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Oct 1 2022 —

Ottawa police have announced charges against a former Canadian senator. Don Meredith, 58, of Toronto, is charged with three counts of sexual assault and one count of criminal harassment in connection with alleged incidents in 2013 and 2014, which police say were reported by an adult woman. Meredith was charged Saturday and released on a […]

Oct 1 2022 —

It’s been a year since Bernadette Jordan last walked through the doors of the House of Commons as an elected official. She lost the seat she’d held since 2015 to Conservative candidate Rick Perkins in South Shore St-Margarets in 2021. Jordan was minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard in the Trudeau government […]

Sep 30 2022 — Tonda MacCharles

Russia’s war on Ukraine escalated sharply Friday after President Vladimir Putin illegally annexed four eastern Ukraine territories, prompting Kyiv to apply for fast-track membership in NATO and the U.S. and Canada to promise more support. In Moscow, Putin renewed threats to use tactical nuclear weapons and blamed the West for sabotaging Russia-built undersea gas pipelines […]

Sep 30 2022 —

While Canada’s reconciliation project with Indigenous people is showing signs of progress, it’s moving much slower than many had hoped. When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report in 2015, it came with 94 calls to action demanding action by governments across Canada on a wide range of reconciliation initiatives. Seven years later, […]

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Sep 29 2022 — David Thurton

The Green Party is downsizing its leadership contest following an exodus of people from the party’s leadership organizing committee. A news release from its press secretary, Fabrice Lachance Nové, states the party will reduce the planned two rounds of voting to one. Voting for the single round will now begin on Nov. 12 and end […]

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Sep 30 2022 — Maura Forrest

Canada’s national police force, which was heavily criticized for using Clearview AI software, has signed contracts to use multiple facial recognition tools. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) revealed these details in documents recently tabled in Parliament, though it says it has stopped using facial recognition technology pending an internal review sparked by public outcry […]

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Today in Canada’s Political History: Arthur Meighen writes the Foreword to Sir Robert Borden’s Memoirs

Oct 1 2022 — Arthur Milnes

Most historians will agree that Lester B. Pearson, Brian Mulroney and Sir Robert Borden wrote the most comprehensive political and personal memoirs of our past national leaders. Borden’s two volumes, published after his 1937 death, were a decade-long project for Canada’s 8th Prime Minister. They remain a treasure trove for students of the Borden period […]

The ‘freedom convoy’ will keep driving our politics

Oct 1 2022 — Darrell Bricker

The so-called “freedom convoy” that blocked Parliament Hill and several Canada-U.S. border crossings may have dispersed earlier this year, but it won’t be leaving our political conversation anytime soon. At least, not if opponents of the federal Conservative Party and their new leader, Pierre Poilievre, have anything to say about it. The most recent polling […]

Ottawa has neglected some of Canada’s problems — and now we’re all paying the price

Sep 30 2022 — Heather Scoffield

Call it political slow-walking, or over-promising and under-delivering — this was the week it all caught up with us. Sluggish progress on confronting climate change left our infrastructure vulnerable on the Atlantic Coast. Years of hand-wringing on housing affordability has left our economy vulnerable to recession. And incremental progress on long-standing and well-known Indigenous wounds […]

Veteran NDP MP Bill Blaikie was dean of the House during seismic times in Canadian politics

Sep 30 2022 — Shannon Proudfoot

Nearly everyone who speaks about Bill Blaikie talks, somehow, about bigness. There was the towering intellectual and moral reputation he acquired over three decades representing Winnipeg for the NDP in the House of Commons, where even those who ferociously disagreed with him always listened when he spoke. He exerted a gravitational pull, so that people […]

Letter from the United Nations: A World of Problems

Sep 30 2022 — Bob Rae

The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly began two weeks ago. We are meeting at a time of major disruption in the global economy, geopolitics and politics, the sustainability of the planet, global public health, the pace of technological change, and the inevitable human consequences of all of the above. The situation does […]

NDP puts minority rights aside as it courts Quebec

Sep 29 2022 — Althia Raj

For a party that prides itself on standing up for minority rights, supporting a Quebec law that strips the rights of non-francophones is a head-scratcher. The federal NDP and the Green Party’s Elizabeth May voted to endorse the use of the notwithstanding clause and Quebec’s controversial Bill 96 Wednesday, by supporting Bloc Québécois legislation that […]

Sep 28 2022 — John Ivison

For Justin Trudeau, the idea is more interesting than the implementation. He’s always more excited about “what’s new” than absorbed in executing decisions already made. The Liberal government’s proposals for a national dental-care program are a case in point. The Liberals have become converts to the idea of subsidized dental care for lower-income Canadians not […]

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Sep 28 2022 — Leah Gazan

The prime minister has called it a genocide. The National Inquiry’s Final Report into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) offered a roadmap for action. Yet more than three years after its release, the crisis of violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people continues unabated. We cannot have meaningful reconciliation in this […]

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Sep 30 2022 — Arthur Milnes

America’s First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, was in Ottawa on this date in 1999 joining our Prime Minister’s spouse, Aline Chrétien in advocating for young children in North and South America. Clinton delivered a passionate address calling attention to children’s needs, particularly in the developing nations part of our hemisphere. “Every two seconds another child […]

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Sep 29 2022 — Arthur Milnes

Only two days before he recommended (successfully) to the Governor General that Parliament be dissolved to make way for the famed 1988 free trade election, Canada’s 18th Prime Minister addressed the UN General Assembly in New York City. And in doing so, Brian Mulroney took his case for needed action by the Americans to combat […]

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