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A telling 24 hours in Stephen Harper’s world

Thursday was a busy day for the Harper government. Consider just some of what went on:<p>• There was the continuing fallout over the revelation that …

Are you emotionally intelligent? Here’s how to know for sure

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 per cent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source …

Income splitting won’t help parents who really need a tax break

<i>Kathleen Lahey is a professor of tax law at Queen's University Faculty of Law.</i><p>The Harper government's parental income splitting plan is designed in such a way that guarantees it will only make a difference to the richest Canadians. By design, it cannot help those who need assistance with child care …

Retirement

Free money for all could jumpstart the economy

If someone handed you a bundle of free cash, would you stop working?<p>Perhaps that's what has happened to our economy. As governments create more and …

Income Inequality

How to make a mockery of Parliament

A guide to diminishing Parliament from within and without<p>So yesterday, Tom Mulcair stood in the House of Commons and asked the government to clarify …

Canadian PM says U.S. will approve Keystone XL pipeline eventually | News Home | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Logic dictates that the United States will one day approve the northern leg of TransCanada Corp’s controversial Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told an audience of executives in New York on Wednesday.<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper …

Canada

Serious error found in a second Tory crime bill

The Senate knowingly approved a crime bill with an error that could weaken the legislation and invite challenges by defence lawyers.<p>In a second crime bill in two weeks revealed by The Globe and Mail to have reached the Senate with mistakes in it, the Senate approved measures cracking down on …

NDP calls for urgent committee meeting on charity audits

The New Democrats are pressing for an unusual summer meeting of a parliamentary committee to clear the air over the auditing of charities for their political activities.<p>New Democrat MP Murray Rankin, the party critic for national revenue, wants the finance committee to convene before Parliament …

Average Canadian Climate Denier Is An Evangelical Man From Alberta Who Votes For The Tories

Stephen Harper is 55 years old, makes his home in Alberta, goes to an Evangelical church and, presumably, votes for the Conservatives. According to a …

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Jason Kenney's Department Cut Budget For Job-Market Data By 20%: Report

As experts' calls for better labour market data grow louder, the Harper government appears to be going in the opposite direction.<p>The Tories are still …

Climate change: What if we just say everything is a carbon tax?

The state of the debate<p>Two months ago, Michael Chong said something profound. Or at least he quoted Brian Mulroney saying something profound.<p>“Mr. …

QP Live: The NDP looks for a target

Your daily dose of political theatre<p>A couple of minutes before Question Period, the NDP usually expends 60 seconds on all-out partisan theatrics. The …

Kijiji gets free parliamentary publicity

The exchange you can’t miss from this afternoon’s Question Period<p>All publicity is good publicity for Kijiji, right?<p>The online classifieds mega-site …

Rob Ford aiming to ‘stay on message’ in tonight’s debate

Rob Ford's goal in tonight's mayoral debate will be to "stay focused, stay on message," says his brother, Councillor Doug Ford – the day after the mayor earned praise for his performance in the first major televised debate.<p>Councillor Ford spoke with reporters Thursday morning after his brother …

From bean to bar: Why chocolate will never taste the same again

It's cocoa season across the southern half of the Ivory Coast. The pods are ripe for picking, some turning from green to yellow, like bananas.<p>Except these trees are unlike anything I've seen before; a quirk of evolution, they would look at home in C.S. Lewis' Narnia or Tolkien's Middle-earth: their …

No evidence Conservative tax credit made kids more active, analysis shows

<i>Politics Insider delivers premium analysis and access to Canada's policymakers and politicians. Visit the</i> Politics Insider homepage <i>for insight available only to subscribers.</i><p>The fight to win over hockey moms and dads is a common cliché in political strategy and analysis. Sometimes they are called …

Sen. Mike Duffy's documents

Quebec court declares Harper government’s Senate reform plan unconstitutional

MONTREAL — The Harper government’s most recent attempt at Senate reform has been declared unconstitutional in a stinging court ruling rendered …

Harper now says ‘very few’ Tories knew of $90,000 cheque to Duffy

Stephen Harper insisted "very few" people in Conservative circles knew that chief aide Nigel Wright was personally bailing out Senator Mike Duffy when the PEI politician faced public pressure to reimburse taxpayers for questionable expense claims.<p>He's pushing back against the suggestion that more …

Canada falling far short on emission goals, Environment Canada reports

Canada is falling well short of its international commitment to reduce greenhouse gases and the Harper government is offering no plan to close the gap.<p>In an update released Thursday, Environment Canada projects that rising emissions from a booming oil-sands sector will swamp progress made elsewhere …

Supersized, unparliamentary budget bills

The federal government’s 2013 budget-implementation bill is at its most egregiously irrelevant to the 2013 budget at the very end, in its grand finale: an amendment to the Supreme Court Act to facilitate the appointment of Justice Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court. What is this doing in a budget bill?<p>…

Enough with oil-patch big bucks. This couple want to settle down

Patrick and Kathleen want a mortgage-free home, a couple of children and time off work to pursue graduate degrees.<p>To finance their goals, Patrick spends at least six months away from their Edmonton home, earning big money working as a consultant in the Alberta oil fields. Kathleen makes more than …

10 Things You Need To Know About Bitters

It's called the "Mad Men" effect: the rediscovery of classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned and the gin martini.<p>But those cocktails had one key …

Resistance to courtroom tweeting based on myth, not reality

The Internet makes it possible to keep the public informed about what’s happening inside Canada’s courtrooms in real time. Updates on witness testimony, verdicts, guilty pleas, sentences and other developments can be flashed via Twitter or posted to websites as they occur, making the courts more …

Mike Duffy Expenses: Harper's Version Of Events Contradicted In Court Documents

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper is facing accusations that he misled Canadians about the Mike Duffy expenses scandal after a court document contradicted the …

Canadians, You Should Be Outraged

The contents of recent reports alleging that Aboriginal children were intentionally malnourished and used as guinea pigs by the federal government in …

14 Gorgeous Structures In The Running For The 'Building Of The Year' Award

This year's festival will be held from October 2nd - 4th in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands, a building which was itself once a WAF Award winner.<p>More than 300 projects from 50 countries made the official 2013 shortlist, and the architects responsible will each have a chance to make their case to …

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