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Policy Options: Changing expectations around Indigenous health

The following is an abridged transcript of a speech delivered April 20 by Alika Lafontaine, the collaborative team lead at the Indigenous Health Alliance. Lafontaine was the recipient of the 2017 Indigenous Emerging Leader, at the 2017 Public Policy Forum Testimonial Dinner and Awards. April 26, 2017 I’d like to share two stories, one about […]

by pmnationtalk on April 27, 201716 Views

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MLI’s impact and influence 2016

At MLI our goal is to influence better federal public policy by positioning ourselves as thought leaders on the issues that are most important to Canadians. Therefore measuring our influence is essential to measuring our success. This section reports on MLI’s considerable influence in 2016, particularly in the areas of Aboriginal affairs, justice, the economy, […]

by pmnationtalk on April 27, 201713 Views

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CCPA: Metro Vancouver families face increasing child care and housing costs

April 26, 2017 (Vancouver) The wage needed to cover the costs of raising a family in Metro Vancouver is virtually unchanged in the past year, however, child care and housing costs are major challenges for many families, a report released today finds. The 2017 Metro Vancouver living wage is $20.62 per hour for each parent […]

by pmnationtalk on April 27, 201716 Views

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Open Media: Ahead of unveiling of FCC plans to scrap Net Neutrality, Congress urged to hold oversight hearings into FCC Chair Ajit Pai’s proposals

House and Senate leaders warned about the loss of Net Neutrality as Pai is widely expected to announce plans to dismantle common carriage safeguards this week April 26, 2017 – Leaders in Congress are being urged to hold oversight hearings into attempts by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai to undo Net Neutrality safeguards […]

by pmnationtalk on April 26, 201712 Views

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Carleton Professor to Participate in Institute for Research on Public Policy’s Workshop on the Indian Act

April 25, 2017 The Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), in partnership with Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication and the School of Public Policy and Administration in the Faculty of Public Affairs, will host the workshop Understanding the Indian Act. The panel event will seek to answer questions and build knowledge of […]

by pmnationtalk on April 25, 201744 Views

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Lending volumes and credit conditions are improving for SMEs, but many firms continue to struggle to obtain financing that meets their needs – OECD

April 21, 2017 Lending volumes and credit conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have gradually improved, according to a new report from the OECD, but demand-side obstacles such as a lack of financial knowledge are contributing to holding back a stronger recovery. Moreover, SME finance through non-bank instruments is still not sufficiently developed to […]

by pmnationtalk on April 21, 201723 Views

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WRHA a Dysfunctional Model? – FCPP

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority was established in the mid-1990s and it has grown into a massive, complex bureaucracy. Its budget is approaching $3 billion. Its many activities range from operating a central laundry to establishing standards while operating a multitude of regional programs, funding all hospitals, and operating some hospitals (including the Health Sciences […]

by ahnationtalk on April 20, 201721 Views

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We have a better budget for Nova Scotia – CCPA

April 20, 2017 Halifax—The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia released its annual Nova Scotia Alternative Budget today, a week in advance of the current government’s tabling what is likely to be its last provincial budget before it calls an election. It is thus timely to hold our government to account for the choices it […]

by pmnationtalk on April 20, 201726 Views

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Canada’s air cleanest it’s been in 40 years, stricter environmental regulation may unnecessarily harm economy – Fraser Institute

April 20, 2017 VANCOUVER—Canada’s air quality has dramatically improved over the past four decades despite significant population and economic growth and increased energy usage, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “Imposing additional regulations might only harm economic growth with little or no measurable public […]

by pmnationtalk on April 20, 201721 Views

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Site C: It’s not too late to hit pause – Policy Options

April 19, 2017 Site C is an $8.3-billion hydroelectric project in the early stages of construction by BC Hydro, the provincial power utility, on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia. It is designed to produce 1,100 megawatts of capacity and 5,100 gigawatt-hours per year of energy, starting in 2024. Supporters of the project have […]

by pmnationtalk on April 20, 201724 Views

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PPF: Canada Must Move Now to Unleash Economic Growth in the Agri-Food Sector

New report calls on federal government to create Agri-Food Growth Council TORONTO, April 20, 2017 – Canada’s agri-food leaders want Prime Minister Trudeau to create an Agri-Food Growth Council to focus on actions that will unleash growth in the industry, according to the Canada as an Agri-Food Powerhouse report, released today by the Public Policy Forum (PPF) […]

by pmnationtalk on April 20, 201721 Views

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Putting the care back into foster care – Policy Options

Youth in foster care should be nurtured and supported past the age of majority. On February 7, Bernard Richard, Acting BC Representative for Children and Youth, released a report called Broken Promises, chronicling the heartbreaking story of Alex Gervais, a Métis teenager who had been in care since he was a child. In September 2015, […]

by ahnationtalk on April 19, 201723 Views

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Selling Hydro Wires to Build Transit Lines: Cities’ $20 Billion Option – C.D. Howe Institute

..there is no compelling public policy rationale for municipalities to hold these assets. April 19, 2017 – Cities across Canada should sell their electricity distribution companies and invest the proceeds in critical municipal infrastructure, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Surge Capacity: Selling City-owned Electricity Distributors to Meet Broader Municipal Infrastructure Needs,” […]

by pmnationtalk on April 19, 201717 Views

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North needs to attract immigrants to counter population loss says think tank – BayToday.ca

‘To achieve these objectives, the North is expected to attract an average of some 6,000 people a year from next year and each year thereafter for 25 years’ A Northern Ontario think tank says the region needs a surge in population, with newcomers playing a key role. Northern Policy Institute, in a news release, predicts […]

by ahnationtalk on April 13, 201738 Views

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NPI Commissions a “Northern Newcomer Strategy”

Northern Ontario needs a surge in population, newcomers will play a key role April 12, 2017 – 75,000 workers, 150,000 people. These are the forecasted workforce and population shortfalls throughout Northern Ontario by the year 2041, even after allowing for the expected growth in the Indigenous population. In order to meet those goals the north […]

by ahnationtalk on April 12, 201750 Views

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Fraser Institute News Release: Most wealth inequality in Canada explained by differences in people’s age

April 12, 2017 VANCOUVER—Wealth inequality in Canada is largely the result of differences in people’s age, where wealth accumulation is a slow and steady process over a long period of time, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. Wealth, measured by a household’s net worth, […]

by pmnationtalk on April 12, 201749 Views

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Home-Care Model is Failing Manitoba – FCPP

We know our population is aging, and a recent study by the University of Manitoba shows the province could need up to 5,000 personal care home beds by 2030, or approximately 300 to 350 beds per year. If we are successful in solving some of the patient-flow problems discussed earlier, and given the demographic wave […]

by ahnationtalk on April 12, 201789 Views

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RCYBC: Protocol agreement signed

APRIL 10, 2017 Representative Bernard Richard and Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux today completed the signing of a comprehensive protocol agreement which has the purpose of ensuring a clear, mutual understanding of their organizations’ respective roles and mandates regarding communication and information sharing. The protocol, which was also signed by the Provincial […]

by aanationtalk on April 11, 201741 Views

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Surging Demands for Seniors Benefits Means Age of Eligibility Must Rise – C.D. Howe Institute

With retirees living longer and the working-age population remaining relatively stable, the growing demand for financial support in retirement will potentially strain social security programs. April 11, 2017 – With retirees living longer and the working-age population remaining relatively stable, the growing demand for financial support in retirement will potentially strain social security programs, according […]

by pmnationtalk on April 11, 201727 Views

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Know your history on pay equity – Policy Options

April 11 is Equal Pay Day in Ontario. As women and allies stand together to demand economic justice, it is important to know the statistics: Indigenous women face a gender pay gap of 57 percent. For women with disabilities, the gap is 46 percent; for immigrant women, 39 percent; for racialized women, 32 percent. Women’s […]

by pmnationtalk on April 11, 201731 Views

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Federal science panel calls for enhanced oversight and strategic re-investments to strengthen the foundations of independent Canadian research

April 10, 2017 – Ottawa Today, the Government of Canada published the final report of the expert panel on Canada’s Fundamental Science Review. Commissioned by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, the report by the blue-ribbon panel offers a comprehensive review of the mechanisms for federal funding that supports research undertaken at academic institutions […]

by pmnationtalk on April 10, 201725 Views

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CCPA: “Sharing economy” work in the GTA

It’s more than just a gig April 7, 2017 TORONTO – They are young and highly educated, but many “sharing economy” workers in the GTA are selling their services under precarious working conditions, according to a new survey released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. While most workers in this survey say they like […]

by pmnationtalk on April 7, 201743 Views

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Canada’s personal income tax turns 100; small wartime tax has ballooned to 51 per cent of federal revenues – Fraser Institute

April 06, 2017 VANCOUVER—After 100 years of taxing Canadians, the personal income tax, which began as a small wartime revenue generator, has morphed into a costly, complex behemoth that’s difficult to administer and makes Canada very uncompetitive, finds a new collection of essays by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “The […]

by pmnationtalk on April 6, 201728 Views

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CCPA: Half of single BC seniors living on $25K or less per year

April 5, 2017 (Vancouver) Poverty and economic insecurity among BC seniors is growing, according to a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. After rapid declines over the 1970s, 80s and 90s, seniors’ poverty rose from a low of 2.2% in 1996 to 12.7% in 2014 (the most recent year data is […]

by pmnationtalk on April 6, 201723 Views

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Shifting demographic trends will tell the story of Nipissing district’s future – Northern Policy Institute

April 4, 2017 – The seventh installment of Northern Projections: Human Capital Series reveals an aging and declining working-age population will have significant consequences on Nipissing district’s future labour market. The new report, a partnership between Northern Policy Institute and the Northern Ontario Workforce Planning Boards, finds that there are several trends – both positive […]

by ahnationtalk on April 5, 201742 Views

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Young Could Pick Up the Tab for Old with CPP Expansion – C.D. Howe Institute

Simulations allowing for fluctuations around the assumed returns show cashflows sufficient to cover 90 percent of benefits in scarcely more than half the scenarios. April 4, 2017 – Younger Canadians are at a material risk of picking up the tab should the soon-to-be expanded Canada Pension Plan experience investment return shortfalls, according to a new […]

by pmnationtalk on April 5, 201723 Views

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Parry Sound District… a destination for secondary migrants? – Northern Policy Institute

March 30, 2017 – Northern Policy Institute, in partnership with the Northern Ontario Workforce Planning Boards, has released the sixth report of their joint effort; Northern Projections: Human Capital Series. The report, authored by James Cuddy and Bakhtiar Moazzami, focuses on the Parry Sound District, proposing secondary migration from the Greater Toronto Area as a […]

by pmnationtalk on April 5, 201723 Views

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Ontario government adding $9 billion in debt next year, despite balanced budget pledge

March 30, 2017 TORONTO—Ontario’s debt is expected to continue to grow—increasing by approximately $9 billion next year—despite the government’s promise to finally balance its budget this spring, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “Even if Queen’s Park balances the budget, it will still add […]

by pmnationtalk on March 30, 201740 Views

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Why we celebrate Canada: MLI Commentary by Brian Lee Crowley

Brian Lee Crowley offers a defence of Canada’s unique greatness OTTAWA, March 30, 2017 – Freedom. The new world. A willingness to sacrifice. These are the unique qualities that make Canada a great nation, declares Brian Lee Crowley in a new commentary. Multiculturalism, public health care and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are all […]

by pmnationtalk on March 30, 201732 Views

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The fatal flaw in the nation-to-nation agenda – Policy Options

March 29, 2017 First Nations people, especially those living on reserve, view the federal budget much differently from non-Natives. For us, it’s like a federal budget and the equivalent of a provincial budget put together. This is a consequence of the division of powers that sees the federal government delivering many provincial services on reserves, […]

by pmnationtalk on March 30, 201741 Views

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More Subdued Growth on Tap for Canada’s Banks – The Conference Board of Canada

Ottawa, March 29, 2017—GDP growth in Canada’s banking industry will be limited to 2.4 per cent this year amid a slowdown in consumer and business credit growth, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s first outlook for the Canadian banking services industry. Still, the industry is expected to perform better than the overall Canadian economy and profit […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 201737 Views

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Controversial Changes to Drug Patent and Copyright Rules Have Manageable Side Effects – C.D. Howe Institute

Controversial changes to drug patent and copyright rules required under Canada’s recent trade deals will have manageable side effects. March 30, 2017 – Controversial changes to drug patent and copyright rules required under Canada’s recent trade deals will have manageable side effects, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Patents, Copyright […]

by pmnationtalk on March 30, 201749 Views

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A National Housing Strategy must enable provinces and territories to shape programs to their varying needs and market realities. – Policy Options

March 27, 2017 The federal government is currently making decisions on its promised National Housing Strategy, and its 2017 budget has announced the funding involved. It seems timely to ask: What can we learn from the history of social housing policy in Canada that is relevant today? In the government’s election platform and budget, affordable […]

by pmnationtalk on March 27, 201756 Views

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IRPP: Quick wins for Canada’s chief science advisor

March 23, 2017 While Ottawa’s chief science advisor has yet to be named, the biggest question isn’t so much who will be named to the role, but what that person will do with the job. Much of the impetus for the position’s appearance in the 2015 Liberal campaign platform was to reverse the Harper government’s […]

by pmnationtalk on March 23, 201735 Views

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FCPP: Attawapiskat’s Bad Habits

Attawapiskat First Nation — an isolated Northern Ontario reserve — played a prominent role in the Idle No More indigenous protest movement that erupted in 2012. Then Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence complained to the media about unacceptable housing conditions on her reserve. The movement was energized by Chief Spence’s decision to declare a hunger strike […]

by pmnationtalk on March 23, 201732 Views

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Jack Granatstein and Noah Richler debate in Ottawa March 28: Should Canadians be ashamed of their history?

OTTAWA, March 21, 2017 – A respected historian and a well-known author will square off in Ottawa later this month over one of Canada’s most contentious contemporary issues: Should Canadians be ashamed of their history? Historian Jack Granatstein and author Noah Richler will take part in the latest entry in the Great Canadian Debates, the […]

by pmnationtalk on March 21, 201742 Views

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Custom-made First Nations election systems can lead to abuse and discrimination – Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER—Custom-made election systems for individual First Nation bands— instead of Indian Act rules—may produce more accountable and transparent government but may also lead to abuse of power and discrimination, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “Before committing to custom election rules, First Nations should […]

by pmnationtalk on March 21, 201769 Views

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Fundamentals for robust long-term growth elusive for Canadian economy: Quarterly economic report by Philip Cross

Business investment and exports remain weak even after positive fourth quarter in 2016 OTTAWA, March 20, 2017 – Household and government spending helped prop up a recovering-but-still-tepid Canadian economy to close out 2016, writes Munk Senior Fellow Philip Cross in his latest quarterly economic update for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Real GDP increased by 0.6 percent […]

by pmnationtalk on March 21, 201732 Views

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Budget 2017: A path to balancing the books, or more red ink? – MLI

March 17, 2017 Ottawa, as it prepares to unveil the 2017 federal budget this week, faces an important choice: Take some first steps to slaying its growing deficit or sink further into fiscal quicksand. The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is a thought leader on fiscal responsibility and the need for balanced budgets in Canada. “Just because the […]

by pmnationtalk on March 20, 201740 Views

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Prioritizing the Fight Against Persistent Poverty: Sean Speer for Inside Policy

Progress has been achieved in the fight against poverty, writes Sean Speer. Attention should now turn to those at-risk of persistent poverty. This post is based on remarks delivered to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities on February 21, 2017. By Sean Speer, March […]

by pmnationtalk on March 15, 201736 Views

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Fraser Institute: Health-care spending more than doubled since 2001; projected to keep growing

March 14, 2017 VANCOUVER—Health-care spending by provincial governments has increased by 116 per cent since 2001, and even though increases have slowed recently, health care is projected to consume an even larger portion of program spending over the next 15 years, according to a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan […]

by pmnationtalk on March 14, 201746 Views

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CCPA: Federal budget must take action on inequality and boost economy

Think tank unveils plan to cut poverty, create jobs, and close tax loopholes March 9, 2017 OTTAWA—The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is urging the federal government to table a budget that makes good on its promises to reduce income inequality and drive inclusive growth. With the release of its annual Alternative Federal Budget […]

by ahnationtalk on March 9, 201760 Views

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Fraser Institute: Government employees in Alberta receive 7.9 per cent higher wages than comparable private-sector workers

March 9, 2017 CALGARY—With the Alberta government set to unveil another large budget deficit next week, a new study by the Fraser Institute finds that all public-sector workers in the province—including federal, provincial and municipal employees—receive higher pay, on average, than comparable workers in the private sector and enjoy more generous non-wage benefits, too. “Compensation […]

by pmnationtalk on March 9, 201763 Views

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CCPA: $5.2 million in political donations and more than 22,000 lobbying contacts

Study reveals scale of influence by fossil fuel industry on BC government, public officials March 8, 2017 (Vancouver) A new study finds the policy alignment between BC’s provincial government and the fossil fuel industry may be explained, at least in part, by extensive donations to political parties combined with intense, sustained lobbying pressure on public […]

by pmnationtalk on March 8, 201745 Views

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UN expert urges consistent policies for US on indigenous peoplesè rights for projects like Dakota Access Pipeline

WASHINGTON, D.C. / GENEVA (3 March 2017) – A UN human rights expert has called on all levels of government in the United States to adopt consistent practices when consulting with indigenous tribes on projects that could affect their rights, like the Dakota Access Pipeline. The appeal was made by the United Nations Special Rapporteur […]

by ahnationtalk on March 6, 201745 Views

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Rapid Policy Update: Government Announces New Energy Strategy – OCC

2nd March 2017 Today, the Government of Ontario responded to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) call to support the growth of the provincial economy through the reduction of electricity rates. The Fair Hydro Plan will seek to mitigate the rising cost of electricity in Ontario. Expected to take affect in summer 2017, the Plan […]

by ahnationtalk on March 3, 201761 Views

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North Superior Workforce Planning Board: Know your community to grow your community.

March 2, 2017 – North Superior Workforce Planning Board – Your Local Employment Planning Council and Northern Policy Institute have teamed up to provide communities with greater access to labour market information at the very local level. The Community Labour Market Report Series by Amandine Martel and José-Karl Noiseux, provides local labour market indicators for […]

by pmnationtalk on March 3, 201743 Views

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To compete with Russia in the Arctic, Canada will need to balance soft with hard power: Aurel Braun and Stephen Blank for the Arctic Deeply – MLI

Russia is stepping up its efforts to claim territory in the Arctic that is, thanks to more shipping routes and natural resources, becoming more valuable. Canada will need to balance its diplomatic efforts with more military spending to bolster its own claim, write Aurel Braun and Stephen Blank. By Aurel Braun and Stephen Blank, Feb. […]

by pmnationtalk on March 1, 201747 Views

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IRPP: Steps along Reconciliation Road

February 28, 2017 At a First Nations education conference in late January in Calgary, sponsored by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, one of the presenters used the term “incrementalism.” She was discussing some initiatives in her school district to “Indigenize” the school environment. Her group was asking her province’s ministry of education to […]

by pmnationtalk on February 28, 201773 Views

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C. D. Howe Institute: Fight Cigarette Smuggling With Better Policing, Not Higher Taxes

Provinces should fight contraband cigarettes with better policing, and reforming government allocation of cigarettes to Aboriginal reserves, rather than impose higher taxes. February 28, 2017 – Provinces should fight contraband cigarettes with better policing, and reforming government allocation of cigarettes to Aboriginal reserves, rather than impose higher taxes, according to new report released by the […]

by pmnationtalk on February 28, 201776 Views

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