‘Socially-Sanctioned Racism’

Clowning in blackface at public events shows the depths of systemic racism in Canada, says the chair of the Senate human rights committee. “I didn’t sleep very well last night,” said Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard (Independent-N.S.), an African-Canadian and former professor at Dalhousie University’s School of Social Work. “It weighed heavily on my mind. I felt a sense of hopelessness.”

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Indifferent To Food Fight

Consumers paid little attention to political protests over the billion-dollar Canada Food Guide, says in-house research by the Department of Agriculture. Shoppers surveyed in five cities said they look at price, not health claims, at the grocery store: “Few seek any specific attributes when shopping for food.”

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Half A Billion For Seniors

The Parliamentary Budget Office yesterday said a Conservative Party hike in tax credits for pensioners would cost more than half a billion next year. The cost of the Age Tax Credit is already projected to top $4 billion for the first time in 2020: “Seniors will benefit.”

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Greens To Cut Pot Prices

The Green Party yesterday proposed to repeal the GST on medical cannabis and lower legal prices for recreational marijuana. Cabinet had grossly overestimated cannabis tax revenues at up to $1 billion a year, according to Access To Information records: “We should be growing cannabis in open fields.”

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Costly Loans To The ‘Lonely’

Taxpayers have lost nearly $14 million in bad loans to “lonely” borrowers, says an internal audit by the Department of Industry. The Futurpreneur Canada program concealed data confirming as many as 19 percent of borrowers defaulted on easy-term loans at public expense: “Data may not be accurate.”

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Quiet On Welfare For Media

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer yesterday proposed to cut 27 percent of yearly “corporate welfare handouts” but would not comment if he’d leave a $595 million media bailout untouched. Scheer has yet to detail a promised plan for newspapers: “Hard-working Canadians are rightly offended.”

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Denticare Would Cost $1.9B

The Parliamentary Budget Office yesterday said free dental care for low-income families would cost nearly $2 billion next year under a New Democrat plan. The Party estimated 4.3 million Canadians would benefit from the program similar to aid for First Nations and Inuit: “It’s time.”

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300,000 Electors Off The List

Nearly 300,000 names have been removed from the national voters’ list including dead people and foreigners, Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault said yesterday. Perrault promised to “clean up the list” by October 21 balloting, but would not commit to investigating how many illegal votes were cast in the 2015 campaign: “It’s not a no or a yes.”

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Population Upheaval By 2048

Statistics Canada yesterday predicted Alberta will eclipse British Columbia as the third largest province, and Québec will shrink to 20 percent of the national population within a generation. New figures contradict data used to justify an earlier constitutional proposal to guarantee Québec 25 percent of seats in Parliament in perpetuity: “We opposed it and were called hysterical.”

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School Grants To Cost $612M

The Parliamentary Budget Office yesterday said a Conservative Party proposal to increase federal grants for children’s education would cost more than $600 million a year but encourage private savings. The Department of Employment in 2018 complained millions of children are not enrolled in the federal program that offers cash grants to pay for college or university: “It still pays to start saving early.”

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Secret Study By Labour Dept

The Department of Labour commissioned secret interviews with non-union workers at federally-regulated job sites for unreported breaches of the Canada Labour Code, according to Access To Information records. The research is to conclude by September 28: “The final report will not be shared with the public.”

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