Politics

Controversial House of Commons study on Islamophobia starts today

Phase two begins this week in the House of Commons’ politically charged debate over combating Islamophobia in Canada. On Monday, the heritage committee starts a study on systemic racism and religious discrimination in Canada mandated as part of a motion condemning Islamophobia that passed last spring. The debate around the motion set off showdowns between right and left wing groups ...

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NDP's leadership candidates make final pitches in Sunday showcase

After months of campaigning, selling memberships, raising money, soliciting endorsements and debates held across the country, the NDP leadership race is finally at its end. The four candidates — Charlie Angus, Niki Ashton, Guy Caron and Jagmeet Singh — are taking part Sunday in what the party is calling a Leadership Showcase. Each contender has 22 minutes to make a presentation to a room ...

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Who will lead the federal NDP hangs over party's caucus meetings

The NDP caucus is meeting in Hamilton on Saturday to discuss priorities and strategies for Parliament’s fall session, but the party’s leadership race, now in its final stage, is very much on the minds of MPs. Ontario MP Charlie Angus, one of the four candidates vying to take over from Tom Mulcair as leader, said the caucus is anxious to hear ...

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Gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous inmates growing, latest statistics show

There are more Indigenous offenders in Canada’s prisons and they serve more time before being released on parole than other prisoners, according to fresh statistics from the federal Department of Public Safety. Indigenous people are also more likely to be held in a higher security institution, according to the Corrections and Conditional Release Statistical Overview: 2016 Annual Report. In federal ...

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Opioid poisonings land 16 Canadians in hospital each day on average, 53% jump over 10 years

The number of Canadians hospitalized because of opioid poisoning is growing dramatically, according to new numbers published by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. But even with new data, tracking the breadth of the crisis in Canada continues to run up against problems. Between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017, an average of 16 Canadians were hospitalized each day because of ...

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Liberal cabinet meets in St. John's as anger continues over proposed tax changes

The federal cabinet will use a two-day retreat in St. John’s to trumpet the government’s handling of the booming national economy, even though the Liberals may struggle to be heard over the outrage sparked by unpopular tax reform proposals. The message of good economic times is likely to clash with the reality of what is happening on the ground in Newfoundland ...

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Liberals' pot plan under the microscope today at parliamentary hearing

While most members of Parliament still have another week before they return to Ottawa, the House of Commons health committee is reconvening today to question medical and legal professionals, police officers and pot producers on the looming legalization of marijuana. The committee is holding five full days of uninterrupted hearings starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday. Committee chair and Nova Scotia ...

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