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Rail Safety Town Hall Report

April 9, 2015

The number of railroad cars carrying crude oil through Kingston has increased immensely in the last few years. Because rail and the transportation of dangerous goods are federally regulated, I invited experts to talk with the community at a town … Continue reading

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Basic Research Funding Left Behind in 2015 Budget

April 24, 2015

Great Story About Curiosity-Driven Research A wonderful article in the April 23, 2015, Kingston Whig-Standard about a young scientist from Kingston, now studying at Caltech, is a nice description of how curiosity-driven research works. He discovered that cheap and abundant … Continue reading

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Conservative Sci-Tech and R&D funding claims don’t hold up

April 23, 2015

The Conservative government often claims to have spent $11 billion in new investments in science and technology since taking office in 2006. This is the standard answer when the government is pressured about muzzling scientists, closing important research facilities or … Continue reading

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Budget 2015: delayed by the drop in oil prices, so let’s examine oil prices!

April 22, 2015

Finance Minister Joe Oliver delayed the 2015 budget for two months until April 2015 because of the sharp drop in world oil prices. Every $1 decrease in oil price means $150 million in revenue lost to the federal government. So you’d … Continue reading

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Taxing mental health care is a step in the wrong direction

April 10, 2015

Many of you have written to me concerning the changes to sales tax exemptions for health services in the 2013 Conservative Budget. These changes meant that psychological assessments, reports and examinations are no longer exempt from federal sales tax. From … Continue reading

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