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Robyn Urback: Does Toronto need air and ground raccoon surveillance?

There’s an episode in the seventh season of The Simpsons wherein the sleepy town of Springfield sees its first bear intrusion. The dopey-looking bear doesn’t actually do anything before being immobilized, but it terrifies Springfield’s residents to the point that they demand municipal action. 727 more words

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Kelly McParland: Police and firefighters disgrace themselves with shameful Montreal protest

In what can only be termed a disgraceful display of civic irresponsibility, Montreal firefighters invaded and trashed parts of City Hall on Monday, while sympathetic police officers studiously looked the other way. 997 more words

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Full Pundit: Montreal's firefighters infuriate supporters, embolden enemies, declare victory

It’s all about Justin
At iPolitics, Tasha Kheiriddin accuses the Liberals of “failing to fully acknowledge the negative effects of smoking marijuana”; the Conservatives of “descending into reefer madness self-parody”; and various Canadian medical associations of “hypocrisy” in advocating against cigarettes and e-cigarettes but refusing the government’s invitation to join a new anti-marijuana campaign on grounds it’s now a “political football” (which it is). 867 more words

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Kelly McParland: Summertime, and the news is all about Justin

The news from Ottawa is all about Justin Trudeau.

• Someone broke into Justin’s home while his wife and children were sleeping, and left a bizarre and disturbing message. 742 more words

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Derek H. Burney and Fen Osler Hampson: Breaking out of our North American cocoon

On Canada Day, 2013, Prime Minister Stephen Harper described this country as a “land of hope in a sea of uncertainty.” Indeed, there is much in the world that prompts deep concern: a sluggish jobless recovery following the fiscal crisis that paralyzed many Western economies; the Arab Spring and unpredictable risks posed by Islamic extremists; the spectacular rise of China economically and potentially politically as well; new instabilities on the borders of Europe as Vladimir Putin’s “New Russia” flexes its military muscles and challenges the territorial status quo; the spectre of a nuclear Iran even as arms-control talks continue; the unravelling of Afghanistan and Iraq after huge military engagements in each; and the daunting challenge of attacks on liberty from cyberspace. 1,525 more words

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Chris Selley: CBC's new humour gambit is more of a cry for help

One afternoon last week, a colleague at the National Post‘s comment desk uttered a low whistle; then a sort of sad laugh; then a series of groans, followed by renewed and intensifying sad laughter. 905 more words

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Ferguson still burning as police incompetence inflames passions

Full Comment’s Araminta Wordsworth brings you a daily round-up of quality punditry from across the globe. Today: It’s going to be a long hot summer in Ferguson, Mo. 822 more words

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