trudeau-regBy David McLaren

In a perceptive article for the National Post, Michael Den Tandt observes Justin Trudeau steering to the right on a raft of issues, but especially on foreign policy. He will likely vote for a ground war in Iraq in April. He underscores the Conservatives' unwavering support of Israel. He will support Mr Harper's so-called anti-terrorist Bill C-51 even if he has to swallow his own amendments.

Liberals and Conservatives have, for some time now, the same trickle-down economic policy. On the expenditure side: tax cuts to corporations (forget all that dead money companies are sitting on), and a Gordian's knot of tax credits for the middle class (never mind there are fewer and fewer of them). And on the revenue side: cut jobs, services, salaries, pensions and EI benefits.

greece-regBy David McLaren

Let's talk about neoliberals. I don't mean Liberals still wet behind the ears like Justin Trudeau. Nor are they old NDPers made new Liberals like Bob Rae. And I'm sure not talking about the Senators formerly known as Liberals who are now just (small-l) liberal Senators.

beer-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

A full two-page newspaper spread purporting to tell you "the facts" only confirms one. Someone has a lot of money and it is at risk.

Starting there, The Hub went for a look behind The Beer Store's latest campaign and its implications for our most local brewer.

Kathleen Wynne promised changes to the alcohol regulatory system when she ran for the leadership of the provincial Liberals, and as Premier she has appointed an advisory panel on the subject which has yet to produce its final recommendations. But the revelation of a controversial agreement between the LCBO and The Beer Store caused the latter to take some pre-emotive action, including a few small concessions and an extravagant ad buy to make them look huge.

grain-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

My response to this release: http://www.oschamber.com/news.cfm?newsid=74

In chemistry, a catalyst is a substance that causes or accelerates a reaction without itself being changed.

Trent Gow, commissioned by the local chamber of commerce to analyze five years' worth of engineering reports about the Owen Sound harbour, uses the term to describe its role in both our historical and future prosperity. His overview anticipates considerable change in the "catalyst" itself.


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