Beware of bias in the social sciences

Liberal bias among researchers has implications for the quality of the research

Beware of bias in the social sciencesWhen it comes to discussion of public policy, the term evidence-based has assumed mantra status. Those who deploy it immediately grab the high ground, inoculating their views against criticism from the less informed – which generally translates into anyone who disagrees with them. It’s a neat trick if you can pull it off. Contrarians, mind…

Make Frontier the cleanest oil sands project it can be

Allowing the project to proceed – responsibly, with best available environmental practices – really is in the national interest.

Make Frontier the cleanest oil sands project it can beTo say the Teck Resources’ Frontier oil sands debate is fraught has become a bit of an understatement. At times, it appears the fate of the world hangs in the balance. On one side, political proponents are telling us that the very future of Alberta’s economy hinges on this project moving ahead. On the other…

Sport, at its best, can help change the world

Leaders must fully incorporate social, cultural and environmental considerations – not just economic ones – in their decision-making

Sport, at its best, can help change the worldOne of the greatest, and most memorable, sports-related quotes comes from Nelson Mandela. “Sport has the power to change the world,” said Mandela. “It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create…

Injecting some Positive Energy in a divisive national debate

A three-year initiative assesses how Canadians think and talk about energy in all forms, bringing together disparate and typically unaligned voices

Injecting some Positive Energy in a divisive national debateMonica Gattinger, a University of Ottawa scholar, is doing more to do advance constructive energy conversations in Canada than just about anyone. She's the chair of Positive Energy, a three-year initiative to assess how Canadians think and talk about energy in all forms. Positive Energy is bringing together disparate and typically unaligned voices. Her goal is to reframe our…

Looking for answers: energy jingoism vs energy xenophobia

The process to review the NEB's approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline proposal takes us into a strange land of negativity

Looking for answers: energy jingoism vs energy xenophobiaYou can please some people all of the time or all people some of the time, but you can't please all people all of the time – so the saying goes. How about pleasing none of the people, none of the time? Ask Kim Baird, Annette Trimbee and Tony Penikett. They are the brave souls who,…

The health case for putting a price on pollution

Climate change is an emergency causing systemic damage to the health and well-being of many around the world, including Canada

The health case for putting a price on pollutionClimate change is the biggest health threat of the 21st century, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). What does it mean for Canada and how can we respond? Canada has already seen smoke-related health impacts and stressful evacuations as the result of increased wildfires; the spread of Lyme disease; and food security and mental…

Me and my (carbon) shadow

Canadians have to stop demonizing the energy industry and start to accept responsibility for their carbon consumption

Me and my (carbon) shadowAll Canadians have a carbon shadow. It follows us everywhere. It's with us when we stick our keys into the ignition, when we turn up our thermostats and when the fridge light comes on. It's in the clothes we wear and the food we eat. It's there whenever we do what we do in our lives. This carbon…

Ontario climate change strategy a Frankenstein monster

Ontario’s plan will take even more money from already heavily-taxed consumers and businesses, and fuel more government spending

Ontario climate change strategy a Frankenstein monsterBy Ben Eisen and Kenneth P. Green The Fraser Institute Ontario’s climate change strategy is just another example of the tax-and-spend approach that has undermined the province’s economy for years. A recent opinion column from the Brookings Institution in the United States observes (based on the vast laboratory that is California) that cap-and-trade is a flawed…

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…
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