It’s the fact that never fails to provoke nostalgia, anger or simple disbelief: for one magic generation from about 1952 to 1972, Canadians lived in a workers’ paradise. A single wage-earner made enough to support a whole family; most everyone could buy a home even if it was only 1100 square feet; and a typical Canadian had steady work with one, maybe two employers on the promise of a gold watch and pension. Historian Graham Broad of Western University argues we have this all wrong: the golden years actually started a decade earlier. If the 1940s are cast as a gaunt era of wartime sacrifice, Broad notes that for the 99 percent of Canadians who were not in combat those years were frankly wonderful. “It’s a terrible thing to say, but I hope the war goes on for a long time,” as one Depression survivor told a newspaperman. READ MORE
Public Works Canada is awarding a $1.25 million contract to a publicist to distribute government-vetted “news” to publishers and radio and TV stations. The budget for handout “news” increased 25% from a previous contract. The department said it wanted to “inform and educate Canadians on public issues”. READ MORE
Air passenger rights are “uneven” due to a complaints-based system that fails to meet E.U. or American standards, Transport Canada admits in a departmental memo. The document cited public demands for “more prescriptive” regulations that would spell out airlines’ duties to their customers: 'Air Canada gets 20,000 complaints annually'. READ MORE
Transport Canada is ordering all major railways to automatically report on traffic, employee training and maintenance worries effective April 1, 2015. The mandate is the latest to follow the Lac-Mégantic wreck that killed 47 people: "Companies are expected to follow the rules". READ MORE
Federal regulators are citing telecom companies for an odd billing practice – charging fees to lease service poles they don’t own. The ruling followed complaints from local British Columbia cable firms that Telus tried to collect leasing fees on thousands of poles that belonged to somebody else: "They have no cost to recover". READ MORE
Atlantic Canada’s largest conglomerate is suing an elusive eco-satirist over a copycat website that ridiculed the company. J.D. Irving Ltd. filed a Federal Court claim against “John Doe”, an internet prankster who replicated a corporate publicity campaign with irreverent captions: "Better put out more bird feeders. When we're finished clear-cutting..." READ MORE
Federal research shows Canadian parents remain ambivalent about teenagers’ marijuana use, despite Health Canada attempts to warn of health risks including lung cancer and lower IQs: 'It's the least of the evils'. READ MORE
I was last in Russia in June of 2013. Now I am banned. My legal name is Christina. Though I was born into a Ukrainian family, it was considered appropriate to have a more English-sounding name. I changed it back to Chrystia. I still feel that duty to Ukraine.