My fellow partisans: How we can yell at each other more thoughtfully + MORE Mar 31st

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BREAKING: Ontario Car Insurance Rates Have Increased Oct 16th

Here at RateSupermaket.ca, we keep you in the loop of different ways to save, whether it be on your mortgage, through investments, or on your car insurance. The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has reported that Ontario car insurance rates have increased by 2.06 per cent on average..... More »
Jason Lietaer is a conservative strategist and commentator who is the president of the national communications firm Enterprise Canada. He is an aspiring participant of championship parades to be held for the Leafs and Raptors.
Over the past several years, fuelled by the rise of social media and an increasingly politically divided populace around the world, excessive partisanship has flourished. It’s a growth industry. If it were a stock, you would buy. You would mortgage your house to buy and then buy a little more on margin, just to be safe.
I think most thoughtful people consider this is to be bad. The tone of the last U.S. election campaign could be compared to a raging dumpster fire, but that would be an insult to dumpsters, to fires, and to dumpster fires.
One of the men in my line of work, a genuinely nice guy named Ian Capstick, wrote a piece in Maclean’s announcing he was done with partisanship. The piece calls for more empathy, more reasoned debate and a little bit of self-awareness…

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OTTAWA _ The Canadian economy contracted 0.1 per cent in January, hurt by unscheduled maintenance shutdowns in the oilpatch and weakness in the real estate sector following mortgage rule changes, Statistics Canada said Thursday
The agency said the drop in real gross domestic product for January compared with growth of 0.2 per cent in December.
Economists had expected an increase of 0.1 per cent for the first month of the year, according to Thomson Reuters.
“This year started off with more of a whimper than a bang, at least from a growth perspective,” TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto wrote in a report.
“As usual though, the trend is more important than the noise. Clearly the pace of economic activity has moderated from last year’s red-hot first half performance, but this is to be expected in an economy with little slack remaining.”
Goods-producing industries fell 0.4 per cent in January, while services-producing industries was essentially unchanged for the month…

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