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Harper and Merkel: Partners in austerity

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Canada this week as champion of an austerity policy stance that is failing Europe.

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France and Greece celebrate electoral push back against austerity

Socialist Party supporters in Bastille Square cheered the end of the Sarkozy era in France. (Photo: democraticunderground.com)
France celebrated the defeat of Sarkozy over the weekend. Similar scenes took place in Greece, as the left rode a wave of anti-austerity sentiment.

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Ottawa protest serves notice: Austerity will meet resistance

In Ottawa yesterday, thousands protested Harper's austerity agenda. (Photo: Ariel Troster)
It's been a year since Harper got his majority. In Ottawa yesterday, thousands protested his austerity agenda.

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Preparing for the 2012 federal budget

Photo: Kitty Canuck
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty prepares to deliver one of the most draconian budgets in recent years.

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Images from anti-austerity rally in Toronto

Photo: Krystalline Kraus
Friday's rally in Toronto was organized as a pre-budget showdown in response to the Drummond report.

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International Women's Day march in Toronto

Photo: Jesse McLaren
On March 3, women from across Toronto took to the streets for International Women's Day.

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The commodification of children's play

Photo: Fiona L Cooper/Flickr
What are the implications for children and their caregivers when access to play spaces is limited?

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Conservative deficit fear-mongering takes aim at dream of activist government

Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/flickr

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Moody's decision to downgrade Ontario's credit rating last week was manna from heaven to commentators and media pundits bristling at the notion that activist government could be making a comeback.

For years, pundits have kept governments in a straightjacket when it comes to spending, intimidating the public into believing that the deficit gods are vengeful and unforgiving, and that Greece is only a short hop, skip and a jump away.

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