Killing Trans Mountain project would devastate Indigenous communities

Ottawa must bring in legislation to ensure the project gets built now more than ever

Killing Trans Mountain project would devastate Indigenous communitiesOttawa needs to finally declare through legislation that the Trans Mountain Expansion Project is to the national advantage of Canada. Doing so would prove to the Canadian public and Indigenous communities that the federal government is serious about seeing it completed. Make no mistake, killing the project would be devastating for many Indigenous communities along…

Why our health system treats Canadians poorly

Do we or the government own our bodies?

Why our health system treats Canadians poorlyFormer B.C. deputy minister of health Lawrie McFarlane’s July 24 commentary on the “Cambie Surgery Centre ruling” (a descriptive that ignores two cancer patients and three children who were co-plaintiffs) contained some valid commentary. The crisis we now face in our health system is there for all to see and observe. Notably, McFarlane offers no solutions.…

Brian Pallister’s Manitoba legacy. Smaller government

He scaled back the public service. Will his successor be able to maintain that momentum?

Brian Pallister’s Manitoba legacy. Smaller governmentFormer Manitoba premier Brian Pallister might best be remembered as the Grinch who stole the 2020 Christmas, forbidding citizens from in-person shopping and gathering for the holiday. However, he has another legacy, more like the Canadian Tire Christmas commercials that said, “Give like Santa, save like Scrooge.” Pallister was both Santa and Scrooge by restraining…

Climate change extremism is leading the world to disaster

Oil is not evil: fossil fuels are responsible for making our lives longer and better

Climate change extremism is leading the world to disasterSometimes, the significance of a cataclysmic event is not immediately apparent. The bombing of Pearl Harbour was an event that shocked the world. Many realized – even as it was happening – that it would bring America into a war it didn’t want to be in. But few predicted what would follow. The end of…

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.…

Moving aboriginal services closer to people a good idea

But the temptation to allow old-school First Nation politics into the system must be avoided

Moving aboriginal services closer to people a good ideaManitobans should be cautiously optimistic about a deal that will transfer health care for Indigenous communities in the province to a regional Indigenous authority. If done properly and not politicized, a deal between the federal government, the Manitoba government and First Nations in southern Manitoba could really improve health care for Indigenous communities in the…

Surprise! Elected officials tend to do what the rich tell them to

Elite influence is no myth

Surprise! Elected officials tend to do what the rich tell them toDo you believe “Big events (wars, recessions, elections) are controlled by small groups secretly working against the rest of us”? Abacus surveyed 1,500 Canadians on that question, and 44 per cent agreed. However, the pollster characterized those who “believe dangerous contrarian theories” and “mistrust what media report and what governments say” as “a poison affecting…

Memorizing facts still has an important place in schools

Students learn best when immersed in a content-rich learning environment that builds up their background knowledge

Memorizing facts still has an important place in schoolsInstead of making students memorize a bunch of useless facts, we need to help them think like scientists and historians. Does this make sense to you? It probably does if you’re a curriculum consultant or an education professor. After all, that’s what’s being pushed in faculties of education. The problem is that this approach is…

It’s time to scrap the ArriveCAN app

This useless app has only contributed to the chaos at our major airports

It’s time to scrap the ArriveCAN appDeputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland thinks her government is too humble. At least that’s what she said when a reporter asked her why travellers are still forced to fill out the ArriveCAN app before entering Canada. After extolling the virtues of national humility, Freeland went on to take credit for saving 70,000 lives by enacting…

Hunker down Canadians. Economic storm clouds on Canada’s horizon

Supply chain problems, aging demographics and the push for net zero will drive up government spending

Hunker down Canadians. Economic storm clouds on Canada’s horizonThe era of low interest rates and inflation has ended, and now is the time for governments to show restraint. But recent precedent suggests that’s unlikely. Canadian year-over-year inflation hit 7.7 per cent in May, the highest in nearly 40 years, and I predict it will go still higher. Ten years ago, Parliamentary Budget Officer…
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