LNG has the potential to create thousands of BC jobs

B.C. can’t live off just tech and tourism

LNG has the potential to create thousands of BC jobsThere used to be a joke that Vancouverites loved the forest industry until they found out it involved cutting down trees. It was an overstatement, of course, but it goes to a central issue I see on display in the debate about Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). British Columbia was built, in large part, by thriving…

Greek government helping the rich, not ordinary Greeks

The left-wing Syriza party is protecting a haven for the privileged

Greek government helping the rich, not ordinary GreeksGreek fire terrified ancient mariners. Blazing liquid shot from a hose, dosing enemy vessels with flaming material that continued to burn after landing on ships, water and sailors. Fast forward to today. It’s just a matter of time before the Eurozone is yet again bombarded by Greek fiscal fire. Every few days or weeks, Greece…

Ontario’s falling unemployment rate no indication of economic health

Other indicators just as important to watch when gauging the health of the economy

Ontario’s falling unemployment rate no indication of economic healthRecent Statistics Canada unemployment numbers for Ontario suggest an improving provincial economic picture for the province. The unemployment rate fell from 7 per cent in January to 6.9 per cent in February while, across the province’s 15 major urban centres, unemployment rates ranged from lows of 4.8 per cent and 5 per cent in Thunder…

Pierre Trudeau’s last rollercoaster ride

Trudeau’s fourth and final term was to be his most controversial of all

Pierre Trudeau’s last rollercoaster rideThere was a whiff of unreality in the air as Canada’s 32nd parliament met for its inaugural session in the spring of 1980. Mere months earlier, Pierre Trudeau had been consigned to the political scrapheap and Joe Clark’s newly-minted Tory government was settling-in for what most people assumed would be a semi-decent run. Logically, it…

Land claims disputes damaging Ontario and BC mining sector

Both provinces can learn a thing or two from Saskatchewan’s successful relationship with First Nations

Land claims disputes damaging Ontario and BC mining sectorBy Ravina Bains and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute The mining industry contributes mightily to Canada’s economic prosperity, adding $54 billion to Canada’s GDP and employing roughly 383,000 Canadians at an average annual salary of more than $110,000 in 2013. But Canada has a serious problem with land-use certainty that may threaten future investment in…

Anti-tax accusation based on silly arguments

It is simplistic to equate higher taxes with better government services

Anti-tax accusation based on silly argumentsBy Mark Milke and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute In a recent column about the upcoming Metro Vancouver transit plebiscite, Vancouver Sun columnist Daphne Bramham complained about business leaders who talked “way more about cutting taxes for poor beleaguered taxpayers for the past 30 years than they have about the valuable services tax money provides.”…

Cutting Corners on your cup of coffee

Even the inventor of those little pre-packaged coffee pod thingies believes they are too expensive

Cutting Corners on your cup of coffeeOK. I confess. I own one of those one cup coffee makers that overload landfills and rob bank accounts. Here’s why: When I am snowed under with deadlines, pretending that my kitchen is an upscale coffee house lessens my stress. In fact, I am not sure I could have made my book deadline last December…

Laurie Blakeman shakes up Alberta politics

Her decision to represent 3 political parties in the next election reflects the sorry state of democracy in Alberta

Laurie Blakeman shakes up Alberta politicsWhat Uber has done to the taxi industry, disrupting business-as-usual and causing an uproar, Laurie Blakeman is trying to do in the political marketplace. Her decision to wear three partisan hats in the upcoming Alberta election is just the sort of disruptive initiative in the political market that fits the model. Blakeman’s novel idea is…

Potlatch exhibit fetes ‘cultural dissent’

Many of the potlatch masks on view were never intended to be hung on wall as objets d’art, but to be worn ceremonially

Potlatch exhibit fetes ‘cultural dissent’There is a good chance that if you had attended the opening of The Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural during the period 1885 to 1951, anywhere in Canada, you could have been arrested for attending an event that resembled a potlatch (literally a gift-giving feast). Potlatches were the cornerstone of the powerful Kwakwaka’wakw…