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An opinion column published last week in the Ottawa Citizen confronts the Canadian tendency to take refuge in the fact that few Canadians were implicated in the release of the Panama Papers. Columnist Toby Sanger argues that Canadians are actually not so nice; in fact, we were instrumental in setting up the tax haven system:
The Panama Papers leak of people and firms using tax havens received much media attention in early April, leading shortly after to the resignation of Iceland’s prime minister and commitments by countries worldwide to take stronger action against illegal – and legal – use of tax havens. Yet few Canadians of any prominence were identified in the leak of information connected with 214,000 shell companies.
Is this because Canadians are such good boy scouts and girl guides? Do we obediently accept our collective responsibilities and pay our taxes, while others engage in the seedy world of shell companies, tax evasion and tax havens? It’s a nice idea but, unfortunately, it isn’t quite true.
In fact, Canadians were instrumental in establishing a number of Caribbean countries as tax havens starting in the 1960s, as Alain Deneault documents in his book Canada: A New Tax Haven.
Find Deneault’s scathing and illuminating book here for $29.95.
August 12 is Buy a Quebec Book Day – and have we got books for you! Browse our list of 12 august and recently published Quebec books – any of which we would, of course, recommend. Read the list, and then get out to your local bookstore this Saturday and show la belle province some literary love!Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
By R. Kolewe
Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.
In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.
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