Chris Selley has caught Calgary Sun editor Licia Corbella in a nasty bit of plagiarism, and notes:
I can't honestly say I'm surprised. When you spend your entire life parroting right-wing talking points you read somewhere else, sooner or later you're bound to regurgitate one verbatim.
Yep--like or dislike Ms. Corbella's columns, that is an incontrovertibly good point.
I will take issue with his second example (in the update), though. I don't know that writing, "...each additional $1 in the price of oil, or 10 cents in the price of gas, brings another $99 million into provincial government coffers" can really be construed as stealing someone else's original writing. I've seen that tidbit frequently: to me it's less anecdote, and more mathematical reality (although it is kind of appalling that she couldn't reword it a little more uniquely).
I will note that Liz Nickson was pulled from the rotation at the National Post for what is essentially an identical infraction to that of Corbella's first. (Scott Taylor, on the other hand, was hired after committing a worse one).