Doug Ford’s win renews calls for electoral reform

It was a surprise to many when Ontario’s progressive conservative leader Doug Ford lead the party to a blue sweep across the province on June 7.  Media organizations declared a Ford majority 20 minutes after the polls closed, even though Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats were ahead in the polls for weeks leading up to election … Continue reading Doug Ford’s win renews calls for electoral reform

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G7 a chance for Trudeau to champion girls education

When Fatuma Omar Ismail was a little girl, her family fled their homeland of Somalia to escape the throes of civil war.  Her family traded life in Kismayo, a small port town and the commercial hub of Somalia’s Jubaland region, for a shack built from left-over flattened, empty cooking cans in Dadaab, Kenya, one of … Continue reading G7 a chance for Trudeau to champion girls education

Diversifying Canada’s most diverse parliament

In 2015, Canada elected its most diverse Parliament ever — but experts say more can be done in the upcoming election to encourage various forms of representation in the Green Chamber. The 42nd Parliament is represented by 47 visible minority MPs from various cultural backgrounds and 10 Indigenous MPs, smashing the previous record of 28 … Continue reading Diversifying Canada’s most diverse parliament

Local candidates at odds over future of ‘notorious’ Ottawa jail

OTTAWA — After two years in and out of the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre — a jail that has been called “notorious” and a “hellhole” in media reports — Charlotte Smith broke free from her cycle of couch-surfing and using heroin and cocaine. While she was detained at the jail in Orleans, a small suburb on the outskirts of … Continue reading Local candidates at odds over future of ‘notorious’ Ottawa jail

Publishers, authors push for reform to ‘fair dealing’ rules, with Tory senators among targets, records show

Organizations representing Canada’s up and coming educational authors and publishers are lobbying to change the Copyright Act to better protect the rights of their members to profit from their work. In 2012, the Harper government passed the Copyright Modernization Act, a collection of amendments to the existing copyright legislation. One of the most significant changes … Continue reading Publishers, authors push for reform to ‘fair dealing’ rules, with Tory senators among targets, records show

Alberta medical marijuana supplier expands sales to Italy

An Alberta medical marijuana company is blazing the trail on the international market, expanding its sales to a second European country. Aurora Cannabis Enterprises Inc., a medical cannabis producer with an 800,000-square-foot production facility near the Edmonton International Airport, has struck a deal to be the first and only private international pot manufacturer to sell … Continue reading Alberta medical marijuana supplier expands sales to Italy

Exclusive: Waterlogged Alberta counties waiting months for decisions on disaster relief

Heavy rainfall has eroded every inch of the road to and from Brian McGonigal's farm in northeastern Alberta. The rain damage ties up trucks and forces him to take a 16-kilometre detour to get to his property. Last year, excess precipitation ruined a quarter of his total crop growth. "It looks like a lake," McGonigal said in … Continue reading Exclusive: Waterlogged Alberta counties waiting months for decisions on disaster relief

Alberta man brings affordable Wi-Fi to Maskwacis reserve

Bruce Buffalo built two rooftop internet hotspots so the residents of his small rural Alberta town can afford to stay connected. "I just figured it would be useful to create a hotspot so people could use their phones," the Maskwacis, Alta. resident said in an interview Monday. Setting up the wireless hotspot wasn't easy. Buffalo configured the … Continue reading Alberta man brings affordable Wi-Fi to Maskwacis reserve

Democracy or dynasty: 3 Edmonton families running related candidates in municipal elections

Three pairs of family members are running in Edmonton's municipal elections, raising questions about whether, if elected, they could form voting blocs. Rocco Caterina worked with his father for 10 years as his executive assistant at city hall. But after the Oct.16 election, they could both be sitting on council. Caterina is running to represent northeastern Edmontonians in Ward … Continue reading Democracy or dynasty: 3 Edmonton families running related candidates in municipal elections

LGBTQ Edmontonians anticipate Trudeau apology for purge

When Maj. John McDougall joined the military in 1989, he had to make a choice between his sexual orientation and his job. At the time, being part of the LGBTQ community was illegal in the Canadian Armed Forces. "It was a given ... If you were gay, you do not come out," the Edmonton-based McDougall said. "If you want … Continue reading LGBTQ Edmontonians anticipate Trudeau apology for purge