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Fight Against Dirty Money Needs Tougher Measures

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Obstacles to following the dirty money could be reduced by creating a new criminal offence: a false declaration of beneficial ownership, whether made on a public registry or submitted by a customer to a Reporting Entity. Not only would such an offence bring more integrity to the beneficial-ownership information being disclosed; it would also provide a solid base from which law enforcement agencies could conduct investigations of suspicious transactions

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Political Activities of Charities

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

… charities are prohibited from partisan political activity. They cannot “directly or indirectly support or oppose a political party or candidate for public office”. / … while representatives of a charity, such as directors, are permitted to engage in political processes in their personal, private capacity, they: must not use the charity’s resources… to support their personal political involvement; must not use events or functions organized by the charity as a platform to voice their own political views; and are encouraged to indicate that their comments are personal rather than the view of the charity.

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Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax is revenue neutral… for now

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

… higher-income Canadians will only be refunded a fraction of the carbon taxes they’ll pay, while low-income Canadians, in general, will get back more than the tax costs them… It punishes people who use more energy, usually those with higher incomes, who tend to have bigger houses and more luxurious cars, or boats, or cottages, and it rewards people who use less… In general, conservatives aren’t keen on wealth redistribution. Liberals are.

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Finally, Canada is global example for climate action

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Few climate-concerned Canadians know much about the slate of new federal climate polices, except for the contentious carbon tax. And while global experts agree that the national carbon tax is impressive – and won’t cause the economic harm claimed by conservative politicians – they are equally impressed with several other climate policies… the TransMountain pipeline can shift to transporting different Albertan products, perhaps hydrogen produced from the oil sands or sustainably-produced biofuels on the prairies.

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IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST(S)

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

“The national economic interest” is not to be considered by the prosecution in deciding whether a prosecutor may negotiate a remediation (deferred prosecution) agreement… the purposes of the remediation sections added to our Criminal Code? There are six, one being: “to reduce the negative consequences of the wrongdoing for persons – employees, customers, pensioners and others – who did not engage in the wrongdoing while holding responsible those who did …”

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Canada, U.S. move to redraft border treaty to cut flow of asylum seekers

Monday, April 1st, 2019

… those who cross between border stations have the right to make a refugee claim. Canada wants this changed so most people coming from the United States – at any point along the border – can be immediately deported. The idea behind the treaty is that refugees do not face a risk of persecution in the United States, so it is safe for them to apply for asylum there

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Maytree’s roundup of the federal government’s 2019 budget

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

The highlights of the budget included support for first-time home buyers, retraining during working-age, retirement security, and funding for a national drugs agency to start initial work on important parts of a (potential) pharmacare program… also a significant investment in Indigenous communities and reconciliation.

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New funding will fill key data gaps, create Canadian information centre

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

The federal budget is channelling tens of millions of dollars toward filling key data gaps in housing, gender equality, the labour force and Indigenous communities, areas where researchers say Canadians are often in the dark thanks to spotty or inaccessible numbers… the Liberal government declined to make any firm commitments to fill these data gaps, even while acknowledging that Canada has many… “But the funding is likely to be highly inadequate to develop the kinds of data required…”

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Supreme Court rules voting restrictions on expatriate citizens are unconstitutional

Friday, January 11th, 2019

A lower-court judge had found the voting prohibition unconstitutional. But the Ontario Court of Appeal then ruled 2-1 that the law could stand, saying that non-residents do not live with the consequences of their votes on a daily basis. The dissenting judge said the restrictions had the effect of making non-resident Canadians second-class citizens… The 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms says without qualification that every Canadian citizen has the right to vote.

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Are Canadians overtaxed? The equation is complicated

Monday, December 24th, 2018

Stagnant or falling real incomes for many Canadians are the result of low rates of growth of earnings and other forms of income, not rising income taxes… A decade ago, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a report, Canada’s Quiet Bargain, which argued that the vast majority of Canadians gain much more from public programs than they pay for in taxes. Certainly the tax data continue to bear this out.

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