November 9, 2017

Diane Lebouthillier, the federal Minister of National Revenue

In April 2016, when the Panama Papers were released, The Globe and Mail reported, "The [Canada Revenue Agency] says it wants hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes from Cameco Corp., Silver Wheaton Corp. and Loblaw Cos. Ltd. because, the CRA says, the companies inappropriately ran international transactions through subsidiary companies in low-tax foreign jurisdictions. The three companies are contesting the allegations, which remain untested in court."

That Globe and Mail news article provides the background that, "Cameco's fight with the CRA began in 2008; the tax agency has now reviewed the company's tax returns from 2003 to 2010 and told Cameco it believes it has $3.4-billion more in Canadian income for those years than the company declared. Cameco says it expects CRA will add another $3.6-billion in taxable income for 2011 through 2015. The total tax bill for the 13 years: $2.1-billion, plus interest and penalties."

November 9, 2017

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Andrea Harden-Donahue
Published in the National Observer, November 9, 2017

Darrel Posterski

Michael Joyce

Dallas Gagnon

John Roberts

Josh Casey

These are names on the Facebook profiles that sent me misogynistic and violent messages over a span of a few days.

November 7, 2017

The Council of Canadians Kitchener-Waterloo chapter promoting pharmacare at an information table at a local farmers' market.

A new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) strengthens the argument that the Trudeau government should immediately implement the universal drug program known as pharmacare.

The CIHI report finds that governments, private insurance companies and individuals are projected to spend $242 billion on health care in 2017 - a nearly 4-per-cent increase over 2016 spending levels.

The Globe and Mail highlights, "The report found that among the three largest spending categories - hospitals, drugs and physicians, which together account for more than 60 per cent of the overall expenditure - pharmaceutical costs continue to increase at the fastest pace. This has been true since 2015, due partly to the increased use of high-cost patented drugs."

November 7, 2017

Trudeau's promise to fighting tax evasion and tax avoidance in doubt.

The Council of Canadians says it is time to end loopholes for the super-rich, clamp down on wealthy tax dodgers, and implement fair taxation.

The Toronto Star comments, "The so-called Paradise Papers, a leaked trove of more than 13 million documents from three offshore law firms and the registries of 19 tax havens, make stark the extraordinary costs of the international community’s failure to come to grips with the challenges of tax evasion and avoidance. For the Trudeau government, in particular, the leaks are a political nightmare. The Paradise Papers make clear how inadequate the Liberals’ efforts on these issues have been. And, because some in the party’s inner circle, including its top fundraiser Stephen Bronfman, are implicated, the leak feeds into a dangerous narrative about why this government’s appetite for greater fairness may be suspect."

November 3, 2017

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter was at the 'Voices of the Salmon Frontlines: Circle at the Legislature' gathering yesterday in support of the 'Namgis, Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw and Mamalilikala nations and in opposition to fish farms. Photo by Heather Tufts.

Here is a snapshot of recent and upcoming activism by Council of Canadians chapters across the country: