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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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Minimum Wage Costs … Everyone

It was Andrew’s first day at his new job. It paid minimum wage but, hey, it was his first job ever. His task was to stack bins that had just been washed out and disinfected. He was given rubber boots … Continue reading

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Forging the chains that chaffe: Canada’s Foreign Policy

The Harper government’s foreign policy amounts to dissing the UN, slavishly supporting Israel right or wrong, scolding the EU (while promoting a banking policy they opposed in opposition), and signing economic agreements with anyone with a pulse. John Baird managed … Continue reading

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Black Gold or Fool’s Gold

It was a text-book case of misdirection. Like snake-oil salesmen of old warming up their marks with a shell game, Prime Minister Harper and Joe Oliver accused radical environmental groups of using “foreign money” to “hijack” Canada’s regulatory process on … Continue reading

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“We have a different understanding”

This article appeared in the Sunnmedia chain the week of January 28, 2012 under the heading “Two cultures, ‘six killer apps,’ One divide.” At the January 23rd summit meeting between First Nations Chiefs and the Prime Minister of the rest … Continue reading

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Cutting off your nose to spite your face

Why the Tories’ assault on the arts makes bad economic sense. Imagine for a moment that you are the Prime Minister of Canada. The economy is tanking, jobs are going south (literally), and you’re in the middle of an election … Continue reading

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