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‘Eight reasons I’ll never move back to America now that I’m in Canada’..

July 9, 2018

“Initially the plan was to stay for a year or two, but the longer I stayed, the deeper my roots grew in the Great White North”..

https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/lifestyle/move-canada-us-politics-poutine-healthcare-money-borders-a8438416.html

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Ford Nation’s national agenda pushes past Ontario’s borders..

July 9, 2018

On climate change, pharmacare and refugee resettlement, Ford’s targets are as much national as provincial. For the self-styled leader of Ford Nation, the national stage is taking centre stage.

His plan of action — and inaction..

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/07/09/ford-nations-national-agenda-pushes-past-ontarios-borders.html

The real Big Short..

July 9, 2018

Canada’s social spending has declined to just 17.2 per cent of GDP. There is no excuse for government refusal to improve our inferior social programs and help millions in poverty-stricken families…

http://rabble.ca/news/2018/07/real-big-short

Pharmacare the first casualty of Doug Ford’s hasty hidden agenda..

July 5, 2018

On the campaign trail, Ford spoke often about his plans to cut billions in government waste because “the party with taxpayers’ dollars was over.” But he vowed to protect health-care spending, and young people had every reason to believe that a program supplying essential prescription medicines would survive Ford’s axe.

In fact, all major parties supported pharmacare in principle when it was first introduced last year. But OHIP+ is now part of the premier’s “shock and awe” campaign to show that the Tories know how to save money.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/07/04/pharmacare-the-first-casualty-of-doug-fords-hasty-hidden-agenda.html

Independence Day is a moment for Canadians to recommit to being different from the U.S..

July 4, 2018

Today is the Fourth of July, Independence Day in the Great Republic immediately to our south.

Normally, as befits our national character, we Canadians celebrate this occasion with restrained fondness for our American cousins, coming as it does just three days after la fête du Canada.

On the 242nd observance of this occasion, however, owing to the unexpectedly fraught relationship of our neighbours with most of their neighbours and allies, including us, perhaps our feelings will not be expressed quite so warmly this year.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2018/07/independence-day-moment-canadians-recommit-being-different-us

‘Trump-Caliber’ Deal: Reports Detail Coastal Threat and Budget Nightmare of Trudeau’s Trans Mountain Purchase..

July 4, 2018

“Canada is weakening its finances by taking on unlimited costs to buy an unneeded pipeline with an uncertain future and giving an unusual profit to a U.S. company.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/06/26/trump-caliber-deal-reports-detail-coastal-threat-and-budget-nightmare-trudeaus-trans

Doug Ford aims to lower gas prices by ending Ontario’s cap-and-trade of carbon dioxide emissions..

July 3, 2018

Premier Doug Ford is abandoning Ontario’s greenhouse-gas-reduction measures in favour of cheaper gasoline.

Ford announced Tuesday that his newly elected Progressive Conservative government has revoked the regulation that adds 4.3 cents a litre to gas prices as part of Ontario’s cap-and-trade alliance with Quebec and California.

https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/07/03/doug-ford-aims-to-lower-gas-prices-by-ending-ontarios-cap-and-trade-of-carbon-dioxide-emissions.html

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

June 29, 2018

Wealthy Canadians with hidden offshore accounts are evading up to $3 billion in tax every year, according to the first ever estimate of the international tax gap by the Canada Revenue Agency, obtained by the Star.

In a report to be made public Thursday, 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.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/06/28/canadians-with-offshore-holdings-evade-up-to-3-billion-in-tax-per-year.html

Harper’s willingness to appease Trump should scare all Canadians..

June 29, 2018

“Harper’s bottom line in London? It is better to adapt than to oppose. Some people might be ‘troubled’ by the world-wide ‘polarization’ that is taking place. Tough beans, he says. Trump seems to have brought out the Neville Chamberlain in Harper.”

https://ipolitics.ca/2018/06/28/harpers-willingness-to-appease-trump-should-scare-all-canadians/

Trump to Trudeau: Canada is undermining NATO…

June 26, 2018

In advance of the NATO summit in Brussels July 11-12, Donald Trump is calling on Canada to step up its military spending to $44 billion per year, or two per cent of Canadian GDP (which is $2.2 trillion). Currently Canada spends $25 billion, or 1.2 per cent of GDP, on the military.

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2018/06/trump-trudeau-canada-undermining-nato