• Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, centre left, and N.B. Liberal Leader Brian Gallant (Canadian Press)Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, centre left, and N.B. Liberal Leader Brian Gallant (Canadian Press)

    The Grits have won another one.

    On a long Monday night, marred by electronic vote tabulation hiccups, Brian Gallant’s Liberals finally emerged as the winners in the New Brunswick provincial election, ousting David Alward’s Progressive Conservatives from power. 

    The 32-year old Gallant and his party won 27 out of a possible 49 seats, earning 43 per cent of the popular vote. The Tories came in second with 21 seats and 34 per cent of the votes while the Greens won a seat for the first time in the province’s history.

    The final results could change slightly  the PCs had initially asked that all ballots be counted by hand after some discrepancies were found with the vote-counting machines. According to the Canadian Press, the Tories will announce late Tuesday, whether or not they’ll accept the results as is. 

    While the race was a lot closer than most expected, the election victory is another notch in the belt for the Liberals  a party that has been on a winning streak of sorts for well

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  • Some of Canada’s largest cities have too many police officers. 

    That’s the finding in the latest Fraser Institute report analyzing police staffing levels and expenditures across the country. 

    The report, titled 'Police and Crime Rates in Canada,' probes the somewhat perplexing relationship between rising policing costs and falling crime rates. 

    "Between 2001 and 2012, police officers per 100,000 of population in Canada rose 8.7 per cent while the crime rate declined by 26.3 per cent," notes the report written by Livio Di Matteo, an economics professor at Lakehead University.

    "When ranked according to their officers per 100,000 population in 2013, the smallest numbers are for Saguenay, Que. and Trois-Rivières, Que., each at 122 police officers per 100,000 of population. The largest numbers are for Winnipeg, Man. and Thunder Bay, Ont., each at 189 officers per 100,000 of population."

    Police fulfill a fundamental role in society and protect law-abiding citizens from criminals. But
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    Some are dubbing it the largest climate change rally in the history of the world. 

    Others are calling it an environmental revolution. 

    Rhetoric aside, the event certainly drew big numbers. 

    About 310,000 people converged upon the streets of New York city on Sunday afternoon for the People’s Climate March  an event scheduled to coincide with the U.N. summit on Tuesday  intended “to mobilize political will” towards reducing global carbon emissions. 

    Canadians were there en-masse unofficially led by federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May. 

    "The atmosphere is jubilant because we recognize that a march of this size…that this changes everything," May told Yahoo Canada News in a telephone interview from the middle of the march. 

    "All the Canadians [here] are…trying to let the world know that we do not stand with Stephen Harper’s reckless determination to stop global climate action.

    "We stand with the countries that want to make progress and we know the people of Canada want to make

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  • Members of Generation Yes - a youth and students campaign for a Yes vote Scotland campaign in Glasgow.Members of Generation Yes - a youth and students campaign for a Yes vote Scotland campaign in Glasgow.

    Many around the world are lauding Scotland for the way they handled their independence referendum, which ended with a "No" vote on Thursday: The rules for campaigning were fair, the debates were respectful and the question was clear. 

    There’s another reason and another lesson the international community should heed, too.  

    Maybe it’s time for countries like Canada to lower the minimum voting age. 

    The Scots allowed 16 and 17 year olds to register to vote in this referendum  109,533 of them did. According to reports, both the pro-Union and pro-independence camps sent teacher-resource kits to the schools, which in turn were used to organize in-class debates.

    It paid off  students were engaged. Total voter turnout is pegged at approximately 85 per cent, meaning that this demographic turned out in big numbers. 

    [ Related: Scottish-Canadians weigh rejection of Scotland independence ]

    Conversely, in Canada and most of the Western world, youth voter turnout rates are simply pathetic. 

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  • Andray Domise is seen campaining in this photo from the Twitter account @AndrayDomiseCampaignAndray Domise is seen campaining in this photo from the Twitter account @AndrayDomiseCampaign

    How do you campaign against someone with cancer? 

    That’s the question suddenly bestowed upon Toronto city council candidate Andray Domise, the principal challenger to Rob Ford in Ward 2. 

    On Wednesday we learned that Ford — who had dropped out of the mayoralty race but is running for his old council seat in Etobicoke North — was diagnosed with malignant liposarcoma. He is expected to go through an aggressive chemotherapy regimen, and it’s unclear, at this point, whether he’ll join the hustings ahead of the October 27 election. 

    [ Related: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with rare form of cancer ]

    Political consultant and analyst Marcel Wieder says that whether Ford campaigns or not, he’s almost certain to win. 

    "There’s a tremendous outpouring for sympathy for Rob. Everyone in the community is rooting for him. They want him to recover, to come back and represent them," Wieder told Yahoo Canada News.  

    "He has a lot of goodwill built up in the bank [in Ward 2] as the

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  • Former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty (Canadian Press)Former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty (Canadian Press)

    Dalton McGuinty’s new job is causing a stir on both social and traditional media.

    The former Ontario premier has registered as a lobbyist for Desire2Learn, a company that produces educational software. He will now, presumably, lobby his former colleagues and underlings on behalf of his new employer.

    On Wednesday afternoon, the Ontario Liberals defended McGuinty’s new ‘career path.’

    "Treasury Board President Deb Matthews says McGuinty waited 18 months after leaving the premier’s office to become a registered lobbyist, when the rules state he only had to wait 12 months," notes a Canadian Press report.

    "She says what’s important is the principle of transparency, and as long as people know McGuinty is a lobbyist, his transactions with government will get the appropriate scrutiny."

    Matthews is right  in Ontario, politicians including the premier  are prohibited from lobbying for “contracts or benefits” for themselves or others for one year after they leave politics.

    Clearly McGuinty

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  • New Brunswick's Liberal leader Brian Gallant is getting called out for not knowing his numbers less than a week before the provincial election.

    The criticism emanates from two interviews Gallant had with CBC News on September 12.

    In the first Q & A, the 32-year old Liberal leader repeatedly said that his plan to raise taxes for the richest New Brunswickers would mean that just 200 people, making over $500,000, would end up paying a higher level of taxes than those in the province of Quebec.

    CBC gave Gallant a re-do interview —  five hours later  where he corrected himself claiming that his tax increase would actually affect about 600 people making over $370,000.

    "I take full responsibility. A staffer was working 'til about 4 a.m. to provide us with this [information]," he said.

    "Obviously in a campaign things move very quickly but I should have double checked."

    [ Related: Anti-abortion postcards targeting Brian Gallant lead to complaints ]

    The CBC host didn’t let Gallant off the

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  • On Tuesday, Thomas Mulcair’s New Democrats introduced a doomed-for-failure motion in the House of Commons, which would reinstate a federal minimum wage, and increase it to $15/hour.

    Even if the motion somehow passed, it’s affect would be limited  it would only apply to those workers who belong to a federally regulated industry such as banking, air transport and radio and television broadcasting. 

    It has, however, re-ignited the debate about the efficacy of raising the minimum wage, for all workers, across the country  a debate that has reached grand proportions in the United States. 

    "Here in Canada, the minimum-wage debate has been trapped in a time warp," the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Trish Hennessy wrote in an essay praising the New Democrats for introducing the motion. 

    "Provincially, any attempt to increase the minimum wage on a steady basis has been overly cautious, muted by a loud and powerful business lobby.

    "[The NDP motion] is the beginning of a national

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  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, greets Wayne Gretzky, right, at the United for Ukraine Gala (CP Photo)Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, greets Wayne Gretzky, right, at the United for Ukraine Gala (CP Photo)

    Conservatives are still experiencing an intense afterglow after last week’s pseudo-endorsement by hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. 

    At the United for Ukraine Gala in Toronto last Thursday, 'The Great One’ praised Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his strong support for Ukraine.

    "It’s really amazing, that our country, the leadership we have right now. One of the greatest prime ministers ever," Gretzky said. 

    "It’s really nice to see that our prime minister is not only protecting Canadians in Canada, but Canadians around the world. So congratulations for leading our country the way you are."

    Unfortunately for Harper, Gretzky’s flattering words weren’t the beginning of a trend of Canadian icons getting behind the blue Tory machine. 

    On Monday, music legend Randy Bachman complained about the Tories using his ‘Taking Care of Business’ song during a campaign-style speech in Ottawa. 

    "I don’t think he’s taking care of business for the right people or the right reasons," Bachman told the

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    He's in it, but can he win it? What does Doug Ford have to do to keep the Toronto Chain of Office in the family? 

    Last Friday, Rob and Doug Ford's last-minute switcheroo threw Toronto's electoral landscape into chaos. Due to his ongoing health problems, Rob Ford is no longer a candidate for mayor, and his older brother Doug Ford is now running in his stead.

    On the surface, it appears that Doug Ford couldn’t do any worse than his younger brother. One might think that he'd retain the support of 'Ford Nation' and could even gain votes from people who were turned off by his brother’s drug and alcohol issues.

    But according to Ekos Research pollster Frank Graves, it’s not that straightforward, as the Fords' base of support seems to be changing.

    [ Related: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says God 'wants him somewhere else' ]

    "Our private polling suggested that 'Ford Nation' had morphed from a sort of Tea Party-like constituency of older, middle-socioeconomic status homeowners to a much younger and

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