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Canadian CF-18s hit targets in Iraq as Kurds push to break Sinjar mountain siege

OTTAWA — Canadian warplanes have been in action in Iraq once again, bombing enemy targets ahead of Kurdish Peshmerga forces who are pushing to completely break the siege in the Sinjar mountains.The region along the Syrian border was home to... Read More

Gardiner Expressway construction will end early

The much-maligned construction work underway on the Gardiner Expressway will be completed up to two months ahead of schedule, weather permitting, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced Thursday.“It’s going to get done faster by increasing crews and equipment resources and of... Read More

Cuba moves could drive Canadian tourism

Cuba has always held a certain allure for the traveller: the music, the food, the beaches and even the cigars.While the United States is moving toward relaxing rules on travel to the island nation only 150 kilometres off the coast... Read More

Kelly McParland: Harper says he’s sticking around for October election, ruins Christmas for pundits

Once again, Stephen Harper has demonstrated why he’s not wildly  popular with pundits and the press. A nice Prime Minister would wish them a Merry Christmas, maybe send them an LCBO gift card, and leave them in peace. But no.... Read More

No hospital at new Ontario superjail; sick inmates kept in solitary

For nearly a year, Ontario’s new superjail has been operating without an infirmary or a promised 26-bed unit for inmates with mental illness.The health facilities at the state-of-the-art Toronto South Detention Centre were shown off in a media tour months... Read More

Marni Soupcoff: A truly consumer-friendly government would clean its own house before attacking U.S. companies

The idea of the federal government looking out for consumers and (shall we say it together?) “hard-working families” seems designed to maximize populist appeal. There’s nothing wrong with that in itself, though cynics may bristle at the sheer baldness of... Read More

After two liver transplants, ‘home for Christmas’ means everything to Kaleigh, 9

Asked what aspect of Christmas she’s most excited about, Kaleigh Wright-Barton doesn’t hesitate.“Family,” she told the Star from a playroom at the Hospital for Sick Children on Tuesday, her blue eyes sparkling behind hot pink glasses. “Lobster” was a close... Read More

How Ontario’s squeezing other have-nots

Each dollar it sucks from federal veins comes at the expense of the likes of Manitoba and Nova Scotia ... Read More

Suzanne Côté waged $200,000 tax battle over clothes with Quebec tax agency

MONTREAL—The newest member of the Supreme Court of Canada is a corporate law expert, but a lengthy fight to be able to deduct more than $200,000 in clothing and “personal care” expenses from her annual earnings has given her a... Read More

Christie Blatchford: Bail transcript speaks volumes about Eaton Centre killer

As a jury was on Wednesday convicting Christopher Husbands of two counts of second-degree murder and five of aggravated assault in connection with the Eaton Centre shootup in downtown Toronto, I was poring over a transcript of his bail hearing... Read More

Eaton Centre shooting: Christopher Husbands guilty of two counts of second-degree murder

A jury has found Christopher Husbands guilty of two counts of second-degree murder after he shot dead two men and injured five bystanders in the Eaton Centre food court on a Saturday evening two years ago.It was an act of... Read More

Andrew Coyne: What would a responsible party do in the Wildrose’s place except give up?

Many people have responded with bewilderment to the news that the Wildrose Party, until lately Alberta’s Official Opposition, has decided instead to join the government. Or at least, that a substantial part of its caucus has. Particular scorn has attached... Read More

Andrew Coyne: What would a responsible party do in the Wildrose’s place except give up?

Many people have responded with bewilderment to the news that the Wildrose Party, until lately Alberta’s Official Opposition, has decided instead to join the government. Or at least, that a substantial part of its caucus has. Particular scorn has attached... Read More

John Ivison: Growing number of legal experts encouraging provinces not to enforce new prostitution law

Peter MacKay might as well try to stop time or turn the tide as end the sex trade — the explicit hope of the federal justice minister’s new prostitution law. The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Wednesday... Read More

Sony spikes The Interview as North American theatres cancel release

Sony Pictures Entertainment has halted next week’s planned release of Seth Rogen’s latest film The Interview after most North American movie theatre operators, including the two largest in Canada, pulled the flick in response to threats issued earlier this week... Read More

Kelly McParland: In easing embargo, Obama takes a risk that promises greater freedom for Cubans

The biggest reason to support President Barack Obama’s welcome decision to soften the U.S. embargo on Cuba is also the most obvious: in the half-century it has been in effect, the policy has been an abject failure. It has done... Read More

Canada helps end half-century U.S. embargo against Cuba

WASHINGTON—The “Government of Canada” and a timely nudge from Pope Francis were crucial ingredients in ending America’s half century of isolation on Cuba, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.In a 15-minute address from the White House, Obama singled out Canada’s role... Read More

U.S. moves to end half-century embargo against Cuba

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama will end the U.S. isolation of Cuba that has persisted for more than a half century, initiating talks to resume diplomatic relations, opening a U.S. embassy in Havana and loosening trade and travel restrictions... Read More

Kelly McParland: Russian crisis pits fear against frenzy as economy teeters and Putin rages

It’s a pretty good definition of a crisis when local authorities try to ban the use of the word in public, as one of Russia’s local governor’s is reported to have done. According to the Russian News Service, Governor Anatoly... Read More

Toronto man finds an Elizabeth Gallagher to travel the world with him

A Toronto man who embarked on a cross-country search for a woman named Elizabeth Gallagher to take on a trip around the world has found his travel companion in a 23-year-old Dalhousie University student from Cole Harbour, N.S.This Elizabeth Gallagher... Read More