Baird to UN: Are you kidding me?

- July 22nd, 2014
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird

OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird speaks about the failed ceasefire between Israel and Hamas during a news conference in Ottawa July 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Blair Gable)

The Times of Israel reported this week:

A United Nations agency that last week found rockets in a Gaza school operating under its auspices has handed that weaponry over to Hamas, Israeli officials said Sunday, accusing the organization of actively helping the terrorist organization potentially attack Israeli civilians. Read more…

By phone, Harper and Netanyahu speak about the Hamas rocket attacks

- July 19th, 2014
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JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Israel earlier this year. (DAVID AKIN/QMI)

Earlier today, Canada’s Prime MInister Stephen Harper spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Here is the ‘read-out’ from the Harper’s office:
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I’ll take Cambridge over Oxford for books on WWI’s origins

- July 10th, 2014

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In a few days, we will mark 100 years since the first guns of August boomed beginning the First World War.

Why did it happen? Well, er, it’s complicated. Really, really complicated. So complicated that there have been, literally, thousands and thousands of books written about The Great War in several languages. And historians have argued amongst themselves – and often with the lay public — about its origins for, well, for 100 years. And they continue to find new things to argue about and talk about. Read more…

Pancakes, politics, and parades: Stephen, Justin, Xavier … and Captain Kirk

- July 4th, 2014

Harper and Trudeau at the Calgary Stampede

Cool pic (above) taken at the Calgary Stampede and published on Justin Trudeau’s Flickr feed. Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomes Xavier Trudeau to Calgary, as dad looks on. Read more…

The courts vs the Harper cabinet: This time it’s over refugee health care

- July 4th, 2014

Jason Kenney

This morning, Federal Court of Canada Justice Anne Mactavish delivered a sharply worded judgement slamming a decision, made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet, to deny some refugee claimants the benefits of Canada’s publicly funded health care system.

It’s the latest clash between the Harper government and the country’s judges.

Some quotes from the 256-page judgement [which you can read for yourself here]: Read more…