Politics

Tax dodgers and others stampeded to beat amnesty deadline in March

Tax dodgers and others rushed to take advantage of the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) controversial amnesty program earlier this year in the weeks before the rules got tougher — and much less generous. CBC News has learned there was almost a doubling of applications under the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) between Dec. 15, when the changes were announced, and the ...

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Nudge resistant: Canadians seem deaf to taxman's environmental message

Another “nudge” experiment by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), this one encouraging taxpayers to file online to eliminate paper, has had little impact, as Canadians appeared to shrug off environmental messaging. Nudge economics involves sending soft messages to people encouraging them to make desired choices, a practice employed since 2010 in Britain, the United States and elsewhere, and adopted by ...

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Doug Ford's first premiers' meeting more cordial than confrontational

Opinions varied on what Doug Ford might do when he gathered with other premiers at this week’s Council of the Federation in Saint Andrew’s, N.B. Would the new Ontario premier want to make a big splash? Or hang back at his first summer premiers’ meeting, listening and strategizing? Ontario premiers have traditionally played a consensus-building, conciliatory role on the national stage, going back ...

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Trump invites Putin to White House amid fallout of first summit

Unbowed by swirling criticism of his summit encounter with Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump swiftly invited the Russian leader to the White House this fall for a second get-together. Cleanup from the first continued with no letup Thursday, as Trump belatedly decided Putin’s “incredible offer” of shared U.S.-Russia investigations was no good after all. A White House meeting would ...

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Meet the 5 rookie members of Trudeau's new cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a healthy dose of change to his cabinet Wednesday, creating new ministries and reworking others as the Liberals grapple with new provincial realities and an increasingly fractious relationship with the United States. The new faces and changes to the cabinet’s composition reveal some of the government’s top priorities a little more than a year out from the ...

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Ottawa sought advice from kids to help pick cannabis warning symbol

Health Canada tapped the opinions of children as young as five years old as it attempted to decide what warning symbol would work best in mandatory labelling of cannabis products when pot is legalized later this year. The purpose of the symbol is to “prevent accidental ingestion of products containing cannabis, in particular by children and youth,” the January report to ...

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Abdoul Abdi no longer facing deportation hearing, for now

Former child refugee Abdoul Abdi is no longer facing deportation to Somalia, but the threat of deportation in the future remains a possibility. Abdi, 25, lives and works in Toronto, but came to Nova Scotia in 2000 with his aunts and sister after his mother died in a refugee camp in Djibouti. Abdi was placed in the custody of the Department ...

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