Something’s wrong with capitalism

The most successful economies today are also the most indebted

Something’s wrong with capitalismPurchase Something’s wrong with capitalism EDMONTON, AB, Feb 16, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Is it just me, or does the fabric of global capitalism seems to be unraveling? It seems the sovereign debt dragon was just sleeping and has now roared out of it’s den once again and is starting to snort fire all the…

Alberta poor least taxed in country

Alberta Premier’s claim 10% single tax rate unfair to poor flat-out wrong

Alberta poor least taxed in countryDownload Alberta poor least taxed in country CALGARY, AB, Jan 26, 2015/ Troy Media/ - After governments abandon fiscal prudence, they will soon search for any and all ways to tax people more. This is the reality playing out in Alberta, where Premier Jim Prentice has floated multiple tax increase trial balloons. The premier, new…

Cure for Cuba’s illness lies in open markets

The absence of a free market at home and injured trade abroad has been costly for the Cuban people

Cure for Cuba’s illness lies in open marketsTHIS CONTENT IS FREE to use in your publication or on your website. Download now. CALGARY OUT Contact MarkCALGARY, AB, Jan 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The pre-Christmas announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama that the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba will reignite a number of debates. One will be about the…

For many Canadians, access to food still a challenge

Hunger is as cruel a reality here in Canada as it is overseas

For many Canadians, access to food still a challengeGUELPH, ON, Jun 30, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Canadians spend a great deal on food – more than $100 billion per year. However, we spend much less than we used to, relatively speaking. Each Canadian spends $2,700 on average in food annually; one of the lowest amounts on earth. Only a few industrialized countries offer…

Edmonton’s Mayor out to tackle poverty

But ending poverty will require more than simply looking at it through a narrow financial lens

Edmonton’s Mayor out to tackle povertyEDMONTON, AB, Apr 28, 2014/ Troy Media/ - In his first State of the City address Don Iveson, Edmonton’s newly-elected mayor, made a serious commitment to tackling poverty. He left little doubt of his seriousness: “Poverty is complex. Its causes are multi-faceted, interlinked and anything but straightforward. Many are afraid to tackle it. But I…

Aboriginals owe their souls to “the company store”

Northern Stores enjoys almost complete control over every aspect of First Nations people

Aboriginals owe their souls to “the company store”WINNIPEG, MB, Mar 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Tennessee Ernie Ford scored a major hit with the song “Sixteen Tons”. The key line goes “Saint Peter don’t you call me ‘cause I can’t go, I owe my soul to the company store”. Ford was singing about the way mining companies used to build whole towns…

The “middle class squeeze” falls primarily on the younger generation

A young couple brings home little more than what one breadwinner often did in the mid-1970s

The “middle class squeeze” falls primarily on the younger generationVANCOUVER, BC, Mar 7, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The “middle-class squeeze.” Opposition political parties bandy about this phrase to score points against incumbent governments, while governing parties go out of their way to suggest their critics exaggerate. The truth is, no political party is giving us the straight goods about what is happening to the…

How an inadequate minimum wage is linked to poorer health

Low income can lead to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and mental illness

How an inadequate minimum wage is linked to poorer healthTORONTO, ON, Jan 29, 2014/ Troy Media/ - At some point of almost every day in my office, I feel frustrated and powerless. At that moment, I find myself standing with my patient on the edge of a chasm: ill health lies in the crevasse below, good health lies on the other side. And we…

Living wage laws don’t help the most vulnerable

72 per cent of workers benefitting from such a law were not poor

Living wage laws don’t help the most vulnerableBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Jan 23, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The minimum wage debate raging in the United States has spilled into Canada sparking renewed interest in government-mandated wage floors. Labour activists are out in full force pushing governments to legislate higher pay for low-wage workers and one…

Canada beats U.S. on value for healthcare dollars

But lags behind other developed nations

Canada beats U.S. on value for healthcare dollarsBy Jody Heymann and Douglas Barthold Expert Advisors EvidenceNetwork.ca LOS ANGELES, CA, and MONTREAL, QC, Jan 2, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Here’s a fact most Canadians probably don’t know: Canadians live longer than people in the United States. Specifically, women in Canada live an average of 83 years, compared to 80 in the United States;…