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  • Danielle Smith betrayal one of epic proportions

    Danielle Smith betrayal one of epic proportions

    Was Danielle Smith undermining WRP by-election campaigns while negotiating with Prentice? Two and a half years ago, Beacon News was blackballed by the Wildrose Party for a story about leader Danielle Smith on the campaign trail. The piece, by Christopher Walsh, was a throw back to Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism style of the 1970s. […]

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    | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • European fuel quality directive almost fails vote

    European fuel quality directive almost fails vote

    European fuel quality directive will be voted on in 2015 Canadian oilsands exporters narrowly survived a vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday that could have once again penalized Alberta bitumen as dirty oil. A proposed fuel quality directive for European Union refineries has been the subject of a well-funded Canadian lobbying campaign for more […]

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    | December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Tsilhqot’in Nation decision means new relationship with resource developers

    Tsilhqot’in Nation decision means new relationship with resource developers

    Tsilhqot’in Nation insists it will be a partner in resource development When the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a land title decision in favour of British Columbia’s Tsilhqot’in Nation, aboriginal leaders celebrated saying it gives their group a solid legal weapon to remind governments and potential industrial developers of who holds the power. It’s […]

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    | December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Oil prices continue to plunge – Good or bad news?

    Oil prices continue to plunge – Good or bad news?

    Do low oil prices signal trouble for the global economy? Oil prices have fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling, and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing. The price of a barrel of oil is just under $58, […]

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    | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • North Pole: Santa Claus about to become Danish?

    North Pole: Santa Claus about to become Danish?

    13% of world’s undiscovered oil and 30% of untapped gas under North Pole Scientific data shows Greenland’s continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North Pole and any potential energy resources beneath it, Denmark’s foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said Denmark will deliver […]

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    | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Provincial

Jamie Haller sues 3 BC RCMP officers for 2011 beating

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Jamie Haller sues 3 BC RCMP officers for 2011 beating

Jamie Haller says she was the one who needed police protection Jamie Haller alleges she was beaten by a Mountie in Williams Lake, B.C., when she was 17 has now filed a civil suit against the city and three RCMP officers, including one who was acquitted of an assault charge. Jamie Haller turns 20 this week and […]

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Medical marijuana spread on toast, inside cookies backed by BC court

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Medical marijuana spread on toast, inside cookies backed by BC court

Medical marijuana access regulations infringe on Canadian charter rights British Columbia’s highest court is green-lighting medical marijuana in everything from oils and cookies to teas in a ruling that finds federal health laws limiting weed consumption to the dried variety is unconstitutional. The B.C. Appeal Court released its 2-1 decision on Thursday stating that medical marijuana […]

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False killer whale calf found on Vancouver Island beach

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
False killer whale calf found on Vancouver Island beach

False killer whales rarely seen in BC waters Efforts are underway to save a young false killer whale calf which has washed ashore on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The distressed cetacean was found in poor condition Thursday morning on North Chesterman Beach. The Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has recovered the whale […]

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Business

Christmas advertising dollars moving online

| November 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Christmas advertising dollars moving online

Online Christmas advertising grows every year in Canada Retailers spend millions over the holiday period to get consumers to open their wallets and that Christmas advertising is increasingly online. Christmas advertising campaigns are increasingly allocating more funds to target online shoppers, in addition to traditional newspaper ads, radio and television commercials and glossy catalogues. “Retailers now […]

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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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Rosetta mission: Canadian firm part of rendezvous with comet

| November 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Rosetta mission: Canadian firm part of rendezvous with comet

Saskatoon’s SED Systems built ground stations for Rosetta mission A little-known Canadian company is playing a big role in the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, the first in history to rendezvous with a comet. The agency is hoping to drop a lander, the size of a small fridge, on the comet’s surface in the coming days […]

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Canada

Bill Cosby Canadian shows draw controversy, criticism

| December 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Bill Cosby Canadian shows draw controversy, criticism

15 women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of drugging, then raping them For five decades, Bill Cosby maintained a busy stand-up career even as his TV visibility rose and fell and new generations of comedians took centre stage. But the renewal of sexual assault claims that have soured TV and other comeback deals for Cosby […]

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Jian Ghomeshi: ‘Fifth Estate’ criticizes CBC investigation

| November 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
Jian Ghomeshi: ‘Fifth Estate’ criticizes CBC investigation

“Fifth Estate” says CBC investigation of Jian Ghomeshi alleged sexual assaults never happened A new episode of “The Fifth Estate” takes aim at the internal CBC probe of Jian Ghomeshi, with one “Q” employee saying his faith in the broadcaster has been shaken due to lingering questions about the investigation.”Q” employee saying his faith in the […]

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Canada should fight harder against radicalization – Kenney

| October 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canada should fight harder against radicalization – Kenney

BC Muslim Association agrees with Kenney, says radicalization has no place in Canada As Canada mourns two slain soldiers, the association representing a mosque that ejected the gunman who killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo says people who commit such acts have no religion and no country. In separate news conferences, the B.C. Muslim Association and Canada’s Multiculturalism […]

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Opinion

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 shootings statistically more likely work of madman

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ottawa shootings statistically more likely work of madman

Too many rushing to judgement in midst of Ottawa shootings As I write this, roughly five hours have elapsed since this morning’s Ottawa shootings, when a gunman shot and killed a Canadian reservist outside the Parliament buildings. Already some are rushing to judgement about who is responsible. Others are demanding harsh measures in response – think the […]

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Disclose everything: Media and the new transparency

| September 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Disclose everything: Media and the new transparency

Disclose, disclose, and then disclose some more, says blogger Duncan Kinney Remember when the reputations of two of Canada’s most well known journalists, Rex Murphy and Peter Mansbridge, were besmirched because they failed to disclose that they were paid by Canada’s largest oil and gas lobbying organization to speak at events? I do. If only there was a series of […]

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