Premier Brad Wall faces barrage of questions about land scandal

Long-time Saskatchewan political columnist Murray Mandryk says ordinarily Premier Brad Wall loves talking to reporters so much that “quite often we can’t bloody well get his scrums to end.”
Yet during this session of the legislature, Wall has abruptly and uncharacteristically walked away from media scrums when faced with questions about an ongoing controversy that’s come to be known as the “GTH land deal.”
“It’s a relative rarity to see politicians in this province do that,” said Mandryk, a columnist with the Regina Leader-Post. “That’s not how they’re cut and that’s certainly not how Brad Wall was cut.”
In February, …
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Canada steps away from online redress system, but 'No Fly List Kids' parents still waiting

Canada could implement a redress system as early as spring of 2018 to make it easier for children and adults falsely flagged as security threats to get past extra airport security checks when their names match those of people on no-fly lists.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale described the future system at a town hall on national security Saturday afternoon in Markham, Ont., which he attended along with Health Minister Jane Philpott and Immigration Minister John McCallum, both MPs in Markham ridings.
Speaking to reporters outside the cafeteria of Markham District High School, Goodale pointed to the American redress model, which …
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Canada steps away from online redress system modelled off U.S.

Canada could implement a redress system as early as spring of 2018 to make it easier for children and adults falsely flagged as security threats to get past extra airport security checks when their names match those of people on no-fly lists.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale described the future system at a town hall on national security Saturday afternoon in Markham, Ont., which he attended along with Health Minister Jane Philpott and Immigration Minister John McCallum, both MPs in Markham ridings.
Speaking to reporters outside the cafeteria of Markham District High School, Goodale pointed to the American redress model, which …
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Senators want action on foreign interference in Canadian elections

“I find it hard to believe that we’re permitting this,” says Conservative Senator Daniel Lang of foreign money making its way into Canadian elections. “I don’t think Canadians are prepared to tolerate this.”Lang and other Senators want action to deal with such electoral interference following a testimony Marc Mayrand gave to the Senate committee on legal and constitutional affairs this past Wednesday.Senators posed all sorts of questions to Elections Canada’s chief electoral officer, who’s retiring at the end of December from the job he’s held since 2007. But foreign money was their main theme.”Are there any restrictions to prevent an organization in the U.S. or anywhere from providing funding to third parties in Canada for use during an election?” Conservative Senator Linda Frum asked Mayrand.”Once the funds are mingled, it’s the Canadian organization’s funds,” Mayrand answered. For that brief moment after, you could hear a pin …
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Trudeau faces backlash after tribute to Fidel Castro

The prime minister is facing criticism for his statement expressing “deep sorrow” about the death of the controversial former Cuban president Fidel Castro.
Justin Trudeau posted a written statement early Saturday after the late-night announcement that Castro had died at the age of 90.
Trudeau remembered the late president as a “legendary revolutionary and orator,” and said he was a good friend of his father’s.

But others in Canada were less generous in their description of the controversial leader.
Opposition leader Rona Ambrose said in a written statement that under Castro’s rule, thousands of people were impoverished, imprisoned and executed.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Cuba who continue to endure his long and oppressive regime, even after his death,” she wrote.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair shared a similar message on Twitter. 

Upon the passing of Fidel Castro let us think of the lives impacted by his actions …
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‘Marcos was a model of the politician as thief’

The title of this piece comes from an article by the British investigative journalist, writer and documentary maker Nicholas Davies, titled “The $10-bn question: what happened to the Marcos millions?” It was published in the Guardian on May 7, 2016, two days before the national elections in which Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. emerged a close runner-up to Vice President Leni G. Robredo.
With people still raging and protesting nationwide against the recent stealthy burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani of the “remains” of Ferdinand Marcos Sr., the facts carefully laid out by Davies deserve to be reviewed. He mainly gathered the data from the archives of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), which since 1986 has been mandated to track down and recover the wealth stolen by Marcos and his cronies.
The $10-billion estimate of the loot accumulated by Marcos while in public office, Davies points out, came from the Philippine …
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Canada and Castro's Cuba: It's complicated

Has Canada been a “friend” to Cuba?
While Ottawa’s position towards Fidel Castro’s Cuba was far more progressive than our southern neighbour’s, the story is more complicated than liberals are likely to suggest in their commentary over Castro’s passing.
Canada did not play a central role in U.S. efforts to squash the social reforms and independence of the island nation. Rather than participate in hundreds of CIA assassination attempts on Castro’s life, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau declared “Viva Castro” during an official trip to Cuba in 1976. But there’s a little-known unsavory side to Canadian relations with Cuba.
“Business is business” seems to have been Canada’s slogan for relations with Cuba from the U.S. occupation in 1898 through the dictator Batista to Castro’s revolution in 1959. In 1900 the Canadian Journal of Commerce noted that “Canadian capital and clearer northern brains” were turning Cuba into a “modern hive …

The top 5 reasons every business needs a professional bookkeeper


PatnCat Co. in Stoney Creek, Ontario, is a certified professional bookkeeping business that specializes in helping small businesses with their taxes and administrative needs. Owner Catharine Eldridge has helped entrepreneurs across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, real estate, retail, health care and finance.




In order to be successful, she believes small business owners must focus on three things: production, marketing their services and keeping accurate financial records. Unfortunately most entrepreneurs are too busy juggling day-to-day tasks; they struggle to find the time to keep their books in order.


Here are the top five reasons why hiring the services of a certified professional bookkeeper (CPB) makes good sense for your business:


1. The creation of accurate financial records: Up-to-date, accurate financial records are an essential component of any business’s success. Business owners have to have a clear sense of their accounts and expenditures. Armed with full-picture knowledge, you can …

Shoppers keep dollars local at Container Park for Small Business Saturday

Ricardo Torres-Cortez Children and adults paint at the Downtown Container Park on Nov. 26, 2016, as part of the Small Business Saturday national event, which aims to infuse shopping dollars into the local economy. By Ricardo Torres-Cortez (contact) Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 | 6:03 p.m. With discounts and games for the kids, merchants at the Downtown Container Park welcomed holiday shoppers to commemorate Small Business Saturday, a national event that aims to infuse dollars into the local economy. Dozens of singles, couples and families trickled into the outdoor mall on Fremont Street near Las Vegas Boulevard. Children took photos with Santa, ran in the jungle gym and painted. Foot traffic at Kappa Toys was tight as customers flowed in to look at and buy items that appeal to children, but also their older counterparts, said store owner and toy curator Lizzy Newsome. “Our real goal is to make everyone feel like a kid again,” she …

Area Business Associations Say Future Energy Jobs Bill Will Support Growth in Small Businesses

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Nov 26, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) —
On Small Business Saturday — as shoppers focus their dollars on area
businesses that are the economic life blood of neighborhoods — local
business associations and chambers of commerce are supporting the
benefits the Future Energy Jobs bill will bring to their small business
members.

Area associations, including the Chatham Business Association, the
Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce &
Tourism Bureau, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Retail
Merchants Association, Illinois Municipal League, Quad Cities Chamber of
Commerce and Rockford Chamber of Commerce, say the benefits proposed by
Exelon Generation and ComEd will strengthen the economy, save and create
good-paying jobs, retain Illinois’ historically low energy rates and
ensure the state maintains its competitive economic advantage.

The legislation is the product of collaboration among diverse
stakeholders, including environmental groups, renewable energy
developers, faith-based organizations, consumer advocates, labor,
business groups, …