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Health Canada Considers Ban On Smoking And Vaping In Apartments

Feb 25 2017 — — If you happen to live and smoke in an apartment in Canada, your smoking and vaping days may soon be coming to an abrupt end. Health Canada is considering new anti-tobacco guidelines that could see a ban on smoking and vaping inside apartments, on post-secondary campuses and in public parks.

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Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau asks provinces to stiffen penalties for distracted drivers

Feb 25 2017 — David Akin — The federal government wants some provinces to toughen laws aimed at distracted drivers, the National Post has learned, but is not yet ready to criminalize those caught texting or talking on smartphones. In a letter to his provincial counterparts, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau seeks “nationallly consistent enforcement measures and penalties” to combat a rapidly […]

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Kevin O’Leary vows to claw back money raised by provinces through carbon taxes

Feb 25 2017 — — The top candidates for the Conservative leadership are sharpening their environmental and economic policies, with businessman Kevin O’Leary promising to claw back any amount that provinces raise through carbon taxes. At a debate in Ottawa on Friday, Mr. O’Leary derided Conservative MP Michael Chong’s proposal for a revenue-neutral federal carbon tax as a pipe dream, […]

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Latest poll puts NDP and Sask. Party in dead heat for Saskatoon Meewasin byelection

Feb 25 2017 — — A new poll shows the Saskatchewan Party’s Brent Penner has edged ahead in the race for the seat of Saskatoon Meewasin, putting him in a dead heat with the NDP’s Ryan Meili. The Mainstreet Research Poll, conducted for Postmedia on Thursday and released Saturday, predicts a fight to the finish for the two opposing candidates […]

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Conservative MP Kellie Leitch runs ads on Breitbart News

Feb 24 2017 — — Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is running advertisements on alt-right website Breitbart news. The advertisements include calls to dismantle the CBC, oppose the carbon tax and to screen immigrants for “anti-Canadian values.” “We’re running ads about screening for Canadian values and dismantling the CBC because Kellie’s been very clear that those are her policies, that […]

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Finance Canada hiring pollsters to gauge Canadians’ gut reactions to budget

Feb 24 2017 — Dean Beeby — Dozens of Canadians will be providing minute-by-minute feedback for each statement in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s upcoming budget speech, in a relatively novel effort by the Liberal government designed to help craft its budget sales job. In cities outside Ottawa, carefully selected Canadians will each be given an electronic dial to register in real time […]

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Mini-debates among leadership rivals devolve into WWE cage match: ‘You need to learn the Constitution’

Feb 24 2017 — Marie-Danielle Smith — With party unity top of mind for many as conservatives gathered in Ottawa this weekend, Friday afternoon’s debate between Conservative Party leadership candidates brought out some of the biggest divisions in the race. The Manning Centre Conference debate consisted of four segments, each featuring three or four leadership candidates, their names picked at random out […]

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Parliamentary press gallery pushes back against plan to fingerprint, screen reporters

Feb 24 2017 — Kathleen Harris — The parliamentary press gallery is challenging a plan to impose RCMP security screening measures on new members, including fingerprinting for criminal record checks. The gallery, which marked its 150th year as an organization in 2016, formally opposed in principle the proposal from a House of Commons administrative committee during an annual meeting at the National […]