The Price of the Word: It’s Time for a Change in Kazakhstan

May 10, 2012 9:33 am
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Journalism and fear never go well together. Just one day before I interviewed CBC foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed, who has been covering the Middle East for over a decade, I learned that somebody tried to kill my colleague in Kazakhstan, journalist Lukpan Ahmediarov.

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Polling Déjà vu in Wild Rose Country

May 3, 2012 9:01 am
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The recent unexpected defeat of Alberta Wildrose leader Danielle Smith by incumbent Progressive Conservative (PC) Premier Alison Redford in the Alberta provincial election demonstrates that the same reasoning which led to the unanticipated American presidential election victories in 1936 and 1948 is alive and well in Canada.

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Controversial Public Servant Cuts Coming – Canada’s Magic Shrinking Trick

April 27, 2012 4:03 pm
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What will Canada look like if tens of thousands of public sector jobs are lost by the end of this year? That is the question plaguing economists, unions and political analysts alike. These potential job losses follow the federal Conservative government’s announcement to freeze wages and deliver $8 billion in cuts over the next five years.

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The Expendables: Political Advisors, Consultants and Media Commentators

April 17, 2012 9:13 am
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Politics at the national level has always been a zero sum game; yet it would seem that increasingly the consequences are especially swift for advisors and consultants who find themselves at the wrong end of a comment which could prove damaging to a re-election campaign.

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Global Trade Wars Past and Present: the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of the Sky

April 3, 2012 9:07 am
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In 1930, the United States Congress passed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, a “beggar thy neighbor” protectionist economic policy that would initiate the world’s first global trade war. Today, eighty-two years later, the European Union’s Emission Trading Scheme would seem to suggest that the protectionist urge still lives on.

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Negative Political Advertisements in 1988: The Blueprint for Today

March 20, 2012 10:41 am
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Negative advertisements are nothing new. They have been used for the better part of half a century in American politics. Twenty-four years later, the legacy of those negative attack ads perfected in 1988 still lives on.

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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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