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'Canada should join ballistic missile defence program,” Romeo ...

Romeo Dallaire says Canada should finally embrace ballistic missile defence as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea rise. (Adrian Wyld / THE ...and more »...

Children applying for Canadian citizenship face hefty fee | Toronto Star

The Liberal government has removed the legal barrier for children applying for citizenship on their own, but put up a new financial barrier.and more »...

Meaning of Meredith: Is the Senate getting more accountable ...

What is the legal underpinning of the push to kick Don Meredith out of the Senate, and does it show accountability of the unelected is...

Sen. Don Meredith will get $25,000 annual pension even if expelled ...

Meredith's pension payout relates to his roughly six years of Senate service — a percentage calculation based on his annual $145000 salary.and more »...

Parents of transgender youth join push to outlaw discrimination

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould told a Senate committee studying the proposed law that it's time to catch up to the provinces and territories, which have...

The senator who had sex with a teen girl cost taxpayers at least $600K during investigation

Senators grappled with what to do during this time. Outspoken senators like former top Ottawa cop Vernon White denounced Meredith and made it clear he...

Ethics committee recommends expelling Senator Don Meredith over sex with teen

A senator says the upper house is “leaning towards” accepting a Senate Ethics Committee recommendation to expel Sen. Don Meredith. Sen. Fabian Manning says Meredith's...

Senate ethics committee poised to make final decision on Don Meredith

We want to weigh all of the interests: the institution, the senators, the public and Sen. Meredith,” she said. Sen. Serge Joyal, the committee's deputy...

Unpredictable Senate causing trouble for Trudeau's agenda ...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Senate reforms have created headaches for his cabinet as it attempts to push an ambitious agenda through both houses of ...and more »...

On the national anthem, senators should get out of the way: Editorial ...

'O Canada' is not a museum piece; we use it every day. It ought to be an inclusive anthem that we can believe in.and more »...

Senate bill to free the whales faces a rough ride: Walkom

The bill's original sponsor, Nova Scotia Senator Wilfred Moore, argued convincingly when he first introduced it back in June 2015 that confining these highly intelligent...

Senator's tweet sparks bike-lane battle

After reading Senator Nicole Eaton's comments on Toronto, I wondered just what part of Ontario she thinks she is representing. Her lack of understanding and...

Senator deletes Twitter account after bike lane rant

The Twitter account belonging to Senator Nicole Eaton was deactivated following backlash toward her rant against the new Bloor Street bike lanes. “Can you imagine...

Senator's tweets on Bloor bike lanes called 'out of touch'

A cycling advocate called Senator Nicole Eaton out of touch after she took to Twitter to criticize Toronto's newest cycling infrastructure. Eaton called Bloor Street...

Senate committee pushes Liberals for action on obesity

OTTAWA—The Senate says the Liberal government is not acting quickly enough to combat the growing problem of obesity. A Senate committee released a report in...

Chronic delays undermine public faith in justice system, Senate report warns

Senate Opposition leader Claude Carignan said he would rather see vacancies filled now through the existing system of advisory committees and the candidates they have...

Canada's return to UN peacekeeping promises little peace: Walkom

One is Romeo Dallaire, the former general and senator who, as the commander of a largely toothless UN force, helplessly witnessed the 1994 genocide in...

Syrian refugees need government help to thrive: senators

Teacher Marika Wilbiks pins a flower on Mohamad Saer Alashmooty's lapel as his father Ghazi Al Ashmooty looks on. Just months after landing in a...

Provincial panel to draft welfare reform roadmap

His group will work closely with the province's basic income pilot, a form of guaranteed annual income, being designed this summer by former Conservative senator...

Province aims to boost support for low-income residents

Former Conservative senator Hugh Segal, who co-authored a 2009 report with Liberal Senator Art Eggleton that recommended studying the concept, was appointed last Friday to...

Mike Duffy owes almost $17K for ineligible expenses, Senate says

OTTAWA—The Senate is demanding that Mike Duffy repay almost $17,000 in ineligible expenses for which he faced fraud and breach of trust charges and was...

Assisted dying to become law after Senate backs Liberals' bill

... in the end they said the Senate had to defer to an elected Commons. “We have done our job and although it breaks my...

Senate passes assisted-dying bill with amendment to cut near-death proviso

Dennis Dawson contended that Trudeau kicked senators out of the Liberal caucus and created a new process for appointing non-partisan senators precisely because he wanted...

Senate rewrites RCMP bill to broaden bargaining, grievance rights for Mounties

Sen. Larry Campbell, the independent senator and former Vancouver RCMP officer who sponsored the bill in the Senate, said, “We're not taking anything away from...

Maddening trade barriers cost provinces billions: Senate committee

“They are very frustrating for business people and they limit accessibility to market easily because they require different production techniques,” said Senator David Tkachuk, chair...

Paulson says RCMP needs to restrict union bargaining rights in public interest

Senators, including two former Mounties, a former Quebec police union head and a labour lawyer, grilled Paulson over Bill C-7, the government's proposal to allow...

Senate amends assisted dying bill to bar some from helping in process

A leading Conservative, Sen. Claude Carignan, warned that if the elected Commons doesn't accept the Senate's “advice” and sends it back in its original form,...

Conservative senator says assisted death bill won't pass without amendments

“I don't know what's going to happen in the Senate. This is a new situation for the Parliament of Canada. There's never been a situation...

Conservative senator's cosmetic test ban a sensible idea to lessen animal pain: Walkom

A Conservative senator wants to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals. That should be an easy ride. It probably won't be. Sen. Carolyn...

Assisted-dying bill gets rough ride in Senate

Nancy Ruth said the bill's “overarching failure is that it does not trust us, it does not trust Canadians to make the best choices for...

Mayor John Tory urges 'sober' approach toward possible Expo 2025 bid

Former premier David Peterson, who chaired the 2015 Pan Am Games organizing committee, joined Wong-Tam, former mayors Barbara Hall and Senator Art Eggleton, and business...

Senate expense charges against Mac Harb dropped

OTTAWA—At least one senator remains in legal limbo after Crown prosecutors dropped two criminal charges of fraud and breach of trust against retired Liberal Senator...

Expenses fraud charges dropped against former senator Mac Harb

And on Thursday, the RCMP abruptly announced that it wouldn't pursue charges against Sen. Pamela Wallin, closing her file after three years of examining her...

Pamela Wallin will not face criminal charges over her Senate expense claims

During the debate on her suspensions, a number of senators, including retired Conservative Sen. Hugh Segal and sitting Conservative Don Plett, argued that Wallin and...

Senate limits budget for Liberal point man

The extra cash for Harder, along with additional research money for the three independent senators making up the government's leadership team — Harder, Diane Bellemare...

Human rights bill would deepen sanctions against Russia in Magnitsky case

A similar bill was tabled in the Senate by Conservative Raynell Andreychuk. In Toronto, former interim Liberal leader Bob Rae said the bills would “send...

RCMP 'trying to get' access to Panama Papers to pursue Canadian tax evaders

But when Conservative Sen. Claude Carignan asked about the Panama Papers, RCMP deputy commissioner Mike Cabana, in charge of federal policing, said the RCMP moved...

Sen. Mike Duffy returns to Parliament, quietly

Likewise, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson was silent on his force's actions in the failed prosecution of Duffy, as well as its ongoing probe into other...

The Senate owes Duffy money. It should pay up: Tim Harper

It was not unanimous. Former senator Hugh Segal argued the tougher the penalty, the greater the need for due process. “Due process is not a...

The Senate owes Duffy money. It should pay up: Tim Harper

He raised so many red flags, the Senate had no choice but to try to clean house and the government leader of the day, Marjorie...

Retired senator Gerry St. Germain ready to fight order to repay expenses

“The Senate has been clear about its intention to take legal action in order to recoup any monies owing by non-sitting Senators,” said a statement...

Retired senator Gerry St. Germain ready to fight order to repay expenses

“The Senate has been clear about its intention to take legal action in order to recoup any monies owing by non-sitting Senators,” said a statement...

Mike Duffy verdict should put brakes on other senators' cases, lawyer says

“I do not believe that they'll proceed with charges on Wallin or on any of the other senators,” lawyer Don Bayne in an interview Friday.

Mike Duffy verdict should put brakes on other senators' cases, lawyer says

... won a complete acquittal for Mike Duffy says the Ontario court ruling should put a quick end to prosecutions of two other senators whose...

Mike Duffy cleared on all charges of defrauding the Senate

Marjory LeBreton, former government leader in the Senate, claimed she was in the dark about the tactics employed by the Prime Minister's Office condemned by...

There's virtue in Ottawa's cautious approach to the right to die: Editorial

It's no great surprise that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a barrage of criticism over Bill C-14, the proposed legislation that makes Canada one of...

Ethics watchdog investigating Sen. Colin Kenny over use of office staff

Eight senators, including independent Liberal Nick Sibbeston of the Northwest Territories, the only sitting senator among them, still owe a total of $554,712.74. The others...

Ethics watchdog investigating Sen. Colin Kenny over use of office staff

“The Senate has been clear all along that it is willing to take legal action to recoup any money owing,” said Jacqui Delaney, a spokeswoman...

Right-to-die advocates might have better luck with senators than MPs

At least two of them — independent Liberals James Cowan and Serge Joyal — don't believe it does pass the charter test and they're prepared...

Right-to-die advocates might have better luck with senators than MPs

Joyal says another option would be to refuse to vote on the bill until the government agrees to refer it to the Supreme Court to...