Ford carrot-dangling the return of the Northeastern Ontario rail service

But is the government truly committed to getting it done?

Ford carrot-dangling the return of the Northeastern Ontario rail service“To the people of Northeastern Ontario, you have my word. We will bring the Northlander back to Timmins and Cochrane,” said Premier Ford during his swearing-in ceremony at Queen’s Park this summer. Folks, this could only mean one thing; we’re getting our passenger train back ... right? Just like when it was promised to us…

The politics and precarious nature of travel in the North

The Trudeau government is out of touch with the issues and deficiencies of intercity transportation in Canada

The politics and precarious nature of travel in the NorthThe familiar sound of a passenger train can once again be heard in areas of Northern Ontario that are served by VIA Rail Canada. The Crown corporation officially restored passenger rail services to pre-pandemic levels after more than two years of on-again, off-again, limited or indefinitely suspended train schedules. Life appears to have returned to…

It’s time to scrap the ArriveCAN app

This useless app has only contributed to the chaos at our major airports

It’s time to scrap the ArriveCAN appDeputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland thinks her government is too humble. At least that’s what she said when a reporter asked her why travellers are still forced to fill out the ArriveCAN app before entering Canada. After extolling the virtues of national humility, Freeland went on to take credit for saving 70,000 lives by enacting…

Airline traffic on the rebound but normal levels not yet in sight

So long as government issues flip-flopping travel policies, people will make plans despite the pandemic

Airline traffic on the rebound but normal levels not yet in sightMost travel chatter focuses on the ‘new norm.’ Whether it is proof of vaccination, masking requirements, travel restrictions or negative PCR tests, are we actually seeing a new norm in terms of travel? Based on the number of airline passengers passing through Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Edmonton International Airport (YEG), it appears air travel…

Via Rail should be shut down or sold by the federal government

Operational and funding costs are huge: $548M in 2019 (before COVID-19) and $597M in 2021

Via Rail should be shut down or sold by the federal governmentInvestment managers and investors should often ask: If I didn’t already own this stock, would I buy it today? By any criteria, Via Rail, a federal Crown corporation, is not a good investment – even under unrealistically favourable assumptions. The federal government should rigorously examine this charitably-designated ‘enterprise,’ then aim it toward one of two…

The war against cars embedded in Canadian urban planning

You won’t find a city planner anywhere who would be so bold as to publicly argue the case for cars

The war against cars embedded in Canadian urban planningEDMONTON: There has been much chit-chat among the chatterers of our fair city regarding the future of a two-lane, 109-year-old bridge that is the main route from Edmonton’s fast-growing south side to the downtown. To this day, the iconic, historic High Level Bridge is visually impressive. It’s very long, and very high, crossing the North…

New report sheds light on future of mobility in Canada’s big cities

Innovation will depend as much on social factors as technological ones

New report sheds light on future of mobility in Canada’s big citiesIncreasingly, urban dwellers are looking for new and more sustainable ways to move around their cities. Technologies like autonomous vehicles and electric scooters may be top of mind for urban planners, but social and cultural factors may be just as important in helping Canadian cities prepare for the future, according to a co-author of a…

The truckers have a vital message: end all COVID-19 restrictions

The medicine dispensed by the government to protect us has been much worse than the disease

The truckers have a vital message: end all COVID-19 restrictionsTrucks are rolling across Canada to protest federal COVID-19 restrictions, and millions of Canadians of all stripes, colours and political affiliations are supporting them. It’s time! It’s true that some people have been seriously ill with COVID, but most who have died and were hospitalized had serious underlying conditions that are rarely mentioned. For most…

Trudeau needs to shelve his plan to ban unvaccinated truckers

It puts Canadians' access to food at risk

Trudeau needs to shelve his plan to ban unvaccinated truckersThe federal government apparently still wants to push ahead with its plan to require all truckers entering from the United States to show proof of vaccination starting Jan. 15. The plan creates some serious problems. Vaccines are the most effective way to reduce risks associated with COVID-19, stop the spread of the virus and save…

Airline pilots rise up in face of COVID vaccines

Four Canadian pilots founded Free to Fly at the end of August attracting more than 38,500 members

Airline pilots rise up in face of COVID vaccinesShould Canadians be free to fly without a COVID-19 vaccination? Four Canadian pilots thought so and founded Free to Fly at the end of August. By now, the organization has attracted more than 38,500 members, including 2,800 airline staff. In an interview, Free to Fly co-founder Derek Grigor said the time was ripe for their…
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