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Chris Selley: Court victory could be beginning of the end for UberX in Toronto

Comment On Friday, Superior Court Justice Sean Dunphy denied Toronto’s application for an injunction against the UberX ride-sharing service, instead ruling the company is not covered by municipal bylaws. Needless to say, this hasn’t changed anyone’s mind. Monday’s summit between... Read More

Kelly McParland: Hillary Clinton speaks! But only to a carefully selected reporter

Hillary Clinton is finally going to give an interview. That may not sound like such a big deal – after 25 years in the public eye, is there anything the world doesn’t know about Hillary Clinton? But it is a... Read More

Germans never repay their debts, they just insist others do, and Monday’s other reasons to fear for humanity

1. Harper and Obama, BFFs forever Facebook U.S. ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman started off on the wrong foot, but says life in Ottawa is ducky now. The U.S. ambassador to Canada says relations between Ottawa and Washington are actually pretty... Read More

Andrew Coyne: Greece at forefront of Europe’s game of chicken over debt

Europe’s problem is that it has more than one Greece. Greece’s problem is that it is alone. If it were just a negotiation between Greece and its creditors, the issue would be complex enough, a multi-player game of chicken between... Read More

Chris Selley: Public transit won’t get better faster until we can trust politicians with our money

Metro Vancouver’s half-per cent transit tax having been thumpingly rejected in referendum results announced Thursday — 62 per cent said no — many transit-boosters are suggesting a plebiscite was the wrong way to go about it in the first place.... Read More

Conrad Black: Stephen Harper must appoint a slew of high-calibre senators to shake off this electoral listlessness

I will be overseas for some time so this will be my last column here until the federal election campaign revs up. While it is very late to do anything, I have a political and policy suggestion for the government.... Read More

Rex Murphy: In Newfoundland, one must steer clear of moose — literally, and politically

Want to know the easy way to write a drama? Keep track of some Newfoundland news stories. For dialogue they are unmatched since John Millington Synge and his classic stage fables based on the folkways of the Aran Islanders. Keen... Read More

IMF holds key to helping Ukraine escape from Russia’s stranglehold

Greece is a deadbeat nation, Puerto Rico is a party that lives beyond its means, but last year war-torn Ukraine made more interest payments to its lenders than it spent trying to defend itself against Russia. I just returned from... Read More

Charles Krauthammer: Obama concedes on every front in desperation for a nuclear deal with Iran

The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the... Read More

Iran gets a great deal on gold, nuclear agreement or not, and Friday’s other reasons to fear for humanity

1. Quebec says be nice to bossy. Or else. Don Ryan / AP PhotoHey, I got protection, mon ami A bill tabled in Quebec specifies that animals are “sentient beings” instead of property and allows for fines of up to $250,000 for cruelty,... Read More

Chris Selley: It’s hard to tell what Justin Trudeau is pitching on foreign policy

It would be some feat of contrarianism to defend the Conservatives’ much-discussed latest attack ad, which denounces Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s purported “response” to recent ISIL atrocities: drowning caged men in a swimming pool and executing a row of prisoners... Read More

Kelly McParland: America’s forgotten basket case gives Greece a run for its crisis

Puerto Rico doesn’t need lessons from anyone in creating a financial disaster zone for itself. The Caribbean island — about the same size as Jamaica, located just east of the Dominican Republic – has 3.5 million people and US$73 billion... Read More

Chris Selley: Toronto council can score only a symbolic blow against gambling — and cost hundreds of jobs

Mayor John Tory’s Executive Committee approved “expanded gaming” at Woodbine late on Canada Day Eve, subject, it hopes, to myriad conditions guaranteeing jobs and revenue and the provision of non-“gaming”-related entertainment. Eventually, Woodbine Entertainment Group, the Ontario Lottery & Gaming... Read More

Puerto Rico may be even broker than Greece … and Thursday’s other reasons to fear for humanity

1. Hey, Puerto Rico’s broke too, you know Ricardo Arduengo / The Associated PressOld San Juan, Puerto Rico While everyone is obsessing over Greece, no one has been paying attention to poor Puerto Rico, which was also expected to default on its... Read More

Andrew Coyne: ‘The Harper government’ used to be a brand. It is now an almost literal description

In the Conservative TV ad, Stephen Harper is shown alone at his desk, late at night. The message: he’s working hard for the Canadian people. The other, unintended message: he’s alone. No one else appears with him: not a minister,... Read More

Andrew Coyne: ‘The Harper government’ used to be a brand. It is now an almost literal description

In the Conservative TV ad, Stephen Harper is shown alone at his desk, late at night. The message: he’s working hard for the Canadian people. The other, unintended message: he’s alone. No one else appears with him: not a minister,... Read More

Andrew Coyne: ‘The Harper government’ used to be a brand. It is now an almost literal description

In the Conservative TV ad, Stephen Harper is shown alone at his desk, late at night. The message: he’s working hard for the Canadian people. The other, unintended message: he’s alone. No one else appears with him: not a minister,... Read More

John Ivison: New GDP numbers spell gloom for a PM whose only hope of re-election is to deliver on economy

It must be galling for the Prime Minister that every time he tries to pump some sunshine up the collective posterior of the electorate, the Governor of the Bank of Canada shows up and ruins things. Stephen Harper has been... Read More

Marni Soupcoff: City of Vancouver not the marijuana freedom fighter sick patients need

It’s all a little confusing. A decision by Vancouver city council to regulate and license marijuana dispensaries has been vehemently opposed by federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose. In the lead-up to the passage of the bylaw, Ambrose warned that the... Read More

Andrew Coyne: Liberals’ idea for gender quota in Cabinet leaves out the principle of merit

As a thought experiment, suppose cabinet mattered. Or at least, suppose we thought it should. Suppose, that is, there were a number of serious issues facing the country — the economy, national security, climate change, social and economic inequality —... Read More