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Just the tip: Payday loan companies are the poster-child for what’s really wrong

If you’ve ever walked into a payday loan company to get something to tide you over to the end of the month, you’ll know you’re lucky if you come out with your shirt. It takes less than half an hour … Continue reading

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TPP: The Devil’s in the Details

Think ‘property.’ Now think ‘treaty’ … as in those instruments that transferred land from people who belonged to it, to people to whom it then belonged. Pretty good deal for us, not so much for First Nations. (A stony outcropping of land called the Bruce Peninsula was evaluated not so long ago as being worth some $50 billion —just imagine what the rest of Canada is worth.) Now you’re in the proper frame of mind to consider the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Continue reading

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Ford Nation screwed blued and tattooed.

It is an easy thing to dismiss Ford Nation. Here’s how Jeffery Simpson does it in the Globe and Mail: “[They and their leaders] prefer to lecture rather than reason, to posture as … the “people” against undefined but dangerous … Continue reading

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The MP for Owen Sound opens old wounds on Native fishing rights in the Bruce

“With the Natives pushing to come into the Bays, it is a deliberate attempt at confrontation. That’s what they want.” With words like these, Larry Miller, (Con, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound) criticized a new Aboriginal commercial fishing agreement signed between Ontario and … Continue reading

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Beware the Lies of March—What Shakespeare tells us about Hugo Chavez

I come to bury Chavez, not to praise him. Barak Obama says he was authoritarian. And the President is an honourable man. John Graham, former ambassador to Venezuela says he couldn’t manage his own economy. And he is an honourable … Continue reading

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Sell a Country? Why not sell the air?

In John Milloy’s A National Tragedy, there are before and after photographs of an Aboriginal boy. In the before photo, his hair is long. He is dressed in buckskins and beads and posed against a buffalo robe. He is as … Continue reading

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Magic and the Machine by Lewis Lapham (repost)

This is a re-posting of an article by Lewis Lapham, a wonder at connecting dots in a way that guides his careful readers through the labyrinthine corridors of our culture … As between the natural and the supernatural, I’ve never … Continue reading

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