Does good industrial policy make good neighbours?

The Biden administration has done Canada a solid with its buy-North-American awakening. We would help ourselves by reciprocating

Does good industrial policy make good neighbours?Canada’s auto sector got a boost this week – from U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration. Will we be good neighbours and return the favour? After a marathon voting session, the U.S. Senate finally passed a slimmed-down version of Biden’s landmark climate and economic renewal legislation. The U.S. House of Representatives is set to okay the…

Ford should shelve his plan to give mayors new powers

Taxpayers could get soaked with higher taxes and reckless government spending

Ford should shelve his plan to give mayors new powersOntario Premier Doug Ford’s promise to hand the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa more powers could be a dangerous gateway to higher taxes and runaway government spending. Hardworking taxpayers wouldn’t trust one person selected by someone else to unilaterally manage their household expenses and retirement savings. Yet, that’s essentially what Ford might have up his…

Canadian health care at a crossroads

It’s time to stop talking about money and start talking about changing health care

Canadian health care at a crossroadsIt has been a revealing week for Canadian health care and what we have witnessed is not good. In Fredericton, NB, a senior passed away while waiting for care at a hospital emergency department. A witness noted that the man was “clearly in discomfort,” yet it wasn’t enough to gain the attention of health-care workers.…

The politics and precarious nature of travel in the North

The Trudeau government is out of touch with the issues and deficiencies of intercity transportation in Canada

The politics and precarious nature of travel in the NorthThe familiar sound of a passenger train can once again be heard in areas of Northern Ontario that are served by VIA Rail Canada. The Crown corporation officially restored passenger rail services to pre-pandemic levels after more than two years of on-again, off-again, limited or indefinitely suspended train schedules. Life appears to have returned to…

Ford balloons Ontario’s politician payroll

The largest roster of overpaid politicians in the province’s history

Ford balloons Ontario’s politician payrollHas your life become 63 per cent more complicated than it was four years ago? According to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, his life sure has. Late last month, Ford announced his picks for his new cabinet and parliamentary secretaries as he embarks on his second term as premier. Ford announced the largest roster of overpaid…

When is the right time to mow hay fields to protect birds?

Knowing birds' behaviour and nesting habits allows nesting and mowing to coexist

When is the right time to mow hay fields to protect birds?Every year about his time I feel sadness for the many birds and small mammals killed by haying. I know there are many and varied reasons why fields are cut, and I respect that, so please don’t think I am criticizing farmers. Mowing hay fields is a necessary and important part of agriculture. We forget…

World Cup games a boondoggle for taxpayers

Politicians shouldn’t be wasting tax dollars on their political vanity project

World Cup games a boondoggle for taxpayersConsider this: for every minute that Toronto and Vancouver host World Cup games, taxpayers will be on the hook for $644,000. Last week, Canadians learned that Toronto and Vancouver had been tapped to host five World Cup games each as part of North America’s bid for the 2026 World Cup. Politicians in both cities have…

Tear down these walls, premiers!

We need to get serious about freeing up interprovincial trade once and for all

Tear down these walls, premiers!July 1st marked five years since the coming into force of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), whose goal (its website tells us) is to “establish an open, efficient, and stable domestic market” in Canada. Has there been any progress in the half-decade since then in reducing and eliminating barriers to interprovincial free trade? According…

Affordable child care remains uncertain for many Ontarians

$10-a-day child care plan least efficient, most expensive and complex way to tackle affordability

Affordable child care remains uncertain for many OntariansThe rising cost of living is doing a number on family budgets. In response, the federal government recently released its “affordability plan” that includes the previously announced child-care fee reductions under its Canada-wide $10-a-day plan. In May, some Ontario families had expected to see reduced child-care fees and a partial refund backdated to Apr. 1.…

Violence should never be normalized in school

Schools must avoid the equally misguided extremes of zero-tolerance policies and permissive idealism

Violence should never be normalized in schoolSaunders Secondary School in London, Ont., is home to approximately 2,000 students. It’s been in the news a lot lately, but not in a good way. A recent CBC story quoted an anonymous teacher who described Saunders as a “tinderbox of violence” where students regularly challenge teachers to fist fights after school. Over the last six…
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