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Politics or public service

A couple of years ago, journalists connected to WikiLeaks revealed a trove of information on hundreds of wealthy Canadians who may (or may not) be hiding piles of cash in offshore bank accounts in order to evade paying their taxes.

Until that public revelation, the Canada Revenue Agency did not act on the leak, because they did not have the information. They did not have the information because, unlike its American and European counterparts, the CRA at the time did not pay for information. READ

Some debt is essential

Whenever I see news articles by or about the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, I am reminded of the old Monty Python sketch, wherein a customer walks into an office, wishing to purchase an argument. The scene degenerates into comic absurdity as the hapless customer vainly attempts to satisfy his desire for a rational debate. Here, too, with the CTF. READ

Less Redford bashing, more about future plans

So finally, the Progressive Conservative leadership contest has caught my attention — for a couple of reasons. READ

Buying an end to poverty

A conference of academics held over a five-day long weekend, when more people are watching rain clouds than news reports, is hardly a time to make a splash of chatter among Canadians. READ

Profitable pot revolution

When actors Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper hit the road on their choppers in the counterculture film Easy Rider, they cruised onto the big screen at the heart of the rise of recreational drug use, with marijuana at its epicentre. READ

Canadian workers first

Almost 30 years at her job apparently wasn’t enough to prevent Sandy Nelson from being replaced by the Harper government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. READ

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