How fighting urban sprawl inflates housing prices

Imposed greenbelts drive up land prices, which leads to much higher house prices in a metropolitan area

How fighting urban sprawl inflates housing pricesWherever housing prices are severely inflated, you’ll find urban growth boundaries, greenbelts or similar land rationing policies. Toronto is a perfect example. Talk continues of the potential for a housing bust in Toronto. Yet through the end of March, house prices had increased 33 per cent in a year. Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz…

The death of a conservative approach to foreign policy

The current policies of Canada, the UK and Australia lack substance, and are having detrimental impacts on the world stage

The death of a conservative approach to foreign policyIn an increasingly complex international environment, there is a distinct need for effective and pragmatic foreign policy. But as recent events in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine all serve to demonstrate, there is currently a dearth in foreign policy leadership and creativity, and there are no signs of improvement on the horizon. Foreign policy narratives tend…

Why property rights are important

They act as a defence against the encroaching power of governments

Why property rights are importantFebruary 3, 2013 LETHBRIDGE, AB, Feb. 3, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Why are property rights important? Property rights allow us to live free of the control of others, economically and politically, and act as a defence against the encroaching power of governments. In fact, a weakening of property rights is a sure sign that a…

Cutting red tape initiatives often lead to make-work projects for bureaucrats

Cutting red tape initiatives often lead to make-work projects for bureaucratsJanuary 29, 2013 By Amanda Achtman and Marco Navarro-Genie The Frontier Centre for Public Policy CALGARY, AB, Jan. 29, 2013/ Troy Media/ - The law of unintended consequences is becoming manifest in initiatives seeking to make government more efficient, more responsive, and more accountable. Recently the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). an advocate for…

Merit pay for teachers not such a bad idea

Merit pay for teachers not such a bad ideaJanuary 21, 2013 WINNIPEG, MB, Jan. 21, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Education minister Jeff Johnson got the attention of the Alberta Teachers' Association when he recently mused about introducing merit pay for Alberta teachers. Predictably, the ATA harshly condemned Johnson's proposal and vowed to fight any attempt to incorporate merit pay in teacher compensation. One…

India must change its Culture of Rape

India must change its Culture of RapeJanuary 9, 2013 WINNIPEG, MB, Jan. 9, 2013/ Troy Media/ - The recent protests in India are very different from those of a generation ago. In the 1960s-70s, protesters, mostly from the slums, shouted 'Roti, Kapra and Makan', which means 'Bread, clothes and housing'. Today, India is an economic giant embracing modernization. The middle class…

Common sense needed in school discipline policies

Common sense needed in school discipline policiesJanuary 8, 2013 WINNIPEG, MB, Jan. 8, 2013/ Troy Media/ - The horrific school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut sparked a continent-wide discussion about school safety. This renewed interest in security is understandable, since everyone wants students to be safe at school. Unfortunately, common sense seems to be in short supply as…
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