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Government tables sweeping Anti-Terrorism Act, increasing powers of security agencies

theglobeandmail.com — People who encourage terrorism attacks, even if they don't counsel a specific act, could face up to five years in prison under new legislation the federal government wants to pass into law. For instance, an individual in Canada who posts a video online that includes the phrase "Attack Canada" could be charged with advocating or promoting "terrorism offences in general."
Jan 30, 2015

So. This is Canada's measured response to recent murders by unhinged extremists theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/…

Jan 30, 2015

An excessive and invasive terror bill must of course be launched with some ludicrous hyperbole theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/… pic.twitter.com/BE1u3lihu1

Jan 30, 2015

RT @stevenchase: Citing war on terror, Canada proposes most sweeping empowerment of its security agencies + police forces since 9/11: theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/…

Jan 30, 2015

"A great evil has been descending over our world" - I'm pretty sure @pmharper stole that line from Legolas: m.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/…

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A first-hand account of the world’s most notorious detention centre

theglobeandmail.com — For the better part of a year, Mohamedou Ould Slahi's family in Mauritania made regular visits to a local prison to deliver clothing and money for a man who, unbeknownst to them, was no longer there. He was thousands of miles away, being shuttled from one secret detention camp to another on his way to Guantanamo Bay.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @omarelakkad: I wrote this about Guantanamo Diary, the first book written by someone still imprisoned in the facility: theglobeandmail.com/news/world/a-f…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @omarelakkad: I wrote this about Guantanamo Diary, the first book written by someone still imprisoned in the facility: theglobeandmail.com/news/world/a-f…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @amp6: High on reading list: Guantanamo Diary - first account of Gitmo from someone still imprisoned there theglobeandmail.com/news/world/a-f…

Jan 30, 2015

High on reading list: Guantanamo Diary - first account of Gitmo from someone still imprisoned there theglobeandmail.com/news/world/a-f…

Jan 30, 2015

I wrote this about Guantanamo Diary, the first book written by someone still imprisoned in the facility: theglobeandmail.com/news/world/a-f…

Toronto is world’s best city to live in, Economist study says

theglobeandmail.com — Toronto is the world's best city to live in, according to a study of major metropolises by The Economist Intelligence Unit. And Montreal is the second-best, with Stockholm, Amsterdam and San Francisco rounding out the top five. The two Canadian cities topped the overall scoring in the 2015 Safe Cities Index published this week by the EIU, a unit of The Economist magazine.
Jan 30, 2015

Toronto is world’s best city to live in, Economist says bit.ly/18Cn5kW Obv no one from the Economist has taken public transit in TO

Jan 30, 2015

The Economist's Intelligence Unit must be full of the most boring people on earth to pick Toronto theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/t…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @seanstanleigh: Toronto and Montreal take top two slots of best cities to live in, according Economist Intelligence Unit. tgam.ca/EHlQ

Jan 30, 2015

RT @robyndoolittle: Toronto ranked #1 city in the world to live in by safety, cost of living & liveability standards. (Not sport sucess) ht…

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‘There will be blood’ in Canada from oil price collapse, JPMorgan warns

theglobeandmail.com — These are stories Report on Business is following Thursday, Jan. 30, 2015. Follow Michael Babad and The Globe's Business Briefing on Twitter. Oil's toll A major U.S. bank is warning Canadians what to expect from the rout in the oil market: "There will be blood." That warning from JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Jan 30, 2015

Oil fall out: ‘There will be blood’ in Canada from oil price collapse, JPMorgan warns ow.ly/IfFa5

Jan 30, 2015

Lesson one for market analysts: Find an extremely violent metaphor and you'll always wind up on the front page theglobeandmail.com/report-on-busi…

Jan 30, 2015

‘There will be blood’ in Canada from oil price collapse, JPMorgan warns /via @globeandmail m.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-busi…

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Older Canadians’ timely access to health care ranked last by survey

theglobeandmail.com — More than half of Canadians 55 and over have to wait at least two days to see their doctors when they are ill, according to a new survey of wealthy countries that ranks Canada dead last when it comes to timely access to health care.
Jan 31, 2015

Cdns 55+ have worst access to health care in developed world, by @KellyGrant1 tgam.ca/EHkQ @CIHI_ICIS @Globe_Health #cdnhealth

Can domestic abusers be rehabilitated?

theglobeandmail.com — The guy I am calling Jimmy was trying to remember the first time he hit his girlfriend. You'd think the event would stick in his mind.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @Winglessfly8: Absolute must read from today's Globe and Mail on Domestic Abusers. They get jail time. But will likely abuse again. m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/…

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Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper and how our elected leaders meddle with the media

theglobeandmail.com — Criticism can be handled in a number of ways if you're a politician. You can deal with it head-on and defend yourself, although that might end up just empowering your opponents. You can ignore it, although it's doubtful the media, or the opposition, will let you get away with that.

New Victims of Communism memorial in Ottawa a looming disaster

theglobeandmail.com — It takes a while - sometimes a very long while - but the nation's capital eventually gets around to dealing with the truly ugly. The National Arts Centre, a centennial-year project completed in 1969, is about to begin a $110-million facelift that will, among other things, turn the hideous block of a building around to face the right way - toward the street and Parliament Hill.
Jan 31, 2015

Excellent. "@RoyMacG: Bad architecture, bad statues, now bad memorial -- why Ottawa has to keep saying "Sorry." bit.ly/15TU8iE

Jan 31, 2015

Bad architecture, bad statues, now bad memorial -- why Ottawa has to keep saying "Sorry." bit.ly/15TU8iE

Public editor: Egregious grammatical errors caught by Globe readers

theglobeandmail.com — Globe and Mail readers are very well-read and, rightly so, are sticklers for good grammar. Not a week goes by without a few notes. This month, one reader asked writers to "please stop the redundancy" by adding "why" after "the reasons." One man despaired over the mixing up of flout and flaunt.
Jan 30, 2015

When egregious grammatical errors are caught by @globeandmail readers, by Public Editor @SylviaStead trib.al/1FZbIQl

Jan 30, 2015

RT @globeandmail: Public editor: Egregious grammatical errors caught by Globe readers trib.al/1FZbIQl by @SylviaStead

From Twitter to Question Period, some nasty talk in Canadian politics

theglobeandmail.com — Bruce Anderson is the chairman of polling firm Abacus Data, a regular member of CBC The National's "At Issue" panel and a founding partner of i2 Ideas and Issues Advertising. He has done polls for Liberal and Conservative politicians in the past, but no longer does any partisan work.
Jan 30, 2015

Remember when Stephen Harper suggested that the NDP sympathizes with jihadists? theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @bruceanderson: Political tone, Twitter & leadership. this week's @globeandmail column. (backlash, but much agreement too!) http://t.co…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @punditsguide: Frustration drove @BruceAnderson to pen this brilliant rant on the tone in #cdnpoli and who has the podium to fix it: theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/…

Stephen Harper's Canada: Better, worse or unchanged? Take our poll

theglobeandmail.com — Feb. 6 marks nine years since Stephen Harper was sworn in as Prime Minister. We'll be taking a look at his record and how Canada has changed, but first we want to know what you think. Take our poll to rate how Canada has fared after nearly a decade under a Harper government.

Troika, Greece play a risky game of chicken over austerity measures

theglobeandmail.com — The austerity extremists in Brussels, Frankfurt and Berlin have fatally wounded and buried three Greek governments since 2009, when Greece handed Europe the "debt crisis," as it was then known. Burying a fourth - the new government of Syriza party leader and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras - will not be so easy.

How the tradition of pond hockey wound up on thin ice

theglobeandmail.com — Skating on Unionville's Toogood Pond is listed as the top thing to do in this village-turned-suburb on its business improvement area's official website, which also includes a photo of a pond hockey game worthy of a Tim Hortons commercial.

Canada’s economy slumps in November as factories, energy sector hit

theglobeandmail.com — Canada's economy contracted in November, as an expected slowdown in the energy sector was coupled with surprising weakness among the country's manufacturers. Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product shrunk by 0.2 per cent in the month, the weakest performance in nearly a year.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @CarolynKing1: Besides oil-patch woes, latest GDP data suggest Canada's non-oil economy isn't as solid as some may have believed. theglobeandmail.com/report-on-busi…

Jan 31, 2015

Besides oil-patch woes, latest GDP data suggest Canada's non-oil economy isn't as solid as some may have believed. theglobeandmail.com/report-on-busi…

Jan 30, 2015

Dollar down: Canada’s economy slumps in November as factories, energy sector hit. Dollar down to 78.22 theglobeandmail.com/report-on-busi…

Jan 30, 2015

Canada's economy slumps in November as factories, energy sector hit. Globe's @ParkinsonGLobe reports stks.co/b1aQ5 $MACRO #cdnecon

The problem with steak at NAO, Yorkville’s newest steakhouse

theglobeandmail.com — Of all the received wisdom about what you should and should not do in restaurants, the old injunction against ordering fish in a steakhouse is easily the least informed - especially if we're talking about steakhouses in Toronto. Rather than avoiding the fish, I'd make a point of ordering it, frankly.
Jan 30, 2015

"Maybe I'll just have the fish." My look at TO's sad-sack steakhouse culture, and a new spot that tries to fix it. theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-…

Jan 30, 2015

And excited to work more with this guy: The problem with steak at NAO, Yorkville’s newest steakhouse via @cnutsmith trib.al/WMKt0Y6

AirAsia captain reportedly left seat before jet lost control

theglobeandmail.com — The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said.

CSIS to be granted massive expansion of its powers: source

theglobeandmail.com — Canada's spy agency will be granted the authority to intervene and disrupt threats to national security in a massive expansion of its powers as the federal government tries to make it easier to thwart terror plots at home and abroad, sources say.
Jan 30, 2015

Meanwhile, Canadian spy agency CSIS "to be granted massive expansion of its powers": theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @globepolitics: CSIS to be granted massive expansion of its powers: source bit.ly/1HnOAhQ #cdnpoli

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Everywhere and anywhere, Douglas Coupland takes over Toronto

theglobeandmail.com — Is there a better-known, bigger, more zeitgeisty guy in contemporary Canadian art than Douglas Coupland, OC, OBC? I won't even bother suggesting the names of possible contenders because the answer is . . . no. It's a Coupland Coupland Coupland Coupland World, more omnipresent now than ever.

Oil surges 8 per cent as U.S. rig count plunges