Shallow Graves

March 19, 2012 4:34 pm
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The murder of Mohammad Shafia and Tooba Yahya’s three daughters and Mohammad’s first wife raises questions for which there are no easy answers.

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“A House Divided Against Itself”: The 2012 Republican Race for the White House

March 12, 2012 8:50 am
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Super Tuesday, the first Tuesday in March of a presidential election year, is traditionally seen as both a confidence builder and a field narrower. Essentially, it is a day when ten different states hold their primary elections or caucuses to try to determine the candidate who best represents their interests in the contest to win the Republican Party presidential nomination.

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Ottawa Life Interviews NDP Candidate Niki Ashton

March 8, 2012 5:27 pm
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Niki Ashton (born September 9, 1982) is currently the New Democratic Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Churchill in Manitoba. She was first elected in the 2008 federal election. Read here for an OLM exclusive interview with NDP candidate Niki Ashton.

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Paul Dewar: He’s in to Win!

March 2, 2012 7:50 pm
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Paul W. Dewar, 48, New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for the riding of Ottawa Centre, is running a spirited campaign for the hotly contested leadership of the NDP in the wake of the untimely death of Jack Layton in August 2011. OLM’s Harvey Chartrand sits down with Dewar to discuss his plans for his candidacy for party leadership and beyond.

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Canada’s New Health Care Discord

February 28, 2012 7:09 pm
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In December, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty unilaterally unveiled a new non-negotiable health-care funding plan that runs to 2024. Under this plan Federal healthcare transfers will continue to increase by six per cent until 2016-17.

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Newfoundland’s Powerhouse Premier

February 22, 2012 10:29 am
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Don’t mess with Newfoundland and Labrador’s Premier Kathy Dunderdale. Armed with experience in many fields, Dunderdale is a powerful lady with a lot of clout.

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Whistleblower Claims Public Opposition Being Silenced by PMO

January 26, 2012 3:42 pm
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Earlier this week whistleblower Andrew Frank released an open letter to Canadians alleging that the Prime Minister’s Office threatened to withdraw Tides Canada’s charitable status if it did not cease funding to the environmental group ForestEthics. The allegations stem from an apparent bullying campaign in which the PMO allegedly characterized ForestEthics as an “enemy of the Government of Canada” because of the organization’s work opposing oilsands expansion and the construction of pipeline/tanker routes in Canada.

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2012 Republican National Convention: A Colossal Undertaking

January 13, 2012 4:06 pm
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The 2012 Republican National Convention will be held in Tampa, Florida, August 27-30. The Tampa Bay Times Forum [JD1] will serve as the convention venue, and the Tampa Convention Center will be used for the Media Workspace. What goes into planning a colossal event like the 2012 Republican National Convention – the Grand Old Party’s 40th presidential nominating convention? Ottawa Life asked James Davis, Director of Communications, 2012 RNC, what his job as lead organizer entailed.

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Police State or State of Police? Part 2

November 14, 2011 7:06 pm
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Part 2 of “Police State or State of Police” explores a few other notable Canadian cases involving allegations of misconduct against the police.

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Police State or State of Police?

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Welcome to Canada in the first decade of the new millennium. The Canadian citizen referred to in the first paragraph was Stacy Bonds of Ottawa. Her case is well known because the video of her being beaten went viral on the internet. The other two individuals, Amy Miller of the Dominion and Alternative Media Centre and Revenue Canada employee John Pruyn alleged they were beaten at the G20 protests.

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Canada’s 20/20 Vision

September 13, 2011 11:19 am
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Political think tank Canada 2020 wants Canada to have great vision – the type of vision that secures Canada’s prosperity into the next decade. Some might even call it 20/20 vision – the best sort of vision there is.

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The Politics of America’s Economic Decline

September 6, 2011 9:27 am
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America’s economic crisis is showing no signs of abating. Late last week it was announced that no new jobs were created in the month of August. The most recent figures suggest over 14 million Americans are jobless; the real figure is undoubtedly much higher. Panic grips the stock market every second day or so. The U.S. housing market remains depressed in many pockets throughout the country. Perhaps most distressing of all, governments seem either ineffectual or simply powerless to address the economy’s chronic problems.

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Counting on the Drinkers’ Vote

September 2, 2011 2:03 pm
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With an election only weeks away the rhetoric and the promises are flowing like water. However, in terms of the main concern for Ontario’s wineries, greater access to the market, these have been largely ignored by the McGuinty government; but it seems that Mr. Hudak has got himself a plan.

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Remembering Jack Layton: 1950 – 2011

August 23, 2011 2:16 pm
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For many Canadians yesterday began as an ordinary day. The sun rose on a prematurely cool August morning. A new work week had begun. And then the news that Jack Layton passed away at approximately 4.45a.m. that morning at the age of 61 started to spread. In this era of instant communication and social media, on-line vigils sprung up like shoots of grass after a heavy rainfall.

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Jason Kenney Hits a Nerve with Blunt Letter to Amnesty International (Canada) That Questions Their Credibility and Objectivity

August 10, 2011 10:05 pm
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The Credibility of the actions of Amnesty International (Canada) and their continual and constant criticism towards the Harper government have been questioned by many over the past 5 years as the organization has consistently aligned itself with whatever position the NDP or “left” in Canada takes on most human rights matters. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney responded to the Amnesty International (Canada) criticism on Canada’s new policy to hunt down and remove war criminals hiding out in Canada.

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Strange Weather, Terrible Politics

July 26, 2011 10:05 am
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One legitimately wonders how hot it must get or how much Arctic ice must melt before the Harper government understands the threats posed by a radically altered climate. Harper insists his government is prepared to act, but only in tandem with their U.S. counterparts.

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Terri-Jean Cracks Her Whip

July 20, 2011 11:20 am
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With a new book entitled “Dominatrix On Trial” which hit the book shelves this week at Chapters, Indigo, and Coles, as well as a e-book version currently available,Terri-Jean Bedford, Canada’s most famous Dominatrix, is a determined woman who is anxious to tell her story.

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