Part Two: Horse Sense & Government Nonsense

July 27, 2012 4:43 pm
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Public-Private Partnerships Are Not Subsidies: The Ontario government’s decision to end the Slots at Racetracks Program has a detrimental effect for Ontario’s vibrant horseracing and equine industries.

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Part One: Horse Sense & Government Nonsense

July 26, 2012 4:34 pm
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Public-Private Partnerships Are Not Subsidies: The Ontario government’s decision to end the Slots at Racetracks Program has a detrimental effect for Ontario’s vibrant horseracing and equine industries.

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“Changing the Conversation”: Campaign Distractions on the Road to the White House

July 23, 2012 9:00 am
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“If you don’t like what is being said, change the conversation.” Last week’s coverage of the American presidential campaign shows that both Democrat and Republican political operatives are attempting to use this dictum to reframe the November election into a discussion about anything except the issues that threaten the United States of America.

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Disabilities in Public Life

July 9, 2012 4:01 pm
President Kennedy in a rare 1961 photograph

American presidents and other high-profile public figures have gone to great lengths to hide their health problems from the public in the fear that being handicapped or ill could translate into a political drawback on election day or an unfavorable perception in the court of public opinion.

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Welcome to Rowdy Beach! Bay of Constance Sorrow: Frustrated Residents, Powerless Police and Drunks on the Beach

July 3, 2012 4:00 pm
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Point Beach is privately owned. Underaged youth freely consume alcohol, smoke, litter and party like it’s 1999. Dogs run free off their leashes. “Effing” is a word often heard here.

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A Presidential Election Campaign Heats up as America’s Economy Cools Down

June 6, 2012 5:02 pm
US President Barack Obama receiving bad news in the Oval Office

After months of campaigning and mudslinging, the Republican primary race is over. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will challenge the incumbent President of the United States of America, Democrat Barack Obama, in this November’s presidential election which will likely be fought over how to repair an economy that appears to be running out of steam.

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Business Profile: Winning at the Carney-val

May 28, 2012 4:23 pm
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Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney was called a “hot commodity” by Postmedia News in April and has been credited with shielding Canada from the worst effects of the 2008 global financial meltdown, when the United States’ and Europe’s financial systems nearly collapsed. By 2009, Carney’s response to the financial meltdown had earned him recognition by the Financial Times and TIME magazine as a superstar in the world of high finance.

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Broken and Bankrupt: Greece Stares into the Abyss

May 24, 2012 8:24 am
Greek riot police confront rioters in Athens

Before the turn of the twentieth century, America’s premier financier, John Pierpont (JP) Morgan, famously remarked that, “If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it.” More than a century later, Morgan’s comments could be used to characterize the ongoing disorderly unraveling of the Greek economy.

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The Uncertain Future: France’s Socialist Resurgence

May 18, 2012 9:00 am
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All is not well in Europe. The surprising results from both the French and Greek national elections last week have the potential to make any further coherent economic policy-making an impossibility, thereby derailing future hope for the stabilization of the EU’s economy and the lifespan of the euro as a viable currency.

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Queen In Disgrace: Canadian Task Force in Ukraine

May 17, 2012 6:01 pm
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With a peasant-braided hairstyle that she wore as a crown, Yulia Tymoshenko led mass protests that swept Ukraine in 2004. She was a leader of the Fatherland Party. In 2010, she became the first female to run in presidential elections. But shortly after losing to Victor Yanukovich, the queen of the Orange Revolution has fallen into disfavor, to put it mildly.

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The Natural: Laureen Harper Talks Family, Fitness and Canadian Pride

May 14, 2012 8:48 am
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There is more to Laureen Harper than meets the eye. OLM’s Alexandra Gunn caught up with the on-the-go mom at 24 Sussex Drive to talk about raising a family in the spotlight, her no-fuss fitness regime and what makes Canada the best place to live in the world.

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The Price of the Word: It’s Time for a Change in Kazakhstan

May 10, 2012 9:33 am
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Journalism and fear never go well together. Just one day before I interviewed CBC foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed, who has been covering the Middle East for over a decade, I learned that somebody tried to kill my colleague in Kazakhstan, journalist Lukpan Ahmediarov.

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Polling Déjà vu in Wild Rose Country

May 3, 2012 9:01 am
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The recent unexpected defeat of Alberta Wildrose leader Danielle Smith by incumbent Progressive Conservative (PC) Premier Alison Redford in the Alberta provincial election demonstrates that the same reasoning which led to the unanticipated American presidential election victories in 1936 and 1948 is alive and well in Canada.

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Controversial Public Servant Cuts Coming – Canada’s Magic Shrinking Trick

April 27, 2012 4:03 pm
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What will Canada look like if tens of thousands of public sector jobs are lost by the end of this year? That is the question plaguing economists, unions and political analysts alike. These potential job losses follow the federal Conservative government’s announcement to freeze wages and deliver $8 billion in cuts over the next five years.

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The Expendables: Political Advisors, Consultants and Media Commentators

April 17, 2012 9:13 am
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Politics at the national level has always been a zero sum game; yet it would seem that increasingly the consequences are especially swift for advisors and consultants who find themselves at the wrong end of a comment which could prove damaging to a re-election campaign.

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Global Trade Wars Past and Present: the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of the Sky

April 3, 2012 9:07 am
U.S. Representative Willis C. Hawley & U.S. Senator Reed Smoot in 1929

In 1930, the United States Congress passed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, a “beggar thy neighbor” protectionist economic policy that would initiate the world’s first global trade war. Today, eighty-two years later, the European Union’s Emission Trading Scheme would seem to suggest that the protectionist urge still lives on.

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Negative Political Advertisements in 1988: The Blueprint for Today

March 20, 2012 10:41 am
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Negative advertisements are nothing new. They have been used for the better part of half a century in American politics. Twenty-four years later, the legacy of those negative attack ads perfected in 1988 still lives on.

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