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Will Wildrose Leader Brian Jean repudiate Calgary-Foothills candidate's 'communist' characterization of NDP? : Chip in to keep stories like these coming. What words should we use to describe the Chinese-language brochure the Wildrose Party wrote up to use in the Calgary-Foothills by-election, which takes place tomorrow, the one that accuses the NDP of trying to advance "ideas of communism”"? "Desp...
Deniers are all over the map; climate realists all over the world: Like this article? Chip in to keep stories like these coming. read more
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Morning Brief: Wednesday, September 2, 2015: Today’s Morning Brief is brought to you by Leadnow. Votetogether.ca is your one-stop shop with all the tools, actions and riding-specific information you’ll need to move Canada forward on October 19. This advertisement was authorized by Leadnow. ______________ Canadians still undecided seven week...
Two dozen secret cabinet decisions hidden from Parliament, Canadians: Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has made more than two dozen secret cabinet decisions, hiding any trace of them from Parliament and Canadians, iPolitics has learned. A review by iPolitics of more than 21,000 orders-in-council published on the Privy Council’s website since 2004 found th...
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It's a Recession: Now, Who's Hurting and Where? (in News): We asked economists from coast to coast to see how Canada is weathering the storm.  Related Stories The 'Jobs or Environment' Choice Is 'False' Says Mega-Union (in News) Tap into Struggling Workers' Anger to Win, Harry Smith Tells NDP (in News) Unifor Report Slams Harper's Economic Performance...
Raffi vs. Maclean's: Election Coverage Will Never Be the Same (in Mediacheck): Baby Beluga star made himself a social media politico (who drives Paul Wells nuts).  Related Stories Senate Reports Offer Insight into Future Tory Privacy, CBC Policies (in Mediacheck) I'm Calling It: Podcasting Is the Future of Journalism (in Mediacheck) Journalist Kevin Donovan Dishes on Brea...
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Majority of 'high priority' contaminated sites in Manitoba found in First Nations communities: When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission wrapped up its six-year investigation into the horrors of Canada’s Indian residential school system this spring, it released a nearly 400-page summary of its findings and 94 recommendations for improving r...
Alarm sounded as TransCanada set to drill in Bay of Fundy : "TransCanada has botched both their public relations strategy and their official application to build Energy East, so it's not surprising that they seem desperate to get some shovels in the ground prior to the federal election” – Keith Stewart, Green...
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Canadians are polite, not Bobbleheads: The other day I had an interesting conversation with a visitor from a troubled part of Europe. He was impressed with the manifestations of politeness he found in the daily life of Canadians. Rather pleased, I asked him to give me an example of something that especially impressed him. I was exp...
Scott Walker:Voters have very legitimate concerns about Canadian border: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) Magnus Opum in running for President, includes reviewing security on the little in the news northern border it shares with Canada. When asked whether he would support building a wall along the long northern border Mr. Walker responded. "some law enforcement fo...
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A hat-trick of double-takes on the ballot: And now for something completely trivial. There will be three sets of candidates with the same names on the ballot this coming October: Robert Kitchen The most recent pairing came last night, when businessperson Robert Kitchen of Nackawic in New Brunswick (pictured left) won a two-way contested n...
The State of the Slates: As we head into Labour Day weekend, the three main parties are within eyeshot of completing their national 338-seat slates, as is the Bloc Québécois in la belle province. The NDP leads the pack with 326 or 96% of their candidates selected, with the Liberals just behind at 322 or 95%, and the Cons...
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One year later: Denise Hansen examines the Black Lives Matter movement in Canada—and why there’s cause for anger and hope here, tooPROTESTS AND MARCHES AND SIT-INS have never really been my chosen course of social action. I can remember my dear family friend Kathy, a valiant social justice advocate, trying over ...
Gender Block: Jurassic World: I didn’t exactly expect Jurassic World  to be feminist savvy—it’s largely about capitalizing on nostalgia and making a bunch of dinosaurs run around. Dinosaurs, after all, are big bucks: as of July 26 the film has grossed $1,542,568,684 worldwide. They’re also very cool and I’ll admit I saw the m...
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Man Jailed 27 Years for Wrong Conviction Seeks Damages : The lawyer of the many wrongly convicted for 27 years, John Laxton, revealed that his client, Ivan Henry, did not just suffer due to the vulnerability of the justice system but he was made to suffer by police and prosecutors. B.C. Supreme Court heard on Monday that the authorities were under pre...
Cameron to Toughen Fines on Employers Not Paying Minimum Wage : In an announcement made by British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday, he vowed to increase fines for company owners who choose not to pay the minimum 'national living wage' to their workers. The national living wage is projected to increase up to 9 pounds per hour by the end of the decade....
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Les Cris de Waswanipi se batteront jusqu'au bout: Sur invitation des Cris de Waswanipi, Émile Duchesne a passé cinq jours sur le territoire d'Eeyou-Istchee en compagnie d'une délégation de Cris. Il a documenté pour Ricochet les ravages des coupes forestières sur le territoire cri, mais aussi la beau...
Forces et démocratie veut casser le jeu politique: Alors que deux des grands partis fédéraux se positionnent comme les acteurs du changement, le petit et très jeune parti Forces et démocratie ne veut pas seulement changer le parti au pouvoir, il souhaite briser plusieurs conventions politiques. Son b...
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Determined, pragmatic ‘Anybody-But-Conservative’ movement may finally topple Harper from power this year:   I can hear it in the exasperated voices of friends and acquaintances as we discuss the ongoing federal election campaign in Canada.  Regime fatigue has definitely set in this election campaign. “Harper’s got to go!” one friend told me last night.  She lives in Etobicoke-Lakeshore in west To...
Mulcair dismisses attacks on NDP platform: Tom Mulcair says taxpayers should not be funding new major league teams in Quebec, while many children in Canada live in poverty. The NDP leader says the private sector should "put everything in place" to get new teams. Video from The Globe & Mail. The post Mulcair dismisses attacks on NDP p...
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Big Telecom are trying to make the Internet like cable TV and we have to stop them : Last week, one of Canada’s Big Telecom giants announced a controversial new scheme that will give them more power to control how you use the Internet on your mobile devices – and, if we don’t speak up, the Big Three will soon follow suit. ...
Vice: Canadian Cops Want to Search Your Mail: Update: The RCMP is now going after your mail. Article by Justin Ling for Vice With a federal election in its home stretch, Canada's chiefs of police have issued a wish list of investigative powers they are hoping that the country's next p...
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Canada's First Arctic Patrol Ship Is Now Under Construction In Halifax: HALIFAX — Irving Shipbuilding has started building Canada's first Arctic offshore patrol ship at the company's massive shipyard in Halifax.Hundreds of employees gathered Tuesday in the new assembly hall as a huge sheet of cut steel was hoisted into place and a special ceremony was held to mark th...
New Liberal Ad Features Trudeau On An Escalator: Justin Trudeau had to put some effort into a new Liberal ad, which features him trying to walk up a down escalator. "This is what's happening to millions of Canadians in 10 years under Stephen Harper," Trudeau says in the ad, titled "Escalator: Harder to get ahead." (Watch the clip above.) "His i...
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The New Brand Power: Mobilizing Global Solution Networks: Historically, brands participated in solving global problems through philanthropy or their corporate social responsibility initiatives. Thanks to the Internet and some big changes in the global economy, brands can now leverage the effects of networks to create a dramatically bigger impact than pr...
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LATEST TWEETS ON FREEDOM OF INFORMATION IN CANADA: Tweets by @publiceyeonline I’ll be taking a break from column writing for the next few weeks. But follow me on Twitter, where I’ll continue bringing you the latest news and views about secrecy and openness in Canada.
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Power & Politics' Ballot Box question: Thursday we asked: How serious a problem is racism in Canada?- Very: 370 votes (26%)- Somewhat: 346 votes (24%)- Not very: 691 votes (49%)- Unsure: 7 votes (0%)  Thursday we asked: How serious a problem is racism in Canada?- Very: 370 votes (26%)- Somewhat: 346 votes (24%)- Not...
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Haroon Siddiqui’s parting reflections on career and country: In his final column, Haroon Siddiqui reflects on his 37 years at the Star and on how Canada has changed.
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Executed Prisoners Are Not Political Props: Huffington Post: The Conservative Party of Canada uses the execution videos of the people they want to protect as props to attack Liberal leader as unprepared for leadership. Whether military action is warranted and productive is a case by case decision. That is a discussion to have and the Liber...
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The wrong side of Hillary: Bad things tend to happen to those who oppose the Clintons. It’s now known that many of the vilest slurs hurled against Barack Obama during his first presidential run — including crazed allegations he was born in Kenya or a closet Muslim who secretly wore weird Muslim clothes — had their origins ...
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Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study: Apologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been in business mode – both helping a number of organizations I’m proud of and working on my own business. For those interested in a frightening tale of inept procurement, poor judgement and downright dirty tactics when it comes to software procurement and g...

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