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Closing the Loop – Part II

In Criticism, Financial, Politics on March 12, 2015 at 6:16 PM

Corporate tax loopholes and how we should close them. This is the second part in a series. Thanks to the Little Red Umbrella for continuing to host my articles. You can find part II here.

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Closing the Loop

In Criticism, Financial, Politics on December 8, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Corporate tax loopholes and how we should close them. This is the first part of a few pieces I’m going to write on what is a complex and under-reported issue. The Little Red Umbrella has been kind enough to host the articles here.

Praying for Euro

In Criticism, Financial, Politics, Strictly Monetary: A Series on June 6, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Panic over the potential break-up of the Euro is at its highest point. People are withdrawing wads of Euro cash from Spanish and Greek banks, hiding it under the mattress and bracing for the fallout. In the Strictly Monetary Series (Part V), I told the story of how an American bank averted crisis during the panic of the Great Depression. It’s a textbook example of how banks can survive the shock of everyone demanding their money at once (bank-run) if they can secure additional cash to appease the frantic public. You don’t beat panic with prayer; you beat it with action.

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Can Currency Be Greater Than Country?

In Criticism, Financial, Fresh, Politics, Strictly Monetary: A Series on December 30, 2011 at 11:46 AM

2011 was a landmark year. Villains were captured and killed, dictators were overthrown, and the initial step was taken in releasing an HIV vaccine. But the financial story of the year was, and continues to be, Europe’s financial crisis. It is viewed more as an inconvenience than a global cultural change. However, the world may be watching the failure of an extremely bold globalization experiment called the Euro.

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“Big Government”

In Criticism, Culture, Financial, Fresh, Personal, Politics on September 29, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Watching Ontario’s political debate was painful. I’m annoyed that each candidate felt personally obliged to thank people for their questions. Oh, thank you so much, Sanjay, for that question that I will now proceed to ignore. The name-calling was excessive. With all due respect Mr. McGuinty, your energy plan shows that you’re a loser and your adam’s apple is WAY too big for your neck. They each blatantly plug “selling points” instead of answering questions. Hi Ontario, I’m going to fix everything using only five bullet points!

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True Colours

In Criticism, Financial, Politics on September 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Canadians know exactly what they are voting for based on the colour of the political party. Blue stands for tax cuts, less government programs, balanced budgets and big business. Red means higher taxes, better social programs and running up the debt to finance it. Orange is there to make red look like blue. Each colour comes with rhetoric. It is the brand of each political party that has been advertised to Canadians for generations.

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Sympathies from the Spike

In Criticism, Culture, Financial, Fresh, Politics on September 1, 2011 at 9:46 AM

During the years when Eric Blair (George Orwell) was voluntarily living as a vagrant in London, he wrote an essay in 1931 titled, The Spike (full text). A Spike was a workhouse where the nomadic homeless went to find shelter and food in exchange for their labour. Upon entering, he was stripped of all liberty, respect and dignity. He and the other “tramps” (homeless) were treated like dogs; they slept wherever there was space, they were fed scraps and it was assumed that they were carrying disease.

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Politics in Numbers

In Politics on May 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

As there is no shortage of opinions on what transpired this past Monday, here is a numerical look at Canada’s 41st General Election using the statistical stylings of the Harper’s index:

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Voting Out of Spite

In Politics on April 30, 2011 at 12:14 PM

When it happened, it probably caught you off-guard too. The Conservative and Liberal ads that were played this past week were oddly out of place. The change was that both parties are spending their final campaign dollars to attack the NDP. While I’m not an expert on running a campaign, I’m pretty sure that by attacking the NDP, or more importantly, acknowledging that the NDP even exists, was a mistake for both parties.

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Postcard Elections

In City, Politics on October 7, 2010 at 10:35 AM

With Municipal elections here the media has focused its attention on what is turning out to be a close mayoral race, with no likable candidates. It is overshadowing the many battles for city councilors across Toronto wards, races that must be fought and won through pamphlets only. As far as politics go, pamphlets are the most thoughtful form of soliciting your vote. Using only a single piece of paper, candidates must employ tasteful design, efficient content and a nice picture of their faces to persuade you. Let’s examine the candidates in Ward 20 of the Trinity-Spadina riding to further analyze these postcard elections.

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