Ottawa eases carbon tax thresholds to help Canada’s big industries compete

Ottawa eases carbon tax thresholds to help Canada’s big industries compete

OTTAWA — Bowing to concerns about international competitiveness, the Trudeau government is scaling back carbon pricing requirements for some of the country’s heaviest energy users, and signalling that more easing could come before the plan takes effect in 2019. Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued new requirements that will increase the emissions threshold at…

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William Watson: This problem could make Ontario’s public sector get more expensive — fast

William Watson: This problem could make Ontario’s public sector get more expensive — fast

The most shocking fact in last week’s commentary from Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office about the provincial government’s employment, wages and salaries is buried in a footnote, albeit footnote 1: “The government does not publish consistent historical statistics for public sector employment and wage expenses.” So the FAO has had to figure out what’s been going on…

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Is it time to automate politicians?

Is it time to automate politicians?

A poll of British consumers conducted by software firm OpenText found that one in four Brits think robots would do a better job than humans as politicians. Years ago, The Muppet Show ran a segment mocking politicians for their stereotypical robotic behaviour. Last April a robot was nominated to run to be Tokyo’s mayor, promising…

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Cottage craze: Retirees are now using recreational properties as their primary residences

Cottage craze: Retirees are now using recreational properties as their primary residences

As Canada’s residential real estate prices continue to flat line, recreational real estate prices are experiencing a surge — and it’s being driven by retirees. Average price of recreational properties, including waterfront, non-waterfront, water access and ski-in properties, have increased by 13 per cent in 12 months across Canada, according to a 2018 Re/Max Recreational…

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Why Germany needs a better army

Why Germany needs a better army

IF A war were to break out in Europe, its early stages might look something like NATO’s recent exercise on the Letzlinger Heath, some 100km (60 miles) west of Berlin. The war game imagined an enemy (Russia, say) sweeping across the northern European plain and into a NATO member state (Estonia, say). In the front…

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