Ontario’s Climate Action Plan undermines case for cap and trade

Carbon pricing is theoretically the best way to reduce emissions but only if distortive regulations and subsidies are eliminated

Ontario’s Climate Action Plan undermines case for cap and tradeBy Ben Eisen and and Kenneth P. Green The Fraser Institute Proponents of carbon taxes and cap and trade schemes often defend their position on the grounds that simply attaching a “price” to carbon is the most economically efficient way to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs). They argue it is less economically damaging to simply…

Atlantic provinces should join western free-trade deal

An east-west trade confederation would harmonize a variety of standards, saving time and money and removing roadblocks to economic growth

Atlantic provinces should join western free-trade dealThe recent court decision acquitting Gérard Comeau portends well for free trade in Canada. According to the judge, the law that Comeau was accused of breaking – transporting liquor into New Brunswick – violates the constitutionality of free trade between the provinces, going back to 1867. Unfortunately, it is not only restrictions on the trading…

Don’t blame seniors for Atlantic Canada’s economic difficulties

Instead, it has too few young workers due to a slow economy, caused largetly by government policies

Don’t blame seniors for Atlantic Canada’s economic difficultiesOttawa's health-care funding model is failing. That, at least, is what Atlantic Canada's premiers tell anyone willing to listen. They want Ottawa to direct more health dollars to our region because we have an older population and a shrinking workforce. The premiers say we're being shortchanged. Premier Brian Gallant believes federal health transfers, distributed based…

Health reform in Ontario must include oral health

Government urged to require its 14 Local Health Integration Networks be responsible for oral health services for vulnerable populations

Health reform in Ontario must include oral healthBy Jacquie Maund and Hazel Stewart Troy Media contributors The Ontario government’s proposed reform of the provincial health care system is going forward with a glaring omission: primary oral health. To make this reform truly "Patients First," Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long Term Care, must include primary care for the mouth. Dentists…

A refugee reaches out to help Fort McMurray’s displaced

Part of Basel Abou Hamrah' desire to help is prompted by a need to give back to Canadians who helped him

A refugee reaches out to help Fort McMurray’s displacedFor Basel Abou Hamrah, the difference between an evacuee and a refugee is a simple matter of months and of who is helping whom. Four months ago, on New Year’s Eve, the 27-year-old Syrian accountant arrived in Edmonton as one of the refugees being helped to resettle here from that wartorn country. Last week, he…

B.C. needs to step up its game on innovation

A nimble economy requires innovation in such areas as tax policy, an educated workforce and immigration policy

B.C. needs to step up its game on innovationThe economic and business environment in which British Columbia operates is shifting and changes are necessary if the province is to remain vibrant. A number of trends are transforming the global economy. The principal forces identified by the McKinsey Global Institute are: urbanization, particularly the rapid growth of cities in emerging markets; accelerating technological change and…

Why New Brunswick still won’t allow cross-border booze buying

Even in the face of a clear court ruling, the province seems intent on standing in the way of free trade

Heads the province wins, tails you lose. This appears to be the response of the Gallant government to the recent court decision declaring as unconstitutional New Brunswick's longstanding restrictions on bringing alcohol for personal consumption into the province. The government has until the end of the month to appeal provincial court Judge Ronald LeBlanc's ruling that…

Houston provides affordable housing example for Vancouver

Reducing red tape allows for innovative solutions to housing for growing populations, ultimately lowering housing costs

Houston provides affordable housing example for VancouverBy Kenneth P. Green Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute A recent Wall Street Journal article featured a number of cities that stand out, giving well-deserved praise to Vancouver’s walkable urban landscape. But while Vancouver continues to become even more pedestrian friendly, a much bigger problem is going unsolved. Growing housing costs are…

Cool the foolish rhetorical wildfires

Fort McMurray fire ignites the wrath of useless idiots from both sides of the ideological divide

Cool the foolish rhetorical wildfiresNo one knows what caused the Fort McMurray fire. But that hasn’t stopped too many people – on both sides of the ideological divide – from assigning blame. From pointing fingers, and recklessly accusing others. It’s happened on the ideological left and on the right. Early on, former NDP candidate Tom Moffatt posted this on…

Urgent investment in Indigenous health care needed

A shared federal-provincial initiative could bring new focus to a desperate problem

Urgent investment in Indigenous health care neededBy Brian Postl University of Manitoba and Pierre-Gerlier Forest University of Calgary Being an indigenous person in Canada is too often a dangerous reality. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The tragic reality is that the health of Canada’s indigenous people lags substantially behind other Canadians. The well-documented data shows the problem across all major illnesses and…