How do we end emergency room madness?

The simple solution to overcrowding in our hospitals is to allow Canadians to purchase health insurance that covers medically-necessary care

How do we end emergency room madness?Delirium can result from waiting too long in an emergency room. And the chances of that happening in Canada have never been greater. The Canadian Institute for Health Information released a report in January that showed the average wait time in an emergency room in 2016-17 was up by 11 per cent. An unacceptable one…

Ontario politicians addicted to ill-fated pharmacare

Free prescription drugs skew people away from healthy lifestyles and spread the financial burden to taxpayers who don’t qualify for the drug plans

Ontario politicians addicted to ill-fated pharmacareOntario taxpayers receive nothing but bad news from their politicians on drugs. In April 2017, both the Liberal government and the opposition NDP proposed expensive drug plans. The one proposed by Liberals took effect on Jan. 1, to the detriment of the public purse. It isn’t a prescription for affordable public health, it’s a prescription…

China’s foreign garbage ban reveals recycling’s weakness

Recycling seems like a neat solution until we can't dump our garbage on another country and have to deal with it ourselves

China’s foreign garbage ban reveals recycling’s weaknessChina has decided that what goes around doesn’t have to come around – at least not around there. As 2017 came to an end, China stopped importing most recyclables, putting Canadian recyclers in a bind. The Chinese decision also revealed weaknesses in the basic premise of recycling. Many environmentalists regard recycling as imperative for the…

Lost in the fog: climate manipulation is all too real

Don’t blame carbon emissions on weird weather. Corporations and governments have been changing the weather quite intentionally for decades

Lost in the fog: climate manipulation is all too real“How’s the weather?” is far more than a shallow conversation starter. It’s a serious issue. Many would be surprised to know that 100 years ago, the scientific interest in weather surpassed mere observation and advanced into outright modification. A brief survey of mainstream news reports and public documents in the United States confirms a largely…

“Progressive” trade agenda leads to regressive results

Canada wants to include social and environmental standards in trade deals. Countries like China aren't interested in anything but economic advancement

“Progressive” trade agenda leads to regressive resultsIf Brett Wilson were still taking business pitches on Dragons’ Den, he would never partner with Canada’s trade negotiators. During a recent television interview, he openly wondered whether the negotiators were “delusional, naïve or stupid.” It seems he settled on stupid, saying: “Right now, we’re trying to build on this social agenda of respect and…

The plastic bag ban bandwagon is way off course

A ban of anything the environmental movement doesn’t like is smart politics for a government that wants to look green. But a bag ban is pointless

The plastic bag ban bandwagon is way off courseThe fish in the movie Finding Nemo had made their great escape. After a far-fetched plan and an unlikely set of circumstances, five fish made it out the window and into the ocean. But since they each floated as buoyant prisoners in plastic bags, one asked, “Now what?” It’s the very question those on the…

Deboning the backbone of the Canadian economy

No one doubts that Canada needs tax reform. But there’s filleting and then there’s butchering

Deboning the backbone of the Canadian economyWith its filleting knife in hand, the Trudeau government in July 2017 announced changes to income splitting, passive investment and capital gains that had farmers, small business owners, doctors and lawyers howling. The good news is some of the proposed changes won’t happen. The bad news is some of them will – and fast. “Most…

The battle against Airbnb flies in the face of freedom of choice

Everyday people who want to make money from their homes are opposed by unions protecting their members from competition

The battle against Airbnb flies in the face of freedom of choice“There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” Pierre Trudeau, then justice minister of Canada, famously said in 1967. Fifty years later, this statement is no longer true. People who are straight, gay, transgendered or otherwise can’t necessarily get a room for the night from anyone willing to rent. No, when…

Turning recycled value into wasteful municipal spending

Winnipeg's decision to go with new curbside collection providers ramps up unnecessary costs for taxpayers as the market for recyclables softens

Turning recycled value into wasteful municipal spendingThe City of Winnipeg’s intended austerity budget predictably nickels and dimes ratepayers, with rate increases and service cuts in response to lower than expected provincial transfers. But city council has thrown away tens of millions of dollars in available savings on garbage collections and recycling. In September 2016, independent pollsters found that 93 per cent…

It’s reefer madness to think marijuana will pay the bills

Marijuana legalization opponents say long-term health and social costs will be significant

It’s reefer madness to think marijuana will pay the billsLegalize and tax marijuana and the budget will balance itself. Marijuana advocates from stoners to recreational users to the prime minister have tried to convince us of this for years. But they’re all wrong. It makes some sense that a product so commonly used should be regulated rather than criminalized, sending its newly-enabled taxation revenues…