Feds In Dark On Smuggling

Public Safety Canada has no reliable estimate on the size of a “flourishing” trade in black market cigarettes, according to confidential documents. “We do not know the basics,” concluded one in-house study commissioned by the department. The data was obtained through Access to Information: "All you have to do is walk out the door to find contraband tobacco". READ MORE

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Debt Collectors Protest Rule

Bill collectors complain federal regulations on unsolicited calls violate their rights. A debt collection company Total Credit Recovery Ltd. has petitioned the broadcast regulator to suspend a new rule on automatic dialing announcing devices, so-called robocalls: 'This will not prevent nuisance'. READ MORE

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Biggest Tap Water Test Ever

Health Canada is testing the nation’s tap water in the largest lab analysis of its kind. The department is contracting chemists to collect up to 6,000 samples from cities nationwide. The water test follows a critical report from the group Ecojustice that noted Canada fails to regulate scores of contaminants in drinking water: 'It begs a question'. READ MORE

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Gov’t Silent On Four-Year Review Of Food Labeling

Health Canada is silent on why it’s waited four years to enact a plain-label rule on chemical food additives that is already law in the U.S., E.U. and Australia. The department says it had no deadline on introducing the regulation after raising the issue with food processors in 2010: "I don't know why they're stalling on this". READ MORE

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Feds Urged To Simplify Tax

Canada’s accountants are renewing pleas for a simplified Income Tax Act. The appeal follows introduction of a red-tape reduction bill that exempts tax measures from reform: "It's a big deal". READ MORE

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Wild Pigs Fret Food Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is expressing alarm over wild Russian boar in Western Canada. The agency in a confidential memo said feral pigs have become an “invasive pest” that threaten farmers: "This critter is costing producers". READ MORE

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Guest Commentary

Peter Ittinuar

It Was As Simple As That

The first English phrase I learned was from my father. I’d spoken Inuktitut at home. When Dad took me to the federal school in town when I was six, he told me: “If you see a white man, you say: ‘How are you?’” The school had a good library, and very good teachers. This all ended when I was 12. When I reflect on this now, I ask myself – why am I an angry person? I trace it all back to my twelfth year. It was traumatic. READ MORE

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