Labour Promise Is Shelved

The Department of Labour has indefinitely shelved a 2015 Liberal campaign promise to revive a fair wages program for federal contractors. “We are reflecting carefully,” wrote staff.

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VIA Trains Running Later

VIA Rail is running later, says the Crown railway. Only 7 in 10 trains arrived on time last year compared to 85 percent on-time performance in 2001: "Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent and they are no further ahead than they were years ago."

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Lose Climate Change Lawsuit

A proposed class action lawsuit on climate change has been dismissed by Québec Superior Court. A judge ruled forecasts of catastrophic impacts were not persuasive: "If some of the alleged infringements have not yet occurred but they could someday, there is a risk the debate is only theoretical."

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Like Wildlilfe & Céline Dion

Say “Canada” and most people in France think of wildlife, Céline Dion and maple syrup, says research by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Focus groups also cited darker perceptions of the country as a place where police take away Indigenous people to "make way for pipeline projects". 

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Minister Used Contractor’s Jet

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc used a federal contractor’s private plane to attend medical check-ups. LeBlanc in a filing with the Commissioner of Ethics said he traveled with his wife, a New Brunswick judge, aboard a J.D. Irving Ltd. corporate jet: "I was accompanied by my spouse."

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“Banks Are Not Safe Either”

A mammoth privacy breach at one of the nation’s largest credit unions could happen anytime, anywhere, Desjardins Group CEO Guy Cormier yesterday told the Commons public safety committee. The leak of personal information on 2.7 million clients is blamed on a single employee: 'It could happen again.'

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Lost Millions On Crown Sale

Taxpayers have lost millions in the privatization of a Crown corporation, data show. A Prince Rupert, B.C. coal terminal valued at nearly a half-billion dollars in 2018 was sold for $350 million to American investors: "It would not be prudent."

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Gov’t Inflated Jobs Estimate

Actual jobs created under a new billion-dollar Industry Canada corporate loan program are a fraction of federal claims, according to Access To Information data. Records show the plan announced as “an investment in jobs” created about a tenth the number claimed by cabinet: "Recipients are not required to report on the number of jobs."

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Telecom Fees Still Climbing

Average telecom fees have climbed by more than twice the rate of inflation since 2014, according to the CRTC. Newly-released data follow a cabinet order to shield consumers from increasing charges: "I’m not convinced the CRTC has the fortitude."

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Green Hoax Detailed In Court

A multi-million dollar green energy hoax has been detailed in Ontario Superior Court. Shareholders poured a fortune into a Canadian patented pollution-free generator supposedly fueled by kinetic energy: "Investors were lining up." 

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Firms Cheer Plastics Ruling

Plastics manufacturers are cheering a British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling that struck down a City of Victoria ban on single-use plastic bags. Some 55 other municipalities nationwide have introduced similar restrictions: "Victoria definitely demonized the product."

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Poem: “Bread And Circuses”

Poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday: “It was one of ancient Rome’s greatest spectacles. The military commander who had led his forces to victory received a hero’s welcome…”

Review: Afrikaners Of The Sub-Arctic

Author Robert Calderisi tells the wry story of an Alberta friend who worked eight years in Montréal and never tired of hectoring Haitian cabdrivers by giving his home address in English, “Nun’s Island” instead of Ile-des-Soeurs. “Very few drivers knew what he was talking about,” writes Calderisi. “Instead of letting them off the hook, he would jump into a different taxi, feeling triumphant. I remember hoping that he took a very long time to get home each night. I also knew that if he worked in Poland for eight years he would have learned Polish.”

Québec In A Global Light is no lament. Calderisi is refreshingly candid. After fifty years of official bilingualism, Canada “is nothing of the sort”, he says: “Few Canadians arriving in Québec do not feel slightly disoriented.”

Bailout To Exempt Start-Ups

A federal panel that includes corporate publishers of the Winnipeg Free Press and Le Droit is recommending cabinet’s $595 million press bailout exclude start-ups and small family-run publications from getting federal aid. A panelist yesterday said executives seeking subsidies should have disqualified themselves from denying aid to competitors: "I do believe it is a conflict."

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Less TV Time Than Marxists

MP Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada is limited to less paid TV ad time than the Marxist-Leninists under a federal order issued yesterday. An arbitrator acknowledged the Canada Elections Act discriminates against new parties that did not run candidates in a previous campaign: "Everybody deserves a shot."

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