Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Look who we’re dealing with in the TPP

So the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal has been initialled. I’m not prepared to discuss the merits of the agreement. But let’s consider the countries that are in it, besides Canada: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan – as well as the US. Australia, Chile, New Zealand and Japan have ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Look who we’re dealing with in the TPP

So the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal has been initialled. I’m not prepared to discuss the merits of the agreement. But let’s consider the countries that are in it, besides Canada: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan – as well as the US. Australia, Chile, New Zealand and Japan have ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: About those shared cost programs …

In last night’s final debate, Tom Mulcair said if he’s elected, then Quebec – and only that province – would get the option to opt out of new shared cost programs, including his $15 per diem child care program. I realize Canada has never been totally equal on social programs. For example, every province has ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: About those shared cost programs …

In last night’s final debate, Tom Mulcair said if he’s elected, then Quebec – and only that province – would get the option to opt out of new shared cost programs, including his $15 per diem child care program. I realize Canada has never been totally equal on social programs. For example, every province has ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: About those shared cost programs …

In last night’s final debate, Tom Mulcair said if he’s elected, then Quebec – and only that province – would get the option to opt out of new shared cost programs, including his $15 per diem child care program. I realize Canada has never been totally equal on social programs. For example, every province has ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What’s "barbaric" exactly?

Today, the PMS campaign announced if it gets re-elected on October 19th it will introduce legislation to make illegal “barbaric” practices. On the surface, this may sound, well, sound. There are very few people in Canada who think FGM is acceptable. Other forms of torture should be illegal, and in fact already are. But how ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What’s "barbaric" exactly?

Today, the PMS campaign announced if it gets re-elected on October 19th it will introduce legislation to make illegal “barbaric” practices. On the surface, this may sound, well, sound. There are very few people in Canada who think FGM is acceptable. Other forms of torture should be illegal, and in fact already are. But how ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What’s "barbaric" exactly?

Today, the PMS campaign announced if it gets re-elected on October 19th it will introduce legislation to make illegal “barbaric” practices. On the surface, this may sound, well, sound. There are very few people in Canada who think FGM is acceptable. Other forms of torture should be illegal, and in fact already are. But how ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What does Harper want from our military?

Brian Stewart has a good op-ed piece on what Harper has said what he has done for Canada’s military, and what has really been done. Three words: Stretched. Too. Thin. When you appropriate $10 billion more for defence spending than what you actually intend to spend, that’s not “prudence”. That’s telling our fine men and ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What does Harper want from our military?

Brian Stewart has a good op-ed piece on what Harper has said what he has done for Canada’s military, and what has really been done. Three words: Stretched. Too. Thin. When you appropriate $10 billion more for defence spending than what you actually intend to spend, that’s not “prudence”. That’s telling our fine men and ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: What does Harper want from our military?

Brian Stewart has a good op-ed piece on what Harper has said what he has done for Canada’s military, and what has really been done. Three words: Stretched. Too. Thin. When you appropriate $10 billion more for defence spending than what you actually intend to spend, that’s not “prudence”. That’s telling our fine men and ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Don’t match donations during an election!

Maybe it’s me, but it seemed like awful timing when the Cons announced last week they were going to match donations to this year’s Terry Fox Run, up to a ceiling of $35 million. Today, they retracted the pledge – for now. Awful timing, of course, because we’re smack in the middle of an election, ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Don’t match donations during an election!

Maybe it’s me, but it seemed like awful timing when the Cons announced last week they were going to match donations to this year’s Terry Fox Run, up to a ceiling of $35 million. Today, they retracted the pledge – for now. Awful timing, of course, because we’re smack in the middle of an election, ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Don’t match donations during an election!

Maybe it’s me, but it seemed like awful timing when the Cons announced last week they were going to match donations to this year’s Terry Fox Run, up to a ceiling of $35 million. Today, they retracted the pledge – for now. Awful timing, of course, because we’re smack in the middle of an election, ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Old stock???

For so many years, we in Canada have been trying to get away from the whole “we versus they” mentality. That one group of Canadians are better than another – that we are all in it together. The other night, Stephen Harper made a comment about so-called “old stock” Canadians. What does he mean by ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Old stock???

For so many years, we in Canada have been trying to get away from the whole “we versus they” mentality. That one group of Canadians are better than another – that we are all in it together. The other night, Stephen Harper made a comment about so-called “old stock” Canadians. What does he mean by ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Old stock???

For so many years, we in Canada have been trying to get away from the whole “we versus they” mentality. That one group of Canadians are better than another – that we are all in it together. The other night, Stephen Harper made a comment about so-called “old stock” Canadians. What does he mean by ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Don’t let the refugees down

Yeah, it’s been a while. But I had to take to my keyboard today because of the refugee crisis that is swamping Europe – since many of them may be headed Canada’s way. And I never thought, a month into the election, that it would become a debating point, but here we are. I have ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Don’t let the refugees down

Yeah, it’s been a while. But I had to take to my keyboard today because of the refugee crisis that is swamping Europe – since many of them may be headed Canada’s way. And I never thought, a month into the election, that it would become a debating point, but here we are. I have ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Don’t let the refugees down

Yeah, it’s been a while. But I had to take to my keyboard today because of the refugee crisis that is swamping Europe – since many of them may be headed Canada’s way. And I never thought, a month into the election, that it would become a debating point, but here we are. I have ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: No notwithstanding clause on assisted suicide

In the three months since the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision on assisted suicide in Carter v. Attorney General of Canada, there has been a lot of thumb twisting about what to do. The Court gave Parliament a year to come up with something new before the law is officially taken off ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: No notwithstanding clause on assisted suicide

In the three months since the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision on assisted suicide in Carter v. Attorney General of Canada, there has been a lot of thumb twisting about what to do. The Court gave Parliament a year to come up with something new before the law is officially taken off ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: No notwithstanding clause on assisted suicide

In the three months since the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision on assisted suicide in Carter v. Attorney General of Canada, there has been a lot of thumb twisting about what to do. The Court gave Parliament a year to come up with something new before the law is officially taken off ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: You don’t have to take income splitting. At least one guy hasn’t …

The income splitting option is not mandatory for those who qualify for it. Like any other tax credit, it’s optional. Tax software will flag credits to make sure you get every loophole you’re entitled to – problematic if you still do it manually. One guy in the 15%, a labour leader, was given the option ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: You don’t have to take income splitting. At least one guy hasn’t …

The income splitting option is not mandatory for those who qualify for it. Like any other tax credit, it’s optional. Tax software will flag credits to make sure you get every loophole you’re entitled to – problematic if you still do it manually. One guy in the 15%, a labour leader, was given the option ...