Art Archives and Affinities Exploring Social Justice across Disciplinary Boundaries

All are welcome to attend the Social Justice Research Institute and its affiliated researchers in the Brock community for an exploration of social justice across disciplinary boundaries.The social evening will include:Niagara launch of “My Dog is My Home” art exhibit curated by Christine Kim and The National Museum of Animals & SocietySocial Justice and Research panel: David Fancy (Dramatic Arts), David Butz (Geography), Tami Friedman (History), Michael Driedger (History), Sue Speary (English Language & Literature)Poetry reading by Gregory Betts (English Language & Literature) from his new book “Boycott” What: Art, Archives and Affinities: Exploring Social Justice across Disciplinary Boundaries When: Thursday Dec. 4, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Mathay Café, 241 St. Paul St., downtown St Catharines read more

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Panama Papers scandal has big impact on ordinary Chinese says Brock expert

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s concerted campaign to stamp out official corruption in his country has suddenly taken a rather embarrassing twist.Some of Xi’s family members and other senior Chinese government officials such as Zhang Gaoli and Liu Yunshan of China’s elite Standing Committee are now in the so-called “Panama Papers” spotlight.“When you have a situation of a nation with 80 to 100 million people concerned about just getting enough to eat and having enough fuel and clothing to keep their bodies warm, the revelations that billions of dollars have been transferred out of the Chinese system to the benefit of certain individuals is a very serious matter,” says Brock University China expert Charles Burton.The Chinese officials are among 140 politicians and public officials worldwide implicated in schemes that essentially enable them to avoid paying taxes on their wealth and, in some cases, launder money and dodge sanctions.Reports of some 11.5 million leaked documents detailing information about more than 214,000 offshore entities listed by the Panama company Mossack Fonseca began to emerge this week.The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has found that “eight current and former members of the Politburo Standing Committee, the country’s top decision makers, have relatives with secret offshore companies.”“It’s not simply tax evasion; it goes beyond that to the transfer of state assets into private hands offshore,” says Burton.The Chinese government is going to great lengths to censor Panama Papers coverage in social and mainstream media regarding Chinese involvement, says Burton, choosing to focus on other world leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin.“There have been so many posting on Chinese social media that have been removed, but people have seen them before they’ve been removed,” says Burton, “and there’s been a lot of chat back and forth.“I would think that, in general, people would be aware of the fact that there are Chinese involved. People in Hong Kong and Taiwan are certainly sensitized to this because they’ve been reporting it extensively, so the news is out in the Chinese language,” he says.Burton says China’s the “large gap” between rich and poor and “large amounts of unexplained wealth on the part of the Chinese leadership” are sensitive issues with the population “as the Chinese economy is undergoing a degree of decline and people have been put into difficult circumstances as a result.”Burton, who was posted to the Canadian Embassy to China twice as Counsellor?, is associate professor in Brock’s Department of Political Science. He specializes in comparative politics, government and politics of China, Canada-China relations, and human rights. read more

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Several Jamaican schools dragged before the Court for nonpayment of taxes

Education Minister Ruel ReidSeveral schools are now in hot water after they were dragged before the Sutton Tax Court in Kingston, Jamaica for the non-payment of taxes.The Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) made the move to collect millions of dollars owed and have revealed that more educational institutions are to be taken before the Courts as well.Merris Haughton, Chief Corporate Communications Officer at TAJ, said “It is not like we are identifying and targeting schools, there are a number of other entities”… she added “The bulk of it (outstanding taxes) would be the principal sum, which would also have interest and penalties accrued because of the non-payment”.The Communications Officer reported to <> that TAJ is in talks with the administrators of the schools in respect of some elements of the outstanding amounts, but the outstanding principal would need to be paid.According to Haughton, dragging persons or entities before the court for unpaid taxes is a last option for TAJ as matters can be made easier with dialogue.“If they know that they are in that kind of position, what we have been encouraging them to do is to come in and explain. We have had such dialogue with other schools and then there is a stay of the court action,” said Haughton, who refused to name the schools taken before the courts.But <> sources say at least three traditional secondary schools and four upgraded secondary schools were among those taken to court.Two principals, who admitted that their schools were among those taken to court, told our news team that they were embarrassed by the legal action and blamed the Ministry of Education for the embarrassment. However, in response, the Education Ministry revealed that since February 2014, taxes are paid at source by central ministry. Schools therefore no longer have to pay the taxes from the subvention they receive. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGRA institutes tax amnesty for delinquent taxpayersJanuary 19, 2018In “Business”Jagdeo questions Govt’s move to grant amnesty to tax defaultersNovember 29, 2017In “latest news”Over $5B collected during GRA’s tax amnestySeptember 27, 2018In “latest news” read more

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