Category: Politics

Douglas Todd: High migration might suppress wages … in some places and in some jobs

The boosters of high migration to Canada claim it’s the key to economic salvation. Critics counter that large numbers of immigrants and temporary workers “steal jobs” and reduce the wages of the host population. The truth, it is turning out, is somewhere in the middle. The answer to one of the most controversial political questions in Canada — does high…

San Jose: March honors victims of traffic violence, calls for support of speed cameras

SAN JOSE — Moments after a speeding car slammed into her, Elena Quiroz remembers weakly looking up and seeing her 5-year-old niece’s body sprawled on the street. “I just remember screaming, ‘Aileen!’” Quiroz said on Sunday, wiping away tears. “When I opened my eyes, I just saw Aileen laying down far away from me. I was holding her hand but…

Nov. 19 Letters: Why state AG should continue writing ballot measure summaries

It’s unfortunate that the Mercury News advocates taking away the ability of California’s Attorney General to summarize the descriptions of California’s ballot measures and turnover that duty to the Legislative Analyst, an unaccountable bureaucrat that is appointed by the Legislature (“On gas tax, Attorney General Becerra tries to deceive voters,” Editorial, Nov. 16). Numerous bills have been introduced to do…

Will the Senate Expel Roy Moore If He’s Elected?

Some Republican senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have suggested that if Alabamians elect Roy Moore to the chamber in the special election, they’ll expel him. This promise from the GOP might be the best way that leadership can signal to Republican voters that they can vote for Moore despite the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. If he…

Trump faced public, private pressure to halt elephant hunting trophy imports

By Juliet Eilperin and Anne Gearan | The Washington Post WASHINGTON — A combination of public and private pressure prompted President Donald Trump to overturn his administration’s recent move to allow elephants shot for sport in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported back to the United States as trophies, according to interviews with several individuals briefed on the decision. Related…

A kid who grew up in the projects is now in charge of reducing poverty in B.C.

The 350-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment is a cramped, no-frills space, but it provided a safe place for cabinet-minister-to-be Shane Simpson, his little sister and his mother when they desperately needed a home. As Simpson walks through the tiny unit in the large East Vancouver housing project, he recalls a frugal time when his single mother raised two kids there on welfare…