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Immigration Minister John McCallum unsure when Syrian refugees arriving

Nov 30 2015 — Susan Lunn

The federal immigration minister still can not say when the first plane will arrive with government-sponsored refugees — and now he only has a month left to get 10,000 Syrians to Canada by year’s end. John McCallum, along with the health and defence ministers, travelled to Amman, Jordan on the weekend, to visit the biggest […]

Nov 30 2015 —

Longtime Ottawa-Vanier Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), he revealed in a statement released Monday. “Last Friday, I met with highly respected Ottawa neurologist, Dr. Pierre Bourque. After undergoing a series of tests, he has diagnosed me with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as […]

Nov 30 2015 — Amanda Connolly

Quebec-based shipbuilder Chantier Davie has been officially awarded the federal government’s interim supply ship contract. The deal, valued at roughly $750 million over seven years, fulfills the former government’s letter of intent to award the contract to Davie and allows the shipbuilder to proceed with retrofits to a commercial vessel, the MV Asterix, to convert […]

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference with at the United Nations climate change summit Monday, November 30, 2015 in Le Bourget, France. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Liberals hitch campaign clean tech fund to star power at Paris climate summit

Nov 30 2015 —

Call it harnessing star power. The Liberal government plugged a couple of its election campaign promises on the environment into some high-wattage personalities Monday on the opening day of an international climate change conference. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates staged an event at the Paris COP21 venue for Mission Innovation, a group of 19 countries and […]


Two-Thirds of Americans Want U.S. to Join Climate Change Pact

Nov 30 2015 —

A solid majority of Americans say the United States should join an international treaty to limit the impact of global warming, but on this and other climate-related questions, opinion divides sharply along partisan lines, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Two-thirds of Americans support the United States joining a binding international agreement […]

Nov 30 2015 —

President Obama told world leaders who gathered northeast of Paris on Monday for a climate conference that the United States is at least partly to blame for the life-threatening damage that environmental change has wrought, and he urged world leaders to join him in fixing the problem. “I’ve come here personally, as the leader of […]

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Nov 30 2015 —

The Republican presidential race will cast a shadow over this week’s UN climate talks as President Barack Obama pledges to take action in Paris that his would-be successors have vowed to overturn. The unexpected popularity of outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson has entrenched the Republican party’s image as a hotbed of climate change scepticism […]

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Nov 30 2015 —

Speaking at the UN climate summit in Paris on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government considers the fight against climate change a top priority, as well as a “historic opportunity” to create economic growth. Trudeau is one of approximately 150 leaders attending the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention […]

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Nov 30 2015 —

Saskatchewan’s premier knows his province can do more to improve its environmental record, but he isn’t getting swept up in the climate change talks in Paris this week. While several premiers and the prime minister are pledging to reduce greenhouse gases, Brad Wall is raising concerns about going too far and hurting an already fragile […]

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Why climate change hope is not misplaced

Nov 30 2015 — Tim Harper

It was 13 years ago. Jean Chrétien’s government ratified the Kyoto Protocol and the Liberal prime minister proclaimed “Canada is a good citizen of the world.’’ It was four years ago. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives pulled Canada out of the protocol. “Kyoto, for Canada, is in the past,’’ said his environment minister, Peter Kent. After more […]


Will Trudeau’s victory be Wynne’s undoing?

Nov 30 2015 — Matt Gurney

The Ontario Liberals were at it again last week. Canada’s most fiscally hapless government — for now, at any rate — happily announced that the deficit for this year is coming in a billion dollars lower than expected. Charles Sousa, finance minister, immediately hit the TV news and talk-radio circuit to tout the accomplishment. Ontario’s […]


On climate change, Trudeau pulls a bait-and-switch

Nov 30 2015 — David Akin

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is getting a lot of love from climate change campaigners these days simply because he doesn’t insult them. The last prime minister — that would be Stephen Harper, of course — had a natural resources minister that talked about “environmentalists and other radical groups” who would “hijack our regulatory system.” One […]


Obama’s climate scam backed by Canada

Nov 30 2015 — Lorrie Goldstein

It’s beyond bizarre. U.S. President Barack Obama — backed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna — heads into Monday’s United Nations climate change conference in Paris opposed to any global deal that includes legally binding targets to reduce industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions linked to climate change. It’s bizarre because […]


Barnacle of politics attaches itself to shipbuilding contracts

Nov 30 2015 — Dan Leger

It had to be too good to be true. A politics-free defence acquisition project? It seemed like a miracle. But Ottawa’s naval shipbuilding project now looks to be going the way of all the others into political squabbling, corporate manipulation and expensive cost overruns. On Oct. 19, 2011, the Conservative government announced the results of […]


Tories appear in no hurry to choose Harper’s replacement

Nov 30 2015 — Adam Radwanski

Rona Ambrose should probably settle into Stornoway a bit. As the federal Conservatives’ national council prepares to meet next weekend for the first time since this fall’s election, the party seems in no hurry to select Stephen Harper’s long-term replacement as leader. While it’s unlikely the date for the leadership vote will be announced until […]

Tom Parkin

Battle for the hearts of progressives

Nov 29 2015 — Tom Parkin

The House of Commons returns this week for a Throne Speech that will be carefully analysed for signs the Liberals are backing away from election promises. Concerns are further heightened by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fiscal report. Post-election claims of bare cupboards have been used many times to prepare voters for broken promises to come. […]

Michael Harris

A Liberal win in NFLD could be sweet justice for Dunphy

Nov 30 2015 — Michael Harris

Don Dunphy’s daughter is waiting. For what, you ask? The longest wait of them all — justice. And tomorrow night, if the political stars align, she might just get it. The last Conservative government in Canada is headed towards oblivion at warp speed. Of three polls done during the dying days of the campaign (Corporate […]

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Eskimos score late, hold on to capture 103rd Grey Cup

Nov 29 2015 —

The Edmonton Eskimos scored with less than three minutes to play and held on for a 26-20 win over the Ottawa Redblacks to capture the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg. Jordan Lynch punched in the winning score from a yard out for the Eskimos. Mike Reilly had two touchdown passes for the Eskimos who came […]

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