill Blair’s contract won’t be renewed, despite his desire to continue in the job. A statement released Wednesday by the Toronto Police Services Board say the board “has decided not to renew the employment agreement of Chief Blair. Chief Blair will complete his term of office on April 25, 2015. “After considerable […]

Jul 30 2014 — Don Lenihan

Last winter/spring, as Stephen Harper sat sullenly in the Commons getting grilled on the Senate, there was growing speculation he’d be gone by the fall. Not anymore. These days he is being fêted at home and abroad for his “principled stand” against thugs and terrorists, and the question now is whether this will pay off […]

Jul 30 2014 — Susan Lunn

The Public Health Agency of Canada says that despite the Ebola crisis in Africa, the risk to Canadians remains very low. There has never been a case of Ebola in Canada. And there are a number of measures the agency is already taking that it expects will prevent and control the spread of communicable diseases […]

Jul 30 2014 — Bill Curry

A controversial Manitoba chief charged last year with extortion is among the highest paid First Nation leaders in the country, according to an initial government release of salary information. Chief John Thunder, the hereditary chief of the 125-member Buffalo Point First Nation, was paid $116,918 last year. Mr. Thunder was charged with extortion by the […]

Jul 30 2014 — Kady O'Malley

A Twitter account that alerts Wikipedia edits made from parliamentary computers has been seen as shining a light on furtive attempts by political staffers to burnish the online images of their bosses — or tarnish those of their opponents. But in this age of digital profiles and concern over the “right to be forgotten,” a […]


Canada, U.S. name panel to oversee new $1B Detroit-Windsor bridge

Jul 30 2014 —

Canada and the U.S. have named the members of the international authority that will oversee the construction of the new publicly owned $1-billion bridge connecting Windsor, Ont., and Detroit. Kristine Burr, Genevieve Gagnon and a person to be named at a later date have been appointed by Canada. Americans Michael D. Hayes, Birgit M. Klohs […]

Jul 30 2014 —

A small Vancouver charity that helps the poor in Latin America has survived an audit of its political activities but is now struggling with fresh demands from the Canada Revenue Agency. CoDevelopment Canada Association — known as CoDev — faces the crippling prospect of translating every scrap of paper it receives from 17 partners in […]

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Jul 30 2014 — Carl Meyer

Former military personnel who talk to the media can create “challenges” for the Department of National Defence, and message control is confounded by the “problem” of “leaks” and the many departmental public affairs organizations, according to recently released ministerial briefing notes. A copy of the departmental binder given to Defence Minister Rob Nicholson after being […]

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Jul 30 2014 — Mike De Souza

Records showing a native councillor with construction contracts worth $300,000, a chief with a six-figure salary, and an eight member band council each making about $6,500 annually are among dozens of revelations that emerged Tuesday under a new transparency law targeting First Nations leaders. The information came from multiple First Nations communities across the country […]

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Jul 30 2014 —

Corner Brook man claims national media afraid to touch story. The Corner Brook man who hopes to get the Canadian prime minister charged with advocating for genocide suspects some people are not taking him seriously. “It’s not like I’m filing a civil suit. These are actual criminal charges for an actual crime that’s been committed,” […]

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Jul 29 2014 —

A “highly sophisticated” cyberattack on the National Research Council’s computer systems may have compromised employees’ personal information and client data, along with Canada’s scientific and industrial trade secrets. NRC President John McDougall told employees in a conference call Tuesday that “any information held in our systems, including employees’ personal information, may have been compromised.” “Client […]

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Featured Ink

Frances Russell

Corporate “Citizens” Damage Democracy

Jul 30 2014 — Frances Russell

Corporate personhood is an American legal concept created by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1819. First, under U.S. and increasingly, international law, corporate “persons“ enjoy many of the same rights as actual citizens under both British common law and the U.S. Constitution. Corporate personhood is at the root of the global proliferation of U.S.-style corporate […]


Flying on your own, the Alberta Conservative way

Jul 30 2014 — Colby Cosh

I was pretty sure the press had squeezed the last ounce of public entertainment out of ex-Premier Alison Redford’s outrages against the Alberta treasury. Her attempt at constructing a secret premier’s residence in Edmonton’s Federal Building was always going to be hard to top, and for brazen North Korea-esque megalomania it still takes the cake. […]


Alison Redford’s alleged ‘ghost flights’ and faked manifests take scandalous behaviour to a new level

Jul 30 2014 — Jen Gerson

Former premier Alison Redford was no stranger to scandal during her checkered tenure, but even opposition critics are meeting claims of faked passenger manifests and “ghost flights” with disbelief and battle-haunted weariness. Still, they are demanding the government call in the Mounties to investigate Ms. Redford’s penchant for solo travel on Alberta government prop planes. […]


Redford fights back while Alberta’s PCs scramble over damning report

Jul 30 2014 — Rick Bell

Deadline looms. Alison Redford comes out swinging. She did nothing wrong. If there was something done wrong, and she’d be surprised if there was anything done wrong, she knew nothing about it. “As far as I am concerned there was never any directive preventing others from flying on government aircraft when I was a passenger,” […]


Investigate Redford’s high-flying ways

Jul 30 2014 — Lorne Gunter

Please, call in the Mounties. When it comes to abusing taxpayer dollars for personal travel, Alison Redford could make a Canadian senator blush. In fact, she could make a dozen senators blush. If the RCMP could investigate former Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy for fraud in connection with his travel claims, then the Alberta government must […]

Paul Tuns

The Bill Davis myth

Jul 30 2014 — Paul Tuns

Following four consecutive election defeats under three different leaders, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is being counselled in some quarters to return to the moderation of former Tory premier Bill Davis, who won four elections from 1971 through 1981. Davis turns 85 Wednesday, so it’s as good a time as any to consider his legacy. […]

Yakov M. Rabkin

Israeli Jews can criticize Israel. So why can’t we?

Jul 30 2014 — Yakov M. Rabkin

Even as the war in Gaza continues, Israeli attitudes about the murder of three Jewish teenagers in June, which helped spark the conflict, vary widely. Some blame the spread of settlements and their promoters, arguing that Palestinians have endured many tragedies. Some even blame the Zionist nature of the state of Israel. Many others, on […]


Deaf-blind woman tests Canada’s equality guarantee

Jul 30 2014 — Carol Goar

The government of Canada can outmuscle, outspend and outlast Jasmin Simpson. But it can’t deflect her from her goal. Simpson, 39, is deaf, blind and has lupus, which causes her immune system to attack healthy cells — skin, joints, organs, blood vessels. She overcame these formidable challenges to earn a master’s degree in social work […]

Heather Mallick headshot.

I did not outsource this column

Jul 30 2014 — Heather Mallick

Personal outsourcing is the wave of the future. I don’t mean companies hiring corporate temps or foreigners to do your job, I mean people escaping tasks that used to be a basic part of adulthood. When my sonic-wave toothbrush exploded, there was a simple solution: buy a cheap plastic hand-held. But I haven’t used an […]

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Orlando Bloom Throws Punch at Justin Bieber

Jul 30 2014 —

Orlando Bloom threw a punch at Justin Bieber early Wednesday morning in Ibiza … and Justin fled the restaurant — this according to 2 eyewitnesses. The eyewitnesses tell TMZ … Orlando was in Cipriani restaurant which was packed with celebs, including Paris Hilton, and Diddy.

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