Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a Democratic Party organizing event on July 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. On the first day of the Democratic National Convention, Clinton is campaigning in North Carolina. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Veteran Clinton facing political fight of her life

PHILADELPHIA -- After more than a year of campaigning, more than a decade in politics and more than a generation of public service, the challenge for Hillary Rodham Clinton is clear, great and urgent: can she present a new, different, compelling face to Americans?

A voter comes from a polling center after casting his ballot October 14, 2008 in St. Laurent, Quebec, Canada. ROGERIO BARBOSA/AFP/Getty Images)

Time MPs get rational on first past post debate

Two weeks after wrapping opening expert testimony, the all-party panel of MPs tasked with investigating alternatives to Canada's first past the post voting system is to reconvene Monday. Here's hoping they've managed to recharge their mental batteries, as the preliminary witness list suggests they'll be wading into the deep end of political theory.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waves to supporters after arriving in Cleveland on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AFP PHOTO/DOMINICK REUTERDOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

A frightening glimpse into a Trump presidency

Let us suppose it is July 2017. Let us suppose Donald Trump, nominated as the Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency a year ago, won the November election, narrowly, but the polls are certainly suggesting such a thing is possible.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enjoys a ride with daughter Ella-Grace at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary on July 15, 2016. (Leah Hennel/Postmedia Network)

PM mum on cost of carbon pricing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should have explained his carbon pricing scheme during last year’s federal election instead of playing chicken with the provinces now.

A man waves a Turkish flags during a meeting in support of the Turkish president on Taksim Square in Istanbul on July 19, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCUDANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

A stable Turkey essential to Syria, Iraq

These days, even the most forgiving observer of Turkish politics is having a difficult time glossing over disturbing news out of Turkey. The recent aborted coup is important enough. But before this, journalists, academics and civil activists critical of the government found themselves under arrest and their newspapers and TV channels shut down. Rep

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during her visit to the General Andres Rodriguez school to which the country donated computers, in Asuncion on June 29, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / NORBERTO DUARTENORBERTO DUARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Canada could take page from Taiwan on free trade

This island nation has no natural resources, beyond the startling beauty of its landscape and the industry and brains of its 23.4 million people. Yet somehow, despite economic challenges that make Canada a Lotto-Max winner by comparison, the Taiwanese have thrived. It's worth considering some of the reasons why.

Make ambulances more accessible

Manitobans are the least likely in Canada to call an ambulance when suffering from a heart attack or a stroke, according to a recent Canadian Institute for Health Information report.That’s bad news considering CIHI also reports that heart attacks and strokes are time-sensitive conditions and that an ambulance should be called when someone is showin

A woman takes part in a protest against the police in Manhattan, New York, December 28, 2015 after a grand jury cleared two Cleveland police officers on Monday in the November 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

Until U.S. faces racism, killing will continue

As senseless and horrific as the killing of the five Dallas police officers is, this kind of atrocity will happen again until the United States acknowledges and fixes the fatal flaw in its character that is racism.

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It's time to shore up international court

If critics of the Iraq War needed another excuse to imagine Tony Blair on trial, they seem to have found one in the results of the inquiry of Sir John Chilcot. Rather than just playing courtroom, they might consider the state of a real one.

Parliament Hill in Ottawa is pictured in this April 15, 2016 file photo. (Tony Caldwell/Postmedia Network)

Electoral reform talk best left for another day

As Canada continues to be back, we intermittently enjoy moments of Stephen Harper nostalgia. These are the times when the former prime minister's anima, his innermost spirit, appears ghostlike and silver-haired over Parliament Hill in our mind's eye, a single vein throbbing angrily in its temple, its icy blue eyes taking in the rampant consultation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pictured in this file photo. (Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun/Postmedia Network)

Let's get free trade - within Canada

Canada's free trade deal with the European Union has run into some unfortunate political headwinds in Europe, amid a backlash in several European countries against what some see as excessive central decision-making in Brussels. A fast-track European ratification process is no longer possible for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.