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Tax evasion is costing our government billions

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“In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” –Benjamin Franklin. “In this world death is certain for everyone, but taxation is far from certain for those allowed to avoid it.” –Ed Finn. I recently received an unexpected letter from the Canada Revenue Agency. I always pay my income tax on time, but I still felt some trepidation. When my wife returned from the mail box and gave it to me, she said the expression on my face was akin to that of someone handed a ticking time bomb. My foreboding turned out to be unfounded. The four-page letter consisted of a detailed analysis of my 2016 tax return, with tables and graphs and a form to fill out and send back to the CRA. I could have trimmed the bureaucratic jargon to a single sentence: “We have reviewed your last tax payment and found that you owe the…

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Do governments neglect social spending for corporate subsidies?

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Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The rich need no protection. — Wendell Phillips. When it comes to listing countries on the basis of the social services they provide to their citizens compared to the subsidies they heap on their corporations, Canada doesn’t fare well. A recent study from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy reports that our federal government and the four largest provinces spend $29 billion a year subsidizing business firms. The study’s author, John Lester, says that half of these huge subsidies fail to improve economic performance and therefore constitute a colossal waste of government revenue. “And because nearly one-third of all such subsidies just go generally to support specific industries or regions rather than to enhance economic development,” he added, “the proportion of questionable spending rises to 60% of the total.” Of the $29 billion in government handouts that corporations receive annually,…

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Hiding wealth in tax havens deprives Canadian governments of massive amounts of tax revenue

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Letting Canadians get away with tax evasion hurts us all

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Persistence of massive child poverty in Canada a national disgrace

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And not just at Christmas time.

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No, Margaret Wente, all is not forgiven

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Margaret Wente says a recent trip to Fogo Island changed her view of Newfoundland. No, it hasn’t.

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Under Trudeau, Canada’s support for Israel still unwavering

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A recent vote in Parliament to condemn support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel reveals Canada’s new Liberal government is fundamentally aligned with Stephen Harper and the Tories on Israel and Palestine, say critics.

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Why the nationalism debate needs to stop being dominated by white men

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A recent panel on Newfoundland nationalism at MUN reveals the stale nature of the debate.

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Could Canada’s refugee plan help terrorist groups?

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Welcoming asylum seekers into our country is both noble and necessary. But doing it wrong could have disastrous consequences.

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You can’t fight hatred with bombs

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The terrorist attacks in Paris will shape the evolution of our security and privacy environments and accelerate profound effects on the way we interact and live. As a society we have a responsibility to understand what an event like Paris means and how we can best protect ourselves against such violence—and worse—in the future.

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St. John’s joins global #ClimateMarch ahead of COP21

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As the global climate talks get underway in Paris, people in St. John’s and across Canada are demanding climate justice.

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Wanted: post-election vigilance

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Now that we’ve had some time to relish in Harper’s defeat, let’s look at some of Justin Trudeau’s promises so that we can hold the Liberal Party to account as they implement their “Real Change”.

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Why I think Canadians should vote

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While people are literally dying for democracy here in the Middle East, it disheartens me to see so many back home in Newfoundland and Canada taking their freedoms for granted.

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Don’t talk down to us

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‘Professionals’ are killing democracy.

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It could have been so different

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While politicians quarrel and people die trying to get to Canada, many of us see traces of our own family histories in the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Mount Pearl declares right to a healthy environment

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The province’s second-biggest community has joined St. John’s and more than 70 other municipalities Canada-wide in acknowledging its residents’ right to clean air, water and soil.

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Renewables: the nexus between climate change and the economy

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As governments around the world are undergoing a paradigm shift by decarbonizing their economies and moving into the clean renewable era, Canada is on the brink of a structural transformation in its economy and its politics.

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St. John’s proclaims right to a healthy environment

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The NL capital joins Blue Dot movement and becomes first municipality east of Quebec to recognize its residents’ right to clean air, water and soil.

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Climate action won’t involve move from oil: Premier

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Following a premier’s climate summit in Québec City earlier this week, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis says his government cares about mitigating climate change but has no plans to slow fossil fuel development anytime soon. Meanwhile, 60+ Canadian academics think the time is perfect for a transition to low-carbon economy.

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Stop the killing: Fatal police shootings in Canada

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Too many people are killed by police in Canada. Here is what we should do to change that.

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An International Women’s Day reflection

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There are a lot of unhappy facts to face when it comes to gender equality. But there is also hope.

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