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Canada polarized over pot use

Rona Ambrose is Canada's Minister of Health and proponent of an anti-drug campaign which has become difficult for many physicians to join forces with.

Rob Ford tells The O'Reilly Factor he is loving media attention

Toronto - The disgraced and crack cocaine-using Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has plenty to be ashamed about but on the contrary he claims that he is "loving this," referring to the media attention he continues to receive.

'Prince of Pot' apologizes to Trudeau for smoking allegations

Jailed pro-pot activist Marc Emery today admitted to lying about smoking pot with Justin Trudeau several times. But now Emery insists it only happened once — a claim Trudeau rejects as "flat out lying."

Op-Ed: Judge confirms fraud occurred in 2011 Canadian election

Ottawa - A federal judge has ruled that election fraud occurred during the May 2011 election. While the Conservative Party (CPC) database was used, fraudulent activity was not tied directly to the CPC and activity did not affect the outcome of the election.

Op-Ed: Canada — PM Harper's Chief of Staff Nigel Wright resigns

Ottawa - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Chief of Staff Nigel Wright resigned amid the Senate scandal involving his help with the repayment of $90,000 for beleaguered Senator Mike Duffy's expense claims. Wright says that he accepts full responsibility.

Canadian Conservative Senator Pamela Wallin quits caucus

Ottawa - Conservative Senator Pamela Wallin has resigned from the conservative caucus and will sit as an independent pending the completion of the external audit into her expense claims. She is the second senator in as many days to resign from the caucus.

Harper: Oil shipped by rail riskier than relatively safe pipeline

New York - President Obama is nearing a decision on the XL Keystone pipeline. Opposition has been growing and environmentalists expect the president to put his money where his mouth is. Canada's PM Stephen Harper says that all the facts support the pipeline.

Op-Ed: Canada — Should Senator Mike Duffy resign in view of false claims

Ottawa - Senator Mike Duffy, a native of Prince Edward Island, was one of three Senators whose living allowance expense claims were reviewed during an external audit. Liberal Senator Mac Harb and Independent Senator Brazeau were also audited.

Christy Clark leads BC Liberals to surprising majority government

Victoria - The British Columbia (BC) Liberals stunned political pundits and pollsters with a surprising comeback victory, winning 44.4 percent of the popular vote and 50 seats in the 85 seats in the BC legislature. The NDP won 33 seats and 39.4 percent of the vote.

Op-Ed: NWT touts northern pipeline — Is this a viable alternative?

Yellowknife - With the Northern Gateway and Keystone pipelines facing fierce resistance, Alberta is desperate to move its diluted bitumen and the North West Territories (NWT) is promoting a northern pipeline alternative to create jobs and improve its economy.

Yvonne Jones easily defeats Peter Penashue in Labrador byelection

Saint John's - Liberal candidate Yvonne Jones easily defeated former Conservative Party Cabinet Minister Peter Penashue in Labrador. Penashue, who had gambled that voters would prefer a representative at the government table over a backbencher came a distant second.

Op-Ed: British Columbia Election — The stakes for Canada and Alberta

Victoria - British Columbians head to the polls tomorrow and the stakes couldn't be higher for both Canada and Alberta. New Democratic Party Leader Adrian Dix opposes and will nix pipelines, while Christy Clark, Liberal leader has set five conditions to proceed.

Op-Ed: The Constitution Act of 1982, Quebec and Thomas Mulcair

Ottawa - Canada's Constitution Act, along with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was enacted with the signature of Queen Elizabeth II 31 years ago, It is the law of the land and is one of the great achievements of Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

Op-Ed: Full steam ahead for Oilsands, despite substantial GHG increase

Ottawa - Canada's greenhouse gases (GHG) continued to level off or decline in most sectors, except the Alberta Oilsands. Despite a substantial GHG increase, Joe Oliver and some business interests are determined to move full steam ahead on oilsands development.

Op-Ed: Inability of the military and law enforcement to deal with PTSD

Surrey - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is common in the military, law enforcement officers and first responders. PTSD has resulted in homelessness, domestic abuse, substance abuse and suicides. While PTSD is recognized, the response has been inadequate.

Op-Ed: The changing face of Canadian politics

Ottawa - Justin Trudeau won the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) with 80 percent of the vote, while Tom Mulcair was confirmed by New Democrats (NDP) by 92 percent of delegates at the party's national convention. A shift is due in Canadian politics.

Liberal Party of Canada to announce new leader

Ottawa - After over 5 months of campaigning, the Liberal Party of Canada will be announcing their new leader today at 5PM Eastern.

Op-Ed: Canada — Veteran asks veteran advocates to help stop abuse

Ottawa - The Canadian federal government has been negligent and has abused the privacy rights of veterans. One of those veterans, Harold Leduc says that he was subject to abuse by the minister and this abuse has caused his PTSD to worsen.

Op-Ed: Alberta — Alison Redford's high stake Washington game

Washington - Alberta Premier Alison Redford made her fourth trip to Washington, D.C. this week in an effort, according to her, to tell Alberta's story on the oilsands and Alberta's environmental record. Her desperate high stakes game is not likely to change minds.

Op-Ed: Canada — Danger pay reduced for Canadian troops in Afghanistan

Ottawa - The Department of National Defence (DND) has reduced danger pay of Canadian troops in Afghanistan, quoting lower risks. The cut in danger pay comes half way through a tour of over 900 Canadian trainers. Does that make sense?

Op-Ed: Will policy changes prove fruitful for Alberta's Wildrose Party?

Calgary - Alberta's Wildrose Party is attempting to soften its image in light of Alberta Premier Alison Redford's declining popularity. With a changing demographic in Alberta will policy changes have any effect or will it create another right of center party.

Op-Ed: Majority of Canadians believe Stephen Harper has a hidden agenda

Toronto - It should not be a surprise to the Harper government that most Canadians don't trust Prime Minister Stephen Harper's transparency. An Ipsos poll halfway through Harper's mandate found that most Canadians think he has a hidden agenda.

Op-Ed: 54,500 job lost in March questions Canada's Economic Action Plan

Ottawa - While the US and Canada differ on ideologies on how to grow the economy, the US added 80,000 jobs in March, while Canada lost 54,500, most permanent and in the private sector. It appears that Canada's Economic Action Plan is not working.

Remembering Alberta's King 'Ralph' in Calgary public memorial

Calgary - A celebration of life will be held at a memorial service at Jack Singer Concert Hall for former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein. Organized by the city of Calgary, there will not be much pomp and ceremony. King Ralph was mayor of Calgary for most of the 1980s.

Op-Ed: Screw the middle class, the rich have their secret tax havens

Toronto - A hard drive obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has revealed a secretive network of financial transactions that provides the rich with offshore tax havens. The rich find tax havens and the middle class pays the price.

Op-Ed: Long awaited data on Alberta oilsands to be rolled out next week

Ottawa - The Canadian and Alberta governments are expected to publish their long awaited data on the Alberta oilsands. Pressures from environmentalists, the desire to get approval on pipeline projects have forced the two governments to get their act together.

Op-Ed: Was Toronto Mayor Rob Ford asked to leave a fundraiser?

Toronto - A Toronto Star story, published on Tuesday, alleged that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has a drinking problem and was asked to leave the Garrison Ball, a fundraiser. Ford has denied the charges and called those at the Toronto Star "pathological liars."

Who is Alberta's new Senator Scott Tannas?

Ottawa - Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed an Alberta elected Senator to Canada's upper chamber. The newly appointed Senator Scott Tannas supports senate reform and term limits. Tannas was elected in April 2012 under the progressive conservative banner.

Op-Ed: Final Liberal Party leadership debate — Trudeau is not Obama

Montreal - The Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) will hold its fifth and final leadership debate on Saturday March 22. The debate, which has six candidates remaining has to be considered largely as a coronation of Justin Trudeau after the withdrawal of Marc Garneau.

Canada's Parliament approves transgender bill of rights

Ottawa - Canada`s parliament has approved a trans-gender bill of rights with a vote of 149-137, with the support of 18 conservatives, including four cabinet ministers. Prime Minister Harper and most of his backbenchers opposed the bill.
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