Arctic Warming A Boon To Smugglers, Agency Warns

The Canada Border Services Agency says global warming will turn the Arctic into an undefended haven for smugglers. The agency in a confidential report advocated stepped-up patrols in northern Canada in anticipation of new waves of contraband including human smuggling: "Organized crime has attempted to access the Canadian Arctic". READ MORE

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Farm Bill Is Rated A Bust

A federal bill extending plant breeders’ royalties grants corporations “more control over Canada’s food system”, says the United Church. In a policy statement the church condemned Bill C-18 for ratifying new international regulations protecting breeders. Canada and Italy are the only G7 countries to withhold ratification to date. READ MORE

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New Luggage Rules Could Be Tight, Caution Airlines

Airlines are appealing for time in complying with new standardized rules on baggage handling and check-in. The Canadian Transportation Agency ordered new regulations to take effect October 1: "This does not seem onerous". READ MORE

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There Go The Pension Costs

Private pension plans must budget for longer-living beneficiaries, says the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. The association said increased contribution rates for younger workers appear inevitable as seniors enjoy long, long retirements: "This will drive the cost of pensions". READ MORE

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A Long-Awaited Reform

Health Canada is inching toward curbs on antibiotics in the food chain. It follows warnings from physicians that long-term misapplication of drugs to spur growth in livestock will have far-reaching effects on Canadians' medical care: 'These are fundamental life-saving tools'.  READ MORE

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Tax Court Kills Work Claim

Tax Court has upheld a Canada Revenue curb on employees’ claims of travel expenses for work purposes. The judgment follows the defeat of a bill in the Commons that would allow employees to deduct travel costs: "Modern workforce reality causes frequent changes". READ MORE

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Price Fixing In High Court

The Supreme Court will rule on whether motorists in a civil class-action lawsuit can bolster their case with federal evidence from a criminal gas-gouging probe. Consumers seek access to Competition Bureau wiretaps used to pursue criminal complaints against fuel retailers: "These are highly private communications". READ MORE

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Guest Commentary

Clare Westcott

The Day They Put Us In Quarantine

Between 1927 and 1962 there were 50,000 polio cases reported in our country; 4,240 people died. Many others were disabled for life. Many survived, some of them well-known: Joni Mitchell, Ontario Lieutenant David Onley, former prime minister Paul Martin – and my little sister Blanche, who never forgot the winter of ’41. READ MORE

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