“Once upon a time, scientists could talk to the press, but it’s getting tighter and tighter control.” Gary Corbett, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, expressed this sentiment almost one year ago in light of the Conservative government’s censorship of federal scientist Kristi Miller.
Thomas Mulcair took over the office of NDP leader and with it, Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition last week. Jack Layton’s former Quebec Lieutenant secured a comfortable win, putting nearly 10 percentage points between himself and runner up Brian Topp. Predictably, the appointment of a new leader has led to a renewed session of mudslinging in Ottawa, beginning with Mulcair’s first question period as LO. MPs from the Conservative bench opened up by accusing the New Democrat of being “anti-jobs” and a “socialist.”
George Zimmerman, a resident of a Florida gated community, allegedly shot and killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin in the streets of the community last month. Zimmerman has not yet been arrested for the killing, and Sanford police have been the subject of national criticism over their handling of the case. Police have said that no evidence was found that would challenge Zimmerman’s claim that he was acting out of self-defence in accordance with Florida’s laws.
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau will challenge Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau to a boxing match at Ottawa’s Hampton Inn Convention Centre. The match is the main event of Fight for The Cure, an annual charity boxing event and fundraiser for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Proceeds raised will go towards cancer research.
Russians went to the polls last week to decide their new president. Observers in Russia, as well as internationally, had predicted a decisive victory for Vladimir Putin, former president of two terms and prime minister at the time of election. Unsurprisingly, the election has borne these predictions out.
This week, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health is deliberating Bill C-300, a private member’s bill titled “An Act Respecting a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention.” This bill was put forward by Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht (Conservative), and seconded by Windsor-Tecumseh MP Joe Comartin (NDP). The bill is a culmination of efforts by MPs from all parties to tackle the issue of suicide over the past year, including a non-partisan motion by Liberal leader Bob Rae urging the government to establish a framework.
Economist Don Drummond is not popular with students. In his efforts to balance Ontario’s $16-billion deficit, he recently made thirty suggestions to get post-secondary institutions on board. Get ready to cry.
A controversial bill concerning birth control has failed to pass the US senate by a vote of 51-48. The measure, introduced by Republicans as an amendment to a bill on transportation, would have provided employers and insurers with the right to refuse coverage of contraception if they objected on religious or moral grounds.
Andrew Breitbart — journalist, commentator, and founder of news aggregate site Breitbart.com — died Thursday. According to a statement posted on BigJournalism.com by longtime colleague Larry Solov, Breitbart died of natural causes as he was walking near his Los Angeles home. Someone witnessed his collapse and called 911. Breitbart died on arrival at UCLA Medical Center.
Earlier this year a herd of Bangladeshi cows crossed territorial lines into India where they were brutally tortured by the guards. In Dhaka, Bangladeshi authorities issued the usual statement of protest to little effect. However, a group of young civilians has decided to take matters into their own hands, launching what they called a “cyber war” against Indian business.
A new report is requesting that Ontario’s government support children in foster care for an additional four years. The current cut-off for emotional and financial support is 21, which Irwin Elman, provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, says is too early.
Canadian headlines have recently been dominated by news of “robocalls” which were made to Canadian voters earlier in last year’s federal election. Elections Canada is now officially investigating the reports of roughly 31,000 Canadians who claim to have received the calls in the lead-up to the last Federal election. To assist in managing the investigation, elections authorities are considering asking the RCMP for assistance.
Friends, family, and arts community come to pay respects Stephanie Simko The Argus Thunder Bay’s first female mayor, Eleanor “Dusty” Miller, passed away on Feb. 14, 2012 surrounded by friends and family. Dusty was known for her love of the arts, her humour, and her courage. She tirelessly served the community and its local organizations, [...]
Tensions have been running high in the lead-up to Russia’s Mar. 4 presidential election since current Prime Minister Vladmir Putin announced his intention to run.
Al Cardenas puts the stance of the American Conservative Union aptly. “You and I are here for the same reasons: to reclaim our freedom and our children’s freedom from a corrupt and oppressive administration that admires socialism, apologizes for America, and fears and disparages the ideas and values that make this the greatest nation on earth.”
NDP leadership candidate Peggy Nash appeared before a packed house at Tony and Adams last week. The event was organized by the Canada Auto Workers’ Union (CAW) Local 229, the largest labour union in Northwestern Ontario, which Nash belonged to while working as an Air Canada employee.
The verdict is in. Last week the Ontario Superior Court found all three of the accused guilty in a 2009 alleged honor killing. The trial may have proved to be one of the most traumatic in recent memory.
After a brutal struggle for the critical Florida primary, Mitt Romney has claimed a decisive victory.
NDP leadership candidate Paul Dewar visited the Study last week. Dewar is the NDP Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre and currently serves as the party’s critic for foreign affairs. After words from local MP Bruce Hyer, Dewar took the floor and gave a brief speech to students on his plans for the party.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has issued a warning to the United States threatening NATO partners who opt into the European ballistic missile defense shield.