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Ford shouldn’t waste taxpayer money on party propaganda. Here’s how to stop it

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Do the government MPPs in Ontario want to face the onslaught of angry taxpayers to save Ford’s propaganda page? … The Ford government has made a commitment to respect taxpayers’ money by reducing spending and waste. Ending Ontario News Now would achieve both. While the PC government does have a majority, it is still subject to political pressure. It’s time for the opposition to turn their words into action and bring a motion to change how caucus services are funded.

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Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Senators have agreed on the fly to some accommodation of the growing ranks of independents, giving them some research funds and committee roles. But the leadership of the ISG has argued that their role must be explicitly spelled out and guaranteed in the Parliament of Canada Act. And, since the change would involve allocating financial resources, they say it can’t be initiated by the Senate, only by the government in the House of Commons… “It won’t come from within the Senate. The only way to complete it, to have it finished, is to amend the Parliament of Canada Act.”

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Canada Revenue Agency is tough on regular taxpayers but goes easy on those with offshore accounts, audit finds

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

“The CRA needs to shift its Sheriff of Nottingham approach to tax-collection and have the rich pay their fair share rather than concentrate audits on hardworking Canadians because it’s easier to have them pay.” In response to the report, Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier pledged to “ensure that our tax system is fair for everyone, throughout Canada.” … The auditors found the CRA reported at least $1.3 billion in additional revenue that was never collected.

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Let science and scientists speak for themselves

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

… the federal government, its chief science adviser, Mona Nemer, and the unions representing public-sector scientists… have collaborated on a model policy that enshrines the freedom of government scientists to speak publicly, and helps protect them from political interference. Individual departments… will hew to several core principles, including: the timely release of findings; long-term monitoring of the policy’s effectiveness; and encouraging discussion over differing interpretations of results.

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How the underfunding of legal aid is clogging up the justice system

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

“It should be obvious to any outside observer that the income thresholds being used by Legal Aid Ontario do not bear any reasonable relationship to what constitutes poverty in this country”… With the heightened scrutiny on delays in the criminal justice system, which can lead to cases being tossed for violating an accused person’s right to be tried within a reasonable time, one area that experts have said warrants further attention is the chronic underfunding of legal aid.

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Canadians with offshore holdings evade up to $3 billion in tax per year

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

… the government estimates Canadian individuals are hiding between $75.9 billion and $240.5 billion in offshore tax havens and elsewhere, and not paying tax on it… the fact that so much wealth is being hidden offshore reveals a dangerous attitude among the wealthy… After years of refusing to estimate how much tax was being lost to cheating… the CRA did an about-face and started issuing partial tax gap estimates in 2016, shortly after the Panama Papers were made public.

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We can’t return to a Senate ruled by partisan politics

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Diluting the worst partisan excesses of a Chamber’s operations after 150 years and replacing them with a less partisan, more open, balanced and considered operational context is not to be sneezed at. It has the genuine impact of improving the legislative framework of how our parliamentary democracy works – no small achievement – especially when, on a global basis, democracy is under significant dysfunctional pressure.

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Number of police officers per Canadian hits 13-year low, Goodale told

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

… there were roughly 69,000 police officers in Canada on May 15, 2017 — about 188 officers for every 100,000 Canadians. It’s a slight drop from the 2016 policing strength rate and the sixth consecutive annual drop… While the ratio of police officers to citizens is decreasing, the briefing note to Goodale notes the number of civilians working for police forces is growing. About 30 per cent of all police service personnel are not police officers

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Can the federal public service fix its culture problem?

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

the public service of Canada has a problem of truth-telling – or, as we say in the public sector, speaking truth to power. But it is not alone. In fact, every large, hierarchical organization, in the public or private sector, has the same problem of truth-telling. For obvious reasons. Managers are only human. And so they have an inevitable tendency to surround themselves with people who agree with them, support their ideas and directions and tell them what they want to hear.

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Ontario voters cheated by first-past-the-post with PC false majority by Fairvote Canada

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Ontario’s voting system took only 40.5 per cent of the votes to manufacture a majority for Doug Ford’s PCs as voters were cheated by First-past-the-post… “That’s the way our system works, or more accurately, this is how our system does NOT work, to elect a government that reflects the views of the majority. How are voters supposed to hold the government accountable when it answers to only 40% of the voters?”

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