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The MMIWG report was searing and important, marred only by its inaccurate genocide charge

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

… the commissioners’ otherwise excellent report was marred by the gratuitous charge that Canada has committed, and continues to commit, genocide against its Indigenous populations. Not cultural genocide, a concept that is broadly accepted today with reference to the attempted obliteration of aboriginal culture in the Indian Residential Schools, but all-out genocide – without qualification… the National Inquiry… conflated the recent murders of women and girls with the entirety of the Indigenous experience in Canada

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Is beer in corner stores bad for our health?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

One thing that is clear from research is that the greatest impact on alcohol consumption comes from pricing policies. The cheaper alcohol is, the more people consume. Yet we don’t talk about the benefits of high taxes or floor prices. That’s why buck-a-beer policies and rhetoric should concern us much more than where products are sold.

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Canadians frustrated with federation, but still support equalization payments to poorer provinces

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Despite these concerns, the survey found that three-quarters of Canadians support the equalization program, while 16 per cent are opposed… A majority of Canadians – 55 per cent – said they would prefer that their provincial leaders try to find a balance between its own economic interest and other parts of Canada, even if it means compromising. Only 31 per cent said they would prefer that a province or territory put its economic interests first.

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Bedlam over beds: We can no longer ignore our long-term-care crisis

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

In Ontario … the wait list for long-term care is a staggering 34,000 people… Long-term care is a $70-billion-a-year business but consumers – and government in particular – can be parsimonious in what they are willing to pay to care for individuals… Far too many Canadians learn the hard way that long-term care is not only costly, but there isn’t much government support… most long-term care is paid out-of-pocket.

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Ontario eliminates Indigenous Culture Fund as government cuts millions of dollars in arts funding

Monday, May 27th, 2019

Arts sector support is cut from 18.5 million dollars to 6.5 million, and the Ontario Arts Council, which awards grants, is receiving 10 million dollars less from the government this year. Five million dollars of that comes from axing an Indigenous Culture Fund… Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says the arts, including music and storytelling, are a very important part of Indigenous culture, and cutting this fund sends a terrible message.

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The economy is on the rise. So why aren’t we getting happier?

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

In an age when the global economy keeps growing at a steady pace and poverty keeps falling, why isn’t humanity getting happier? … once essential needs are met, it’s other factors, such as the strength of community bonds and social trust, that often matter most… it’s high time to start thinking about new ways of assessing social progress… Canada, as a country, has yet to start thinking seriously about new benchmarks and measures

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Ottawa can easily fix sex discrimination in the Indian Act – but we’re still waiting

Friday, May 24th, 2019

It only requires a cabinet decision to pass an order-in-council. Cabinet simply has to decide to bring into force the provisions that were included in the 2017 amendment at the insistence of the Senate. These provisions would finally entitle women and their descendants to full status on the same footing as their male counterparts, and at last remove the discrimination against the maternal line.

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Don’t fear Canada’s economic transition – our new economy is already here

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Oil and gas have never really defined Canada’s economy. Crude oil, for example, accounted for just 2.6 per cent of Canada’s GDP as of 2017… Canada’s clean-energy sector employed 298,000 Canadians as of 2017… It spans industries – electricity, efficient buildings, clean vehicles – and unlike some sectors, such as auto manufacturing in Ontario, clean energy is spread across the country.

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Federal government will implement Senate proposals to strengthen accessibility law, Minister says

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

the Senate committee on social affairs, science and technology adopted several amendments that nearly a hundred disability organizations said were necessary to make the law effective. Chief among them was a call to set a timeline requiring the act to be fully implemented in all areas under federal jurisdiction by 2040, as well as recognition of sign language as an official language among deaf Canadians.

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Why Canada saw a 60% increase in foreign direct investment last year

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

… even more important to global capital flows is talent – the new currency attracting more and more investors. Again, Canada is leading the way. Our universities, colleges and vocational institutions continue to produce top-tier talent that fuels this country’s growth…. in 2018 a record high 572,415 international students came to Canada. These students can now fast-track to permanent residency and continue building Canada’s status as the world’s most educated work force.

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