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EMCVoice: Who Owns Farmers' Big Data'
Few people on the planet are tougher or more resilient than American farmers, many of whom are descendants of the original pioneers. So when you sell them tractors, spreaders and plows embedded with data-collecting software and sensors, you’d better be up
Inequality Is Not Inevitable
AN insidious trend has developed over this past third of a century. A country that experienced shared growth after World War II began to tear apart, so much so that when the Great Recession hit in late 2007, one could no longer ignore the fissures that ha
Canada's middle class richest in study of big nations
Canada’s middle class appears to be the richest in a new study of incomes in several big countries.
The in-depth report published today in The New York Times, which looks at about 20 nations, indicates that Canadians have bumped Americans out of the to
Housing the homeless costs the same as leaving them on streets
For every $10 invested in housing the mentally ill or drug addicted, $9.60 was saved in taxpayer-funded services such as emergency rooms and shelter beds, according to a $110-million national study. In other words, by spending four-per-cent more, society’
Why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer
There are both ethical and political reasons for wanting to address the growing gap between rich and poor, according to experts ranging from economists and political scientists to social workers and activists.
Corporate tax avoidance 'scheme' hurting Canada, expert says
While average Canadians dutifully file personal income tax returns during the coming weeks, many profitable companies pay little or no tax, says the executive director of Canadians for Tax Fairness. Instead, these multinational corporations set up subsidi
CMHC hikes mortgage insurance premiums
Canada's national housing agency has increased the amount of money that homeowners with less than 20 per cent down payments must pay to insure their mortgages.
Consumer debt snowballs to $1.4T
Canadians' consumer debt load continued to snowball last year, rising nine per cent to more than $1.4 trillion, according to a new survey from the credit rating agency Equifax Canada.
Canada can't account for $3.1B in anti-terror funding, AG finds
The Canadian government can't account for $3.1 billion allocated for anti-terrorism funding, Auditor General Michael Ferguson says in his spring report released today, and he also identified problems in a number of other areas including search and rescue
Canada lost when Ottawa cut the GST
Every percentage point of GST is worth about $7-billion a year. Cutting the tax by two percentage points starting in 2006 makes almost everything the government has done since seem like small potatoes, including last week’s budget
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