Just so we’re clear: Here’s my disclosure on income splitting

- October 20th, 2014

If you are reading this blog and you scroll down the column on the right side, you will see a section titled “Disclosure and Fine Print”. I believe it is important for journalists to be upfront with their readers and viewers about potential blind spots or potential conflicts of interest. In my experience — working in the newsrooms of Global National, Postmedia, CTV National News, The Globe and Mail, National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and, now, Sun Media – those who report the news are not setting out to seek an angle that will benefit them or their pals.

So even though there’s never been (so far as I know) some scandal where a Canadian journalist was abusing his or her position to feather his or her nest, I’ve had this “disclosure” statement at my blog for years now.

But because income splitting looks to be a potential significant issue in the upcoming 2015 general election campaign, I feel that I should be upfront with readers and viewers and provide this additional disclosure. Read more…

Trudeau would undo any Harper income-splitting scheme

- October 20th, 2014
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The picture here was taken by Adam Scotti, Trudeau’s official photographer, on Oct. 17, 2014 during a visit by Trudeau to Ste. Adèle, QC. You can find Scotti’s work at Trudeau’s Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/justintrudeau

Two ‘ifs’: IF The Harper government brings in a scheme to allow couples with children under the age of 18 to transfer up to $50,000 of taxable income to the other spouse for purposes of income splitting at tax time and IF Justin Trudeau forms a government next fall; Trudeau will undo Harper’s income splitting scheme. Statement just out from Trudeau spox Kate Purchase: Read more…

Copyright and attack ads: Progressive mayor uses Sona image to attack conservative challenger

- October 20th, 2014

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Karen Farbridge is the the four-term left-of-centre, progressive mayor for the city of Guelph, the city and federal riding that is ground zero for the robocalls controversy.

Farbridge is facing a stiff challenge from Cam Guthrie who is pitching ideas familiar to small-c conservatives.  Read more…

One year until Canada’s 42nd general election: Can we get $5 from you?

- October 20th, 2014

We’re one year from the 42nd general election in Canada’s history. A new poll from the folks at Ekos Sunday says the Liberals start this 365-day countdown well out in front but that the NDP may be the party to watch.

In any event, all parties are blitzing their volunteers looking for the money they’ll need — the national campaign will need an estimated $22 million alone during the four or five week writ period — and here’s what landed in the inboxes of supporters Sunday:

The Conservatives have a fundraising goal which they are trying to hit Sunday night: Read more…

Minister Ambrose: Is Canada safe from Ebola?

- October 15th, 2014

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Her latest statement on that topic, issued tonight at about 1840 ET:

Statement from the Minister of Health on Ebola
October 15, 2014
Ottawa, ON

The Public Health Agency of Canada is meeting with provinces and territories on a weekly basis to support their readiness. In the event of an Ebola case in Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada is ready to respond with a team of public health experts and epidemiologists experienced in infectious disease outbreak management to support the investigation and contact tracing, provide laboratory expertise to quickly confirm diagnosis, and any supplies that may be needed from the National Emergency Strategic Stockpile System, such as masks, gloves, and face shields. Read more…