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Nathan Cullen would get my vote

Nathan Cullen would get my vote

There are so many factors that NDP members have to look at when choosing who to vote for in their leadership race that I don’t envy them (I am not a member). How do you weigh the various elements: policies, philosophy, engaging personality, ability to take on Stephen Harper in the House, co-operation with the Liberals, and support for proportional representation? Are they likely to bring people together or cause divisions within the caucus and party?

Is Harper undermining Obama on Iran?

Is Harper undermining Obama on Iran?

It might be useful for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to read a U.S. state department cable from Israel released by Wikileaks. It reveals that talk of Iran's imminent production of nuclear weapons goes back to the early 1990s: "The head of the MFA's [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] strategic affairs division recalled that GOI [Government of Israel] assessments from 1993 predicted that Iran would possess an atomic bomb by 1998 at the latest."

Canadian ski cross skier Nik Zoricic dies in racing accident

Canadian ski cross skier Nik Zoricic dies in racing accident

The Canadian Alpine ski community took another hit Saturday.

For the second time this year tragic news has stopped the sport in its tracks as one of its own - ski cross racer Nik Zoricic - was killed while racing in Switzerland.

Zoricic, 29, died Saturday after crashing during a World Cup event in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

His death follows that of Olympic half-pipe specialist Sarah Burke who died of injuries sustained from a fall during a training run in January.

Canada supports the dark side of international finance

Canada supports the dark side of international finance

You can say one thing for the powers that be in the banking industry. They’ve got a lot of nerve.

Canadians call for enquiry on alleged robocall election fraud

Canadians call for enquiry on alleged robocall election fraud

Over 20,000 Canadians have joined with online campaigning organization Leadnow.ca to call for a full and independent public inquiry into an alleged systematic voter deception phone campaign that targeted likely non-Conservative voters in key ridings during the May 2011 election.

Since the campaign launched on Friday, 20,000 Canadians used the Leadnow.ca website and social media tools to send letters to political leaders calling for a non-partisan public inquiry and ensure serious consequences, including possible by-elections in affected ridings.

Time to zip John Baird’s loose lips

Time to zip John Baird’s loose lips

It is hard to credit the latest statements and actions by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. On both Iran and Israel Baird seems to almost deliberately seek to humiliate both himself and the country he is supposed to represent on the international stage. Taking an ultra-orthodox rabbi (whose organization opposes any Palestinian state) with him on an official visit to Israel is not just bizarre but dangerous.

Treaty Negotiations under microscope: FNS political executive to appear before Standing Senate Committee

Treaty Negotiations under microscope: FNS political executive to appear before Standing Senate Committee

The political executive of the First Nations Summit are travelling to Ottawa this week to provide testimony on the state of Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia to the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.

Grand Chief Edward John, Chief Doug White and Dan Smith will appear before the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples on Wednesday February 15th to provide a First Nations perspective on the negotiations process in BC.

Approval of Jasper development ignores public outcry

Approval of Jasper development ignores public outcry

Banff, Alberta– Over the objections of almost 200,000 citizens, the federal government has approved the proposed “Brewster Glacier Discovery Walk” in Jasper National Park. Conservation organizations fear that the beauty and integrity of Jasper National Park are being surrendered to commercial interests, opening the door for more for-profit businesses to capitalize on the splendour of Canada’s most loved and protected landscapes.

Don’t frack with our water, say majority of Canadians in new poll

Don’t frack with our water, say majority of Canadians in new poll

The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking, is facing mounting opposition across the country. A new Environics Research poll commissioned by the Council of Canadians has found that 62% of Canadians support “a moratorium on all fracking for natural gas until all the federal environmental reviews are complete”.

Bow down Canadians, corporations are king

Bow down Canadians, corporations are king

Two recent stories out of Ottawa underline the ongoing political and economic assault on ordinary Canadians. More Canadians are now working for low wages than at any time in decades, continuing a trend that began in the early 1990s, and Stephen Harper has announced major changes to retirement benefits — including delaying Old Age Security (OAS) eligibility to age 67.

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