Small Business, Big Loophole

Connor Colvin  Every major federal political party supports small business. They’ll confidently tell you that they are the ones with the best plan to help small businesses. The “low-tax “ Conservatives are proposing cutting the small business tax rate from 11 per cent to 9 per cent. On the other hand, the “pro-middle class” Liberals…

Could the TPP be the answer to Canada’s productivity problem?

Creig Lamb It is no secret that Canada has a productivity problem. There is also no denying that if the election candidates continue to sweep this issue under the rug, our collective well-being as Canadians will suffer. Despite this looming issue, there has been disturbingly little mention of productivity on the campaign trail. However, with…

Vote Smarter: 3 Open Data Tools for a More Open Democracy

Jenny Mutton Our country’s current administration is not known for being open and transparent. So when making a voting decision in the federal election on October 19th, how can we arm ourselves with the information that we will need to make a smart choice? Politicians shouldn’t be enigmas. Their voting records and political speeches shouldn’t…

Seen and Heard: University—Rosedale Federal Candidates Meeting

Alexa Greig According to a United Way report released earlier this year, household income inequality is widespread across the country, but the gap between wealthy and poor households in Toronto is doubling the national pace. Between 1980 and 2005, income inequality in Toronto grew by 31 per cent compared to a 14 per cent increase…

Does Universal Daycare Pay For Itself?

Zachary Lewsen If there’s an election topic more contentious than childcare, it would be how to find the cash to pay for it. Soon after NDP leader Tom Mulcair announced his plan to introduce a universal, $15 a day childcare program, many commentators raised concerns about his ability to pay for such an initiative. Even…