Harper Majority May Be One-Hit Wonder

Harper Majority May Be One-Hit WonderThe majority government won by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday could be his one and only, according to a focus group of Canadian voters. A collection of factors allowed for the Conservatives to decisively win 167 seats in the spring election that saw the Bloc Québécois virtually wiped off the map and the Liberals lose their status as the Official Opposition party to the NDP, according to a report…

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Canada New Mortgage Rules

Canada New Mortgage RulesIn mid-January, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced new mortgage rules that would be put in place to help stop rising debt levels among Canadians, and to keep another mortgage meltdown from occurring. These rules, three of them in total, are another measure the government has put in place to tighten the rules for people getting mortgages. In 2010, stronger rules were put in place, and this adds to that. The…

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Canadians Await Word of Loved Ones in Egypt

Canadians Await Word of Loved Ones in EgyptCanadians with loved ones in Egypt were glued to computer screens and waiting by the phone Friday as they hoped to hear from family and friends in the North African country being swept with violent protests demanding an end to an autocratic era. Candace Furneaux was just one of many Canadians desperate to hear from family in Egypt. Her 26-year-old daughter was backpacking through the country when riots engulfed the…

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WikiLeaks Putting Lives at Risk

WikiLeaks Putting Lives at RiskThe State Department has warned the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks that its expected release of classified U.S. documents would endanger countless lives, jeopardize American military operations and hurt international cooperation on global security issues. The department’s top lawyer urged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a letter Saturday to keep classified documents off the website, remove records of them from its database and return any material to the U.S. government. Lawyer Harold…

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Public gets a view into MP expenses

Public gets a view into MP expensesCanadians paid out $5,230 for Stephen Harper’s phone bill last year and $2,295 in postage for Michael Ignatieff. Those are some of the smaller expenses Canadians can browse online now that MPs expenses are posted in full. In total, the prime minister’s expenses came to $281,255.67, compared to Ignatieff’s $570,984.10. The expenses released are what each MP charges the House of Commons through their MPs expenses. Most of Harper’s expenses…

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Proposed Federal Securities Regulator – Little Help for the Individual Investor

Proposed Federal Securities Regulator - Little Help for the Individual InvestorWorth reading: IndependentInvestor.info‘s Proposed Canadian Securities Act and investor protection: a failing grade. The thoughtful, detailed analysis and judgment of the proposed move by the federal government to create a national securities regulator shows how little improvement there really is likely to be for the individual investor in solving key problems: high fees for mutual funds, costly access to government of Canada securities, lack of fiduciary responsibility by the industry…

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Liberals Pledge to Prevent Abuse of Prorogation

Liberals Pledge to Prevent Abuse of ProrogationOTTAWA – Surrounded by members of the Liberal caucus in front of the House of Commons on the day when Parliament should have resumed, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff announced that the Liberal Party of Canada will seek changes to the House of Commons’ rules that would prevent the Prime Minister from using prorogation illegitimately. “Twice in one year, Mr. Harper has abused his powers by shutting down Parliament to save…

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Put Some Money Where Your Mouth Is

Put Some Money Where Your Mouth IsRemember that delicious movie, The Devil Wears Prada?  My favourite scene was the one where Miranda scorningly points out that while it may be politically correct amongst intelligentsia to dismiss fashion, at the end of the day, the colours we all select from our re-used, recycled clothing were determined months and months before by the fashionistas.   We think they don’t impact us.  But they do.  Except we end up wearing…

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