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Conservative MPs quietly developing partisan software for upcoming elections

Are Conservative MPs being paid to work on apps for the 2015 election rather than doing their duties in public office? If so, "that should be illegal," says a democracy advocate.

Federal Government must withdraw Bill C-33

On April 4, the Chiefs Council of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) unanimously endorsed Resolution 2014-12, that rejected Bill C-33, First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act (FNCFNEA...

Dix grills Premier Clark over undisclosed post at private firm

Can a person chair a company for several years, and claim to have never done work for them? BC NDP MLA Adrian Dix asks Premier pointed questions about her past business dealings.

Former finance minister Jim Flaherty passes away "peacefully" in Ottawa

The former finance minister had distanced himself from politics only a month earlier, saying he would return to the private sector.

Harper government’s latest move confirms its intent to hobble independent tribunal, deny justice

Exactly one month after the Specific Claims Tribunal released its decision finding that the Williams Lake Band was wrongfully dispossessed of its village lands in Williams Lake over a century ago the...

Is the Fair Elections Act unconstitutional? The answer may be in the numbers

Is the federal government really threatening to take away 120,000 votes for the sake of eight cases of voter fraud in 20 years?

Harper wants to make it harder for you to vote in 2015

Is the Fair Elections Act a misnomer?

Except in the Unlikely Event of War takes satirical look at the (im)probability of war

The new play, Except in the Unlikely Event of War, explores the direst issues of modern society - government transparency, politicization of media, war as a means of societal control - but does so in...

Broadbent Institute director urges eco-progressives to dive into "nitty gritty" of policy making

Rick Smith on the future of the environment and the Canadian economy

What does it take to be one of Canada’s 1%?

So what does it take to be counted as part of Canada’s 1%?  Well if you earned just over $200k you’re in the club.  On average, the top 1% of Canadian earners, make just under half a...