No More Mudslinging: Deeper Focus on Accountability Needed on the Hill

June 13, 2013 5:39 pm
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 Senate spending scandals shouldn’t be an excuse for pointing fingers, but an opportunity to improve accountability across the board in the Canadian government.  The latest investigations into the expenses of Conservative and Liberal Senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau, Mac Harb and Pamela Wallin, have proven troubling. After being reviewed by […]

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Time for Toronto’s Media Elites to Take a Look in the Mirror

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By Joanna Plucinska All journalists should be concerned about recent decisions taken by the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail concerning the standard of evidence they require in reporting. In their quest to “investigate” the actions of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his Councilor brother Doug Ford, many in […]

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City Must Put Western LRT into Underground Tunnel: Partially Buried Trains Won’t Save Parkway Greenspace

June 10, 2013 11:12 am
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The City of Ottawa must ensure that the Light Rail Transit (LRT) it proposes for the Western Parkway is moved to an underground tunnel, said Lesley Taylor, president of the community group Underground Solution.  “The City of Ottawa’s proposed trenched LRT route will drastically reduce access to the parkland of […]

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On Being a Day-Tripper At 24 Sussex

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By Jean-Pierre Allard  “Just watch him”, I heard Maggie tell the nanny one balmy afternoon in September 1972 while I was slowly making my way upstairs at 24 Sussex. Pierre was at work on the Hill, so I knew she had to be referring to her 10-month old baby Justin. […]

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Sinbads of Kazakhstan

May 29, 2013 5:04 pm
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The Sinelniks team request assistance from the Russian Military Forces to sail through the pirate region. The destroyer Admiral Levchenko escorted the Rusich  through the Horn of Africa for three days. (Photo: Eleanor Wilks)   “There’s nothing better to behold Than for friends to roam around the world And close friends the hardship do […]

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Democracy Watch Unloads on Harper Government for Chronic Lack of Accountability in Series of Cover-ups

May 22, 2013 12:58 pm
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According to Democracy Watch, “biased, lapdog investigations mean cover-up of Senate scandal most likely outcome and public inquiry will be needed – Wright, Duffy should be found guilty of violating ethics rules, and possibly other laws “Ethics Commissioner has covered up twice already for Nigel Wright, Senate Ethics Officer is […]

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“Look at me, not my chair”

May 21, 2013 4:33 pm
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Peter Mackay, Justin Trudeau and Martha Hall-Finley participating in Chair-Leaders, a nationwide campaign with events taking place all across Canada. Life isn’t easy for people living with spinal cord injuries. One of the main issues has been and remains to be their mobility. Several things in today’s society make it harder for […]

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Canadian Red Cross Celebrates World Red Cross Day

May 13, 2013 10:23 am
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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson helped celebrate World Red Cross Day by officially proclaiming May 8 as World Red Cross Day in Ottawa. Also in the photo is David Fraser, chair of the Ottawa Branch Council of the Canadian Red Cross. The Canadian Red Cross hosted its 2nd Annual Open House on May 8 […]

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Ontario: Is This a Wynne-ing or a Losing Budget?

May 3, 2013 10:21 am
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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s 2013 budget was tabled on May 2. Premier Wynne’s minority Liberals have delivered an Ontario budget full of NDP proposals, but it’s unclear whether the New Democrats will support it.The coming days will decide if Premier Wynne’s government stays in power or is forced into a […]

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Fixing the Unfixable: Queen Street “Beautification” Project Is Absurd

April 30, 2013 10:55 am
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The City of Ottawa is now studying design proposals for the transformation of Queen Street into a new “Showcase Street” and pedestrian route. Why do these well-paid planners live in such a dream world? Everyone knows Queen Street is wretchedly ugly (save for a very few architectural triumphs) and the […]

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Light Rail Transit Western Extension: Either Build It Right or Don’t Build It at all

April 27, 2013 5:13 pm
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When one thinks of all the money spent on foolishness by the City of Ottawa, their efforts to keep a lid on LRT costs are baffling. To reduce costs, the City wants to build the western extension of the LRT through an area west of Tunney’s Pasture where few people […]

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The Boston Bombings

April 22, 2013 11:30 am
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Today, as runners and Members of Parliament gather at the Centennial Flame to march in solidarity to the American Embassy, it is hard to believe that only a week has passed since the Boston Marathon.  This time last week I was running the marathon, overwhelmed by the excitement of being […]

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Kevin Page: A Hero for Our Time

April 10, 2013 1:04 pm
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When Kevin Page, Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer, steps down next month after five years on the job, he’ll do so with a respect and admiration accorded few professional public servants – not because he went above and beyond the call of duty (many do) or because he has been […]

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Decoding Gas Prices: Is the Gas Gouge Real? Part 2

April 9, 2013 12:12 pm
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Continued from Part I According to the Canadian Fuels Association, Canadians pump 75 billion litres of petroleum fuels annually (more than 200 million litres every day) to travel a total of 325 billion kilometres a year. That is the equivalent of eight million trips around the world. That’s a lot […]

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Where Investing in Transit Can Take Us

April 8, 2013 6:34 pm
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Earlier today, Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke to the Toronto Region Board of Trade about the need to make investments in transit. By Premier Kathleen Wynne The first subway line in Toronto opened in 1954, the year after I was born. I still remember riding the subway with my grandmother as […]

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Public workers earn 12% more than private counterparts: report

April 5, 2013 11:48 am
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Fraser Institute study says gap drops to nine per cent when unionization included in analysis BY Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff ON April 04, 2013 9:01am  VANCOUVER—Public sector workers at the federal, provincial and municipal levels across Canada earned substantially higher wages than their private sector counterparts in 2011, according to a […]

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Media Hoax Ban Shows PQ No Longer Suffers Fool's Gladly

March 27, 2013 11:25 am
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By Martti Lahtinen, The Low Down to Hull & Back News The Low Down has learned that the Quebec government is considering a ban on April Fool’s Day jokes in the media. In a memorandum privy only to select Parti Québécois cabinet members, the Office québécois de la langue française […]

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