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The bill authorizes Treasury Board to modify collective agreements to remove sick leave and impose a short- and long-term disability plan outside of collective agreements.
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The legal vengeance case of Omar Khadr

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A few years ago when some Canadian Muslim men, accused of terrorism, challenged the Canadian government through the courts to ask for their legal rights, voices within the intelligence community rose up and insinuated that these men were waging "judicial jihad."

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| May 7, 2015
| May 7, 2015

Oh, Canada: Harper's systematic attack on democracy and media

Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know

by Mark Bourrie
(HarperCollins Canada,
2015;
$32.99)

If the state of Canada's democracy doesn't already reduce you to tears, it will once you get your hands on Mark Bourrie's latest book, Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know. This book would be worth the time under any circumstances; in an election year, it's absolutely essential reading.

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| May 5, 2015
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| May 4, 2015
May 4, 2015 |
After a decade of Conservatives, middle class families are working harder and falling further behind. Harper Conservatives have taken Canada in the wrong direction.
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Take courage, Atlantic Canada: Join forces and reject Harperism

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Premier Stephen McNeil grumbled about a few little things but declared himself generally satisfied with the federal budget. My heart sank. Sometimes I think we're out to prove Stephen Harper right: that we do have a "culture of defeat" on the East Coast.

The proof of it would be our official acquiescence to Harperism, one of the tenets of which is that Atlantic Canada is of no account and can be safely chucked to the sharks, but also that Maritimers in particular have a residual innocence and can still be bought.

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A coalition may be our best chance at democracy

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Poor Justin Trudeau. During his infamous coalition flip-flop he looked like a deer caught in the proverbial headlights. He just didn't know which way to run. He's still in the spotlight and will be until he tries again to navigate the most vexing issue he is likely to face in the next six months of electioneering. He and his brain trust know that this question is not going to go away.

It's going to hang over his head right up until the election. The civil society groups and others who cannot bear to even imagine another Harper government will continue to up the ante, and his dodging and bobbing will wear thinner and thinner. 

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