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Posted in Welcome Message Only Category by  •  October 22, 2016

October 2017 Autumn has fallen upon us and activities have picked where we left off when summer hit. That includes my column on the Politics Page of the Toronto Star, which is now bi-weekly. It is my hope that the column provides enough information to spark a conservation on what and how our politicians are...

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Some argue that the expansion of industry responsibility for human rights is disastrous to the business model, but most players realize profits at the expense of corrupt behaviour, environmental degradation or in violation of human rights are no longer tolerable. The Fenix nickel...

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Trudeau and Singh are relentless optimists — and Scheer may need to sing from the same song sheet or be left behind — but strong leadership is required to deal with the dark clouds on the political landscape. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh arrives to his first caucus meeting since...

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Honouring the memories of MPs who die while still in office can give their legacies more influence and stamina.     Members of Parliament who passed away during the 42nd session of Parliament: (from left) Jim Hillyer, Mauril Belanger and Arnold Chan. "Of the 4,419 MPs elected to...

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The initial notice about the opening for Graham Fraser's job was posted on Nov. 2, 2016, says the PCO, after his term was originally supposed to end. The application deadline was pushed back to January, a year after Fraser says he flagged the opening. Former languages commissioner Graham Fraser suggested that the...

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Penny and the Hon. Bill Graham

Posted in Featured by  •  May 22, 2017

Hon. Bill Graham thanks Penny as she introduces him as the Global Citizen of the Year, chosen by the UN Association of Canada.

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Facts will be uncovered by ongoing investigations but the motives behind a web of broken trust at the White House must not remain murky. Legislators need to uncover any links that may put the United States at risk. Supporters of then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hold signs during a campaign...

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Past evidence and modern values make it wrong to assume that a mental health condition makes someone unfit for public office. Senator Michael Kirby talks with the Star's editorial board about mental health in 2005. In 2006, a groundbreaking report, "Out of the Shadows," by Kirby sparked the establishment of the...

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Last week, the inquisitions of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Senator Don Meredith followed to different processes. The open one is clearly superior. Senator Don Meredith, left and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan are shown in March 2017 file photos.  (Canadian Press photos)   Like two majestic...

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Businessman’s exit from the Conservative leadership race was as perplexing as his entry. We may never know his true motivations. Conservative Party leadership candidate Maxime Bernier (left) and Kevin O'Leary at a news conference in Toronto on Wednesday after it was announced that O'Leary had quit the...

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Abuse of power can cause not only trauma and depression, but it can negatively impact productivity. Sonia Ossorio, second left, president of the National Organization for Women New York, speaks outside the News Corporation headquarters, in New York on Thursday, a day after Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly was...

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