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Where is the big idea in this election?

Monday, October 7th, 2019

… what would happen if our parties were focused not just on giving things to the middle class, but instead giving something for the middle class to believe in? Some say national pharmacare is just that: a vision for a changed society in which no Canadian goes without the medication she or he needs.

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Justice at last for Caledonia man arrested for carrying a Canadian flag

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Among a police officer’s many tasks are preserving the peace, preventing crime and protecting life and liberty, the judge said. But while the execution of these duties sometimes means police have to interfere with the liberty of individuals, “…a free and democratic society cannot tolerate interference with the rights of law-abiding people as a measure of first resort.

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A Brief History of Canada’s Failure to Fund Indigenous Kids Equitably

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Bill C-92, which cedes Indigenous child welfare control back to Indigenous communities, is now law, which should change Indigenous child apprehension rates. But so far there’s no federal funding for implementation… While government after government pays lip service to doing better, millions on legal fees to avoid fulfilling obligations tell another story.

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There’s something more threatening than Trudeau’s blackface

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Bill 21 in Quebec… restricts what job you can have based on your faith… There are those who say that this is about religious neutrality. Make no mistake. It is not. This is a law that targets three groups of people: Muslim women who cover their heads, baptized Sikhs and Jewish men who wear a yarmulke… What this ban says is that people of certain faiths, and only these faiths, can’t be trusted to do their jobs.

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Canada’s top 1 per cent saw fastest income acceleration, overall decrease in taxes

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

The incomes of Canada’s top one per cent grew at a faster pace than everyone else in 2017 — and, overall, they saw their taxes edge down, says a new study… In 2016, the Liberal government increased the tax rate on income in the highest bracket. But the Statistics Canada report says that, even with the boost, taxes declined for those with the highest incomes because of reductions at the provincial level…

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Tax Loopholes and Credits Cost Billions. Voters Need to Understand Them

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Budget documents list hundreds of “tax expenditures” or loopholes, potential revenue that the government has chosen to forego for one reason or another. In general, these are legal ways individuals and corporations can reduce the amount of tax they pay. Many are widely used and well-supported, but a significant number give an unfair advantage to people who already have more money.

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Ottawa willfully discriminated against First Nations children. Silence is no longer an option

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

Greater numbers of Canadians are beginning to see the overwhelming evidence of federal government discrimination against First Nations children and are demanding action… Enough is enough… Now is the time for a comprehensive plan.

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Ottawa willfully discriminated against First Nations children. Silence is no longer an option

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Greater numbers of Canadians are beginning to see the overwhelming evidence of federal government discrimination against First Nations children and are demanding action… Enough is enough. After 112 years, Canada’s piecemeal approach to equity is a proven failure. Now is the time for a comprehensive plan.

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Removing sexism in Indian Act a work in progress

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Sex discrimination in the Indian Act was a stain on Canada’s record; recent changes are long overdue. What comes next is hard work and some expense, but these are not processes to be feared, for they continue the ongoing effort to define and refine Confederation.

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It’s not an ‘affordability crisis,’ it’s a class conflict

Friday, August 30th, 2019

It’s not an affordability crisis, it’s a class conflict. It requires redistribution of wealth, not population… But they pin it on affordability, as if it’s a virus that calls for bed rest, rather than on the rich and their agenda since the 1980s, starting with with the panic over “deficits,” a word that came out of nowhere, too, so that public spending had to be slashed and taxes cut since “it’s your money and you should keep it” — as if you can build your own schools and public transit, once you’ve got a few more bucks in pocket.

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