Democracy and Populism versus Two-Tone politics

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Old Party Divide is not sexy any more; the old two-tone politics, supposedly left and right of center but really, right and far-right of center has failed and today ceases to represent the people. The people are leaning more and more to popular and populist parties which clamor for change. The two-party system is over.

It started as a ripple with nationalist parties in Europe, representing local interests against national plans forged by some faceless multi-state entity which nobody voted for and which did not represent the people. The ripple grew into a wave, the first symptoms of which were Obama’s twin election victories as first he claimed to represent change and then said he would represent change some day. Today the wave has formed a tsunami, locking Spain into a political wrestling match which it appears nobody can win, it sees populist parties getting ever …
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In Legislative Council Elections, Hong Kong Votes Against Chinese Regime

In 2014, hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong residents protested Beijing’s denial of genuine democratic reform for the semiautonomous territory. But the Chinese communist regime yielded no quarter to the mostly youthful Hongkongers who occupied major roads in the city for nearly three months.
The spirit of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, however, appears to have endured.
Youthful protesters became politicians, campaigning on local issues and Hong Kong’s political future. Millions of Hongkongers, dissatisfied with Beijing’s continued encroachment on Hong Kong’s freedoms, went to the polling booths and elected several new pro-democracy candidates for the city’s legislature.
Analysts say that the turnout and results of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council elections reflects a changing of the guard in the pro-democracy camp. Hongkongers, analysts add, appear to reject outright calls for independence by radical politicians and firmly reject the Chinese Communist Party’s influence.
How Hong Kong …
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The Upshot: Politics Are Tricky but Science Is Clear: Needle Exchanges Work

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Ian Mulgrew: Force politicians to act on medicare, B.C. court is asked

Dr. Anne Wachsmuth, left, assists Dr. Darius Viskontas as they remove a cyst from a male patient’s knee, at the Cambie Surgery Centre, in Vancouver on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Dr. Brian Day, a self-styled champion of privatized health care, is bringing his fight to British Columbia Supreme Court on Tuesday for the start of a months-long trial he says is about patients’ access to affordable treatment, while his opponents accuse him of trying to gut the core of Canada’s medical system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck ORG XMIT: VCRD120
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/ Vancouver SunFederal Health Minister Jane Philpott.Nathan Denette
/ Vancouver SunThe legal documents say provincial medicare laws and the role of private clinics are on trial in B.C. Supreme Court, but in truth it’s politicians who are in the dock.From the 1990s on, it seems, those in government of every political stripe have misled us about the …
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Force politicians to act on medicare, B.C. court is asked

Dr. Anne Wachsmuth, left, assists Dr. Darius Viskontas as they remove a cyst from a male patient’s knee, at the Cambie Surgery Centre, in Vancouver on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Dr. Brian Day, a self-styled champion of privatized health care, is bringing his fight to British Columbia Supreme Court on Tuesday for the start of a months-long trial he says is about patients’ access to affordable treatment, while his opponents accuse him of trying to gut the core of Canada’s medical system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck ORG XMIT: VCRD120
0902 na dayDARRYL DYCK
/ Vancouver SunFederal Health Minister Jane Philpott.Nathan Denette
/ Vancouver SunThe legal documents say provincial medicare laws and the role of private clinics are on trial in B.C. Supreme Court, but in truth it’s politicians who are in the dock.From the 1990s on, it seems, those in government of every political stripe have misled us about the …
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For filmmaker Oliver Stone, everything, and nothing, is politics

Oliver Stone is not a political filmmaker – he wants to be very clear about that. Yes, the three-time Oscar-winner has made movies about presidents (Nixon, W. and, in a way, JFK), wars (Salvador, Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Heaven & Earth) and titans of America (Wall Street and its sequel that will go unremarked upon). But, in his words, he is not a political filmmaker, no.

“Political films? You’re putting me in a category – I see myself as a dramatist,” the 69-year-old director says. “I was able to make a film about Mr. Bush and Mr. Nixon – I walked in their shoes, I was empathetic. I only want to tell a story. Understand, I work as hard on every single movie, whether it’s a U-Turn or a Natural Born Killers or a Scarface. I see the world in stories. Don’t think of me as a …
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Sears Canada posts loss as sales fall 15.6 percent

(Reuters) – Department store operator Sears Canada Inc SCC.TO SRSC.O reported a quarterly loss, compared with a year-earlier profit, hurt by a 15.6 percent fall in sales.

The company said same-store sales fell 5.5 percent as traffic for big-ticket items such as major appliances fell due to termination of a credit card agreement and lower-than-expected sales of new merchandise launched in spring.

Bank of Nova Scotia BNS.TO said in October it would buy JPMorgan & Chase Co’s JPM.N Canadian credit card portfolio associated with Sears Canada.

Sears Canada, hit by increasing competition from U.S. retail giants such as …
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Canadian canola, wheat stocks shrink less than expected

By Rod Nickel and Kaven Baker-Voakes

WINNIPEG/OTTAWA – Canadian canola and wheat stockpiles were sharply lower in midsummer from a year earlier but bigger than expected, a Statistics Canada report showed on Wednesday.

Statscan pegged the all-wheat stocks as of July 31, at 5.2 million tonnes, down 27 percent from a year ago but far exceeding the average trade expectation of 4.29 million tonnes.

Canola supplies amounted to 2 million tonnes, down 21 percent but topping the average trade guess of 1.27 million tonnes.

Trade expectations for wheat and canola likely differed widely from Statscan’s stocks estimates because the agency found more crop being stored on …
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Bank of Canada holds interest rates steady

By Andrea Hopkins and Leah Schnurr

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada warned on Wednesday that the economy could be weaker than it anticipated just two months ago as exports disappointed, but the central bank held rates steady as it stuck to a forecast that growth will bounce back in the second half.

In a statement that was bleaker than the market had expected, the bank also said the U.S. outlook for business investment has become less certain, despite a healthy labor market and solid consumption.

“Exports disappointed even after accounting for weaker business and residential investment in …
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CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends lower as central bank warns on growth

Canada’s main stock index closed
slightly lower on Wednesday as the country’s central bank warned
of risks to growth, with a convenience store operator, some
banks, telecom companies and miners among the biggest weights.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index
unofficially closed down 16.37 points, or 0.11
percent, at 14,796.65. Eight of its 10 main sectors fell,
although most were marginal losses.

(Reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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