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Aug 11 2020 — Kathleen Harris

Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough conceded the government “dropped the ball” on its student volunteer grant program, and said she makes “no excuse or justification” for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s roles in the resulting WE Charity controversy. Speaking at the House of Commons ethics committee Tuesday, Qualtrough said that, in the […]

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Eighteen flights arriving in Canada from international destinations since the start of August have had people on board with COVID-19. According to the federal government, the flights landed in Canada between Aug. 1 and Aug. 4. They all had passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Canada.

Aug 11 2020 —

Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris, the prominent senator from California whose political career has included many barrier-breaking moments, as his running mate, his campaign announced on Tuesday. The decision comes more than a year after Harris, who was also a 2020 Democratic candidate, clashed with Biden over racial issues during the first primary debate. […]

Where’s Mark Carney? With no suitable vacancy in Ottawa, he’ll be serving the country as advisor on economic recovery

Aug 10 2020 — John Ivison

The echo chamber of Canadian politics reverberated with some particularly juicy scuttlebutt last week. Mark Carney was set to announce as a Liberal candidate and become Canada’s finance minister, it was heard and said. The utterly imaginary ascended to the level of sure thing, thanks to two events. First, well-regarded York Centre Liberal MP Michael […]

Aug 11 2020 —

A former Québec Liberal MP’s company was awarded a federal contract for 10,000 pandemic ventilators though none of the machines were “approved in any jurisdiction to date”, according to a Department of Health memo. Ex-MP Frank Baylis did not comment: “I never planned on being a career politician.”

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Aug 10 2020 — Christopher Nardi

The prime minister’s office and the finance minister’s both office refuse to say if Chief of Staff Katie Telford’s husband ever communicated with them since he became senior vice-president at a major private mortgage company that is now running the government’s commercial rent subsidy program. “That’s very disturbing, considering that both the prime minister’s and […]

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Aug 10 2020 —

The Ottawa police hate crimes unit is investigating after a man screamed obscenities outside Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna’s constituency office last week. A 90-second video, posted to social media over the weekend, shows a man approaching the door of the Ottawa Centre MP’s Catherine Street office around 10:30 a.m. ET Thursday and ringing […]

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Aug 11 2020 — Robert Fife

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not committed to keeping Bill Morneau on as the key architect of the federal government’s economic revival plan after the two men clashed over the Finance Department’s policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis, sources say. Insiders say Mr. Trudeau is uncertain whether Mr. Morneau is the right fit to navigate […]

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Aug 11 2020 — Murray Brewster

A serving member of the Canadian military has launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against the Department of National Defence after his flying career was cut short because of health issues which he claims are related to mould exposure aboard a navy frigate. Capt. Felix Dunn, of Bedford, N.S., served aboard HMCS Vancouver for six months […]

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Featured Ink

Ottawa’s fig-leaf excuse for inviting Chinese X-rays into Canada’s embassies just blew away

Aug 11 2020 — John Ivison

A story in the Taipei Times earlier this year detailed how a senior official in Taiwan’s airport security police was convicted of taking kickbacks related to a multimillion dollar contract to supply X-ray scanners to the Taiwanese government. Investigators alleged that the Chinese company supplying the scanners had sent a 30-something female sales manager to […]

How We Handle the End of CERB Will Determine our Future

Aug 11 2020 — Glen Pearson

Communities across Canada are holding their collective breath awaiting the expiration of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).  The reason is simple: what comes next is unclear. For significant periods during the pandemic CERB was both a life-saver and an emotional boost in a time of deep concern.  It successfully rounded off the harsh edges […]

We must insist on straight answers from Derek Sloan

Aug 11 2020 — Michael Coren

Derek Sloan won’t win this month’s Conservative Party leadership, but the MP for Hastings—Lennox and Addington will be influential in deciding who does become the new leader of the opposition. The darling of social conservatives and the Christian right, he’s positioned himself as an almost Trump-like figure and was rightly criticized when he questioned the […]

The Tragic Legacy of Bill Clinton’s China Doctrine

Aug 10 2020 — Lisa Van Dusen

On March 8, 2000, then-President Bill Clinton delivered his most persuasive pitch to Washington’s foreign policy elite, Congress and the international community on the merits of China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). With a key vote looming, the case was made in a speech at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies […]

Common sense says Trudeau was in a conflict of interest

Aug 9 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein

Based on what we now know, it’s obvious Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put himself into a conflict of interest in the WE Charity controversy in the common sense meaning of that term. Whether he violated the Conflict of Interest Act, which he’s already done twice in the five years he’s been prime minister, is up […]

Aug 9 2020 — Tiffany Gooch

Sun., Aug. 9, 2020timer3 min. read At each phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians were told that the safest way of life was to “shelter in place,” but what happens when that shelter is snatched away? Thousands of families with eviction filings are anxiously queued up in Canadian courts; their cases began being processed this […]

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Aug 8 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein

Proving that politics does indeed make for strange bedfellows, Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Friday positioned himself as Canada’s pit bull in the Trudeau government’s looming fight against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to impose a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum. Denouncing Trump in an impromptu diatribe against the US president’s decision before his regular […]

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Aug 9 2020 — Anthony Furey

Canada is currently weighing whether or not to make a COVID-19 vaccine in some way mandatory, according to Navdeep Bains, the Liberal government’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. Good luck getting everyone on board with that one. As if the various measures imposed upon Canadians hasn’t been contentious enough, imposing mandatory vaccines could easily […]

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Entertainment Plus

Toronto film festival announces venues, pricing for pandemic-shaped showcase

Aug 10 2020 — The Canadian Press

TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival is giving more details on a hybrid festival that will largely feature digital screenings for home viewers but will also offer in-person screenings at venues such as TIFF Bell Lightbox and the Isabel Bader Theatre. TIFF co-heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente say the cost will be the same whether in-person or […]

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