Opinion Editorial

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Consular services review worthwhile, overdue

If you've ever lost a passport abroad (I have), or been robbed (ditto), or suffered a medical emergency or been trapped in the midst of a coup or natural disaster, it's Canadian diplomats and their staff in Canadian consulates abroad who help you out. Since millions of Canadians travel outside this country each year, the consular job is crucial.

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With Trump, Trudeau must tread carefully

Stephen Harper's first meeting with Barack Obama after the latter became president in 2008 took place on Canadian soil, drawing thousands to Parliament Hill. The new president then delighted Ottawans by strolling into the market to purchase cookies for his daughters.

Pedestrians walk on McGill College Avenue in Montreal, Feb. 8, 2012. (Vincenzo D'Alto/THE MONTREAL GAZETTE)

Urban concentration exacerbates burdens

Wednesday's gleanings from the 2016 Canadian census provide a deep look at the nation's population growth and where that growth is occurring. But what's fascinating is how dramatic the growth has been, which more or less confirms what demographers have known for some time about Canada's big cities.

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands as he meets with Republican President-elect Donald Trump (L) on transition planning in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Words are powerful, choose them wisely

U.S. President Barack Obama demonstrated enormous grace and restraint when he met with ­president-elect Donald Trump at the White House, but Obama's healing words haven't been the intended balm in the aftermath of the American election, as demonstrations and protests continue in the United States.

Attack on free press demands response

The bombshell that Montreal police spied on La Presse columnist Patrick Lagacé through his cellphone has prompted political leaders at all levels to speak out in defence of a free press.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks during a press conference during the annual International Monetary Fund, World Bank Spring Meetings at the IMF on April 15, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Fed Grits $81B vow ignores Ontario's tale

The federal Liberals are not unlike the New Democrats who governed Ontario 25 years ago. In the midst of economic difficulties and financial challenges, the Liberals are committed to deficit-­financing billions upon billions of dollars on infrastructure and other programs.

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Equalization must be fixed to make it work

Canadians are caring people, as we know from the generosity shown across this land in response to last spring's Fort McMurray wildfires. Another example, perhaps, is Canada's equalization system, which provides transfers from the federal government to regions that supposedly don't have the same capacity to provide public services as more prosperous

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How far should police dig in the digital age?

At some point last Thursday, 7,500 cellphones were set to receive a text message from the Ontario Provincial Police, simply because the owners happened to be near an Ottawa-­area intersection nearly a year ago, where Frederick (John) Hatch was last seen.