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Rick Mercer: Tories Are Cheating With Economic Action Plan Ads

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 5:29 PM

"The final circle [of Hell] is basically sitting in a room watching Canada Action Plan ads over and over again on a loop."

Yeah, Rick Mercer really does not like the new ad campaign from Canada's Conservative government. His latest rant targets commercials promoting the government's new slate...

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Jian Ghomeshi accusé: l'ex-animateur plaidera non coupable, selon son avocate

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 2:05 PM

L'avocate de Jian Ghomeshi dit que l'ex-animateur de CBC plaidera non coupable, après qu'il ait été arrêté mercredi pour quatre accusations d'agressions sexuelles et un chef d'avoir vaincu la résistance par étouffement.

Marie Henein, qui le représente, a fait l'annonce pendant une conférence de presse chaotique dans l'atrium...

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Jian Ghomeshi Press Conference: Lawyer Says Ex Host Will Plead Not Guilty

(80) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Jian Ghomeshi's lawyer said Wednesday that the former CBC radio host will plead not guilty after being arrested and charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of "overcome resistance - choking."

Marie Henein, the lawyer who will represent Ghomeshi, made the announcement during a...

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Powerful Reactions To Jian Ghomeshi Arrest From Twitter

(30) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Jian Ghomeshi turned himself in to police on Wednesday and was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance.

The arrest comes after at least 14 people alleged that Ghomeshi assaulted or harassed them.

The case has stirred up a...

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Ontario First Province To Crack Down On Pesticides Linked To Mass Die-Off Of Bees

(22) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Ontario has become the first province or state in North America to severely restrict a class of pesticides linked to collapses in bee populations.

The province said on Tuesday it plans to reduce the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on corn and soybeans by 80 per cent by 2017...

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Jian Ghomeshi Withdraws Lawsuit Against CBC

(47) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 1:44 PM

Jian Ghomeshi's lawsuit against the CBC has been withdrawn.

Ghomeshi launched the $55 million suit for defamation, breach of confidence and punitive damages last month after alleging in a Facebook post that the CBC fired him over his private sex life. At least 14 people have since alleged...

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Reboot Of 'Reboot' Gets A Title. Yes, This Is Really Happening

(21) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 6:33 PM

Children of the '90s rejoice! The sequel to the classic animated series "Reboot" is looking cooler all the time.

Rainmaker Entertainment, which is developing the reboot of the franchise through its Mainframe division, has released a new logo and a title: "The...

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Pat Quinn: sa carrière en PHOTOS

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 5:47 PM

Son nom ne sera jamais oublié.

Le légendaire Pat Quinn est décédé dimanche dernier. Voici un aperçu de sa brillante carrière.

Cet article initialement publié sur le Huffington Post Canada a été traduit de l’anglais.

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Unforgettable Photos Of The Legendary Pat Quinn

(6) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 2:09 PM

The game will never forget him.

The legendary Pat Quinn died Sunday. This is a look at his remarkable life.

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Saskatchewan Man's Explicit Rant Voices A Nation's Winter Pain (NSFW)

(38) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 5:53 PM

A CBC radio host thought the weekend weather was going to be nice. One listener was really not amused.

But obviously he still says "thank you" at the end. He is Canadian after all.

Close this story now if you don't want to hear some pretty explicit...

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Mercer: Tories Don't Even Understand The Science They Silence (VIDEO)

(291) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 12:23 PM

"In Canada, the only time you hear about scientists now is when they’re being told to shut up or they're being shut down by a government who can't even begin to understand what the scientists are talking about."

Rick Mercer devoted his rant Tuesday to both celebrating the European scientists...

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D'incroyables photos de la ville de Buffalo ensevelie sous la neige

(7) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 2:25 PM

Oui, il est tombé de la neige à Buffalo. Beaucoup de neige.

Si Montréal a eu sa part de flocons, Buffalo a plutôt fait face à une tempète, avec plus de 150 centimètres de neige selon les estimations de mercredi, alors que le vents froids balaient les États-Unis.

La tempête...

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Otherworldly Photos Of Buffalo Buried In Snow

(130) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 1:32 PM

The photos are hard to believe.

Upstate New York was hit with a massive storm Tuesday. More than 150 cm of snow was on the ground in some parts of Buffalo by Wednesday morning as an unseasonable November cold front saw temperatures plunge below zero in every...

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A Message To People Complaining About The Weather In Toronto

(45) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 4:05 PM

Yes, it's cold. No, it's not that bad.

Toronto has been hit with unseasonably frigid temperatures this week, leading many in the city to ceaselessly lament the early onset of winter.

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New Commercial Promoting Tory Tax Cuts Paid For By Taxpayers (VIDEO)

(77) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 12:41 PM

An ad touting the Conservative government's new tax cuts has hit the airwaves and it's being paid for by Canadian taxpayers.

The ad, set in suburbia, promotes four tax measures that have not yet been approved by Parliament and which are aimed at families with young children. The tax cuts...

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Trudeau Treats Protesters Very Differently Than Harper. He Talks To Them (VIDEO)

(188) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau took a novel approach to dealing with climate protesters who interrupted an event over the weekend. He encouraged them to speak and listened to what they said.

The clip captured at a Toronto library stands in stark contrast with Stephen Harper's reaction to a similar climate protest during an event in British Columbia early this year. When protesters Sean Devlin and Shireen Soofi stormed the stage to call for "climate justice now", the PM stayed silent and allowed his security detail to put a stop to the disturbance.

After they had been removed Harper joked: "It wouldn't be B.C. without it. "

And Harper certainly has skirted protesters in B.C. before, such as during prorogation demonstrations in 2010 when the PM entered the legislature in Victoria in his car via an underground entrance. He later exited by a different door in order to avoid protesters.

Which door the PM uses to enter and exit an event is clearly a matter left to Harper's security detail. And protecting the most powerful person in Canada is important. But it's impossible to fully insulate a prominent politician from protesters (setting aside whether it would be desirable to do so in the first place).

So the question then is how to best deal with protesters once they're in your midst. And it's a question with political implications.

Writing in the Globe and Mail this week, pollster and pundit Bruce Anderson pointed out that having security whisk away dissenters can come off as "arrogant."

"The pictures can be ugly and it can chew up valuable time," he wrote.

Anderson lauded Trudeau for taking a "civilized" approach to the protest, one which left him looking "in control." He contrasted Trudeau's handling of the situation to the way "many Conservatives have sealed themselves off from real, genuine encounters", hoping to "minimize trouble and control the message."

How open Canadian politicians of all stripes are to interacting with the public is likely to be an important issue in the wake of a month that saw two Canadian soldier murdered and gunfire in the halls of Parliament. Security will be top of mind for all the federal leaders.

But as Harper, Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair head into an election campaign, they will need to find a balance between security and openness, between protecting themselves and protecting the freedom to protest.

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Victim Impact Statement From [REDACTED]'s Father

(122) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 4:33 PM

[REDACTED]'s father [REDACTED] delivered a heartbreaking victim impact statement in a Halifax court Thursday before learning that the young man who pleaded guilty in the prominent child pornography case involving his daughter will not receive jail time.

The case captured national attention last year after [REDACTED]'s death...

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Fight Breaks Out In Stands At Leafs vs. Senators Game (NSFW VIDEO)

(11) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 11:45 AM

It seems to have started as a war of words. But things really escalated when a Leafs fan poured beer over the head of a Senators supporter.

The fight broke out Sunday in Ottawa during a game between the Maple Leafs and the Senators. A video of the...

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A Moment Of Silence For Canada's Veterans

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 7:17 PM

HuffPost Canada is dedicating its front page this Remembrance Day to the men and women who have served Canada in uniform.

All day Tuesday the top of our page will display this image.

Top row, left to right

- Canadian WWII veteran Bud Hannam in...

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Powerful Personal Stories Of Remembrance Told By Canada's Families

(6) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 6:02 PM

A teen who changed his last name so he could enlist. A final goodbye between a father and son bridging the two world wars. A pilot who crashed in the Channel and lived to tell the King about it.

These are just some of the family stories

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