Bills president says team will review benefits of playing in Toronto
Posted on 4 December 2013 | 4:23 pm
'Heartbreaking,' MacKay says of reported fourth soldier suicide in a week
Posted on 4 December 2013 | 5:18 pm
Loonie falls to lowest level in years
Posted on 4 December 2013 | 11:41 pm
Sage grouse protection plan released
Posted on 4 December 2013 | 5:40 pm
Nokia's outsized Lumia 1320 hits the FCC
Posted on 4 December 2013 | 11:56 pm
Rob Ford may have tried to buy crack video for $5,000 and a car: new police wiretaps
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 12:27 am
Statement by Industry Minister James Moore on Protecting Canadian Consumers from Counterfeit Products
Posted on 4 December 2013 | 9:00 pm
The Dirty Art of Character Assassination
Posted on 4 December 2013 | 11:19 pm
Telecom expert Nowak takes apart Big Telecom's latest claim about two-year cell phone contracts
Two days ago, Canada's customer-protection wireless rules came into effect -- but two big telecom companies insisted in throwing out some parting shots as they got ready to put these new requirements into place.
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From Peter Nowak:
It’s Dec. 2, which means the CRTC’s new wireless code is officially in effect. As of today, consumers will enjoy several new protections, including caps on roaming fees and a ban on cancellation charges after two years of a contract, which is the regulator’s de facto prohibition on three-year agreements.
Posted on 4 December 2013 | 5:33 pm
The 50 Best Conservative Columnists of 2013
Posted on 4 December 2013 | 2:00 pm
Ottawa releases protection plan under sage grouse emergency order
Posted on 4 December 2013 | 9:56 pm
It's Time for a Closer Look at Trudeau's Strategy
Most observers in the Ottawa press gallery, the major source of federal news and opinion for Canadians, haven't gone much beyond crediting him with "celebrity status." They believe his rock star status will fizzle. No less a national pundit than Jeffrey Simpson devoted a column recently to deconstructing his policies on Keystone and the legalization of marijuana, and concludes he has to put a lot more substance behind these pronouncements to "avoid the impression of shallowness." Michael den Tandt of Postmedia news makes the most simplistic conclusion of all: "It's...possible Mr. Trudeau's charismatic personality has simply charmed voters -- for now."
It falls to L. Ian Macdonald, a former Mulroneyite, now editor of the highly regarded Politics Magazine, and a Montreal Gazette columnist to hint at what is in fact the Trudeau strategy: "...his strengths are out on the hustings, and the byelection campaign played to that. And in a way, he may be benefiting from Tom Mulcair's dominant performance in question period over the Senate scandal. As one of Trudeau's advisers recently put it about Mulcair: 'He's killing Harper, but that makes him a killer.'"
Pretty basic. Let Mulcair be the killer in the house -- that has little impact on ordinary voters -- and leave the Ottawa bubble for where Canadians live: be positive, hopeful, take a few swipes at Harper and answer what is indeed a desire for change with youth and energy. Show wherever you go how starkly you contrast with Harper. Be open, accessible, listen, show personality. And of course fill rooms to capacity, work the crowd.
Above all show demoralized Liberals that this is a renewed party. That means not more of the same, but rebuilding its values to some extent. Hence his support of the Chinese acquisition of Nexxen, and guarded support of Keystone -- all deliberate moves to separate him from his father's hated National Energy Program and to rebuild support in the emerging west. There will be more, and the pundits will be surprised.
They should also be surprised by the fact that over 300,000 Canadians receive Liberal emails -- constantly I may say -- that there are over 12,000 volunteers recruited across the country, and that the party has more individual donors now than any other party. This is the result of a relentlessly effective strategy of dozens of people signing up members at Justin's events, and his daily social media presence.
There is also a new and welcome strategy of forming alliances with provincial Premiers, an option only open to Harper in three provinces. Justin has taken this new strategy very seriously indeed, especially recently in Ontario and Nova Scotia. A Toronto Star headline the weekend before the byelections said it all: Trudeaumania good for provincial Liberals -- Justin's energy and Wynne's experience "a match made in heaven."
Premier Wynne was beaming at his side campaigning in Toronto Centre, and he will campaign for her in provincial elections expected in the fall. Trudeau's enthusiasm and room-filling ability already was seen to play a role in the October victory of Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil. They campaigned so much together that the Huffington Post called it a "bromance." Justin even figured in Liberal campaign adds.
Bottom line: Fully taking advantage of Justin's immense grassroots appeal to build the party and its bankroll and not mounting too many detailed policy targets for the Conservatives to demolish. A sound strategy two years out from an election.
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The Best Specialty Fitness Clubs in Toronto
The best specialty fitness clubs in Toronto offer way more than a couple of treadmills in a windowless room. These gyms take a boutique approach, offering small, intensely focused classes with plenty of attention from instructors -- basically, it's the next best thing to having a personal trainer.
They're also the first places you can test out up-and-coming fitness trends, if you're looking for a crazy new routine or machine that will work muscles you didn't even know you had. The per-class price tends to be a bit higher than at your average gym, but the perks mean you definitely get what you pay for -- provided you're willing to break a sweat.
Here are the best specialty fitness clubs in Toronto.
Posted on 4 December 2013 | 8:15 pm
Finalists in New7Wonders Cities contest revealed
First, Swiss-born Canadian filmmaker and explorer Bernard Weber asked the world to determine what the seven wonders of our world today are in the New7Wonders of the World contest.
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Extra, Extra: Paula Deen Out-Apologizes Rob Ford, Sheldon Levy Says So Long to Ryerson, and Chris Hadfield Is Going to the Ballet
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Posted on 4 December 2013 | 9:30 pm
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Controversial televangelist dies; Nativity scene party poopers; Scientology ads
Some children have been confronted with ads for Scientology displayed on a games website.
And the controversial televangelist who, together with his wife, was the face of the world's largest 'Christian' television network, has died.
Posted on 3 December 2013 | 2:11 am
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Posted on 4 December 2013 | 8:36 pm
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Posted on 4 December 2013 | 2:12 pm
Alzheimer’s sufferer killed in Georgia after wandering onto porch in ‘stand your ground’ shooting
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Fledgling supernova remnant reveals neutron star's secrets
With the help of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Australia Telescope Compact Array, an international team of astronomers has identified the glowing wreck of a star that exploded a mere 2,500 years ago -- the blink of an eye in astronomical terms.
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 1:06 am
Deb Matthews says she didn’t read ORNGE audit because of OPP probe
Health Minister Deb Matthews says she did not read an ORNGE audit because it might have interfered with an OPP investigation into the finances of Dr. Chris Mazza, the head of the air ambulance service.
It was her latest stab at explaining why she claims not to have known that Mazza was paid almost $10 million in taxpayers’ money over six years, which was first revealed earlier this week by the Star.
Critics were quick Wednesday to pounce on her explanation, saying it made no sense and accused her of hiding the truth.
Matthews has been under fire all week after admitting she did not read a final audit, which among other things looked into Mazza’s compensation, even though she’s the one who ordered it. She said she can’t even confirm reports that Mazza, now an emergency room doctor in Thunder Bay, pocketed $9.3 million.
“It was an abundance of caution. We did not want any political interference in an OPP investigation,” she said, adding it was on the advice of her deputy minister that the document was passed along to the OPP.
“The right thing to do was send it directly to the OPP,” told reporters at Queen’s Park. “The deputy minister made the decision that it should be returned — sealed, not copied and not read — to the appropriate authorities and that was what was done.”
Matthews said the interim audit, which she says she did read, was “troubling” enough for her to pass the final forensic audit along to the OPP, noting that by then Mazza and the board of directors had been fired.
Tory MPP Frank Klees (Newmarket—Aurora) said Matthews had “a responsibility to read that report, not withstanding what she might have been advised to do by her deputy.”
Klees said the minister’s explanation for not reading the audit’s final draft makes “no sense whatsoever.”
“It shows ignorance on the part of this minister. This minister is showing from one day to the next her incompetency and her failure to assume some basic leadership,” he said.
“She has the responsibility of oversight and protecting taxpayers and ensuring that the work of that ministry is being done efficiently and effectively.”
Klees once again shot down Matthews’ contention that a legislative committee probing ORNGE has had the information on Mazza’s compensation for a year now. He added the committee has now asked for both the interim and final reports.
“There is no question that the ministry of health, the minister herself was in contempt of that parliamentary committee. We demanded all the information that was available to the ministry and to ORNGE that dealt in any way with financial issues . . . as well as compensation for Chris Mazza,” he said.
NDP MPP France Gélinas (Nickel Belt) said trying to wring information from the Liberal government with respect to ORNGE has been a “battle.”
“The OPP is doing an investigation, fine, but this is no excuse for not doing your job . . . this is a pattern of behaviour (by Matthews) that keeps (happening) over and over and over. She does not take her responsibility of oversight seriously and it disgusts me,” Gélinas told reporters.
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 12:11 am
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The retraction of a paper claiming genetically modified corn caused cancer in rats leaves serious questions over the journal's peer-review process, scientists say.
Posted on 1 December 2013 | 11:16 pm