Canada needs a national policy to right our economic ship

Our trust-the-status-quo mindset is part of the problem. And our commitment to globalization must come with a Canada-first policy

Canada needs a national policy to right our economic shipEDMONTON, Alta. Mar. 27, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has blinked. The recent federal budget was cautious when it should have been bold. It was hesitant and defensive when it should have been a battle cry for Canadian unity and prosperity. The unpredictable Donald Trump may or may not fulfil his promise to only…

Looking for affordable housing? Try Atlantic provinces

In an age of bloated house prices in many urban centres, Atlantic Canada's situation is enviable

Looking for affordable housing? Try Atlantic provincesBy Jackson Doughart Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and Wendell Cox Demographia HALIFAX, N.S. Feb. 1, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Every year, news magazines and websites publish "best city" lists, ranking global cities that are the most attractive places to live. Unfortunately, most middle-class people couldn't afford to live in the cities that top these…

The all-day breakfast wake-up call

The divide between breakfast, lunch and dinner is eroding as millennials start to gain a hold in the marketplace

The all-day breakfast wake-up callHALIFAX, N.S. Jan. 30, 2017 /Troy Media/ – The three-meals-a-day standard is slowly becoming more an ideal than a reality – ask McDonald's and millennials. More than a year ago, McDonald's Restaurants introduced all-day breakfasts in the United States. Now, McDonald's Canada is slowly rolling out the all-day breakfast, testing it at several locations across the country. A&W Food…

The boomers’ last chance for redemption

Our youth are the best-educated, most adaptive and creative generation in history, but conservative boomer-era bankers are holding them back

The boomers’ last chance for redemptionEDMONTON, Alta. Dec. 12, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Can the baby boom generation find economic absolution? The generation born between 1946 and 1964 is leaving a bitter legacy. As the governing generation, it has mismanaged economies so badly they've imperilled their children's future. But the rise of a new creative economy could provide this most…

Pipelines are not always just about the science

With federal pipeline decisions imminent, we need to speak honestly about the limitations of science and the role of values

Pipelines are not always just about the scienceVANCOUVER, B.C. Nov. 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ – With federal decisions on major oil pipeline and tanker projects looming, and with serious political costs to approval or rejection, many suggest the prime minister and his cabinet should lean on science to make the decision. Those exhortations sound very reasonable. But they reveal an enormously important misunderstanding about the…

High child care costs hold our economy back

We're told people are our greatest resource, but half the family-producing population is just a resource for governments, banks and daycares

High child care costs hold our economy backRED DEER, Alta. Oct. 27, 2016/ Troy Media/ – A confluence of headlines outlining dangers to the Canadian economy have a common thread: economic stress. We read about high levels of household debt, unemployment, schools forced to deal with children living with stress at home, and declining birth rates leading to worries about who is going…

Millennials a generation bubble wrapped from failure

Too special to fail: When the status quo keeps people comfortable, there is little incentive to challenge or change it

Millennials a generation bubble wrapped from failureOTTAWA, Ont. July 10, 2016/ Troy Media/ – “Youth, today! They’re lazy and entitled because everyone received participation trophies!” is a quip millennials hear so often that it has nearly lost all meaning. But in fact, this joke points to a much larger issue – one that extends beyond millennials to all of society. Martin Luther…

China’s ‘one-percenters’ have changed Vancouver forever

Millennials would like to buy a house and raise a family in Vancouver. It's not going to happen

China’s ‘one-percenters’ have changed Vancouver foreverVANCOUVER, B.C. June 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Much has been said about Vancouver’s rollicking real estate market over the past few months, and at the root of the commentary is very little fact. No agency of the municipal, provincial or federal government seems to know how much mainland Chinese cash is flooding into Richmond…

Grant programs fail to help the most needy students

70 per cent of the RESP and CESG funds which were supposed to target needy students actually go to wealthy families

Grant programs fail to help the most needy studentsTORONTO, Ont. May 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Two federal programs that reach back more than 40 years were established to improve access to post-secondary education for the lower and middle classes. A recent report from Employment and Social Development Canada concludes they have failed to achieve that goal. The Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) program…

Canada heads down the path to debilitating debt again

Deficit spending by the Trudeau government will simply slow our recovery and handicap future generations

Canada heads down the path to debilitating debt againVICTORIA, B.C. April 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ — The federal government’s planned $30-billion budget deficit, to be followed by three more deficits totalling $113 billion, brings to mind former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s observation that “It’s not often that nations learn from the past, even rarer that they draw the correct conclusions from it.”…