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Stephen Gordon: The NDP's glimmer of hope

Recent events in Ottawa have favoured the Conservatives: political staffers’ moving expenses mean little in the grand scheme of things, but these scandals are in the middle of the Conservatives’ wheelhouse. 901 more words

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Chris Selley: What if we could just walk to the Toronto Islands to remedy the dearth of downtown parks?

On Thursday, Executive Committee nudged the Rail Deck Park about six inches down a hundred-mile road to existence. If Toronto City Council approves, city staff will get $2.4 million to figure out how to acquire air rights over the downtown rail corridor between Bathurst and Blue Jays Way, how best to build a park atop it, how much it’s likely to cost — very preliminary staff estimates suggest around $1 billion, not including “property rights, track relocation and rail contingency,” which doesn’t sound like a little money —and how to pay for it. 662 more words

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David Wootton: Before there was progress

On Oct. 6, the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill will be awarded to the author of a book “determined to have had (or likely to have) a profound literary, social and academic impact in the area of history.” This week, the National Post is publishing excerpts from all six 2016 Cundill Prize finalists. 1,067 more words

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Kelly McParland: Ontario still thinks government giveaways are the route to a successful economy

The way the Ontario Liberal government sees it, the route to a successful economy is via an ongoing supply of government handouts.

According to figures released last week, Ontario has awarded more than $900 million in grants since 2013, mainly to profitable technology firms and big automakers. 700 more words

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Colin Kenny: It's time for us to get on with replacing the CF-18 fighter fleet

Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president of the United States, recently made big headlines about how NATO countries are not carrying their fair share of the defence burden – measured at two per cent of gross domestic product. 759 more words

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Trump called ‘the worst nominee in modern U.S. history’

To no one’s surprise, the New York Times on Sunday endorsed Hillary Clinton for U.S. president, while calling Donald Trump “the worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.” On Monday it… 1,531 more words

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John Robson: How did all these opponents of two-tier health care miss it popping up everywhere around them?

Oh, here’s a surprise. Canada has multi-tier health care. Who saw that coming? Or rather, who didn’t see it already here? And the answer is a surprising number of intelligent, informed, passionate, completely wrong people. 778 more words

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