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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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We will never have better than we demand

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“All is well for western profiteers when their media and politicians can get us quibbling among ourselves over jobs and who gets a better pension.”

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Dey took de-bate

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Failure to allow debate and dialogue will have far greater consequences than this government realizes

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Quebec election PQ’ed my interest

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Brandon has a few insights into the Quebec election, how it could have been different, and the lessons we can learn from Quebec (and other mature democracies)

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Dwight Ball points out the PC government missed a deadline

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One of the downsides to providing such a detailed election platform (see here) is that there is a lot for your opponents to hold you to account for. Such seems to the case for the governing Tories, whose platform was incredibly detailed. VOCM is reporting that Liberal leader Dwight Ball took the microphones today to announce Premier Kathy Dunderdale has missed her own government’s deadline to provide a provincial strategy on reducing wait times in emergency rooms and for orthopedic surgeries. Ball said the Premier promised, during the Fall election, to have such a strategy ready within her first 120 days in office. The government better keep closer tabs on its promises – you can bet the opposition parties will be. Source: VOCM

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BlackBerry users in Newfoundland out of the woods

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A massive outage in BlackBerry services across the world also affected users in Newfoundland. What began four days ago as troubles with texting and other minor glitches blew up into a full service shutdown yesterday, frustrating at least one online media business manager in the province. Today Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the device, says that services are approaching normal levels. CBC is reporting that the outage occurred after a “core switch” failed, as did a backup switch, leading to a large backlog of data; messages coming into Europe from Asia and the Americas to BlackBerry users got backed up and started affecting BlackBerry users globally. “We believe we understand why this happened and we are working to restore normal service levels in all markets as quickly as we can” said RIM’s chief technology officer David Yach. Meanwhile governments around the world like Canada’s, whose staff depend on the…

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Elections in PEI, NWT, Manitoba completed; Ontario next

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Newfoundland and Labrador goes to the polls on October 11, but as we look to that day, across Canada other provinces and territories are electing new governments as well. Polls closed in Prince Edward Island on Monday, seeing the Liberals under incumbent Premier Robert Ghiz being elected to a strong majority. The people in the Northwest Territories also made their choices on Monday; the legislative assembly in Yellowknife is nonpartisan. Manitoba held its election yesterday, where despite the NDP and Tories almost splitting the popular vote, the NDP pulled through for its fourth straight majority government. Canada’s eyes now turn to Ontario where the embattled province is set to vote tomorrow. A sure win for Conservative leader Tim Hudak has turned around, where the question now seems to be whether Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals will achieve a minority or majority government. This would be McGuinty’s third government. Elections still to come?…

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NEIA responds to provincial government’s environmental actions plans

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Industry Association (NEIA) says that it is pleased to see the release of two action plans from the government concerning climate change and energy efficiency. “We are pleased that this Government is taking a strong position on climate change and energy efficiencies.” said NEIA Executive Director Linda Bartlett “We are aware there are concerns on meeting carbon emission targets by 2020 and are looking forward to Government addressing these issues.” The Climate Change Action Plan outlines the provinces’ strategic approach to climate change for the next five years. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the current impact of global warming are the main focal points of this document. The Energy Efficiency Action Plan is the province’s first strategy wholly dedicated to energy efficiency. The plan highlights the benefits of energy efficiency including lower household energy bills, reduced dependency on unsustainable energy sources, improved business…

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