Our ‘forest condo’ is filled with curious neighbours

Living in a forest house is to be constantly reminded by the terrestrial and avian neighbours of their presence

Our ‘forest condo’ is filled with curious neighboursLast September, I was looking out the kitchen window as a black bear casually walked up to the barbeque, snout outstretched, warily looking up to the house for signs of life. I opened the front door and went out on the porch, and we had a stare-off. Him. Me. Him. Me. “What do you think…

It’s official – Alberta’s 2015/16 deficit larger than initially thought

Notley government hiding behind low oil prices to defer making the tough decisions to reduce spending

It’s official – Alberta’s 2015/16 deficit larger than initially thoughtBy Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute There’s no doubt that 2015/16 was a bad year for Alberta’s public finances. And with the recent release of the provincial government’s 2015/16 annual report, we now know just how bad it was. According to the report, the province’s operating deficit for the year was even…

Tax hike won’t solve New Brunswick’s spending problem

The government raised taxes simply to be able to spend more

Tax hike won’t solve New Brunswick’s spending problemNew Brunswick raised its Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on Canada Day to 15 per cent, joining slow-growth Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador with the highest HST rate in Canada. Taxpayers were told the two-point HST increase is needed to control the province’s deficit, which today stands at $347 million. But that isn’t happening. Instead,…

Local GTA governments have tools to increase housing supply, affordability

Urban constraints to affordable housing could eventually push Toronto’s information economy to where housing is cheaper

Local GTA governments have tools to increase housing supply, affordabilityBy Kenneth P. Green Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute In response to Toronto’s rapidly rising home prices, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently announced the assembly of a working group of experts from all levels of government, aimed at taking a “deep dive” into the housing question. Housing affordability is being affected…

Local regulations limit Metro Vancouver housing supply, affordability

Reforming the minutiae of the building permit process might not be fashionable, but it can encourage homebuilding and affect prices

Local regulations limit Metro Vancouver housing supply, affordabilityBy Ken Green Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute Vancouver might have the best scenery of Canada’s metropolises, but its real claim to fame is sky-high housing prices, which have risen 86 per cent over the last decade. Common explanations for this relentless growth include foreign investment, low interest rates and questionable practices…

Removing barriers to housing construction crucial to affordability in Calgary

Calgary homes are more expensive now than when oil prices peaked before the 2008 recession

Removing barriers to housing construction crucial to affordability in CalgaryBy Steve Lafleur Josef Filipowicz and Ian Herzog The Fraser Institute Growth in Calgary’s housing market recently slowed alongside oil prices, but today’s snapshot belies the significant increases in housing prices over the past two decades. In fact, Calgary homes (houses, condos, townhouses, etc.) are more expensive now than when oil prices peaked before the…

Independent schools offer Albertans more education choice

A unique and vital contribution to the education landscape

Independent schools offer Albertans more education choiceBy Deani Van Pelt and Derek J. Allison The Fraser Institute Alberta is recognized internationally for educational choice – a reputation recently reaffirmed by the provincial government, which supported a “parental choice” motion in the legislature. However, in a province awash with choice in public government-run schooling, the choices offered by independent schools, and the…

Independent schools fill gaps in Ontario

One of every 18 students in the province attend independent schools

Independent schools fill gaps in OntarioBy Deani Van Pelt and Derek J. Allison The Fraser Institute Often opponents of independent schooling – education which exists outside of public government-run schools – invoke caricatures of private schools catering to the ultra-rich. The reality, however, is that independent schools in Ontario provide parents and students with a tremendous variety of school cultures…

Independent schools in B.C. run contrary to ‘elitist’ caricature

Contrary to the “elitist” label of private schools, independent schools in B.C. offer diverse approaches to education

Independent schools in B.C. run contrary to ‘elitist’ caricatureBy Deani Van Pelt and Derek J. Allison The Fraser Institute Many British Columbians likely believe that private schools are exclusively for elite families in major urban centres. This misperception of independent schools (a more accurate term to describe non-government schools) impedes honest debate about the benefits of independent schools in the province. A recent…