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Echoes of Walkerton in Environment Canada cuts

Albert Einstein’s well-known definition of insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” is unsettlingly relevant to a new round of federal government cuts....

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How the (Un)Fair Elections Act would play out on the ground

The perception that a Conservative party agenda is written into the so-called ‘Fair Elections Act’ has the national media and pundits talking. And for good reason. In light of recent...

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Government policies have widened Canada’s income gap

The fact that income inequality in Canada today is significantly greater than it was 30 years ago is not in serious dispute. But there is much less agreement on the...

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The other costly tax break for the rich

This article originally appeared in the Globe & Mail. The Conservative Party’s 2011 election platform titled “Stephen Harper’s Low-Tax Plan” promised a bountiful menu of tax goodies. The government has delivered...

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Tim Hudak’s jobs plan would kill green jobs

It’s no secret that Ontario needs to create jobs. Our unemployment rate is too high. But it’s very strange to suggest that job creation can be accomplished by killing jobs...

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The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and progressive change in British Columbia

Geoff Meggs and Rod Mickleburgh. The Art of the Impossible: Dave Barrett and the NDP in Power, 1972-1975. Harbour Publishing. 2012. This impressive and readable book by two well-known and...

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New StatsCan wealth data points to persistent economic inequality

Statistics Canada released today the Survey of Financial Security (SFS), providing Canadians with the first comprehensive snapshot of wealth and wealth distribution in the country since 2005. While Canadian’s net...

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Questionable motives drive changes to Citizenship Act

The long list of changes in the Conservative’s newly introduced “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act” seem like a solution in search of a problem.

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Income splitting: so divisive it's splitting the Tories

Discouraging women from working outside the home is surely not an appropriate goal for tax policy. But that may just be the motivation behind the Harper government's plan to introduce "income...

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Contractors deserve prompt payment

How long would you be willing to wait to be paid for your work?  A normal paycheque may be held back for a couple of weeks or a month, but...