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Trudeau's media love affair draws to a sour end: As October ushers in the first anniversary of the Trudeau government, a clear pattern has emerged. The public's love affair with Justin Trudeau remains undiminished, intense and glowing. But the media's attitude toward the Prime Minister and his government has palpably turned sour and frus...
Household debt is far too high -- and why it's going to go higher still: When the National Balance Sheet came out this month, the media focused on how the record-high household debt-to-GDP ratio is now above 100 per cent, the implication being that households should pay down that debt... somehow. This is far from the full story. We need to look at the broader d...
Montreal citizens strike a blow against gentrification with Parc Madeleine-Parent : Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Activist Madeleine Parent has been honoured with a new park thanks to the determination of the citizens of a working-class district where, in 1943, she started her career as...
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Why Barack Obama Should Lead WHO, And Why He Won’t (in Opinion): World Health Organization needs a leader to battle for resources, make tough choices.  Related Stories After Ebola, WHO Launches New Outbreak Workforce (in Opinion) ‘Listen, Liberal’: How the Democrats Deserted the Working Class (in Opinion) A Coup against President Trump? More Likely a Coup by H...
A Modest Proposal for a New Media Landscape (in Mediacheck): Tyee editor Robyn Smith was asked to advise MPs on Canada’s journalism industry, and its future. Here’s what she said.  Related Stories Tyee's Most Gripping Reads of 2015 (in Mediacheck) Save Canada's News Media? Like We Said in 2005... (in Mediacheck) What to Do When Anonymous Trolls Throw You H...
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Ottawa gives Pacific NorthWest LNG conditional approval: RICHMOND, B.C. — The federal government gave conditional approval Tuesday to the massive Pacific NorthWest LNG project planned for British Columbia’s northwest coast. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc travelled to Ri...
Opinion Brief: Tuesday, September 27, 2016: Tonight’s Opinion Brief is brought to you by the Public Policy Forum’s Growth Summit. On Oct. 12, join Canada’s top thinkers, doers and decision makers to talk innovation, infrastructure and ideas to spur growth beyond two per cent. Register here today. ___________________ Good evening, subscrib...
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Battle for $15 per hour minimum wage escalates in Quebec: The fight for 15 is alive in Quebec, where workers at the Old Port of Montreal have been on strike for four months.
Opening Bethlehem to the world: Editors' note: The western Canadian premiere of Open Bethlehem is Monday night, Sept. 26 at Vancouver's Rio Theatre. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director, moderated by author Hadani Ditmars.
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Hillary Clinton and the Flawed Concept of Open Government : You probably don't remember this but back in September 2014, President Obama spoke at the Open Government Partnership Meeting held at the United Nations Building in New York City:     Here are some key quotes in case you don't want to listen to the entire 11 minute speech: ...
Premier Wynne Expresses ‘Concern’ over Rising Housing Prices : Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has expressed serious concerns about the heightening housing prices of Toronto. According to the Premier, her government is gathering detailed information about what is driving the sharp increase in prices before deciding what steps are required to fix it, includin...
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CELEBRATING RIGHT TO KNOW WEEK: A panel discussion during Right to Know Week will take place at Carleton University later this month. (Photograph by nismonick) I’m excited to announce I’ll be speaking at my alma mater for an event celebrating Right to Know Week. On Sept. 26, Carleton University and the Office of the Informati...
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BY THE NUMBERS: What secrets do Canadians learn thanks to freedom of information laws? I’ll be scanning news coverage across the country to find out. (Photograph by Shutterstock.com) Canada’s freedom of information laws may be broken. But they can still be used to make public records that the powerful want to ...
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Partout au Canada: coule pas chez nous!: La lutte contre l’oléoduc Énergie Est a rapidement remporté la médaille de la campagne climatique la plus efficace de l’histoire du Canada. Les mobilisations au Manitoba, en Ontario, dans les Maritimes et, surtout, au Québec, ont surpris le reste du...
La vie citoyenne de Jean Charest: Quittant la vie politique pour redevenir simple citoyen, suite à la défaite de son parti en septembre 2012, Jean Charest – âgé d’à peine 54 ans – n’a pas tardé à se trouver un nouvel emploi au cabinet McCarthy Tétrault, à Montréal.
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Regional caucuses in the Senate are the wrong approach: A Public Policy Forum report on how to navigate a newly independent Senate by former senators Hugh Segal and Michael Kirby was released to a bit of fanfare late last week, with its key feature being the idea that the Senate be reorganized from party lines, to the regional lines by which its se...
Tories engaging in wedge politics over Bill C246, The Modernising Animal Protections Act: There are few things in politics that bother me more than foolish wedge politics standing in the way of meaningful progress. This week, the House of Commons votes at second reading on Bill C246, The Modernising Animal Protections Act, proposed by east-end Toronto MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith.  I...
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Pacific NorthWest LNG Pipeline Gets Conditional Green Light From Feds: RICHMOND, B.C. -- The federal government has given conditional approval to the massive Pacific NorthWest LNG project planned for British Columbia's northwest coast. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc travelled to Rich...
Senate May Fix Law That Could Revoke Maryam Monsef's Citizenship: OTTAWA — The Senate could come to the rescue of Canadians who are being stripped of their citizenship without a hearing. Independent Sen. Ratna Omidvar, who is sponsoring another citizenship-related bill in the upper house, says she's hopeful the Senate will amend the bill to do away with a law t...
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Anti-Trumpsters are busy but not effective: As a Canadian, I can only watch the unfolding and the outcome of the Trump saga. Still, one is compelled to ask, how many people are out there who think that if the powers most people call the Establishment are successful in taking out Mr. Trump, things will not return to "normal"? The anger w...
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Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, December 1, 2015: Your news links for today: Dark Clouds Over the Internet - New York Times Surprise! The NSA Is Still Spying On You - Gizmodo UK ISP boss points out massive technical flaws in Investigatory Powers Bill - Ars Technica BlackBerry is leav...
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Minority Math is Hard on the Liberals: The Liberals have run a strong and energetic campaign thus far under leader Justin Trudeau, so it seems unfair how hard it will be for them to find enough seats to claim the head of a minority government. Whether you're following one of the popular poll aggregator and seat projectors, or just wor...
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Tories in review: women’s rights: THE SUN HITS the back of my neck as I kneel over my poster board. It’s a hot summer afternoon in June and I’m colouring with markers, shared with the hands of girls decades my junior, helping with childcare at a sex worker solidarity rally. We’re at Toronto’s Allan Gardens, the day’s setting for ...
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How Harper systematically mined anti-Muslim prejudices: In this excerpt from his chapter in The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada, Haroon Siddiqui argues that Stephen Harper’s policies constituted an extensive, deliberate strategy to malign Muslims.
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Power & Politics' Ballot Box question: Thursday we asked: How serious a problem is racism in Canada?- Very: 370 votes (26%)- Somewhat: 346 votes (24%)- Not very: 691 votes (49%)- Unsure: 7 votes (0%)  Thursday we asked: How serious a problem is racism in Canada?- Very: 370 votes (26%)- Somewhat: 346 votes (24%)- Not...
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My Letter to my MP on Electoral Reform: Dear Mr. Saini, I am one of your constituents and I must say very happy you won your seat and your party won the recent election even though I am not always a Liberal voter. I was unable to attend your open house last night in Kitchener with Minister Monsef but I have a strong interest in electo...
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Puppet show:
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Improvising a Digital Curriculum at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government: Since arriving as a Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to integrate digital into the curriculum. I have a course on Digital Government and will be teaching modules next term on what we’ve learned from Digital Services (like USDS and GDS) as...
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Thoughts on the #LPC electoral reform policy plank: As a party member who has been involved with supporting democratic reform initiatives in the Liberal party, I thought I would add a few thoughts to the discussion today on the Liberal Party of Canada's electoral reform plank, rolled out earlier today. The pledge to "Make every vote count" is as f...

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