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Heather Scoffield is the Ottawa bureau chief and economics columnist at the Toronto Star. Her writing focuses on political economy and its effect on people. Previously, she was Ottawa bureau chief for The Canadian Press, leading an award-winning team focused on politics, public policy, and the nation’s capital. Over the course of her 27-year career in journalism, Scoffield has covered monetary and fiscal policy, economics, trade policy, social policy, aboriginal affairs, environment and energy, and several different political parties. Before joining the Canadian Press in 2009, she spent 12 years at The Globe and Mail. Scoffield lives in Gatineau, Quebec.