Penny’s Pen

 

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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Leadership races can make or break egos, ambitions and rivalries, not to mention the very existence of any party. Stephane Dion, second from left, celebrates his victory as new leader of the federal Liberal Party with former leaders Jean Chretien, Paul Martin, and John Turner in 2006 in Montreal. Interim party...

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The order that kept us reasonably stable for many years is clearly fragile, as we struggle, not only with new rules, but with old challenges such as nuclear disarmament. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to the media as she arrives for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at the NATO headquarters in...

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It is time the independence and security of a Senate appointment must walk hand in hand with accountability. There have been calls for the resignation of Sen. Don Meredith by his peers, journalists and the public.  (Cathie Coward / The Hamilton Spectator). Does the Senate have a “right to...

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Municipalities face serious issues in trying to help refugees, such as housing, jobs, health care, and policing protocols. Winnipeggers gathered earlier this month to encourage Mayor Brian Bowman to make Winnipeg a sanctuary city for undocumented migrants.  (JOHN WOODS / THE CANADIAN PRESS)   The...

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It was a strong week for Canada on the global stage, but a shocking display of insults and ignorance were not our finest hour in Parliament. Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid is congratulated by colleagues as she makes an announcement about an anti-Islamophobia motion on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on...

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