Should water be for sale?

There is a case to be made for water being a commodity, as long as it is sold at a price responsive to supply and demand

Should water be for sale?Download this column on the sale of water for your publication or website. Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use EDMONTON, AB Jul 20, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Nestlé, the Swiss food and beverage company, is in hot water over, well, water. The case is easy enough to explain: Nestlé sells bottled water.…

Are election spending limits unjust?

Our system may be imperfect, but it is much superior to the disgusting free-for-all that is the American electoral process

Are election spending limits unjust?Download this column on election spending limits for your publication or website. Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use EDMONTON, AB Jul 6, 2015/ Troy Media/ - If he were American, he'd be home by now. Former Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro, at one time Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, is in…

Should the Bank of Canada raise interest rates?

Do we have a responsibility to save people from their own (bad) decisions?

Should the Bank of Canada raise interest rates?Download this column on interest rates for your publication or website. Price starts at $10 Terms and Conditions of use EDMONTON, AB Jun 23, 2015/ Troy Media/ - We rely a lot of a change in the quarterly Gross Domestic Product, the Toronto Stock Exchange and the concentration of CO2 in our atmosphere to measure…

How much taxation is ‘fair’?

Arguments over fairness – a philosophical concept – can easily mask a desire to simply punish those we don’t like

How much taxation is ‘fair’?Download this column for your publication or website EDMONTON, AB, May 21, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The new NDP government of Alberta have promised changes to the way Alberta's government functions. In addition to a "sunshine list" disclosing infrastructure projects and public sector salaries, a review on oil and gas royalties, and promises of higher…

Is it ethical to teach sex education?

Parents, unfortunately, cannot be relied upon to inform their children about the facts of life

Is it ethical to teach sex education?To download Is it ethical to teach sex education? for your publication or website click here EDMONTON, AB, May 7, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The revised comprehensive sex education curriculum the Ontario government is introducing to Grades 1 through 12 this September will teach the biology of sexual reproduction and provide information on contraception, sexually…

How do I decide who to vote for?

Politicians can only abuse their power and ignore voter preferences if you don’t bother to vote

How do I decide who to vote for?To download this column for your publication or website click here EDMONTON, AB, Apr 23, 2015/ Troy Media/ - First, let's set aside the issue of whether you should vote at all. In my more cynical months, and after I've been reading a lot of Public Choice theory (the economic study of collective decision making,…

Why do we need economic growth?

Because the alternatives to economic growth are not attractive

Why do we need economic growth?Purchase Why do we need economic growth? EDMONTON, AB, Apr 12, 2015/ Troy Media/ - A recent article in Britain’s major left-leaning newspaper The Guardian asks its readers to imagine a ‘post-growth’ society, a world where we do not focus obsessively on economic growth. It argues that we need to ‘reframe the central issue of…

Do Canadians really have a right to healthcare?

Depends on which side of the negative rights/positive rights divide you stand on

Do Canadians really have a right to healthcare?Purchase Do Canadians really have a right to healthcare? EDMONTON, AB, Mar 25, 2015/ Troy Media/ - If someone (like me) were to ask you whether you had a right to healthcare, how would you answer? Though we’ve likely never met, and I know nothing about your race, sexual orientation, health, or economic situation, if…

How long should a life sentence be?

It comes down to what we believe the purpose of incarceration to be

How long should a life sentence be?Purchase How long should a life sentence be? EDMONTON, AB, Mar 12, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The Conservative government under Stephen Harper is indicating it intends to enter the next federal election running on a “tough on crime/public safety” program, first with their controversial anti-terrorism bill and now with amendments to the Criminal Code to…

Is raising the Tax Free Savings Account limit unjust?

It all comes down to whether you are in favour of freedom or government coercion

Is raising the Tax Free Savings Account limit unjust?Purchase Is raising the Tax Free Savings Account limit unjust? EDMONTON, AB, Mar 4, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Back in 2011, during the federal election, the Conservatives promised to double the limit on Tax-Free Savings Account contributions once the budget was balanced. It remains one of the big ticket promises from that election that is…
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