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If airlines sold coffee, they'd charge extra for the cup

Canada’s airlines used to be in the annoying habit of advertising prices that seemed too good to be true. On further examination, they usually were: passengers would discover the promised price didn’t include other mandatory costs, such as taxes, surcharges, airport fees etc. 675 more words

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Megan McArdle: Uber just might overcome our euvoluntary instincts

One can’t help but admire Uber’s willingness to follow the basic logic of economics any place it happens to lead. Even to price gouging. Soaring prices after a natural disaster or during extreme weather are simply, economists would say, the market’s response to changing supply and demand, as disruptions make it harder to get some things just as demand spikes (for instance, for generators, gasoline, bottled water, first aid supplies). 901 more words

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Arthur Milnes: 'The Queen is no more'

“She ennobled mankind; she exalted royalty; the world is better for her life.”
— Sir Wilfrid Laurier

In 1897, the world gathered in London to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria and Canada sent its new prime minister.

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George Jonas: Judges evading the law

In 2010 four young men robbed a bank in Toronto. They managed to gather up the loot and make it out of the building, only to crash their getaway car into an 18-wheeler within a block. 1,031 more words

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Full Pundit: Pierre Karl Péladeau has a plan

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André Pratte, writing for La Presse, rolls his eyes at Pierre Karl Péladeau’s plan to sell Quebecers on sovereignty — namely that if they “knew their history” they’d… 740 more words

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Rex Murphy: A message for Mr. Harper — Conservative voters are feeling let down

The New Democrats are having a moment in the sun. A run of polls recently indicate an upward movement for the party. It isn’t huge but it occurs at a most strategically important time — the fall election campaign has really begun. 1,112 more words

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Sherri Torjman: Tax credits — great politics, terrible policy

In recent years, Ottawa has relied increasingly on the personal income tax system to achieve economic and social goals. The result is a tax system that is stretched to the limit. 691 more words

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