Monthly Archives: September 2014

Doctors and Drug Companies: A Very Unhealthy Relationship.

drugs_jpg_size_xxlarge_letterbox Top Canadian doctors running clinical drug trials failed to report serious side-effects suffered by their human test subjects.

According to the Star, the doctors, some of them esteemed researchers from Canada’s top hospitals and academic institutions, have also routinely broken rules designed to protect participants and botched research of new treatments.

Using U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) records obtained through U.S. freedom of information legislation, the Star found serious problems in the system designed to ensure new drugs are safe and effective. Continue reading

Big Oil Pays Less – You and I Pay More!

Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance in Harper Government caves oil interests and drops efforts to stop corporate tax evasion

Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance in Harper Government,  caves to oil interests and drops efforts to stop corporate tax evasion

The Harper Government has quietly shelved its plans to crack down on so-called tax “treaty shopping” by large multinational corporations.

As recently as a year ago, the Conservatives were railing against the rampant “abuse” of international tax treaties by companies seeking to duck Canadian taxes. Back in 2013, then-finance minister Jim Flaherty lambasted these aggressive corporate tax-avoidance schemes, saying closing these corporate tax loopholes would “keep taxes low for Canadian families – families who work hard, play by the rules and pay their taxes.”

But due to intense lobbying from resource companies (read big oil) and their tax advisers, the Harperites have apparently given up on closing these loopholes. Continue reading