My red lines in the sand before accepting more refugees

Wanting to limit the number of refugees to preserve your way of life doesn’t make you a bad person

My red lines in the sand before accepting more refugeesAs hundreds of thousands of migrants flood Europe’s borders, some of us will recall Jean Raspail’s apocalyptic 1973 novel The Camp of the Saints. Fiercely controversial, Raspail’s story depicts an uninvited seaborne mass migration from the Third World to Europe, landing initially on the shores of the French Riviera. Unable or unwilling to turn it…

New economic vision needed for Canada

To increase productive growth investment, the government has to start with the banks

New economic vision needed for CanadaIt’s taken some time to get there, but even the Tories admit (reluctantly) that the Canadian economy is in recession. The big question for the electorate is: can government do anything to improve the situation? All of our party leaders have plans to stimulate the economy; regrettably, they’re offering up the same tired old corporate…

Drones will change the face of farming

80% of all drones over the next decade will likely be used to support agriculture in one way or another

Drones will change the face of farmingMost of us have seen at least one drone this summer. They are everywhere. Now, some suggest drones will change how we produce and grow food globally. The build-up to the everyday use of drones hasn’t had a significant impact on agriculture, at least, not yet. Experts believed for a long time that commercial use…

Worker choice laws make union leaders more accountable to their members

They also lead to a stronger labour market and economy

Worker choice laws make union leaders more accountable to their membersBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute It's time to seriously reflect on ways to improve our country’s labour relations laws, which govern the interaction between workers, unions, and employers. Currently, workers in Canada’s private sector can be required to join a union and pay full union dues as a condition of employment.…

Undergraduate teaching needs to improve

Our future depends on it

Undergraduate teaching needs to improveBy now, many of the 2015 high school graduates have begun their university studies. Some are attending research-oriented universities, such as Dalhousie, while others are attending teaching-oriented universities, such as Mount Allison. Those who attend research universities will soon learn – if they have not already – that teaching first-year students is not highly valued.…

Health care insurance should focus on covering costly treatments

People who can afford it should be encouraged to pay some of the costs of their own inexpensive care

Health care insurance should focus on covering costly treatmentsFor the sake of those suffering and in need of very expensive drugs and treatments, health care in Canada should adopt a stricter insurance model, like that of automobile insurance. Insurance is designed to protect people from ruinous financial loss. In most insurance schemes, a very small number of people receive major financial compensation, a…

Robert Conquest, the man who was right

Apologists for the Soviet Union and Stalin in particular, according to Conquest, suffered a form of “mental aberration”

Robert Conquest, the man who was rightRobert Conquest, who died on August 3 at the age of 98, was an interesting guy. He was also a man ahead of his time, someone who was prepared to row against the current when necessary. With books like The Great Terror (1968) and Harvest of Sorrow (1986), he told the truth about Stalinism, and…

A balanced budget no miracle cure for ailing Canadian economy

Proposing a balanced budget reflects a failure to grasp the modern economic role of government

A balanced budget no miracle cure for ailing Canadian economyThe 2015 federal election will go down in history for establishing a new record and confirming a reality check. First, it will be recorded as the longest campaign in Canadian electoral history. Our political campaigns used to be a sprint to the finish line. This time, it is a marathon of perpetual political bashing and…

Political parties corrupting representative government

The power of political parties and modern communications has corrupted the practical reality of representative government

Political parties corrupting representative governmentPolitics in Canada is hitting new lows. Our last few federal elections have been filled with negative attack ads, robo calling scandals and bitter animosity. Meanwhile the House of Commons has become a partisan war zone, where artless backbenchers earn political points firing barbed insults across the floor. It is no surprise that municipal politics…

The moral hypocrisy behind the anti-fossil fuel movement

The reality is that end users, including environmentalists, contribute the largest proportion of global GHG emissions

The moral hypocrisy behind the anti-fossil fuel movementSince the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in the mid 1700’s, fossil fuels have transformed mankind’s journey in almost every conceivable way. Agricultural production has soared, transportation was revolutionized, electrical power enabled breathtaking technological advancements and petro-chemistry has provided synthetic materials for the manufacture of everything from fertilizers to plastics to clothing and even heart…