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Renos a sign of housing markets maintaining across Canada

Renos a sign of housing markets maintaining across Canada

An estimated 1.7 million households in 10 major centres undertook renovations in 2011 according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC’s) Renovation and Home Purchase Survey released today. This represents about 37 per cent of homeowner households, a slight decrease from 42 per cent, or 1.9 million households, in 2010. The estimated average cost of renovations undertaken in 2011 was $13,709, an increase from $12,972 in 2010.

LETTER: Quebec protests about much more than tuition

LETTER: Quebec protests about much more than tuition
Greetings to you, my friends in the Rest of Canada (ROC)
 
I am writing you because i am really concerned that English Canada is not getting good information on what is happening right now in Québec.  Particularly lamentable is the CBC and the Globe and Mail.  And, apparently, Maclean’s.
 
You are being presented with a lot of information about a few demonstrators who have a political agenda and use aggressive tactics to get across their message.

What is to be done when 'Harper is us'?

What is to be done when 'Harper is us'?

There is one basic, foundational ground on which all politics in Canada must find traction, or not have any effect.

This is it. Less than 15% of the people are "political" as part of their daily thinking and activity. They are the few to whom the actions of politicians, and their words and opinions, matter. The rest are not going to bother with politics until an election.

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Stephen Harper, too, shall pass into history, recorded as one of the most destructive, personally malignant personalities ever to have soiled the Canadian political landscape. But in the meantime, Canadians are so distracted by his political blitzkrieg through the agencies, policies, programs and institutions that make Canada what it became over five decades, that we are in danger of losing our imagination regarding what is truly possible in this country.

Erna Paris to receive WFM – Canada World Peace Award

Erna Paris to receive WFM – Canada World Peace Award

Acclaimed Canadian author Erna Paris is the 2012 recipient of the WFM - Canada World Peace Award.

The award, to be presented July 12 in Winnipeg, recognizes an outstanding Canadian whose work advances awareness and action in support of a more peaceful future for humanity.

OP/ED: Unplug the MP pension money making machine

OP/ED: Unplug the MP pension money making machine

By: Jordan Bateman, British Columbia Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

If you could put a loonie into a machine and get $23.30 out every time, would you ever stop?

Probably not. That human nature may explain why Members of Parliament have been moving so slowly to reform their platinum-plated pension plan. Unfortunately for taxpayers, we are that cash machine.

Expect more from your government

Expect more from your government

Something is happening in Canada that seems, in the context of a majority Harper government, counter-intuitive. Harper continues implementing his right-wing revolution by fiat, and Preston Manning’s “democracy” institute says Canadians actually want “less” government and more individual responsibility. Yet a flurry of polls in the past few weeks and months suggest two dramatic counterpoints to this self-serving narrative.

RCMP get their man in case of missing McCanns

Travis Vader . . . charged with two counts of 1st Degree Murder

RCMP in Alberta announced Monday that over the weekend, they arrested and charged Travis Vader, aged 40, with two counts of First Degree Murder in the deaths of Lyle McCann and Marie McCann.

The elderly couple was reported missing by their family on July 10, 2010. They were last seen alive on July 3, 2010.  Mr. Vader was arrested at the Edmonton Remand Centre where he was being held on unrelated charges.

Canadian swordfish eco-certified despite deaths of endangered sea turtles and sharks

Canadian swordfish eco-certified despite deaths of endangered sea turtles and sharks

Despite strong opposition from conservation organizations, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has granted eco-certification to Nova Scotia’s swordfish longline fishery which is responsible for killing 35,000 sharks and 200-500 endangered sea turtles each year as ‘bycatch’.

Budget 2012: At least the war on the environment is going well

Budget 2012: At least the war on the environment is going well

Until this year, the purpose of the annual Canadian federal budget was to project government revenues, lay out spending priorities and forecast economic conditions for the upcoming year. Reading Budget 2012, announced last week by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, it soon becomes clear that this government has no intention of being encumbered by pedestrian fiscal objectives. The Harper government has instead opted to present what is first and foremost a policy document – one that brazenly asserts the government’s ideological agenda for the coming three years.

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