Why Canada should avoid free trade with the great dragon

Expanding our trade relationship with China is unlikely to give us any significant economic, environmental or human rights leverage

Why Canada should avoid free trade with the great dragonVICTORIA, B.C. Sept. 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to China prompted speculation that it was the first step towards a free-trade agreement. The basic principle of free trade is clear. Imagine two isolated neighbouring islands. One is green and fertile, capable of producing more food than it can consume. The other, while…

Bio-fuels one of man’s greatest blunders

The zero-emissions bio-fuel myth ignores the horrible environmental impacts of its production and the dramatic impact on world food stocks

Bio-fuels one of man’s greatest blundersVICTORIA, B.C. Aug. 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Are bio-fuels really greener than the fossil fuels they displace? My last [popup url="http://www.troymedia.wpmudev.host/2016/07/05/dirty-truth-electric-cars/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]column[/popup] pointed out that electric cars are only as green as the fuel used to generate the electricity they consume. For internal-combustion-powered vehicles, much of the focus has been on trying to…

The dirty little secret behind electric cars

Don't be fooled by the claims of the pro-electric car camp – our best bet for low-emissions vehicles is still natural gas

The dirty little secret behind electric carsDoes the car of the future really need to be electric to be environmentally responsible? On a recent trip to Hawaii, the car service sent a beautiful Tesla to pick us up at the airport. The driver told us how proud he was to be driving a “zero-emissions” vehicle. This prompted me to ask him…

If CO2 is to blame, how do you explain the Dirty Thirties?

Tying any single extreme weather event to atmospheric CO2 concentrations simply isn’t historically or scientifically credible

If CO2 is to blame, how do you explain the Dirty Thirties?VICTORIA, B.C. May 31, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The collapse of global commodity prices was sudden and severe. Workers coming off a decade of unprecedented prosperity suddenly found themselves jobless and unable to provide for their beleaguered families. For a time, they maintained hope that the downturn would be temporary, but as the first year stretched…

We have to stop throwing public money at corporate Canada

Almost inevitably, we don't get value from taxpayer-funded ventures

We have to stop throwing public money at corporate CanadaVICTORIA, B.C. May 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Canadian governments regularly fund corporate ventures, but it is invariably money poorly spent. Bombardier Inc. received its first federal subsidy of $36.9 million back in 1966 from Prime Minister Lester Pearson’s governing Liberals. The Montreal-headquartered company has since received Industry Canada funding of more $1.1 billion, plus another…

Canada heads down the path to debilitating debt again

Deficit spending by the Trudeau government will simply slow our recovery and handicap future generations

Canada heads down the path to debilitating debt againVICTORIA, B.C. April 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ — The federal government’s planned $30-billion budget deficit, to be followed by three more deficits totalling $113 billion, brings to mind former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s observation that “It’s not often that nations learn from the past, even rarer that they draw the correct conclusions from it.”…

Energy East pipeline delays unconscionable

There is no justification for continuing to do business with the Saudis or selling our oil to the Americans for cut rates

Energy East pipeline delays unconscionable//  energy east  energy east [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.wpmudev.host/2016/03/energy-east-pipeline-delays-unconscionable/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on the Energy East [popup url="http://www.troymedia.wpmudev.host/tag/pipelines/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]pipeline[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.wpmudev.host/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] VICTORIA, B.C. March 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ — What is the relationship between these events? Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion announces the federal government won’t stop…

Trudeau is out of touch with Canada’s economic reality

Blissfully unaware of the devastating impact of collapsed resource revenues on the entire nation

Trudeau is out of touch with Canada’s economic reality//  trudeau [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.wpmudev.host/2016/02/trudeau-touch-canadas-economic-reality/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on the [popup url="http://www.troymedia.wpmudev.host/tag/justin-trudeau/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Trudeau government[/popup] and the [popup url="http://www.troymedia.wpmudev.host/tag/canadian-economy/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Canadian economy[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.wpmudev.host/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] VICTORIA, B.C. Feb. 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a penchant for clever quips. He seems to especially…

Debunking the myths of Canadian health, fiscal and energy policy

We pay a significant cost for investing socially in ideas that can't be supported by fact

Debunking the myths of Canadian health, fiscal and energy policy//  myths  myths [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.wpmudev.host/2016/01/debunking-the-myths-of-canadian-health-fiscal-and-energy-policy/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on myths in Canadian public policy [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.wpmudev.host/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] VICTORIA, B.C. Jan. 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ — Humans have always believed in myths, despite evidence that shows those beliefs had no foundation in fact. Sixteenth century Italian physicist Galileo Galilei was convicted of…

The state of oceans the world’s No. 1 environmental challenge

Step aside climate change, it is the state of our oceans that is reaching the point of no return

The state of oceans the world’s No. 1 environmental challenge[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.wpmudev.host/2015/12/the-state-of-oceans-the-worlds-no-1-environmental-challenge/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="http://www.troymedia.wpmudev.host/tag/world-s-oceans/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]the fate of the world's oceans [/popup]and [popup url="http://www.troymedia.wpmudev.host/category/environment/climate-change/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]climate change[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.wpmudev.host/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] VICTORIA, B.C. Dec. 16, 2015/ Troy Media/ — Is climate change really the most urgent environmental threat facing our planet? At the…