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Ontario government coughs up $74 million more for Pan Am Games

Ontario taxpayers are bailing out the 2015 Pan Am Games for another $74 million, reporters were told Tuesday.But Michael Coteau, the minister responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, said it’s the last time games organizers had better come looking... Read More

Ontario pumping $74 million more into Pan Am Games

Ontario’s governing Liberals say they’ll pump another $74 million into the multibillion-dollar 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in southern Ontario.They say the organizing committee expects $25 million in revenue shortfalls and $49 million in “additional requirements.”The government says... Read More

Kelly McParland: ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ is Canada’s new formula for election success

You could draw any of several conclusions from the Liberal party victory in New Brunswick’s provincial election Monday. One is that inexperienced young Liberal leaders with bright smiles and an optimistic outlook are popular these days. At 32, Brian Gallant,... Read More

Income gap grows between young and old: Report

Canada’s income gap is growing — not just between rich and poor, but between young and old, a report by the Conference Board of Canada has found.Older Canadians now earn 64 per cent more after tax than younger workers. That’s... Read More

Christie Blatchford: Ban on naming of well-known child porn victim seems ludicrous, but it’s the right call

You know her name. Almost everyone in Canada does. As one of the lawyers involved in the case said once, the girl achieved “quasi-celebrity status” such that she’s known now by her first name, like Rihanna. You also know the... Read More

Forum poll: John Tory in 7-point lead over Doug Ford

John Tory maintained a seven-point lead over Doug Ford Monday in the second Forum Research poll released since the campaign-manager-turned-candidate threw his hat in the ring 10 days ago. The poll — conducted Monday exclusively for the Star and Citytv... Read More

Ontario university enrolment down for first time in 15 years

After years of growth, Ontario’s ivory tower enrolment boom is over, as the last of the baby boomers’ kids finish their post-secondary education, but the bust comes just as Queen’s Park prepares to fund up to three new satellite campuses.For... Read More

Andrew Coyne: Scotland’s referendum was no exercise in democracy for Quebec to follow

In the wake of the Scottish referendum, observers in this country have been hailing it as an exemplary exercise in democracy. And in some formalistic senses this is true: There seems to have been very little cheating, turnout was massive,... Read More

Condo developer hit with $29 million class-action suit

First there were the multi-million lawsuits over falling glass and faulty balconies, then came the class-action suit against a North York condo developer for allegedly failing to deliver a promised subway connection.Now a frustrated Toronto condo owner has launched a... Read More

John Ivison: NDP, take a stand against ISIS before the barbarians are at our doors

In the audio file released on social media by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, Canadians and other “disbelievers” are told they are not secure “even in your bedrooms.” ISIS urged its supporters to kill westerners — military or... Read More

David Onley saw the best and worst as vice-regal

Outgoing lieutenant-governor David Onley bid farewell Monday to seven years in the vice-regal position, citing the high of meeting Queen Elizabeth II and the low of witnessing the deplorable conditions on native reserves.And he conceded he breathed a non-partisan sigh... Read More

Kelly McParland: Ontario budget hocus pocus makes $1-billion in debt magically disappear

Eager to display the economic dexterity he maintains will bring the province’s budget back into balance, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced Monday that – “for the fifth year in a row “– the Liberal government had beat its deficit... Read More

Doug Ford’s family steps into campaign spotlight

While Doug Ford’s candidacy for mayor has suddenly thrust his family into the campaign spotlight, wife Karla and daughters Krista, Kayla, Kara and Kyla aren’t shy about being in the public eye.Ford’s wife of 25 years performed in an adult... Read More

How Mexico is reinventing the cocaine business

If it was intended as a new source of illegal narcotics, then it did not amount to much — or certainly not on its own.Measuring just 1,250 square metres, the plot of terra firma contained exactly 1,639 coca plants, which... Read More

Full Pundit: Scotland, Quebec and us

WEEKEND ROUNDUP  After the referendum Readers will be happy to know that Quebec sovereigntists are not all discouraged by the last week’s No victory in Scotland. Parti Québécois MLA Jean-François Lisée, writing on his blog, suggests a variety of lessons... Read More

Lawsuit targets ‘unbelievable’ violence at London jail

In the halls of justice in London, Ont. the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre is referred to as “hell.”It is by all accounts a dangerous place fuelled by anger, overcrowding and mental health issues.“Local judges here have actually described it as hell... Read More

Islamic State group threatens Canadians: ‘You will not feel secure even in your bedrooms’

A spokesman for the Islamic State militant group makes three angry mentions of Canada as he calls on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight.In a rambling audio message released late Sunday, Islamic State group spokesman... Read More

Kelly McParland: Olivia Chow plays to class resentment as she tries to shore up struggling mayoral campaign

John Tory is a “smooth talker.” He has, more than once, held jobs in the private sector. John Tory is “Ford-Lite.” John Tory (brace yourself) … plays golf. When “progressives” want to go negative, they have their own way of... Read More

Jonathan Kay: The one place in Canada where racism is still tolerated: native reserves

Hold the front page: In a throwback to the pre-Civil Rights era, a small community in Quebec is enforcing a racist law that serves to expel any resident couple that is found to be of mixed race. It’s Jim Crow,... Read More

Islamic State militants call on Muslims to kill coalition civilians

BEIRUT—The spokesman of the Islamic State militant group says his fighters are ready to face a U.S.-led military coalition and is calling on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight.Islamic State group spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani... Read More