Daily Archives: December 1, 2017

Republicans grouse about tax models they once supported

THEY have been at this a long time. In 1994 Republicans, newly in charge of Congress, held hearings on what would come to be called “dynamic scoring”. Bills, they said, should be evaluated using the predictive power of macroeconomic models. If the model predicts more GDP growth, then it could be inferred that the growth would produce more tax revenue. ...

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MMIWG commissioners to ask Ottawa for more time, as Quebec hearings wrap

Chief Commissioner Marion Buller says the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) will ask the federal government for an extension of its two-year mandate. Buller said staff are still working out just how much more time and money the inquiry needs to compile its report and make recommendations to the government, after hearing stories of ...

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Police 'elevated officer safety over public safety' at Charlottesville rally, review finds

Law enforcement failed to adequately plan for or respond to a violent white nationalist rally this summer in Virginia, leading to “deep distrust of government” in the Charlottesville community, an independent review released Friday found. Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy’s monthslong investigation found a lack of co-ordination between state and city police and a passive response by officials to the ...

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Bali's Mount Agung has awakened. Scientists are listening.

This week, the Mount Agung volcano on the island of Bali in Indonesia erupted for the first time in more than 50 years.  Residents are fleeing to neighbouring islands, tourists are scrambling to find flights home and the tiny island is on edge.  Volcanologists are trying to gather as much data as possible to help planners, residents and first responders ...

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National parks free for people 17 and under starting in 2018

National parks across the country will become free for people 17 and under starting in 2018. Parks were free to all visitors in 2017 to celebrate Canada 150. ​Catherine McKenna, the federal environment minister, made the announcement in Ottawa on Thursday alongside Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Parks Canada’s honourary guide for families and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife. “There is no better way ...

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Come From Away creators and all-Canadian cast prepare for Toronto return

Actor George Masswohl got cast for the upcoming Canadian production of Come From Away without actually having seen the Broadway hit. Not that it was intentional. “Couldn’t get a ticket!” says Masswohl, who will play Claude in Mirvish Production’s new seven-month run of the show at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, starting in February. He wasn’t alone in getting shut out of ...

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Cop taunts would-be killer with lube on way to prison: 'You are going to need a lot of this'

The police officer who Kevin Rojas nearly killed during a traffic stop turned up at his sentencing hearing with a prop: a tube of lubricant. (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office). A police officer taunted the Jacksonville man who shot him multiple times last year by taking out a tube of K-Y Jelly personal lubricant in court Wednesday and saying, “You are going ...

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Canadian rugby 7s women drop bronze match at World Series

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