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by Murray Dobbin on Friday Oct 20 2017

You have to hand it to the rich in dealing with the tax reforms proposed by the Liberals. They didn’t even have to put pen to paper or pick up the phone to protest the taxman messing with their ill-gotten wealth. They got the poor besotted small businessperson to fight on their behalf. In this newly fact-free world it didn’t matter that 80 per cent of conventional small businesses and farmers...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Oct 18 2017

First, the cannabis news:  as readers of the "Council Matters" column already know, the provincial government is seeking input from municipal governments to help guide provincial policy on the decriminalization of cannabis.  The federal government is preparing to pass Bill C-45 and...

by Dick Cannings MP on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

Universal pharmacare is a hot topic on Parliament Hill these days.  The concept is simple—a single program that would ensure that all Canadians had free access to prescription drugs.  Canada is the only country in the world with universal health care that doesn’t include the cost of drugs in its coverage.

And that doesn’t make sense—if I cut my foot I can go to my doctor and get...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

The Canadian government is banning plastic microbeads in toiletries. Although designed to clean us, they’re polluting the environment, putting the health of fish, wildlife and people at risk. Manufacturers and consumers ushered plastic microbeads into the marketplace, but when we learned of their dangers, we moved to phase them out.

Why, then, is it taking so long to phase out the world...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

The face of Nelson business landscape is changing after Hawthorne Gardening Company, based in New York, New York, purchased Can-Filters.

The purchase was announced in a media release Wednesday by Can-Filters co-owner Dennis Langlois.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We’re extremely excited to be part of the Hawthorne team,” said co-owner Anne Leclerc. “We look...

by Timothy Schafer on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

A recent proposal by Greyhound Canada to cut bus services on a route that serves the Heritage city has city council turning to the community to petition the provincial transportation board.

City council passed a motion Tuesday night during its regular meeting to send a letter to the Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) — an...

by The Fraser Institute on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

Requiring a stress test for Canadians who provide at least a 20 per cent down payment to purchase a home is an unnecessary step that could negatively affect homebuyers across Canada, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Canada’s financial regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI),...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Oct 10 2017

Sears Canada dropped a bombshell on its employees Tuesday with the announcement that the beleaguered retail chain is applying to Ontario’s Supreme Court of Justice to liquidate its remaining stores and assets.

In a news release, the company arrived at its decision to liquidate after “exhaustive efforts” found no interested buyer wanting to continue Sears Canada as a...

by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Monday Oct 09 2017

The benefits of small-business income splitting, also known as income sprinkling, are concentrated amongst Canada’s richest and not used by the vast majority of families declaring small business income, according to new myth-busting research from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives...

by Murray Dobbin on Saturday Oct 07 2017

The fact that science is the foundation for civilization and democracy should be self-evident. Regrettably, that connection seems often to escape our collective consciousness. We tend to think of science narrowly as restricted to high-tech, laboratories, and the development of electric cars or travel to Mars. But everything we do collectively, from Medicare, to fighting climate change, to...

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