National Newswatch
Jul 18 2018 — Janyce MacGregor

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant has invited the rest of Canada’s premiers to join him on his home turf in Bouctouche, N.B., on Wednesday morning, as three days of interprovincial talks get underway. The first gathering of the Council of the Federation will take place at Pays de la Sagouine, a replica Acadian village where […]

Jul 18 2018 — Emily Haws

Politico and National Public Radio’s announcements in the last month that they’re expanding northward are just the latest in an uptick in American media outlets pouring more resources into Canada and hoping for more Canadian revenue in return. But press gallery journalists say they aren’t concerned the increasing interest in Canada will harm their jobs, […]

Federal government won’t pursue deportation of Abdoul Abdi, says minister

Jul 17 2018 —

Canada’s minister of public safety says the federal government will not pursue the deportation of former child refugee Abdoul Abdi. Ralph Goodale tweeted on Tuesday evening that the government “respects the decision filed on July 13 by the Federal Court concerning Abdoul Abdi. The Government will not pursue deportation for Mr. Abdi.”

Jul 17 2018 —

An independent inquiry led by a former British Columbia premier will look into Ontario’s finances, newly elected Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday as he accused the former Liberal government of cooking the books and faking the deficit numbers. Ford said the Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry, and a line-by-line audit covering the past 15 years […]

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Jul 17 2018 — Tom Blackwell

Despite recent suggestions to the contrary, U.S officials negotiating a new NAFTA trade deal have demanded that Canada end its supply-management system for dairy and egg products, Ottawa’s deputy ambassador to the United States said Tuesday. And that request is a non-starter for Canada, Kirsten Hillman stressed to a conference here. The dairy sector has […]

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Featured Ink

Sex-Ed in Ontario – Values-based or Evidence-based?

Jul 18 2018 — Don Lenihan

The Ontario sex-ed curriculum has been dogged by controversy since the start – thanks in part to a flawed consultation process. When Doug Ford repealed it last week, he also instructed his new education minister, Lisa Thompson, to fix the process. It’s a worthy task. As someone who does engagement for a living, I’d like […]

Ontario’s new Hydro One board will have to pay equal attention to ratepayers and shareholders

Jul 18 2018 — Theresa Tedesco

A nasty public boardroom brawl at Hydro One Ltd. was averted because Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government played the activist card. Blindsided by an executive compensation package designed to enrich management, the newly elected government of Premier Doug Ford flexed its muscle as the utility’s single largest shareholder and forced the ouster of Hydro One’s […]

We have a problem with border crossers — but this is no crisis

Jul 17 2018 — Andrew Coyne

Bowing to the opposition parties’ demands, the Commons Citizenship and Immigration committee will hold special hearings this month on what Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel is calling the “border crisis.” The notion that there is a crisis on the border — that Canada is being inundated by a tide of asylum claimants crossing the border […]

The Liberals’ Band-Aid solutions won’t fix asylum seeker problem

Jul 17 2018 — John Ivison

The Liberal government didn’t create the problem of floods of asylum seekers crossing the border illegally. Donald Trump did that when he signalled the U.S. would allow temporary protected status on significant migrant populations from countries like Haiti to expire. But the Liberals can be fairly blamed for making decisions that have exacerbated the problem […]

Robert Asselin and Sean Speer

Fiscal policy must be sustainable over the long term

Jul 16 2018 — Robert Asselin and Sean Speer

Next year’s federal budget may be months away, but preparations have already begun in earnest. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance’s call for prebudget submissions was launched in June and closes in early August. There will be hundreds of recommendations from various organizations for the committee and the Finance Minister to consider between […]

It’s time to rethink the whole idea of zero tolerance

Jul 16 2018 — Dan Leger

Do “zero tolerance” policies make us safer? Do they fight crime or make our communities more just? Does zero tolerance achieve anything positive at all? I think it achieves very little. In fact, I have become decidedly intolerant on the subject. Zero tolerance takes zero thinking, betrays zero insight and often produces zero positive results. […]

Jul 13 2018 — Susan Delacourt

The world’s most influential and innovative person on Twitter is a senior citizen who just turned 72 last month — President Donald Trump, known by his Twitter handle, @realDonaldTrump. So much for the idea that young people will change the future of democracy with social media. Trump’s overwhelming dominance of Twitter was documented in a […]

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Jul 13 2018 — Don Braid

The new Alberta is taking shape. In Ontario. Premier Doug Ford’s early actions are a template for what United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney will do if he wins the Alberta election next year. Ford axed Ontario’s cap-and-trade system for carbon pricing. He just cancelled the Liberal school curriculum that taught about same-sex marriage. Kenney […]

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Jul 13 2018 — Daniel Dickin

March Madness keeps much of Ottawa up at night. No, not the sports tournament! I’m talking about the spending binge that happens every March as federal government departments urgently try to get money out the door before the start of the new fiscal year on April 1.

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Entertainment Plus

‘Helsinki has frozen over’: Late night blasts Trump-Putin summit

Jul 17 2018 —

Late night hosts like Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert went after President Donald Trump for his comments made during Monday’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. “Helsinki has frozen over,” Kimmel said while opening his ABC show. “The President of the United States today publicly sided with Russia over our own FBI […]

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