‘A propaganda machine’: How Doug Ford’s government skirts media with Ontario News Now Show more
At first glance, ONN looks like news content.
“The problem is it blurs the partisan with the public," said Jonathan Rose, associate professor of political studies at Queen’s University. "Governments are entitled to send a partisan message, but it has to be done clearly under the party banner, and not under guise of some neutral name like Ontario News Now.”
Heartbeat predicts errors in expert pianists Show more
Working with professional pianists and experienced piano students from London conservatoires, Dr Maria Herrojo Ruiz and colleagues found that the brain receives crucial information from the heart before an error in playing occurs.
Doug Ford — a premier ‘For the (Rich) People’ Show more
Since becoming Ontario premier last June, Ford has gone out of his way to introduce measures that overwhelmingly hurt poor and disadvantaged residents while enacting tax cuts that will save huge dollars for the rich. The evidence is overwhelming.
Jagmeet Singh’s Love & Courage: ‘I carried the shame and stigma’ of abuse Show more
In his new memoir, Love & Courage, Singh writes about his personal life and family. Here, the Star presents an exclusive first excerpt from the book, detailing some of the racial and sexual abuse Singh was subjected to when he lived in Windsor and was in grade school.
Ontarians don’t support Doug Ford’s anti-carbon tax campaign Show more
Over the next few weeks, millions more in taxpayer money will be spent telling Ontarians the federal carbon tax will take “a lot of nickels” out of their pockets.
In fact, eight in 10 Ontario households will get more back in carbon rebates than they pay in carbon taxes. Perhaps that’s why most Ontarians oppose Premier Ford spending taxpayer money to take away these rebates.
The Politics of Switching Parties Show more
On September 17, 2018, Parliament’s first day back from summer break, Leona Alleslev, the Liberal MP from Aurora–Oak Ridges–Richmond Hill, rose in the House of Commons to announce her defection from the governing Liberal Party of Canada.
Whether she honestly acted in their interest or not, the fallout that ensued suggests intentions are moot. Few things are as politically isolating as crossing the floor.
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Les députés votent pour le retrait du crucifix du Salon bleu Show more
Les députés du Québec ont voté à l’unanimité pour le retrait du crucifix du Salon bleu de l'Assemblée nationale.
Le Christ en croix, symbole de la chrétienté, doit être déplacé du Salon bleu pour être mis en valeur ailleurs dans l'enceinte du parlement.
Family who helped Edward Snowden arrives in Canada Show more
U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden said he is relieved one of the families who helped hide him when he was on the run in Hong Kong in 2013 has been granted refugee status in Canada.
Ottawa has granted refugee status to Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter, Keana. They are among a group of seven asylum seekers who housed Snowden after he fled the United States in 2013.
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Trudeau’s New Budget and the Cult of Home Ownership Show more
Canadians have fetishized home ownership since the veterans came back from the Second World War. The budget aims to keep the obsession alive.
The program is certainly not cheap — the plan to subsidize home purchases is budgeted to cost $1.25 billion over three years. And it means renters will be paying taxes to help their more affluent neighbours buy houses or condos.
Crucifix in Montreal city hall's council chamber will be removed Show more
“Now we live in a society that has evolved enormously and is represented by institutions that are democratic and that must be secular, neutral and open to all citizens."
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Doug Ford's government is a government of grifters Show more
Of all of this government's swindles, it offered perhaps the grimiest of grifts earlier this week.
Lisa Thompson announced what she referred to as "additional funding for our school boards" to accommodate students with autism spectrum disorder.
This was not new money. The "announcement" was an announcement of the status quo. The education minister tried to pass off regular student funding as an autism-specific boost.
Ron Taverner abandons controversial appointment as OPP commissioner Show more
Doug Ford’s push to install his friend, Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner, as Ontario Provincial Police commissioner has been scrapped.
The retreat is a setback for the premier and a victory for rivals, with Mike Schreiner saying the Taverner bid made Ontario look like a banana republic.
"This mess could have been avoided. It took so long because Mr. Ford thought he was going to get away with this."
Liberals and Conservatives Are Both Susceptible to Fake News Show more
The researchers found that people on both sides of the traditional left-right divide are equally likely to believe political news that is consistent with their ideology, and to disbelieve news that is inconsistent with their side.
This finding is also consistent with other research suggesting that there are symmetries among both liberals and conservatives when it comes to motivated reasoning.
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