National Newswatch
Oct 20 2018 —

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a “fistfight” in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the kingdom claimed early Saturday, finally admitting that the writer had been slain at its diplomatic post. Authorities said 18 Saudi suspects were in custody and intelligence officials had been fired. The overnight announcements in Saudi state media came more than […]

Oct 21 2018 —

Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, hasn’t promised to keep cannabis legal if elected prime minister in 2019. “The Conservative Party will do our due diligence, examine the consequences of this decision, and we’ll examine the reality on the ground,” Scheer told CTV Thursday.

Oct 21 2018 —

If the Conservatives win the 2019 federal election and try to undo cannabis legalization, the party will face “very substantial backlash,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale warns. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has not committed to keeping cannabis legal if his party forms government next year. Scheer accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday of taking […]

Patrick Brown holds narrow lead in Brampton mayoral race, poll finds

Oct 20 2018 —

A new poll suggests former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown holds a narrow lead over incumbent Linda Jeffrey in the Brampton mayoral race. According to a survey by Mainstreet Research, 43.9 per cent of decided voters that were polled were in favour on Brown, while 39.3 per cent supported Jeffrey.

Singh urges Ottawa to cancel $15B Saudi arms deal

Oct 21 2018 —

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is urging Ottawa to cancel a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. “We’ve got a regime which has got a serious record of horrible human rights violations against its own people,” Singh told CTV News from Kapuskasing, Ont. on Saturday. “And now,” he added, “its implication and involvement in the […]

Kennedy Stewart named mayor of Vancouver; one over several B.C. turnovers

Oct 21 2018 —

Former New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart has won a neck-and-neck mayoral race to lead Vancouver, as Metro Vancouver saw significant local government shakeups across the region. Supporters chanted, “Kennedy, Kennedy,” and broke out in dance as results came in early Sunday morning, heralding Stewart in as the first Independent mayor of Vancouver in more than […]

Oct 21 2018 —

After four days of lineups at pot shops across Alberta, some store owners say there’s not enough weed left to keep their doors open and they’re struggling to order more. In the meanwhile, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission has granted 14 more retail cannabis store licenses since Wednesday, bringing the total number to […]

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Oct 21 2018 —

Canada has condemned the killing of a Washington Post journalist in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Turkey. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement Saturday night that the Saudis’ “explanations” of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi “lack consistency and credibility.” She also reiterated the federal government’s call for a thorough investigation in collaboration with […]

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Oct 20 2018 — Elise von Scheel

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says that anyone who thinks the new trilateral North American trade agreement limits Canada’s trade sovereignty is misguided. Freeland told Chris Hall, host of CBC Radio’s The House, that the section of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that lays out the rules for making pacts with “non-market” countries won’t limit Canada’s […]

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Featured Ink

Are cabinet leaks really a new norm?

Oct 21 2018 — Penny Collenette

Cabinet leaks of confidential information have always led to explosive headlines. This week was no exception. The question is whether leaks have become an accepted practice and if so, what are the consequences? At issue is a criminal charge against the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, Mark Norman. His lawyer, Marie Henein, has reportedly made […]

How the new USMCA strengthens Canada in future trade deals

Oct 21 2018 — Andrew McDougall

Now that the threat of the NAFTA-pocalypse has lifted for Canada, the Monday morning quarter-backing is well under way on whether the new United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Agreement is better or worse than trade pact that preceded it. But beyond the negative headlines, the USMCA probably leaves Canada stronger than it was going into the negotiations […]

Pot legalization a lesson in savvy political timing

Oct 21 2018 — Jaime Watt

In politics, there are two factors — over which you have no control — that determine your fate: timing and luck. In running for office, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to have taken his father’s advice that “the essential ingredient of politics is timing” to heart.

How election fraud looks in the 21st century

Oct 21 2018 — Robin V. Sears

When I was very young, allowed to stay up at my grandfather’s campaign headquarters because it was election night, the most astonishing sight was two grizzled old loggers swaggering in some time after polls closed. They would brag to everyone’s nervous amusement about how many times they had voted that day. With British Columbia’s archaic […]

Trust me, there’s no pardon on pot in American eyes

Oct 18 2018 — Don Martin

Amid euphoric media coverage of the first Canadian to buy legal pot, the more interesting and ignored angle would be the last person charged with possession of cannabis in this country. It was probably some lippy kid living on a city street who was busted in tandem with another minor offence. But the record for […]

Is it a politician’s right to block people on Twitter?

Oct 18 2018 — Susan Delacourt

There is something undeniably satisfying about blocking a troublesome person on Twitter. One click, and the noise is over. But that simple act, if carried out by a government official, could end up being unconstitutional in Canada if a newly launched court challenge is successful against Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

Oct 19 2018 — Andrew MacDougall

What are the chances the next election turns on whether a decorated Vice-Admiral was unjustly banged up by the Trudeau government for leaking a story about the cabinet discussion surrounding a $668 million sole-source contract for a military supply ship? Slim to none, in all probability. That’s because, despite the ship’s hefty price tag, it’s […]

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Oct 18 2018 — John Ivison

A column last week made the mistake of saying that Leo Gerard, the Canadian-born international president of the United Steelworkers union attended a ceremony in the Oval Office last March with Donald Trump, where the president signed off on steel and aluminum tariffs. In fact, the pictures of Gerard shaking hands with Trump, and receiving […]

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Oct 19 2018 — Michael Coren

Pope Francis has the most extraordinary ability to say the wrong things, often at the most sensitive times. Last Friday, he accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl — a controversial figure accused of doing too little to prevent, and perhaps even deliberately covering, up hideous sexual abuse cases. Beyond simply […]

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Oct 18 2018 — Daphne Bramham

By the time my neighbour, Dave, goes to vote on Saturday, he’ll have spent more than five hours poring over the candidates’ lists for Vancouver mayor, council, school and park boards. He’s read their policies and the parties’ platforms as well as what’s been published in the newspapers. He’s talked to friends both on the […]

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Oct 17 2018 — Roland Paris

The disappearance and possible murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is an important test case for despots everywhere. Can they get away with interrogating, kidnapping and even assassinating their critics in other countries? Khashoggi, a resident of the United States and contributor to the Washington Post, walked into Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, […]

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Oct 17 2018 — Bessma Momani

After nearly two weeks of unending attention on the disappearance and now confirmed death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the powers have finally agreed upon a narrative that can satisfy all interested parties’ state interests. Make no mistake, the now agreed upon story of Mr. Khashoggi’s death was a negotiated one between Saudi Arabia, the […]

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