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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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What makes a country happy?

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The happiest countries in the world are not necessarily the richest, but those with truly democratic governments

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I remember Occupy

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Have our values and the way we approach activism changed in the past five years?

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Thank you, Land Protectors of Labrador

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We have all learned something important from the courage of Labradorians

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“Refugees Welcome”

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People in St. John’s rally in support of refugees, against racism and bigotry.

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Demanding economic, social and climate justice

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Following a weekend of nationwide protests, and as Canadian politicians host their counterparts from the rest of the Americas in Toronto this week, people are asking: What will it take for Canada and its provinces to decarbonize their economies and join the growing global movement toward clean, renewable energy.

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Post-secondary policy: one step forward or two steps back?

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Accessible post-secondary education is a policy to which this province must affirm its commitment

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Everything is on the table — except common sense

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Governing-by-panic is bad public policy

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Is NL about to repeat the worst mistakes of 20 years ago?

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Privatization will cost the province—and its taxpayers—much more than if we keep services public.

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Introducing Glocal Justice to province’s public schools

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A junior high school teacher is hoping a pioneering teaching resource she developed while in university will be supported by the provincial Department of Education and used in classrooms around the province

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Target (not) acquired

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Let’s move on from retailers that stifle communities.

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2014: Newfoundland & Labrador ‘Year in Review’

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We need a ‘bigger picture’ perspective if we’re to achieve the large scale change we desperately need. The Independent was there to cover the stories that mattered most in 2014. Help us do it again this year: #GoIndy2015!

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When one door closes…

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The dropping price of oil reveals more than just the dangers of relying on oil revenue. It also reveals the dangers of letting high income earners and corporations skip by without paying their fair share of taxes.

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Government debt, social progress: working out the balance

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Why individual and government debts are different in a very important way

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Talking Turkeys

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Food banks were supposed to be a temporary measure, not an institution. Could our energies be better spent tackling income inequality, rather than institutionalizing charity?

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Call in the taxmen

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How the Harper Government is destroying civil society and why that will hurt us all

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NL unions vow “fairness for all” fight in lead up to 2015 elections

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Members of the province’s labour movement gathered in St. John’s last week to discuss their mandate and strategy for ramping up efforts to achieve social and economic justice in Newfoundland and Labrador. Union leaders say political activism will be a key part of their fight.

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“We can’t continue at the rate we’re going”: Freda Huson of Unist’ot’en

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From Unist’ot’en to Elsipogtog to Nitassinan, NunatuKavut and Nunatsiavut — more and more of Canada’s Indigenous peoples are defending their land and rights. Jon Parsons speaks with Freda Huson of the Unist’ot’en Clan.

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Dispatches from Peoples Social Forum (Day 2)

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Indy correspondent Jon Parsons reports from Ottawa on day 2 of the Peoples Social Forum

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Thousands gather in Ottawa for Peoples Social Forum (Day 1)

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“The four day gathering aims to create a common front among the many diverse movements fighting for rights, for justice, and for the environment.”

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