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Least Sandpiper

BIRDWATCH: On the prowl for sandpipers

One of the more common migrant shorebirds that pass through our area, both in the spring and the fall, is the Least Sandpiper. It is one of many peeps seen on our beaches and mudflats during migration.

Increase defence spending

Donald Trump recently made headlines about how NATO countries are not carrying their fair share of the defence burden. But even President Barack Obama publicly pointed out, in his address to Parliament no less, that Canada should contribute “its full share to common security.”

Trump can't even satisfy Republicans

Whatever hopes Republicans may have had of their candidate salvaging a vestige of respectability from the charred rubble of his presidential campaign, those are now gone.

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Militant Website, File)

Canada's war with ISIL shrouded in secrecy

As the pivotal battle of the war with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant begins, Canada is deeply implicated, with some 600 soldiers deployed in four countries, more than a quarter of those in ground combat.

Jim Prentice. (Postmedia Network)

Prentice's style of quiet competence rare

It’s difficult to reflect on the legacy of former federal minister, Alberta premier and mensch Jim Prentice, whose death in a plane crash Thursday has shocked and saddened all who knew him.

Caitlyn Jenner is biting back at Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais.

Canada ought to protect all LGBTQ individuals

It was an ugly moment when political commentator Glenn Beck refused to call the newly transitioned reality star Caitlyn Jenner by her chosen name. “Don’t tell me I have to start calling him a woman,” the controversial radio host whined at a political conference.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the South Florida Fair Expo Center on Oct. 13, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Trump clearing path for competent candidates

Get set for Hillary Clinton's blend of qualities -- call it anti-flash, quiet competence, a capacity for unsung hard work -- to take centre stage in candidate selection for the foreseeable future, not just in the United States but everywhere.

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. (Postmedia file)

Notley uses pipeline bid in carbon price wrangle

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is showing a taste for old-fashioned Canadian horse trading. She will not support a federal carbon price rising to $50 per tonne, she says, unless Alberta gets a pipeline to tidewater.

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