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COMMENT: Canada’s reckless banks inflate house price bubble

COMMENT: Canada’s reckless banks inflate house price bubble

The whole issue of the housing bubble, its extent and whether there will be a soft landing as predicted by many wishful thinkers has resulted in many interesting headlines in recent weeks – including some high on the delusional scale. One suggested that house prices are a mere 20% overvalued (if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you). Another that Marc Carney, having solved the housing bubble issue, was now moving on to an allegedly different issue: economic growth.

COMMENT: The tyrant's poison pill

COMMENT: The tyrant's poison pill

The West’s hypocrisy and oil-greed are coming home to roost with a vengeance in Libya as the Arab spring in that country turns into a nightmarish winter characterized by armed gangs, economic collapse, a decline in services by an incompetent government and increasing political domination by radical Islamists.

WHO REALLY OWNS CITY HALL 1: Look in the mirror

WHO REALLY OWNS CITY HALL 1: Look in the mirror

The last section in the Municipal Act calls on the Minister to “establish a process for the review of this Act” within 10 years after its adoption. The Act was adopted in 1998, and by the time the Minister complied with section 371, that deadline had long ago expired. However, the review process is now underway and although the Municipal Act Review Committee’s reporting deadline is still a long way off, Yukoners would be well advised to engage in the process without delay and reflect on their role in governing their own communities.

COMMENT: Brazeau, Harper and Idle No More

COMMENT: Brazeau, Harper and Idle No More

The Brazeau affair — sad, repugnant and bizarre all at the same time — shines a light on two aspects of Canadian politics that desperately need some exposure.

One is what it reveals about the state of “official” aboriginal politics and its relationship to the Canadian state.

COMMENT: 2013 should be the year of the democracy coalition

COMMENT: 2013 should be the year of the democracy coalition

When historians write the chapter on the current period of social democracy in Canada they might well conclude that the worst thing that happened to it was the 2011 election when the NDP got 103 seats it hadn’t really earned. It was such an unexpected event that the NDP could not cope with it. You could see it in the euphoria of election night – the same night that the dismantling of the country (whose best government features the party could take much credit for) would begin in earnest with a Harper majority.

COMMENT: The power of Idle No More's resurgent radicalism

COMMENT: The power of Idle No More's resurgent radicalism

The remarkable Idle No More movement is the biggest and most important national outpouring of grassroots aboriginal anger ever seen in Canada. Not since the late 1960s when Indians (as they then referred to themselves) and Métis confronted governments with demands for justice has such a dramatic and passionate expression of resistance been seen.

OP/ED: Stephen Harper’s Christmas sermon--Why deny climate change?*

OP/ED: Stephen Harper’s Christmas sermon--Why deny climate change?*

Canada is blessed. God has given us so many things that other countries want. And it’s all just there for the taking. Above the ground we have trees galore, waiting to be chopped down, water waiting to be piped to California. In the ground we’ve got gold and silver, copper and iron, uranium and asbestos. The list is almost endless. And under the ground here in Alberta we have our greatest blessing – oil.

COMMENT: Time for an adult conversation about taxes

COMMENT: Time for an adult conversation about taxes

The suggestion that we need to raise taxes in this country has become so taboo in the nation’s politics that even talking about it is seen as tantamount to political suicide. The right and its benefactors, the wealthy and large corporations, have had the field to themselves for a long time.

OP/ED: A Trudeau insults the West--so what else is new?

OP/ED: A Trudeau insults the West--so what else is new?

At least his father waited until he was in power before he gave the West the finger! But, just as I had suggested, Trudeau the Younger is so arrogant, so self-absorbed, and so dumb he has already insulted--and politically dismissed--an entire Western province, well before seeking the Liberal leadership, let alone becoming Central Canada’s prime minister.

Canadian Bar Assn says Bill S-7 duplicates existing laws to combat terrorism

Canadian Bar Assn says Bill S-7 duplicates existing laws to combat terrorism

While committed to a safe and secure Canada, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) says that Bill S-7, Criminal Code, Canada Evidence Act and Security of Information Act amendments (Combating Terrorism Act) would not provide any new tools to combat terrorist offences.

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