10/3: Canada Covered

10/3 brings you the biggest stories in Canada told by Postmedia's national network of award-winning journalists. Hosted by Dave Breakenridge, 10/3 updates twice a week.

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Politics
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How are Olympic athletes in Canada funded
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Why Canada's diplomatic boycott of the Beijing ...
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Quebec planning to hit the unvaccinated with a ...
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What role will Doug Ford's pandemic performance...
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What the NHL pull-out amid COVID-19 surge means...
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2021 was an eventful year in Canadian politics
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Saskatchewan dealing with a huge spike in overd...
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The history of capitalism and why it gets such ...
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What we know, and still don't know, about Omicron
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Coal use is on the rise in Canada, creating pro...
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Police in Alberta facing backlash for misconduct
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Canada reports its first cases of the new COVID...
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David Suzuki courts controversy with comments o...
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The devastation of flooding in B.C. is on a sca...
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Canadian officials under fire after meeting wit...
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Trudeau aims to get Canada at net-zero by 2050
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The push to get a Canadian soldier the highest ...
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Who is Manitoba's next premier? Depends on who ...
Heather Stefanson is the first woman to be premier in the history of Manitoba but not without controversy
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What can we expect from Canada's new cabinet?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled his newest cabinet last week, and there were some new faces in prominent positions, and some surprise demotions. Melanie Joly and Anita Anand were among a number of women promoted to senior positions, while...
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How the culture of hockey needs to change to pr...
The hockey world has been rocked by allegations that the Chicago Blackhawks failed to adequately address the sexual assault of a player by a video coach during the 2010 Stanley Cup season. Former first-round draft pick Kyle Beach revealed himself to...
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What sparked the dispute within Rogers?
Rogers is perhaps best known from your cellphone bill or the radio station you listen to, or its role as part owners of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. But at the heart of it is a family, one that is engaged in a fight over the future of one of...
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What Canadians can expect from the national COV...
Canadians will have a nationally standardized vaccine passport for international travel, the prime minister announced last week. The documents will be based on provincial data after provinces have rolled out similar documents for use at restaurants...
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Majority of Albertans believe equalization is u...
Albertans voting in municipal elections had three provincial initiatives on the ballot. Key among those was a referendum on equalization. The Alberta government has been pushing for equalization reform for quite some time, but there are questions...
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What are some of the big priorities for this ne...
Last week, nearly a month after winning a third mandate, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced when the government would be getting back to work. The PM said he would name a new cabinet before the end of October and that parliament would resume in...
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The tense relationship between Canada and China
Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are back in Canada after more than 1,000 days detained in China. Their release highlighted the tense relationship between Canada and China, and also it impacts our politics and our economy. National Post reporter Tom...
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NHL looks to get back on track after a few toug...
After two seasons impacted by COVID-19, the NHL looks to play a full slate starting on Tuesday, even amid a fourth wave of the pandemic But despite the sense of normalcy that comes with a return to the ice, the league is reckoning with the departure...
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Quebec must recognize systemic racism, coroner ...
The treatment of Joyce Echaquan, recorded on her phone as she languished in a Quebec hospital bed, sparked a national outcry about racism in the healthcare sector. Now, a coroner’s report has found that racism played a role in her death. Montreal...
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Vancouver cop blows whistle on systemic racism ...
The debate among police organizations about the existence of systemic racism is complicated. While there has been much talk about racism in policing since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in 2020, there is still pushback from across...
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Kenney under fire as COVID-19 runs rampant thro...
A mere two weeks after restating Alberta wouldn’t see a vaccine passport, Premier Jason Kenney announced a vaccine passport amid rising cases of COVID-19’s fourth wave. Kenney deemed it necessary at this point as Alberta’s health system faced...
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The aftermath of the federal election
The federal election left a bad taste in the mouths of many voters, and has left us right back where started. We’re facing a minority parliament, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau getting another term in office. National Post political reporter...
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How did the leaders fare during the election ca...
Canada’s election campaign hit the homestretch this past week, as leaders made their final pitches to voters as to why they should be given the opportunity to govern. But will we see a change in Ottawa, or will this election leave us back where we...
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Could the People's Party of Canada play spoiler...
Despite not winning any seats in its first election campaign in 2019, Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada is back for the 2021 vote, trying to paint itself as a true conservative alternative. But the PPC has been dogged by controversy over...
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Final two debates set stage for last week on th...
All five major party leaders faced tough questions and each other in the two official debates. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was the main target for his four opponents, as he faced attacks over broken promises and calling the election. But was the...
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Is Alberta dropping the ball during the fourth ...
Faced with rising COVID-19 cases and flagging vaccination rates, the Alberta government brought back some familiar measures, like a mask mandate, and a 10 p.m. booze cutoff. But Premier Jason Kenney also courted controversy by announcing vaccine...
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The main takeaways from the first leaders debate
The election campaign has passed the halfway point, and things are starting to heat up. Leaders squared off in the first French debate, which saw arguments over the snap election call, vaccines and sexual misconduct, and the Liberals unveiled their...
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Why is the Delta variant proving to be so tricky
Despite rising vaccination numbers, Canada is contending with a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, fuelled by the Delta variant. Cases and hospitalizations are rising across the country, as provincial governments look to bring in new measures such...
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The chaos people faced trying to flee Afghanistan
The resurgence of the Taliban has thrown Afghanistan into chaos and has put thousands of lives in danger, as those who helped Canada and its military allies fear for their safety. But after Canada stopped its evacuation flights last week, many are...
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The Liberals' limp campaign dominates Election ...
Canadians go to the polls on Sept. 20, and this election campaign was pitched by Justin Trudeau as a chance to have a say in the direction of the country in the next 17 months. Based on the first third of the race, do we have a sense of what that will...
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How will Brian Pallister be remembered in Manit...
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister surprised many political watchers with his sudden resignation announcement, less than two years since his PC party won a resounding mandate from voters. The move comes amid questions about his handling of the pandemic,...
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How an Ontario man became the fall guy for a pa...
Imagine being arrested and charged with a pair of murders, but you weren’t the person responsible. That was the case for an Ontario man, who spent more than two years in jail suspected in a pair of 2017 killings linked to the criminal...
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Canada set to head to the polls for another fed...
Less than two years since Canadians handed the Liberals a minority government, we’re heading back to the polls again. Justin Trudeau hopes to see his party win a majority government, despite many wondering whether there’s any need to take...
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An unpredictable year delivered an unpredictabl...
At the Tokyo games, Canada put up its best performance outside the Soviet boycotted 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. We hit new heights in terms of medals, while athletes set new national benchmarks, even after a year delay and interruptions to training...
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Catch-and-release justice system led to death o...
A break-in on a rural Alberta property left a resident of the home badly beaten and the intruder dead. The tragedy unfolded after the intruder had already broken into the home twice and released by Mounties. Calgary Herald columnist Licia Corbella...
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Penny Oleksiak is now Canada's most decorated O...
Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak made history at the Tokyo Games by becoming our most decorated Olympian. She collected her seventh medal in the pool, and at just 21 years old, it’s not a stretch to think she’ll add more hardware in Paris just...
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Are vaccine passports the next step for Canada
Since they have been introduced, COVID-19 vaccines have been seen as the ticket out of the pandemic. But as the delta variant takes hold in Canada, and second-dose uptake slows, debate has grown around whether we should introduce vaccine passports, as...
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How a win-at-all costs mentality is harmful to ...
Two of the most notable athletes at the Tokyo games have made headlines, but not for their podium finishes.  Tennis phenom Naomi Osaka and gymnastics star Simone Biles both made early exits from the games, and both have cited concerns over their...
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When will we see a return to cross-border traffic
Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, non-essential travel between Canada and the U.S. has been shut down.   But there are signs we could see a return to cross-border traffic by the end of the summer, with both Canada and the U.S....
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The Tokyo Olympics, COVID-19 fears and the frag...
After a year delay, and mounting concern due to rising COVID cases, the Tokyo Olympics are upon us.   Thousands of athletes, officials and media are descending on the city, and while everyone is hoping things go smoothly, not everyone is...
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Alberta's progressive mayors Don Iveson and Nah...
Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s big cities will be facing a number of economic challenges, and two of the biggest in the west will be doing so with fresh leadership.  Calgary and Edmonton will elect new mayors in the fall as...
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The significance of Canada's new Governor General
After the controversy-plagued tenure of Julie Payette, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Mary Simon will be Canada’s next Governor General.    Our country’s first Indigenous vice-regal comes with an impressive diplomatic resume...
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The toll COVID-19 is taking on the lives of lon...
What happens when you get over an infection, but it never really goes away?  For thousands, perhaps 10s of thousands, of people across Canada, recovering from COVID hasn’t actually meant recovering, but instead a long journey of potentially...
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How Tokyo will be an Olympic Games like no othe...
When Canada’s Olymians arrive in Tokyo later this month it won’t be the games that they, or anyone was expecting. While events are going forward, Japan is limiting who can come into the country, and of course there’s the whole concern lingering...
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The fight to lower a woman's 18-year sentence f...
An Alberta woman who admitted to fatally shooting her husband is now fighting to have her 18-year sentence for manslaughter reduced. In 2017, Helen Naslund admitted to shooting her abusive husband Miles in the head in 2011, and hiding his body with...
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Canada rocked by discovery of more than 700 gra...
The discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves on the site of a former residential school in Saskatchewan has once again renewed focus on Canada’s track record on reconciliation and its treatment of First Nations peoples. The find is the latest in a...
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Could the Delta variant of COVID-19 hamper Cana...
Just when we think we have a handle on the pandemic, we get thrown another curveball. COVID-19 cases in Canada are on the decline, vaccinations are up, and provinces are starting to re-open, but a new variant has taken hold here, potentially leaving...
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Vacant jobs, virus fears spark debate over what...
As the COVID-19 pandemic has dragged on, some businesses have raised concerns over their ability to keep workers on staff due to shutdowns, but also due to government benefits and COVID anxiety keeping people at home.  And as the government looks...
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How Alberta's oilsands giants plan to get to ne...
In the plan to reduce Canada’s carbon emissions, Alberta’s oil industry has stuck out as a question mark.  It’s a major driver of the economy, but does produce a lot of emissions. But 5 of the biggest players in the oilsands have announced...
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Hate-motivated killings rock London, Ont.
Four members of a Muslim family in London Ontario were killed and their young son injured when a driver plowed into them.  That driver has been charged with murder and police say it’s a hate-motivated crime based on the victims' religion. ...
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Manitoba feeling hospital strain even as pandem...
As Canada appears to be nearing the end of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Manitoba is still facing a crisis point at its hospitals.  The peak for hospitalizations is expected to hit this week in Manitoba, even as cases are declining,...
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Next steps for Canada after 215 graves uncovere...
Canada’s dark legacy of residential schools has forced back into the spotlight with the discovery of 215 unmarked graves at a site in Kamloops. It has renewed calls for reconciliation, while reminding Canadians that thousands of Indigenous children...
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What’s driving COVID-19 re-opening plans in Can...
The light is at the end of the long COVID-19 tunnel.  That is at least the message Canadians are getting from many provincial premiers, who have released re-opening plans as we sit on the cusp of summer.  But it’s not a one-size-fits-all...
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Quebec language bill sparks constitutional deba...
Quebec is in the midst of another debate over language.  The CAQ government has tabled Bill 96, which seeks to update the longstanding Bill 101, in an effort to protect the French language in Quebec.   But as these things usually go, the...
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Why worrying too much about COVID-19 is a problem
Could all the talk about COVID-19 in the last 14 month have made us more fearful of the virus than we should be?  There’s no doubt COVID-19 is a serious virus and that public health measures have been needed to try to stem the spread, but along...
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No concerts, no theatre — How COVID-19 dropped ...
COVID-19 has effectively cancelled many activities we enjoyed and even took for granted. Sporting events, dining out, but also, concerts, movies and plays.  The arts sector in Canada is a big contributor to the economy but has taken a beating...
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Alberta Conservative infighting laid bare with ...
Conservative infighting in Alberta came to a head last week, when Jason Kenney’s UCP caucus kicked out two of its members. The vote came after one MLA stepped down as chair of the caucus and told the premier it was time to resign. But it’s just...
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The Trudeau government's muddled messaging on B...
Could a federal bill really seek to regulate your cat videos on YouTube, or dance challenges on Tik Tok?  Will it control what you see when you log onto popular streaming sites?   That’s been the concern as MPs have debated Bill C-10,...
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What the Tom Wilson fine says about the NHL and...
Notorious NHL tough guy Tom Wilson found himself at the centre of more controversy when he was fined, but not suspended, for violations on the ice in a game against the New York Rangers.  The $5,000 penalty for the Washington Capitals forward...
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What's behind Alberta's tough new measures to t...
Alberta has been battered by the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a case rate higher than any U.S. state or Canadian province.  And after weeks of pressure, and various smaller measures, Premier Jason Kenney announced a host of new...
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Why Canada is getting an investigation into sex...
Amid growing pressure to address allegations of sexual misconduct in the Canadian Forces, the federal government announced an external review of how the military handles these cases.  The announcement follows high-profile allegations against...
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Canada suspends passenger flights from India an...
As a horrible second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic ravages India, there has been pressure on the Trudeau government to enact travel measures to prevent further spread of variants in Canada.  In response to that pressure the government announced a...
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CFL eyes return to play with fans in the stands
The Canadian Football league has unveiled a bold plan for a return to play this year after missing the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  While the start of the season has been pushed back later into the summer, the league is eyeing...
20 min
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How the Liberal government's budget shows Trude...
The Trudeau Liberals delivered their first budget since before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with an eye to post-pandemic economic recovery.  But it also shows the government eyeing an election.  Parliamentary Bureau Chief and...
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How an Edmonton-area church became the centre o...
In the debate over provincial restrictions to stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been holdouts. Restaurants who ignore bans on indoor dining, hair salons cutting instead of closing. And there have been churches keeping their pews...
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How COVID-19 has people flocking to the suburbs...
Canada’s economy may have slowed through the pandemic, but the housing market has remained hot.  And, unlike past years where price increases have been focused on major centres, we’re seeing growth right across the country, due in part to an...
16 min
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COVID-19 has overshadowed the worst year on rec...
While the country has been consumed with COVID-19, a deadly epidemic continued unabated.  Drug overdose deaths linked to the opioid crisis hit record levels in 2020, in part due to the pandemic, and 2021 is shaping up to be another tragic...
23 min
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Future concerns for the Vancouver Canucks after...
The COVID-19 outbreak that has hit the Vancouver Canucks has shown the virulence of the virus and how vulnerable league play is in the face of a pandemic. With the playoffs looming, many are wondering how the league is going to mitigate the danger. ...
21 min
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Variants and vaccine hesitancy among new COVID-...
After a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Canadians are feeling the fatigue, but even as vaccines are rolling out, a third wave is setting in.  Variant strains have cropped up and appear to be affecting younger people, and it has now become a...
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The Supreme Court Justice who opposed Trudeau's...
The Supreme Court of Canada recently held up the federal government’s carbon pricing scheme, striking down challenges from three provinces.  While the majority of justices felt the plan was in the national concern, those in opposition felt it...
18 min
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CRA scouring social media for unreported income...
As we spend more of our lives online, people are looking at more ways to make money online.  From delivering food, to being a YouTube star, to turning your instagram following into cash, the platform economy is growing, and the taxman wants his...
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Reports shed light on discrimination, failings ...
The killing of Colten Boushie and the trial of Gerald Stanley raised concerns about rural crime and racism across Canada.  But the RCMP also faced scrutiny from the start, and new reports offer condemnation of how police handled the homicide...
15 min
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Can Jason Kenney turn things around in Alberta?
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney won a decisive victory in 2019 on the strength of his messaging about the economy and jobs and being a stronger option than the NDP.    Halfway through his mandate, and a year into the COVID-19 pandemic,...
25 min
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Kielburgers feel WE Charity is being dragged th...
Subject of a lot of scrutiny last summer, the founders of WE Charity, Marc and Craig Kielburger, again found themselves before a house of commons committee this week.  MPs continued to question the brothers about how WE Charity operated and...
14 min
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Why Michigan wants to shut down crucial oil pip...
Already smarting from the shutdown of the Keystone XL pipeline, Canada’s oil industry is now facing the prospect that a long-operating oil line could be shut down.  Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has revoked an easement for Enbridge’s...
15 min
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Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview sparks debat...
The bombshell interview between Oprah Winfrey and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, cast damning allegations on the Royal Family.  The pair most notably revealed that comments were made on the skin colour of their son archie and...
18 min
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Federal government set to tackle hateful conten...
Parliament is set to debate a bill that will introduce a new definition of hate as it aims to tackle hateful content online.  But free speech proponents are concerned the bill could bring back previously repealed provisions of hate speech law...
13 min
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How COVID-19 showed how unprepared Canada is fo...
While COVID-19 cases have spread throughout the population, cases in continuing and long-term care have grabbed headlines due to the size of outbreaks, and the death toll among the elderly.    The pandemic has laid bare problems within the...
22 min
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Canadian Forces rocked by misconduct allegation...
Investigations have been opened into allegations of misconduct against the current and former Chiefs of Defence Staff.  Even as the military tries to reckon with a checkered history on dealing with sexual abuse within the ranks, it is looking...
16 min
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International travellers returning to Canada no...
International travellers returning to Canada amid the COVID-19 pandemic now face a mandatory 72-hour quarantine in designated hotels, and a potentially longer stay at a government isolation facility.  The National Post’s Tyler Dawson joins Dave...
13 min
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The trouble with Trudeau's gun control policies
The Trudeau government has followed through on more of its gun control plans, with legislation that will allow cities to effectively ban handguns.  But do these measures actually achieve the stated goal of making Canadians safer?  National...
20 min
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How Canada will reckon with COVID-19 for years ...
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced global change. We work differently, we shop differently, we interact differently.  After a year of living with the virus, Postmedia’s is taking an in-depth look at the significant social, institutional and...
19 min
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Where has Canada's COVID-19 vaccine plan gone w...
Despite assurances that Canada would receive millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses in the first quarter of the year, shipment delays have put the country off target.  And every delayed shipment has the potential to further push back the goal of...
16 min
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Canada adds 13 groups to terror list — what doe...
The federal government has added 13 groups to its list of terror groups, including five ISIS affiliates, and a handful of far right extremist groups, including the Proud Boys. The move comes after parliament voted to call on the government to add the...
22 min
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Documents offer new light on Edmonton's 'terror...
The night of Sept 30, 2017 will be burned into the memory of Edmontonians for years. That night, a man ran down a police officer before stabbing him, then used a U-Haul truck as a weapon on a busy downtown street. More than three years after the...
18 min
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Canadian drug kingpin the biggest criminal you'...
A Canadian who authorities allege is one of the world’s biggest drug kingpins, has been arrested in the Netherlands. Tse Chi Lop, also known as brother number three, was nabbed on an Interpol warrant at the request of Australian police, who allege...
18 min
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COVID-19: Trudeau's new travel restrictions and...
Canadians coming home from abroad are facing tough new restrictions announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The government is hoping to keep cases of new COVID-19 variants at bay as it grapples with a slowdown in vaccine shipments and an ongoing...
18 min
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Why declaring Proud Boys a terror group is the ...
After members showed up at the Capitol Hill riot in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, the far-right group the Proud Boys have caught the attention of politicians in Canada.  Members of parliament passed a motion on Jan. 25 calling on the government to...
21 min
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Governor General Julie Payette resigns after al...
Governor General Julie Payette and the top bureaucrat in her office have resigned amid a review into allegations there was a toxic workplace at Rideau Hall.  The allegations claim they were abusive to staff, sometimes reducing them to tears....
17 min
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What Joe Biden killing Keystone XL means for Al...
The Keystone XL pipeline project has long been a sticking point in both Canadian and American politics. It has been a hot potato for successive American presidents, and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney bet big, with more than a billion in investment, plus...
19 min
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Why Erin O'Toole needs to address Trumpism in C...
President Donald Trump has left office, but his political presence will likely be lingering for some time, both in the U.S. and Canada. And that poses a problem for Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole. With the threat of a possible election an...
18 min
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COVID-19: Why Doug Ford opted against a curfew
Ontario has been hit hard in recent weeks with growing numbers of COVID-19 cases. In response, Doug Ford has announced a host of new restrictions to try to stem the tide. But will they work? joins Dave to talk about what’s driving the new...
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