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Voices of dissent reflect clear and present political danger, and may also act as warning signs of trouble ahead. Governments should listen. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau embraces Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly in...

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As we enter the new Trump-Trudeau era, will we be able to safeguard our important Canada-U. S. relationship? Will Trump reopen a battle with Cuba, as he is doing on other fronts? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Cuban President Raul Castro say goodbye after an event with students at the University of Havana on...

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The government seeks public input on the question of electoral reform. We should all participate. Thirteen million Canadian households will soon receive a government questionnaire asking for views on electoral reform.  (Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS)   “He tabled a bill giving full control of the...

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Fake news is thriving while real journalist and news organizations are under attack, a development that threatens civil society. People protest against the appointment of white nationalist alt-right media mogul, former Breitbart News head Stephen Bannon, to be chief strategist of the White House by...

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A Metro analysis shows the corridors of power are largely filled with men. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick The Bank of Canada can have a major influence on the country's economy. By: Ryan Tumilty When the Bank of Canada changes interest rates, financial markets around the world move and your credit...

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Despite a peaceful transition, don’t expect the turbulence to stop as President Trump proceeds with his agenda. Pierre Trudeau drives away from Government House on June 4, 1979, in his Mercedes sports car after resigning as prime minister. The transition of power in Canada is much less showy than in the States,...

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As we embark on peacekeeping missions we must remember not all wounds are visible. Emotional wounds can be inflicted by horrendous sights and sounds, just as physical wounds are inflicted by bullets and bombs. Romeo Dallaire has written a new book called First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD about the mental...

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Fundraising is tricky business for political parties but one thing is clear, you should not have to pay $1,525 to access a cabinet member or prime minister Premier Kathleen Wynne addresses Liberals and party donors at Ontario Liberal Party Heritage Dinner, their biggest fundraiser of the year at the Metro Toronto...

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Gord Downie's powerful tribute to Chanie Wenjack can, 50 years after his death, act as a catalyst for reconciliation. Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, right, examines a guitar while meeting with Pearl Wenjack, centre, and her sister, (in white jacket) and other locals in Marten Falls First Nation in this...

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Message from Penny

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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