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Call Off CRA’s Attack Dogs

Call Off CRA’s Attack Dogs

Jul 23 2014

An Open Letter to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada Dear Stephen, Please cast your mind back to the summer of 2001. You were the president of the National Citizens’ Coalition. I was a lawyer in private practice. The two of us, together with the head of a Canadian think

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The Tyranny of Petty Bylaws

The Tyranny of Petty Bylaws

Jul 16 2014

It’s funny because it’s patently absurd that anyone, let alone an entire city council, would think clotheslines should be the provenance of government. How does this happen? The simplest, and not inaccurate, answer is: neighbour disputes. You can often find the origins of ludicrous city bylaws in long-running feuds between

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Beating the Taxi Bureaucrats

Beating the Taxi Bureaucrats

Jul 10 2014

I’m the opposite of an early adopter. Change makes me uncomfortable; and the more people tell me how fantastic a new product or service is, the more skeptical I tend to become. But when a creative and different offering is just overwhelmingly useful, it eventually breaks through my resistance; and

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The Upside of Judicial Activism

The Upside of Judicial Activism

Jul 04 2014

The past year hasn’t done anything to change these attitudes. With Stephen Harper’s Conservative government coming out on the losing end of Supreme Court decisions on prostitution; Justice Marc Nadon’s appointment to the high court; and the Senate reference (to name just a few), “judicial activism” has re-emerged as one

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Man who fought the CRA and won needs your help

Man who fought the CRA and won needs your help

Jul 03 2014

Irvin Leroux, a 70-year-old former businessman living in Prince George, BC, recently became a hero to the taxpayers of Canada — although few of them know it yet. But among the inner circle of tax practitioners — the lawyers and accountants who fight Canada Revenue Agency every day — his

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Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Punishes Charities

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Punishes Charities

Jul 02 2014

Proponents have touted CASL as a giant leap for economic efficiency in e-commerce by making spam illegal. And CASL does list the promotion of “efficiency” as its purpose. But contrary to the good results this efficiency may bring, CASL could have a decimating effect on charities. Here’s how. Of all

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Fight youth unemployment by cutting red tape

Fight youth unemployment by cutting red tape

Jun 26 2014

Seriously? This is the best solution policy wonks can think of for dealing with youth unemployment? Never mind that such a scheme is likely to depress youth job options further in the long run: taxing businesses $670-million is as sure a way as any to leave companies with little appetite

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Want to put a snooping government back in its place?

Want to put a snooping government back in its place?

Jun 18 2014

Not much looks different on the Internet today: Google’s got a cute timely themed logo (representing the latest World Cup matchup), and Yahoo! is featuring such hard-hitting news stories as “Who Is Christiano Rinaldo’s Girlfriend?” Business as usual online. Except that it’s not, thank goodness; at least not for Canadians,

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Brian Sinclair was a martyr to medicare

Brian Sinclair was a martyr to medicare

Jun 11 2014

In 2008, an Aboriginal double-amputee named Brian Sinclair was discovered dead in his wheelchair in a Winnipeg hospital emergency room. Sinclair had been waiting in the ER for 34 hours and had thrown up several times. By the time his body was noticed, rigor mortis already had set in. But

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