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Syrian Refugee Children Need More Than Just Food and Water

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries is expected to reach two million in the coming weeks. Approximately half of these human beings are children. In some ways, helping the Syrian refugee children is remarkably simple. But what do you offer a child who wakes screaming in the middle of the night, reliving a rocket attack on his house?

Finally, Tax Havens Taken Seriously

The fact that the G8 addressed tax fairness means the tax haven issue has made its way to the top of the global political agenda. That it quite an accomplishment for a small global tax justice network campaigning for the past decade to get governments to take action.
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DEEP DIVISIONS

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland - The Group of Eight stopped short of calling for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad in its final statement on Tuesday, but called for a swift end to the bloody...
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It's Time for Stephen Harper to Get Tough on Tax Havens

Stephen Harper's decision to protect those who use international tax havens to evade paying their taxes is inexplicable and unacceptable. Canadian companies should be good global citizens paying their fair share of taxes in countries where they operate, not hiding behind tax shelters and shell companies. After all, tax evasion is hurting the Canadian economy as well -- one estimate puts the cost at $7.8 billion per year, or slightly more than the amount the government will spend on infrastructure in First Nations communities over the next decade. Yet the government will not even provide the Parliamentary Budget Officer with the data necessary to calculate an official figure.

Crackdown on Tax Cheats at G8

The G8 summit next week could not have come at a better time for Prime Minister Harper, giving him respite from the Senate circus and allowing him to generate photo ops with the Queen and the world's big shots. But challenges await him there too.
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The Problem With Tax Havens

A tax haven (or "fiscal paradise" in french) seems like a benign, if rampant, breach of the law. It's just a matter of shifting money around, right? Except when a secret company/tax haven is used to shield the activities of a notorious African dictator. Suddenly, the mysterious offshore world no longer seems so harmless.
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European Crisis Top Of Mind At G8

CAMP DAVID, Md. - The Group of Eight nations are advocating growth rather than austerity in Europe after spending two days of meetings at storied Camp David aimed at containing an escalating fiscal cr...
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Canada Keeps Its Promises: Study

OTTAWA - A new report ranks Canada first when it comes to G8 countries fulfilling pledges made at international summits.The G8 Research group study comes as G8 leaders met Friday at U.S. President Bar...
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$1,650 To Move A Bed?

OTTAWA - The Harper government says spending almost $2 million to renovate a luxury Muskoka resort was an expected cost of hosting world leaders at last year's G8 summit.But opposition parties say the...

Investing in Girls Is Good for Boys

The word is spreading: investing in girls is the catalyst poor countries need to break the cycle of poverty. But what about the boys? In our focus on girls, are we leaving the boys behind -- making them the new disadvantaged group?
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Muzzling Ministers?

All too often, the Conservatives designate a minister with little knowledge of a file to defend it against opposition attacks. Quite often this is done by one of their attack dogs. Other than the present administration, I don't recall that happening under previous Liberal or Conservative governments.

Bono's Activism From TIFF to the G20

The hallmark of Bono's celebrity activism has been a concern with gaining access to key political decision-makers. However, over the last year the focus of attention has turned away from a fixation with politicians at the apex of power in the traditional global establishment.
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NDP: Tony Clement Created G8 Slush Fund

OTTAWA - A $50-million legacy fund for last year's G8 summit was run out of the local constituency office of federal minister Tony Clement, documents show — a process that allowed the Harper governmen...