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
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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
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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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Shallow Graves

March 19, 2012 4:34 pm
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The murder of Mohammad Shafia and Tooba Yahya’s three daughters and Mohammad’s first wife raises questions for which there are no easy answers.

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“A House Divided Against Itself”: The 2012 Republican Race for the White House

March 12, 2012 8:50 am
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Super Tuesday, the first Tuesday in March of a presidential election year, is traditionally seen as both a confidence builder and a field narrower. Essentially, it is a day when ten different states hold their primary elections or caucuses to try to determine the candidate who best represents their interests in the contest to win the Republican Party presidential nomination.

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Ottawa Life Interviews NDP Candidate Niki Ashton

March 8, 2012 5:27 pm
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Niki Ashton (born September 9, 1982) is currently the New Democratic Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Churchill in Manitoba. She was first elected in the 2008 federal election. Read here for an OLM exclusive interview with NDP candidate Niki Ashton.

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Paul Dewar: He’s in to Win!

March 2, 2012 7:50 pm
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Paul W. Dewar, 48, New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for the riding of Ottawa Centre, is running a spirited campaign for the hotly contested leadership of the NDP in the wake of the untimely death of Jack Layton in August 2011. OLM’s Harvey Chartrand sits down with Dewar to discuss his plans for his candidacy for party leadership and beyond.

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Canada’s New Health Care Discord

February 28, 2012 7:09 pm
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In December, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty unilaterally unveiled a new non-negotiable health-care funding plan that runs to 2024. Under this plan Federal healthcare transfers will continue to increase by six per cent until 2016-17.

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Newfoundland’s Powerhouse Premier

February 22, 2012 10:29 am
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Don’t mess with Newfoundland and Labrador’s Premier Kathy Dunderdale. Armed with experience in many fields, Dunderdale is a powerful lady with a lot of clout.

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