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First the Harper government attacked refugee health; now, it's welfare | Nov 21 2014 | Karl Nerenberg | The Conservatives are changing the rules governing federal transfers to provinces for social assistance to allow provinces to apply residency requirements. Refugees' assistance could be cut.
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Federal withdrawal results in loss of social housing | Nov 21 2014 | Sarah Cooper | Manitoba is losing subsidized rental housing units -- a delayed result of the federal government's withdrawal from funding social housing in the 1990s.
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The bloom is off the (Wild)rose | Nov 21 2014 | David J. Climenhaga | If this keeps up, it’s hard to believe Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith won't soon be thinking seriously about pulling the plug on politics.
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How affordable is affordable housing? | Nov 21 2014 | Josh Brandon | Despite high demand for housing in Winnipeg, some new non-profit housing projects are having difficulties filling some of their suites. Frontline housing advocates are rightly concerned.
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Diet Racism? | Nov 21 2014 | Krystalline Kraus | The College Humour campaign
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Income distribution and inequality: How the pie is sliced in B.C. | Nov 20 2014 | Marc Lee | One great thing Statscan has done in recent years is to make its data freely available, so Marc Lee went to dig deeper on national, B.C. and Vancouver trends. Here are some key takeaways.
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New report outlines the threat of CETA's corporate rights protections | Nov 20 2014 | Scott Harris | A new report warns that expansive new protections in CETA's investment chapter could unleash a corporate litigation boom against Canada, the EU and individual EU member states.
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On the benevolence of slippery slopes: Women taking the lead | Nov 20 2014 | David Taub Bancroft | Critics of Kim Campbell's proposal for gender parity charge that it will open the floodgates to other oppressed groups demanding fair representation of their own. And this is a bad thing how, exactly?
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Nova Scotia Tax Review: Eroding tax fairness | Nov 20 2014 | Christine Saulnier | On balance, the tax package proposed in this report will result in a regressive and unfair tax regime in Nova Scotia that will harm the economy and make current problems worse.
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In defence of Kim Kardashian and her critics | Nov 19 2014 | Laura McNally | Critics of Kim Kardashian's 'Break the Internet' photo shoot aren't "jealous," they're just tired of being represented as sexualized objects.
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Hockey millionaires and pharmacare tell you all you need to know about who the CTF really works for | Nov 19 2014 | David J. Climenhaga | You'd think the "tax fighters" at the so-called Canadian Taxpayers Federation would see the potential of a national pharmacare that could save taxpayers $11 billion a year. Guess again.
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Community mobilizing, growing opposition on Atlantic Energy East tour | Nov 19 2014 | Andrea Harden-Donahue | It's been a week since our Atlantic Energy East tour wrapped up, and what a whirlwind it has been. The tour was ambitious with the hosting of five public forums, a series of meetings and site visits.
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TransCanada hires controversial PR firm to derail opposition to Energy East pipeline | Nov 19 2014 | Brent Patterson | Calgary-based TransCanada hired the controversial public relations firm Edelman in an attempt to derail growing public opposition to its proposed 1.1 million barrels per day Energy East pipeline.
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Have artists become their own patrons in Quebec? | Nov 19 2014 | Francis Fortier | It's hard to know exactly how much is being invested, in both time and money, into the audiovisual sector by artists themselves. A conservative estimate would be between $10 and $13 million a year.
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Justice and reform at Nova Scotia youth court sentencing | Nov 18 2014 | Stephen Kimber | The death of a young girl following months of bullying and harassment has changed laws and the national conversation. Will the sentencing of an offender lead to personal reform and rehabilitation?
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CBC and Radio-Canada fans fight for stable, long-term funding | Nov 18 2014 | Karl Nerenberg | As francophones demonstrate for adequate financing for CBC/Radio-Canada, the Conservatives argue that the Corporation's woes are its own fault. There are practical, feasible funding models, however.
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American Indian activists vow to stop Keystone XL despite its approval by U.S. House of Representatives | Nov 18 2014 | Krystalline Kraus | The Keystone XL pipeline system is, upon completion, set to run from Western Canada's tar sands into the United States to refineries in Illinois and down to the Gulf Coast of Texas.
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Boring conservatism trumps bold conservatism in Premier Jim Prentice's dull but confident throne speech | Nov 18 2014 | David J. Climenhaga | If yesterday's Alberta throne speech shows anything, it's the need for an Opposition not made up of people who share identical ideology and policy goals to the people in power.
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We need to address poverty in Manitoba's throne speech | Nov 18 2014 | Jim Silver | An issue that needs to be addressed in the forthcoming throne speech on November 20, is the persistence in Manitoba of a deep, complex and damaging poverty.
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We can all be 21st-century scientists | Nov 18 2014 | David Suzuki | Although never a substitute for or rationale to cut science spending, citizen science programs like IceWatch and NatureWatch amplify and fill gaps in government- and university-led science.