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Justin Trudeau’s 1st 100 days and what he did with them

Feb 11 2016 — Aaron Wherry

The campaign was about change. And so perhaps it should only follow that the first months of the new government would be about change. “We wanted to establish change,” says a senior government official, asked about the first 100 days. “Our interpretation of our mandate was that, I think the prime minister’s said this a […]

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As he gears up for his first visit to Canada since the election of Justin Trudeau, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is “excited” by the potential of what he sees as Canada’s renewed engagement in multilateralism on issues such as climate change and possibly peacekeeping. “I am very much excited by such a […]

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“There wasn’t a kilometre of pipe built in Canada between 2011 and October the 19th, 2015. That’s the record. That’s the reality.” — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, Feb. 3, 2015. — Late last month, the federal government added new criteria to the approval process for major resource projects, while putting off a decision on […]

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Climate change, refugees and peacekeeping are among the topics up for discussion as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets in Ottawa today with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The meeting is part of Trudeau’s efforts to have Canada work more closely with the world body. Trudeau has criticized the former Harper government for diminishing the country’s […]

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Voters head to polls in Whitby-Oshawa provincial byelection

Feb 11 2016 —

Voters in Whitby-Oshawa head to the polls today to select a provincial representative to replace Christine Elliott. The Progressive Conservative MPP resigned in the summer, months after losing the party’s leadership race to Patrick Brown. Elliott had held the riding since 2006, and before that her late husband Jim Flaherty represented the area provincially since […]

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Saskatchewan’s education minister says talks are underway with the federal government about funding that will help school divisions dealing with Syrian refugees entering the system. The Regina Public School board told reporters Tuesday resources are being stretched thin because of the refugees when it comes to English as an additional language programs. That declaration prompted […]

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Canada’s environmental review body says greenhouse gas emissions from a proposed liquefied natural gas facility on British Columbia’s north coast pose a significant ecological threat. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency released its draft environmental assessment report on Wednesday for Pacific NorthWest LNG’s planned $36-billion export terminal on Lelu Island, south of Prince Rupert. The report […]

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Conservative backroom suffered from myopia in last election

Feb 11 2016 — Chantal Hébert

On a week that marks the passing of Justin Trudeau’s 100th day in power, key Conservative and NDP insiders have been delivering some preliminary conclusions as to the causes of their October defeats. Their findings are strikingly interchangeable — with the popular momentum for change somewhat conveniently fingered as a root cause of electoral failure. […]


Christy Clark feels the wind at her back

Feb 11 2016 — Vaughn Palmer

The provincial capital would never be mistaken for a hotbed of enthusiasm for the B.C. Liberals, the party having lost its only seats in the region in the last election. Still, more than 900 supporters packed the main hall at the Victoria convention centre this week for a $125-a-plate fundraiser that grossed more than $100,000 […]


Alberta’s NDP gets caught in BC’s political crossfire

Feb 11 2016 — Graham Thomson

In politics, there are drive-by smears and drive-by insults. Now, British Columbia has introduced the drive-by throne speech. On Tuesday evening, reading from a throne speech written by the government of Christy Clark, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon hit the gas pedal and took aim. “Over the decades, Alberta lost its focus,” said Guichon. “They expected their […]


Independent science lay the foundation for protecting the Great Bear Rainforest

Feb 11 2016 — Linda Hannah

First Nations, environmentalists, industry and governments are all celebrating the recent announcement of the 2016 Great Bear Rainforest Agreement. This sweeping, globally-significant agreement marks more than 20 years of efforts to redefine land-use in the 3.6-million-hectare Great Bear Rainforest that encompasses the BC coast, from Campbell River to Stewart. The Nature Conservancy of Canada congratulates […]


Liberals create national language barrier

Feb 11 2016 — Candice Malcolm

Get ready for “radical changes” to Canada’s citizenship laws. That is what Immigration Minister John McCallum told reporters in Ottawa, adding that details of these changes will be announced in the next few weeks. Recall that during the election campaign Justin Trudeau said he would scrap the Conservatives’ Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, also known as […]

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Bernie Sanders interrupts monologue, drinks beer and munches on peanuts during appearance with Stephen Colbert

Feb 11 2016 —

t’s the “Late Show” with Bernie Sanders! The presidential candidate didn’t wait to be called out when he stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday. Instead, the 74-year-old glided in midway through Colbert’s monologue, even though the TV host tried to stop Sanders from breaking the show’s status quo. “Stephen, that’s what […]