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Ottawa approves sale of B.C. retirement-home chain to Chinese group with murky ownership

Feb 22 2017 — Steven Chase — The Trudeau government has green-lighted the sale of one of British Columbia’s biggest retirement home chains to a Beijing-based insurance titan with a murky ownership structure in a deal that gives China a foothold in Canada’s health-care sector. On paper, a majority stake in Vancouver-based Retirement Concepts – believed to exceed $1-billion in value – […]

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Canada set to renew Ukraine military training mission amid Trump fears

Feb 20 2017 — Robert Fife — Canada is set to renew a military mission training Ukrainian troops to confront Russia-backed separatists in the east of Ukraine, despite concerns in Kiev over delays in announcing the extension of the program. The Trudeau cabinet has not yet announced the extension of the two-year-old non-combat mission, dubbed Operation Unifier, which expires on March 31. […]

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Getting to the roots of populist uprisings

Feb 20 2017 — Preston Manning — To assume that the underlying public concerns fuelling populist uprisings in Europe, Brexit in Britain and the Trump phenomenon in the United States do not exist in Canada would be a big mistake. The recently released book, Frontier City by Shawn Micallef, identifies and analyzes the populist sentiments that led to the election of Rob […]

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How the government is trying to save the ‘birthplace’ of Canada

Feb 20 2017 — Chris Hannay — On Sept. 1, 1864, as Islanders tell it, some Central Canadians got off a steamship, crashed a Charlottetown party and formed a nation. The Central Canadians included future prime minister John A. Macdonald, his political opponent George Brown and prominent French-Canadian George-Étienne Cartier. The party was a conference of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince […]

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Michael Chong’s pro-carbon-tax stance could make for a rocky Tory leadership bid

Feb 19 2017 — Campbell Clark — Michael Chong sometimes seems like he’s running for the Conservative Party leadership in the hardest possible way. Last week, while most Conservative MPs were struggling with Liberal motion M-103 on condemning Islamophobia, Mr. Chong supported it, saying that after January’s shooting at a Quebec City mosque, it’s time to study anti-Islamic prejudice. And the centrepiece […]

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Mulroney draws praise for Canada, Trudeau from Trump at Mar-a-Lago

Feb 19 2017 — Robert Fife — U.S. President Donald Trump expressed effusive praise for Canada and Justin Trudeau Saturday night after Brian Mulroney got a standing ovation for singing When Irish Eyes are Smiling during a cancer benefit at the U.S. President’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. It’s the same song the former Progressive Conservative prime minister sang together with […]

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Clark to dismiss any staff involved in PharmaNet data breach

Feb 17 2017 — — B.C. Premier Christy Clark promised Thursday that anyone found responsible for a data breach in the province’s pharmacy network that affected the personal information of thousands of people will be fired. The province’s Health Ministry launched an investigation after what it said were four instances of “unusual” activity in its PharmaNet system since last fall. […]

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Trudeau lays wreath at Berlin Holocaust memorial

Feb 17 2017 — Bill Curry — Justin Trudeau took a moment Friday morning to tour Berlin’s National Holocaust Memorial, where he laid a wreath and then took a short walk in the rain among the sombre monument’s grey pillars. Later in the day, he is scheduled to visit the site of December’s deadly terrorist attack in the capital’s Christmas market. Less […]

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Free-trade pacts may be doomed unless CETA works, Trudeau warns EU

Feb 16 2017 — Bill Curry — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the European Union Thursday for approving the long-discussed free trade deal with Canada, but warned the agreement is at risk of becoming the world’s last major trade pact. Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Mr. Trudeau argued that the pressure is now on both sides to show that […]

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NDP asks election watchdogs to probe Liberal donation reports

Feb 15 2017 — Steven Chase — The NDP is asking federal watchdogs to investigate a series of individual contributions to the governing Liberal Party where the amounts recorded in quarterly financial filings with Elections Canada exceed donation limits under Canadian law. NDP ethics critic Nathan Cullen has written a letter to Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer and the Commissioner of Canada Elections […]