Donald Trump says not paying taxes ‘smart’, Americans believe it is ‘unpatriotic’: poll

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NEW YORK – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says paying no income tax would make him “smart.” While nearly half of Americans agree with him, more people think it is “selfish,” and “unpatriotic,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday.

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Some 67 percent of Americans said it is “selfish” for a presidential candidate to pay no taxes, while 61 percent said it is “unpatriotic,” according to the poll, which allowed respondents to pick more than one adjective to describe paying no taxes.

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At the same time, the results showed grudging respect for a candidate who can figure out how to reduce their tax bill. Some 46 percent of Americans, including 35 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of Republicans, thought a presidential candidate who pays no taxes is “smart.”

Trump’s taxes have become a big campaign issue after the New York Times released a portion of his 1995 tax returns last week and estimated that Trump likely paid no taxes for a number of years. The celebrity real estate developer, who is the first presidential candidate in decades to refuse to release his full tax returns, didn’t deny the report. He later said that he had “brilliantly used” U.S. tax rules to his advantage.

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During the first presidential debate with his rival Democrat Hillary Clinton last month, Trump responded to Clinton’s allegation that he paid no federal taxes by saying that would make him “smart.”

“What is he trying to say: that those of us who pay taxes aren’t intelligent?” said poll respondent Yonna McNerney, 41, of Denver.

McNerney, a mother of three who works at a telecommunications company, said it was unacceptable that someone who wanted to be president would not pay taxes. McNerney remains uncommitted in the race, and Trump’s comments about taxes haven’t changed her mind one way or the other.

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April St. Aoro, 46, who works for a manufacturing firm near St. Cloud, Minnesota, was more understanding of Trump’s point of view, though she also remains undecided in the race.

“I think all of us are trying to pay as little taxes as possible,” St. Aoro said.

Respondents were slightly less critical when asked to describe a private citizen paying no taxes.

Some 64 percent agreed it was “selfish,” while just over half agreed it was “unpatriotic.” Some 50 percent, including 37 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of Republicans, agreed that it was “smart.”

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English in all 50 states. Respondents were asked what they thought of “a private citizen who has found a way to pay no income taxes,” and given the choice to agree or disagree to the words “smart,” “selfish,” and “unpatriotic.”

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They were then asked the same set of questions about a presidential candidate.

The Sept. 28-Oct. 3 poll included 1,948 American adults, including 893 Democrats and 635 Republicans. It has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 3 percentage points for the entire sample, 4 percentage points for Democrats only and 5 percentage points for Republicans.

These Vancouver homeowners made over $1M last year by doing nothing

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You could work as long or as hard as you can to make a living in Vancouver.

Or you could own a single-family home in the city and earn twice as much by basically doing nothing.

A sold home is pictured in Vancouver on Feb. 11, 2016.


That’s the conclusion of Dr. Jens von Bergmann, a data visualizer with Vancouver-based firm MountainMath.

He analyzed BC Assessment data for 2016 and found that people who owned single-family homes in the city last year earned double what local residents did by working.

In other words, a select group of lucky Vancouverites made $1 million or more last year by “twiddling their thumbs.”

This map highlights properties whose land value grew by over $1 million last year:

This map shows Vancouver single-family homeowners who made $1 million on their properties last year.

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And this map shows how much land values grew all over the city in 2016:

Red colours indicate that Vancouver land values grew by anywhere from $1 million to $2 million last year. Yellow colours indicate land value growth of closer to $50,000 per year.

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Von Bergmann’s latest research comes a year after he completed a similar project which found that single-family homeowners could earn more by holding on to their properties than the whole population of Vancouver did by working.

He was inspired to do the research after seeing how much assessed values were increasing, and he was looking for something to compare them to.

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This time, however, “the comparable doesn’t even work anymore,” von Bergmann told Global News.

“Just single-family houses alone went up twice as much, the rise was twice as much as the income of the City of Vancouver.”

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Figuring out Vancouver’s cumulative income required some estimating, as Statistics Canada only has data up to 2014.

Von Bergmann extrapolated the data for the two years up to 2016 and came up with an estimate of $26.8 billion of pre-tax income, or $22.3 billion after-tax.

That number is dwarfed by the land value increase for single-family homes — $46,717,326,799, according to von Bergmann’s research.

That’s about $239 per hour last year alone. It was $126 per hour in 2015.

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Of course, these increases don’t necessarily mean that homeowners immediately brought in $1 million just by owning their homes — it’s not like they can access the money until they sell.

The data is also based on the BC Assessment, which only accounted for home values as of July 1, 2016, before B.C. slapped a 15 per cent Property Transfer Tax on foreign buyers on Aug. 2.

A sold sign is pictured outside a home in Vancouver, B.C., on June, 28, 2016. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says home sales in Metro Vancouver in September fell by 32.6 per cent compared to the same month last year.


Von Bergmann thinks it’s possible that the new tax could dampen home values.

But he remains concerned that rising property values could mean that the next generation can’t buy a home in the city.

“If I look at my son who is now seven years old, I would like to tell him that if you work hard and study hard, you can be whatever you want to be,” von Bergmann said.

Now, he said, members of his generation often need a financial boost from their parents to make it happen.

“And it’s just not the story I want to tell him.”

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris returns to practice field

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WINNIPEG —; A familiar face was back on the field on Tuesday as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers returned to practice.

Running back Andrew Harris was back taking part in drills after sitting out the last three games with an ankle injury.

“It feels good,” said Harris. “Still going to see how it responds tomorrow, but I felt good today, felt normal. It’s been a slow process. Like I said, today was a good day though.”

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Harris hasn’t played since getting injured against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the second quarter of the Banjo Bowl back on Sept. 10.

“Initially, after the first game there I thought I’d be able to come back right away, but it just didn’t progress the way I wanted it to,” Harris said.

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There’s still no guarantee he’ll be able to play on Saturday against the B.C. Lions though, as they’ll wait to see how his body responds to the wear and tear of practice.

“We’ll wait til probably tomorrow morning to get another evaluation to see how he is after today’s practice, but he practiced hard today,” said head coach Mike O’Shea.

In 11 games this season Harris has racked up 677 yards rushing with four touchdowns. He also has 381 yards receiving.

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Saturday’s contest is a game Harris had circled on the calendar for quite sometime. He doesn’t want to miss the opportunity to face his ex-team for the first time after playing his first six seasons in the CFL with the Leos.

“Today was the first time I really got out and tested it, live action, had the pads on today. You can cut with no one around you but when you got guys trying to tackle you and hitting you, that’s when it’s a real test.”

O’Shea also updated the injury situation of a few other players. The status of defensive back Bruce Johnson is still up in the air. Linebacker Ian Wild should play this week and they’re hopeful safety Teague Sherman can return to face the Lions. Receiver Darvin Adams hasn’t played since July after injuring his shoulder but the club is hoping he can return after their bye week for their final two games of the regular season.

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Vaudreuil-Dorion SPCA dog park closed over quirk in bylaw, will soon re-open

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Last week, the dog run behind the SPCA Ouest de l’Ile was shuttered – shut down by city workers who said the organization was skirting a municipal bylaw that prohibits high fences in front yards.

The move was counter-intuitive; the group’s dog run is actually behind the building’s front entrance.

The problem, Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon explained, is that the city considers the SPCA to have two front yards because it owns frontage on two separate streets.

The SPCA’s address is actually listed on Boulevard-Cité des-Jeunes but the property in the rear lies on Montée Labossière.

Under municipal bylaws, the fence there is too high to be by the street.

“By our bylaws, you cannot build certain things on the front,” he said.

“Because this building has two fronts, [city workers] decided the fence cannot be there.”

Pilon said the city and the SPCA have come to some sort of arrangement: either by moving the dog park, changing it or by simply having the city reclassify the property somehow.

However, he stressed the organization would have to apply for a construction permit with Vaudreuil-Dorion.

By the end of the day Tuesday, a GoFundMe site had already raised almost $3,000 for the cost of the improvements.

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Mother of dismembered Calgary woman talks missing and murdered indigenous women

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WARNING: This story contains graphic content. Discretion is advised.

Stephanie English was devastated in June when news of her daughter’s death shook her family. The body of 25-year-old Joey English was discovered in a treed area in Calgary, but some of her body parts have still not been found.

“My grandchildren are motherless. The justice system is failing us. Promises are being broken,” English said.

“I don’t understand. What more can we do?”

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    “I haven’t had closure for my daughter. I’m still waiting to bring her home – her body parts are still in the landfill,” English said.

    The death is an example of what is being called a crisis in Canada by organizers of Sisters in Spirit vigils.

    October 4 is a day of vigils in over 50 communities remembering missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and working towards a solution.

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    University of Lethbridge natives studies professor Dr. Linda Many Guns believes the government’s national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls is missing the mark.

    “The questions that are being asked aren’t about identifying bodies, they were about: who are the perpetrators?” Many Guns said.

    “The focus needs to be on developing a system that’s going to stop the murders rather than just identifying the people that are missing.”

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    English and her family spoke publicly about Joey’s death Tuesday morning at a special presentation at the University of Lethbridge. While she was filled with so much heartache, there was a heavy emphasis on the future.

    “We have to stand together as one for that to change. It just takes one person, but a lot of support to stand behind that one person to change those laws,” English said.

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    “We are all created as one person, one human being. Let’s treat everybody the same,” Joey’s grandmother Patsy English said.

    A candlelight vigil is being held at 7 p.m., Oct. 4 in Galt Gardens to honour murdered and missing aboriginal women and girls.