cmkl: Mulcair tells Flaherty to leave the free market alone

Jim Flaherty got all displeased today about Manulife Financial’s plan to reduce its five year mortgage rate to 2.99%. I know. I’m falling asleep just typing it. Manulife got all contrite and repentant and declared that it would leave its rate where it was. I find if you pinch the palm of your hand, or ...

Impolitical: Harper’s risky economic theories

There are a few items in the news today that run contrary to the constant spin we get from our Harper government spokespersons about the solidity of the omni-present Economic Action Plan and how all our possible economic troubles stem from abroad. First up: “Moody’s warns on mortgage debt.” After Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced ...

DeSmogBlog: Documents Reveal USDA Risking Lawsuits by Ignoring Own Staff On Fracking Mortgages Review

usda.png A major storm is brewing over the USDA’s sudden about-face on fracking and environmental laws. On Tuesday, the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture pulled a 180-degree U-turn and decided to reverse the call made by his staff specialists, who advised that the agency immediately stop giving special exemptions from environmental laws to people ...

DeSmogBlog: Experts Air Serious Concerns Before New York Fracking Decision

120111frack.jpg Two recent court decisions  in New York state upheld the right of towns to use zoning laws to limit or even ban fracking within their borders. Other states and cities such as Dallas, Maryland, and North Carolina, are still trying to figure out whether, and if so how, to proceed with new drilling. But the big decision that concerned ...