All froth, no brew: Alberta’s failed beer protectionism

By adding taxes on all beer, then subsidizing Alberta brewers, the province has defied free trade and the country's Constitution

All froth, no brew: Alberta’s failed beer protectionismCALGARY, Alta. Aug. 3, 2016/ Troy Media/ – In a flourish of self-congratulatory bravado, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci has announced yet another major overhaul to Alberta’s brewing industry. Prior to the New Democrats taking power in the spring of 2015, Alberta enjoyed the best market for beer in all of Canada. Although it was by…

Sorry Premiers, Canada already has an internal free-trade agreement

It's called the Constitution

Sorry Premiers, Canada already has an internal free-trade agreementCALGARY, Alta. July 29, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Even before Canada's premiers departed Whitehorse last week, media coverage was applauding a “ground-breaking” and “historic” agreement on internal national trade. Not so fast. The official statement announcing the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) is only 191 words long and omits any of those pesky details where the devil is…

E-cigarettes are a critical tool in the war on smoking

Any movement to ban or curtail vaping fails to acknowledge the value that e-cigarettes have as harm-reduction devices

E-cigarettes are a critical tool in the war on smokingOTTAWA, Ont. July 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The war on electronic cigarettes is a misguided attack on a clear harm-reduction product. A recent editorial, [popup url="http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2016/07/18/cmaj.160728.full.pdf" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Electronic cigarettes and youth: a gateway that must be shut[/popup], in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) says that Ontario youth are flocking to e-cigarettes or vaping…

Millennials a generation bubble wrapped from failure

Too special to fail: When the status quo keeps people comfortable, there is little incentive to challenge or change it

Millennials a generation bubble wrapped from failureOTTAWA, Ont. July 10, 2016/ Troy Media/ – “Youth, today! They’re lazy and entitled because everyone received participation trophies!” is a quip millennials hear so often that it has nearly lost all meaning. But in fact, this joke points to a much larger issue – one that extends beyond millennials to all of society. Martin Luther…

Restricting payday loans ineffective in reducing poverty

Competition within this completely legal industry would ensure reasonable interest rates for marginalized clients

Restricting payday loans ineffective in reducing povertyCALGARY, Alta. July 10, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Calgary has restricted the number of payday lenders that can operate in a given area. This new bylaw is not based on evidence or sound economic reasoning, but on the subjective ideologies of councillors. This policy may seem to benefit “marginalized” members of society by limiting their…

Saskatoon rightly backs down on anti-bullying bylaw

Legislation of this sort is an ineffective solution to a complicated problem

Saskatoon rightly backs down on anti-bullying bylawCALGARY, Alta./ Troy Media/ - On March 21 of this year good sense prevailed as Saskatoon City Council sent a controversial proposed anti-bullying bylaw back for review. Legislation of this sort is an ineffective solution to a complicated problem. It should be no surprise when elected officials try to solve problems with new legislation. After…

Butt-out Ontario! Vaping saves lives

Replacing cigarettes with vaping reaps health benefits within weeks, even days

Butt-out Ontario! Vaping saves lives[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/vaping-saves-lives/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="http://www.troymedia.com/tag/vaping/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]vaping[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] CALGARY, Alta. March 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Ontario’s goal to help people make healthier choices by strengthening smoking and vaping laws is a perfect example of Nietzsche’s aphorism to take care when…

Canadian/Iranian antipathy toward free speech only a matter of degree

The current generation of Canadians lacks a principled appreciation of how important freedom of expression is

Canadian/Iranian antipathy toward free speech only a matter of degree// free speech free speech free speech free speech [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/canadianiranian-antipathy-free-speech-matter-degree/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on free speech  [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] CALGARY, Alta. Feb. 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Two members of the Iranian metal band Confess have been arrested for blasphemy, and Iran’s law permits the government to detain, torture and execute…

Calgary sells $100,000 private vehicle to cover parking fine

Impounded vehicle sold while owner in Germany to visit his sick mother

Calgary sells $100,000 private vehicle to cover parking fine// calgary  calgary [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/calgary-sells-100000-private-vehicle-to-cover-parking-fine/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="http://www.troymedia.com/tag/calgary/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Calgary[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] CALGARY, Alta. Feb 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The Criminal Code makes it illegal to do anything with the intention of alarming the Queen. I’m not sure our courts have…

Why we don’t need Internet price controls

The market should determine what Internet access is worth, not government regulators

CALGARY, Alta. Feb. 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Sign me up! I want $10-a-month high-speed Internet, too. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is telling us that Canadian prices are out of whack and too high. The group is asking the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to mandate that $10-per-month high-speed Internet be made available…