Trump’s assault on regulations and the NAFTA renegotiation

U.S. President Donald Trump’s January 30 executive action on reducing regulations has been obscured by the uproar in response to his Muslim immigration ban, Mexican border wall and other provocative actions. Canadian concerns around NAFTA renegotiation rarely mentions the impact of Trump’s deregulation agenda. It should, because it could profoundly…
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Communities are rising up to confront oil by rail

While the railway companies and regulators have borne the brunt of criticism for oil train derailments and explosions, oil companies have largely evaded criticism of their responsibility for the highly explosive nature of their product. The U.S. petroleum industry continues to resist efforts to force companies to remove Bakken shale…
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Time to fix Canada’s broken charitable laws

At a time when the federal government was cutting 3,100 full time positions at the Canada Revenue Agency (including highly trained auditors working on international tax evasion), CRA was given an additional $13.4 million to conduct political super audits on 60 charities. By and large these audits have targeted organizations…
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Ten areas of regulatory failure that contributed, directly or indirectly, to the Lac-Mégantic disaster

My report, Willful Blindness?, released today, summarizes the regulatory failures behind the Lac-Mégantic tragedy. The federal government has so far not acknowledged any culpability or responsibility for the accident. On the contrary, the Minister has blamed the accident on the negligence of individuals and not on gaps in the regulatory…
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