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NPI: Come North Planning Conferences – You’re Invited!

16 January 2020 – Two conferences are coming to Northern Ontario. Come North – Population Growth Strategy Planning Conferences will be taking place in Temiskaming Shores on February 11-13, and in Thunder Bay on February 18-20. The conferences are designed around information sharing, planning and coordination. During these three -day conferences, attendees will participate in […]

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 202040 Views

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The Rise Of The Anishinabek Nation: Self-Government For The Status Quo? – Yellowhead Institute

IN JUST A FEW WEEKS, Anishinaabeg (at least those in the province of Ontario) will vote on the Anishinaabek Nation Governance Agreement (ANGA). The Agreement has been under negotiation for over twenty years, with a tremendous amount of support and hope invested from Anishinaabe communities. In fact, the self-government provisions are limited to what already […]

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 202047 Views

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Why Canada’s North Warning System Needs an Overhaul: New MLI Commentary

OTTAWA, ON (January 14, 2020): Regardless of the party in power, the federal government has been notorious for dropping the ball when it comes to Canada’s national defence. Good examples can be found in the government’s failures to modernize our North Warning System (NWS) and expand the scope of the North American Aerospace Defense Command […]

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 202035 Views

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Call for Applications – QIA’s Social Policy Committee

January 10, 2020 EVENT: Call for Applications; Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Social Policy Committee, youth representative. The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is looking for energetic and dynamic individuals to fill the following committee position. To be considered, candidates must be actively and personally committed to represent the interest of Qikiqtani Inuit and have a sound understanding […]

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 202047 Views

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A Work in Progress: Measuring Wage Gaps for Women and Minorities in the Canadian Labour Market

January 9, 2020 – Wage gaps between men and women and white, Indigenous, and visible minority groups persist, despite a wide range of federal and provincial legislation intended to close them, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “A Work in Progress: Measuring Wage Gaps for Women and Minorities in the […]

by ahnationtalk on January 9, 202055 Views

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CAP on C-92 coming into Force: A biased process resulted in a biased policy

January 8th 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – On January 1st 2020, Bill C-92, “An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families”, came into force. The stated purpose of this legislation is “to affirm the rights and jurisdiction of Indigenous peoples in relation to child and family services”. It claims to respect “the […]

by ahnationtalk on January 9, 202034 Views

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Cultural Appropriation Keeps Happening Because Clear Laws Simply Don’t Exist – CIGI Online

December 24, 2019 Gucci, Dior, Valentino, Carolina Herrera, DSquared — countless top fashion labels have been in hot water over claims of cultural appropriation. Not a day goes by that news outlets don’t report on yet another example. But, despite the outrage and the backlash, high-profile brands and public figures continue to make headlines and […]

by ahnationtalk on January 6, 202036 Views

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Groups from Across Canada Join Initiative to Get Climate and Energy Policy Working Together

The Energy Future Forum (EFF), a new pan-Canadian initiative to develop policy answers that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the economy, was officially launched on Dec. 16 at a meeting in Toronto. It’s an “unprecedented effort to find common cause in addressing Canada’s climate and energy challenges,” said PPF’s Edward Greenspon. New initiative seeks […]

by ahnationtalk on December 16, 201994 Views

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The frustration in the West over energy policy is very, very real – The Globe and Mail

If one were to look back to review the biggest political mistakes in Canadian history, the National Energy Program (NEP) imposed in 1980 would rank pretty high on any list. Not only was it disastrous economically for the West – it was disastrous in terms of national unity. It cemented what had been an already […]

by ahnationtalk on December 16, 2019105 Views

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Unicef Canada: Top 5 policies to defend childhood in 2020

TORONTO, 13 December 2019 – The Prime Minister of Canada released ministerial mandate letters to guide federal ministers during the 43rd Parliament. Canada ranks 25 out of 41 wealthy countries in child and youth well-being, a middling position that has persisted for more than a decade. Kids in Canada have one chance at childhood; they […]

by ahnationtalk on December 16, 201992 Views

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Pembina Institute: Alberta’s regulations fail to effectively address major sources of emissions

Dec. 13, 2019 Federal government would put Canada’s climate ambition at risk if Alberta’s weak methane regulations are approved Alberta needs to improve its oil and gas methane regulations significantly before they go to the federal government for approval. The current regulations will fail to meet Canada’s methane reduction targets of 40 to 45 per […]

by ahnationtalk on December 13, 2019140 Views

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PE Government: New policy to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the provincial public service

Celebrating the 2019 International Human Rights Day, the Government of Prince Edward Island is pleased to announce its new Diversity and Inclusion Policy that supports creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace by recognizing and acknowledging the value of diversity and inclusion and of being reflective of our diverse population. The new Diversity and Inclusion Policy […]

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 201976 Views

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Indigenous participation in energy sector an exercise in Indigenous self-determination, economic development: Joseph Quesnel in the Hill Times

December 3, 2019 Now that the dust has settled from the election, the newly re-elected Liberal government will have to take stock of this election campaign and what issues were missed. For Indigenous communities, much was lost or distorted. When a group called Climate Justice Edmonton attempted to hold a “climate strike” in Edmonton on […]

by ahnationtalk on December 3, 201979 Views

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A chance to forge a fiscal relationship with Indigenous peoples – Policy Options

December 3, 2019 History tells us that minority governments in Canada can be shaky and unpredictable. But along with volatility and risk, there’s also an upside for political leaders who choose cooperation over conflict. One such opportunity lies in government-wide policies that will set Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples on a solid path toward reconciliation […]

by ahnationtalk on December 3, 201999 Views

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IISD: Fossil fuel subsidies undermine BC’s efforts on climate change

Winnipeg – British Columbia has long held a reputation for being one of the most environmentally friendly provinces in Canada, but, according to a new report, it is also one of the country’s top supporters of the fossil fuel industry. The Global Subsidies Initiative of the International Institute for Sustainable Development found that BC’s subsidies […]

by aanationtalk on November 27, 201961 Views

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Climate Policy Program Leads with Indigenous Youth Voices – Alternatives Journal

Nov 24 2019 Brandon Kyikavichik and Dominique Souris are helping communities adapt to climate change with their new platform FutureXChange. Earlier this month, 15 youth from across Canada gathered in Inuvik, Northwest Territories as part of the FutureXChange Program, designed to connect and equip them to collaborate on new community projects to help adapt to […]

by ahnationtalk on November 25, 201982 Views

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MLI Experts Available to Comment on New Cabinet

Ottawa, ON (November 20, 2019): The federal government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to formally reveal its new cabinet at the swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall this afternoon. What do new faces in key portfolios mean for public policy in Canada? What are the key challenges the new ministers will face, […]

by ahnationtalk on November 21, 201946 Views

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NPI: What is discussed at the table doesn’t stay at the table

November 14, 2019 – These two reports were created by compiling key points and topics from each table discussion that occurred at Northern Policy Institute’s 2017 and 2018 State of the North Conferences. State of the North is an annual conference that explores how Northern leaders and policy experts can come together to find ways […]

by ahnationtalk on November 15, 201981 Views

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NPI: Northern Perspectives: Rural Ontario Foresight Papers

November 12, 2019 The Rural Ontario Foresight Papers is a collection of six papers on selected themes as prepared by expert authors. Each Foresight Paper explores a particular topic in view of the current situation in rural and northern Ontario and looks ahead to what directions various stakeholders, governments or non-profits might follow in order to […]

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 201949 Views

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Ryerson U Diversity Institute: Women and racialized minority representation in Montreal’s senior leadership on the rise

MONTREAL, Nov. 12, 2019  – A new study shows that the representation of women and racialized minorities in senior leadership positions in the Greater Montreal Area (GMA) has increased since 2016 but both are still under-represented based on their proportion in the population. Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute and Canada Women’s Foundation looked at 2,537 senior […]

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 201966 Views

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Report: Rate of Food Bank Use Among Single People Hits Record High

Nearly half of all visits are by single person households, driven by people with disabilities and those on pensions TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2019 – The rate of food bank use has hit a record high among single person households, even as overall food bank use has stabilized. HungerCount 2019, an annual report released […]

by ahnationtalk on November 12, 201960 Views

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FCPP: You are invited to a new book launch!

November 6, 2019 Mount Royal University Faculty Centre, Third Floor by West Gate Entrance, Room W315 Separate but Unequal provides an in-depth critique of the ideology of “parallelism” – the prevailing view that Indigenous cultures and the wider Canadian society should coexist, albeit separately, in a nation-to-nation relationship. This book provides an alternative framework for […]

by pmnationtalk on November 1, 201998 Views

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CCPA – When it comes to gender equality, Canada has unfinished business: Study

At current pace it will take 164 years to close the economic gender gap alone in Canada OTTAWA—Canada’s progress towards gender equality has been uneven, and despite some positive steps there is significant unfinished business, according to a new report released today by a network of gender equality groups and the Canadian Centre for Policy […]

by aanationtalk on November 1, 2019101 Views

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Yellowhead Special Report: Canada’s Emerging Indigenous Rights Framework: A Critical Analysis

An Overview Justin Trudeau ran on an election platform of changing the relationship between the Crown and Indigenous peoples in Canada. Trudeau promised a new nation-to-nation relationship based on the recognition of Indigenous rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership. Over halfway into his mandate as Prime Minister, some clarity is emerging on the scope of that […]

by aanationtalk on October 29, 2019202 Views

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The Marshall Decision and The Impact of Two Decades of Commercial Re-Empowerment: New MLI Report

OTTAWA, ON (October 24, 2019): In 1999, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case brought forward by Donald Marshall Jr., finding that the 18th century “peace and friendship” treaties between the British government and Mi’kmaq and Maliseet had to be honoured. The Marshall decision, as its commonly known, resulted in the federal government […]

by ahnationtalk on October 24, 201993 Views

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Quebec’s new mining consultation policy aims to involve , respect Indigenous communities – CTV News

October 22, 2019 MONTREAL — The Quebec government announced Tuesday it will establish a new mining consultation policy, which aims to respect local Indigenous communities in the development of mineral resources. The program aims to involve 11 First Nations communities at each stage of a project’s development. They will be invited to express their concerns […]

by ahnationtalk on October 22, 201968 Views

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NPI: Revitalizing Governance and Economic Development

October 16, 2019 – This new commentary by Northern Policy Institute shows that there are areas of economic and governing weakness in Northern Ontario that need to be addressed. In 2015 and 2016, Northern Policy Institute (NPI) published two papers – “A New Northern Lens: Looking Out Is as Important as Looking In” (Mackinnon 2015) […]

by ahnationtalk on October 18, 201996 Views

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Human Rights and Reconciliation: Indigenous Child Welfare

Credits: MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance This is the fifth panel in the MacEachen Institute’s 2019 Policy Matters Speaker Series. Recorded on Oct 8, 2019. Events in the last four years have brought significant attention to the issue of Indigenous child welfare. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) stated that “Canada’s […]

by ahnationtalk on October 15, 2019361 Views

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‘These are not distant dreams’: Federal parties must recognize the benefits of First Nation self-governance says Macdonald-Laurier Institute – APTN News

October 12, 2019 The federal election campaign provides all national parties with an opportunity to bring forward their ideas for the betterment of Canada. First Nations, many of whom live in conditions that other Canadians would be unacceptable and who cope with the legacy of generations of colonialism and government paternalism, will be listening very […]

by ahnationtalk on October 15, 201988 Views

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Environics Institute: Towards Reconciliation: Indigenous and non-Indigenous Perspectives

No attempt to assess, modernize or reimagine the Canadian federation today is complete without including the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples, and addressing issues relating to the prosperity and well-being of Indigenous Peoples and communities. This is the focus of this report, the third in the series presenting the results of the Confederation of Tomorrow 2019 […]

by ahnationtalk on October 15, 2019115 Views

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Non-Indigenous Canadians show less support for policies that improve the lives of Indigenous Peoples, survey shows – The Globe and Mail

Indigenous people voice more support than non-Indigenous Canadians for a range of ideas associated with reconciliation, including providing clean drinking water on reserves and requiring material in curriculums on the history of residential schools, a new survey from the Environics Institute has found. Although a majority of Canadians expressed some support for policies aimed at […]

by ahnationtalk on October 15, 2019208 Views

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YT Government: LGBTQ2S+ engagement informs action plan

Results from latest LGBTQ2S+ engagement have been released, representing the final stage of a public engagement designed to inform the development of an action plan to increase inclusiveness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, Two-Spirit, plus (LGBTQ2S+) Yukoners in government legislation, policies, programs and services. Throughout the public engagement, Yukoners made it clear that banning […]

by ahnationtalk on October 9, 201992 Views

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MLI – Unprecedented Stimulus has Failed to Spur Long-Term Growth: Cross Quarterly Economic Report

OTTAWA, ON (October 3, 2019): In the wake of the 2008 recession, governments embarked on a strategy of unprecedented stimulus spending. This strategy continues to this day, but despite a decade of continuous monetary and fiscal stimulus, Canada’s economy has little to show for it. In MLI’s latest Quarterly Economic Report, Munk Senior Fellow Philip […]

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 201955 Views

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NPI – Northern Ontario: What should we do?

September 30, 2019 – What are the opportunities and challenges that face Northern Ontario communities today, and in the next 10, 15, 20 years? Charles Cirtwill, President and CEO of Northern Policy Institute (NPI), answered this question at this year’s annual State of the North event. Each year, NPI provides an update on the state […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201974 Views

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Inside Policy: Canadians the Economy Forgot

OTTAWA, ON (September 26, 2019): In our latest issue of Inside Policy, MLI authors explore challenges facing the Canadian economy and the need to work towards a more inclusive labour market. Trump’s populist appeal has resonated in the United States partly due to his focus on the “forgotten men and women” facing increasing vulnerabilities in the […]

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 201987 Views

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NL Government: Modernized Aquaculture Policy and Procedures Established to Meet Needs of Growing Industry

September 25, 2019 The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, today announced the release of modernized aquaculture policies and procedures, including updated policies that set the stage for effectively managing our growing industry to become a world leader in environmentally sustainable aquaculture development. Minister Byrne announced the release during the Newfoundland Aquaculture […]

by pnationtalk on September 25, 2019101 Views

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New Research Reveals Data Gaps on Key Policy Issues Across G20 Countries

LONDON, Sept. 19, 2019  — Research released today reveals data gaps that could be preventing the G20 countries from designing effective policies to tackle critical global challenges. The Evidence Initiative, a project of The Economist Group and The Pew Charitable Trusts, has released a first-of-its kind “Evidence Map”, an interactive tool that tracks the availability and characteristics […]

by pnationtalk on September 19, 201969 Views

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New report looks at value of publicly-owned Manitoba Hydro

September 5, 2019 For immediate release (Winnipeg): A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative’s (CCPA) Manitoba office: Manitoba Hydro, the Long View argues the publicly owned crown corporation offers economic and social benefits that would be lost if the crown were privatized. This sentiment was reflected in the Probe Research poll released […]

by ahnationtalk on September 11, 201985 Views

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With little fanfare, Canada quietly launches new Arctic policy document – Nunatsiaq News

11 September, 2019 Liberals claim new policy represents “profound change of direction” One day prior to the start of Canada’s national election campaign, the Liberal government, with little fanfare, launched its long-awaited Arctic and northern policy framework on Sept. 10. The document, which represents the first phase of a continuing process, will replace Conservative Prime […]

by ahnationtalk on September 11, 2019133 Views

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A new US front in the war on the oil sands: Joseph Quesnel for Inside Policy – MLI

August 30, 2019 With all the fuss about Canada’s inability to build major pipeline projects, it’s surprising so little attention has been paid to a US circuit court case that could give Canada the access to world oil markets it so desperately needs. Given intense environmentalist interest in this case, this is clearly part of […]

by ahnationtalk on September 2, 201987 Views

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Human Capital Series Part 3/3: Northwest, this one’s for you!

August 29, 2019 – The final reports from the UPDATED Northern Projections: Human Capital Series have been released. These reports explore demographic and labour market trends as well as projections into the future of Northwestern Ontario, specifically in the districts of Kenora, Thunder Bay and Rainy River. Here are some key recommendations from the reports: […]

by ahnationtalk on August 29, 201972 Views

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Blame Bad Decisions for Crime, Not Structural Racism and Colonialism – FCPP

August 21, 2019 If I were to buy a Tesla, because I thought it was the best car in the world, but had trouble making the payments for it and for my mortgage, and in the end lose my car and my house, who is responsible: the Tesla advertisers, the banks that extend credit, my […]

by ahnationtalk on August 21, 2019100 Views

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Indigenous DND employee says he was subjected to debilitating intolerance

Credits: CBC News: The National Steve Morrisey, an Indigenous employee at DND, spent years trying to make the Canadian Forces more inclusive. The department says it has a zero-tolerance policy toward harassment – but Morrisey says the system failed him and he wants to warn other Indigenous people looking to serve. Welcome to The National, […]

by ahnationtalk on August 18, 2019242 Views

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BC’s Oil and Gas Commission: industry demands trump public interest, says new report

AUGUST 14, 2019 VANCOUVER—Numerous environmental offences have happened because British Columbia’s Oil and Gas Commission has failed to be tough on the fossil fuel companies it regulates, says a new Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report that calls for substantial reforms based on the agency’s track record over the past two decades. The report released […]

by pnationtalk on August 14, 2019141 Views

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FCPP: Indigenous Protestors Start Blocking Roads

August 13, 2019 The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is organizing protests to slow down traffic and inconvenience thousands of Manitoban heading to cottage country.  Friday saw the first disruption on number one highway to Lake of the Woods. Chief Jerry Daniels explained: “We’re the original owners of this land and most marginalized. Our children don’t […]

by pnationtalk on August 14, 201971 Views

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Council of Canadian Academies: Building the future of federal science

August 8, 2019 – Ottawa, ON The work of federal scientists is essential to support the health, security, and well-being of people in Canada, from exploring the high Arctic, to safeguarding the effective and ethical use of AI, to ensuring the food that ends up on our dinner plates is safe to eat. Their work […]

by pnationtalk on August 8, 2019144 Views

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Canada must respect Indigenous cannabiz laws – Policy Options

August 1, 2019 The cannabis industry in Canada, which may be worth $5 billion by 2021, could provide urgently needed employment and revenue to Indigenous communities. In order for this success to be realized, however, Canada and the provinces must not repeat the predatory behaviour of past governments. The near extinction of the plains bison […]

by ahnationtalk on August 1, 2019137 Views

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Human Capital Series part 2/3: Hey you in the Northeast!

25 July, 2019 – The next four reports from the UPDATED Northern Projections: Human Capital Series have been released. These reports explore demographic and labour market trends as well as projections into the future of Northeastern Ontario, specifically in the districts of Cochrane, Timiskaming, Nipissing, and Parry Sound. Below are some key recommendations found in […]

by ahnationtalk on July 26, 201984 Views

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Express Scripts Canada Releases Indigenous Relations Policy

Express Scripts Canada Releases Indigenous Relations Policy Mississauga, July 25, 2019 – As part of their larger commitment to building relationships with Indigenous communities, Express Scripts Canada (ESC) has released its Indigenous Relations Policy that can be found on the Indigenous commitment page of their website. The policy highlights how ESC will achieve its positive […]

by pmnationtalk on July 25, 2019826 Views

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Webinar: Property Transfer Tax Under the FMA

In the above webinar, FNTC Legal Counsel Marie Potvin breaks down property transfer tax under the FMA into seven essential topics, including defining PTT, provincial regimes, PTT under the FMA, implementation, administrative requirements, law development and next steps. Below are some highlights. What is PTT? PTT is a tax that is levied each time a […]

by aanationtalk on July 22, 2019157 Views

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