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Veterans say character of Remembrance Day shifted over time

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Veterans say character of Remembrance Day shifted over time

Large security presence changes face of Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa Joan Barclay Drummond had a VIP seat at the base of the National War Memorial 75 years ago when it was unveiled by King George VI. Just a girl then, she remembers the excitement of the crowd clustered at the granite and bronze monument, […]

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Stephen Harper signs trade deals with China, talks Garratts

| November 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Stephen Harper signs trade deals with China, talks Garratts

Canadian couple arrested for espionage in August, Stephen Harper quietly presses their cause Stephen Harper and Chinese officials signed a flurry of trade and currency deals on Saturday worth as much as $2.5 billion while tensions seemingly lingered between the two countries about the detention of a Canadian couple accused of espionage. The prime minister […]

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Canada is not ‘at war’ with Radical Islam

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canada is not ‘at war’ with Radical Islam

…and Canada was never “innocent” and will respond appropriately to recent attacks Across the land today, editorialists are opining that Canada has lost its innocence, that the deaths of two soldiers at the hands of so-called Islamic jihadists changes our country forever. For instance, the Calgary Herald editorial board put it this way: “…Canada will […]

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Ottawa update: Sergeant-at-arms shoots gunman

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ottawa update: Sergeant-at-arms shoots gunman

Sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers hailed as hero after Ottawa shooting The man who is reported to have shot an assailant on Parliament Hill in Ottawa today is a former police officer with a background in providing security services for dignitaries, including members of the Royal Family. Kevin Vickers became the sergeant-at-arms in the House of Commons eight […]

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Ottawa update: Gunman shot by Parliament’s sergeant-at-arms

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ottawa update: Gunman shot by Parliament’s sergeant-at-arms

Reports of two or three gunmen in Ottawa A gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, wounding a soldier, then moved to nearby Parliament Hill and wounded a security guard before he was shot, reportedly by Parliament’s sergeant-at-arms. The Hill remains under lockdown amid reports there may be two to three shooters, […]

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Ottawa update: Gunman killed, Harper safe

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ottawa update: Gunman killed, Harper safe

Ottawa shooting occurred just before 10 a.m. Eastern A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa has been shot by an unknown gunman and people report hearing gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Tory MP Bob Zimmer has tweeted that the gunman was shot and killed, but that report could not be […]

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Canadian soldiers run over in Quebec by ‘radicalized’ man

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian soldiers run over in Quebec by ‘radicalized’ man

Police warn it’s too early to speculate on why driver drove into Canadian soldiers One of two Canadian soldiers hit by a car on Monday in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., died of his injuries early Tuesday, according to Quebec provincial police. The soldier’s name was not released at the request of the family. The second soldier’s injuries were […]

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Can “whiz kids” reduce delays at Canada-U.S. border?

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Can “whiz kids” reduce delays at Canada-U.S. border?

Delays at Canada-U.S. border estimated to cost Canada 1 to 2% of GDP Frustrated by costly delays at the Canada-U.S. border, the business community is urging governments to seek solutions from private-sector whiz kids. The national governments are being pressed to adopt a model popularized by high-tech startups during the original dot.com boom in the 1990s: […]

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Energy superpower? Canada not even close, say critics

| October 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Energy superpower? Canada not even close, say critics

Energy superpower rhetoric backfired on Stephen Harper Experts warn that the Harper government’s overblown claims about Canada becoming an energy superpower and lack of action on key environmental fronts has actually hurt the oil and gas industry. And when the federal environment commissioner reported this week that Canada would not meet its 2020 international commitment […]

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No mention of Access to Information Act update in Feds’ open government plan

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
No mention of Access to Information Act update in Feds’ open government plan

Access to Information Act passed in 1982 The Conservatives’ new draft plan on open government makes no mention of reforming the Access to Information Act, despite widespread calls to revise the 32-year-old law. The draft plan would see the government make information and data, including scientific research, federal contract details and archival records, more readily […]

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