Posted May 27, 2016

Fear Of Change

Activists have opposed improved food production from genetically modified (GM) species in spite of the substantial benefits they provide, and the lack of credible evidence that they represent a risk to health. Nevertheless, their energetic advocacy has had some success—most recently, in Nova Scotia.
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“They desire a better country.” That is the motto of the Order of Canada which recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation.

On May 13th, 48 Canadians were invested into the Order. They represent a remarkably diverse cross-section of Canadian society—athletes, visual and performing artists, doctors and other health care professionals, academics, and leaders in business, public service, and civil society.
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Many of the most successful parts of our economy are resource based. They are not dependent on handouts from government, but they do need effective and credible regulation.

Wild fisheries have been vital to Nova Scotia for generations. Shellfish make up 90% or more of the value harvested—led by lobster, whose value is well over $600 million, followed by scallops and crab. The lobster business has been particularly good in recent years, with record catches accompanied by lower fuel prices and improving prices.

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On March 1st, the flow of Syrian refugees to Canada slowed from a torrent to a trickle. Has the Trudeau government lost interest in the file?

Between January 1st and March 1st, an average of more than 300 refugees per day were arriving, of which close to 100 were privately sponsored. The last government-organized flights landed on February 29th.

Ottawa confirmed that it will cover transportation costs for privately sponsored refugees who had already been approved or had their interview completed by March 1st, 2016, and that the 10,500 ceiling on the number of refugees from all countries will not apply to privately sponsored applications for Syrians submitted up to March 31st.

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The value of the wafer thin surpluses forecast in the Liberal budget is more symbolic than substantial.

The government clearly disclosed that $110 million of the coming year’s projected surplus was an accounting oddity related to contributions to the convention centre from other levels of government.

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