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Are we a country or not? The effects of a tar-sands social policy on provincial inequality

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There was an excellent ventilation of the elder care issue in a series of articles in this newspaper over the past weeks, a necessary illumination of the challenges that are not so much ahead as upon us.

One thing missing, however, was more than passing mention of the elephant in the old folks' home: the country's rising tar-sands social policy, followed by the implied question -- are we a country or not?

Let's put it this way. In some parts of Canada, we're getting collectively older fast, in Nova Scotia in particular, but also in other "have not" provinces.

This is not just because we're sitting here getting older, but because our young and not-so-young people are heading to Alberta and environs in droves.

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A number is never just a number: Year in review

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Editor's note: this column was originally featured on December 2, 2013

January 2

By 1:18 p.m. on this date most workers had just finished lunch on the first working day of the year, but Canada's highest paid 100 CEOs had already pocketed the equivalent of the average wage in Canada, $45,448. BTW: The CCPA's 2013 CEO pay clock is still ticking. (Source)

January 24

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There is only one 'progressive' in the Toronto byelection

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On Monday, a byelection is being held in the riding of Toronto Centre, and Linda McQuaig, one of Canada's principal champions of social justice and equality, is the NDP candidate for that seat in the House of Commons.

For years, the Liberal Party has taken Toronto Centre for granted -- it is Bob Rae's old riding and the Liberals want desperately to keep it to prove that Justin Trudeau is not just the vacuous pretty boy he actually appears to be. If he loses this riding, it would go a long way to exposing him and the party for what they are.

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