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Canada Revenue Agency slap down good news for taxpayers

Canada Revenue Agency slap down good news for taxpayers

May 12 2014

For 30 years, Canada has paid lip service to the idea that its tax collectors should treat taxpayers with dignity and respect. In 1984, the government announced the first Declaration of Taxpayer Rights. Twenty-odd years later, Canada Revenue Agency published its own commitment to “Your Rights” on its website, replacing

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One man’s ‘hate’ is another man’s faith

One man’s ‘hate’ is another man’s faith

May 07 2014

Judges are human, and no matter how neutral they genuinely try or wish to be, they still, like the rest of us, are inclined to defend more vehemently those people and causes that strike them as being sympathetic than those people and causes that don’t. That’s why any free-speech advocate

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Grant Brown: Recognizing the Many Roles of Dads

Grant Brown: Recognizing the Many Roles of Dads

May 06 2014

Ironically, though, the courts themselves are a bastion of widespread, systemic discrimination when it comes to one particular group of people: dads. There have been tremendous societal changes in the realm of gender roles in recent history. Whereas 100 years ago women rarely held outside employment, this is now the

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BC Supreme Court Chews Out CRA for Abusing Its Power

BC Supreme Court Chews Out CRA for Abusing Its Power

May 01 2014

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Canada Revenue Agency must live up to its responsibilities to the Canadian public and apply “a little common sense” when auditing and re-assessing taxpayers, the Supreme Court of British Columbia said in a decision released on May 1, 2014. Karen Selick, the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF)’s

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A need to kick the no-smoking habit

A need to kick the no-smoking habit

Apr 22 2014

Oh boohoo, you say. So smokers can’t light up on restaurant patios anymore, or smoke on beaches or in public parks or on sports fields or…well, pretty much anywhere except their own homes and cars, if all-encompassing public-smoking bans like the one set to take effect in Victoria, B.C., go

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Toronto’s Department of Lunch

Toronto’s Department of Lunch

Apr 09 2014

It’s not often these days that Rob Ford can be identified as the voice of reason on an issue. But when it comes to the question of whether food trucks should be allowed to operate freely in Toronto, the much-maligned mayor seems to be one of very few people talking

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Brian Day: 30 years of health-care dysfunction

Brian Day: 30 years of health-care dysfunction

Apr 01 2014

Thirty years ago today, on April 1, 1984, the Canada Health Act became law. We can be forgiven for wondering if the date and year were coincidental, or chosen in honour of April Fools’ Day and George Orwell’s novel, respectively. Canada’s Medicare laws have many Orwellian features, including names such

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Bill C-13: Tories trying again to open door to undue state intrusion

Bill C-13: Tories trying again to open door to undue state intrusion

Mar 26 2014

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. Perhaps that’s the federal government’s motto regarding Bill C-13 — the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. It represents yet another attempt by this government to pass legislation that will open the door to undue state intrusion. The currently proposed

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Ontario Court of Appeal Dismisses Raw Milk Appeal

Ontario Court of Appeal Dismisses Raw Milk Appeal

Mar 11 2014

TORONTO, ON: The Ontario Court of Appeal has dealt a blow to free choice in Canada. In the R. v. Schmidt case, the court unanimously decided that cow-share members do not have a constitutionally protected right to acquire raw milk in order to promote their own health. In reaching this

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