The Blue Jay way: to sell or persevere?

If a post-season berth is unlikely for Toronto, it may be time to dump aging, costly players and begin building for the future

The Blue Jay way: to sell or persevere?Last spring, Rogers Communications had a big problem. In the first year of its massive new National Hockey League deal, not one Canadian team made the playoffs. Television and online ratings tanked, fans tuned out, and sponsors had to be massaged. Lots of people lost their jobs. It was the worst possible start for the…

No reason why an activist can’t be a columnist

Yes, it’s possible to be a columnist and activist. So why couldn't the Toronto Star countenance Desmond Cole and his stand on police carding?

No reason why an activist can’t be a columnistI’ve been writing columns since 1996. It’s a craft in which individuals often possess strong opinions, varied interests, articulate ideas and healthy doses of intellectual curiosity. What about activism, in the political sense of otherwise? This particular trait, which seems a logical fit, is now a matter of dispute due to the curious case of…

The truth about wasteful daycare funding

Offer money - not centres or spaces - to families and allow parents to make choices without being told the kind of care they’ll use

The truth about wasteful daycare fundingThe City of Toronto is asking you, Canadian taxpayer, to pay for most of its new, expansive daycare plans. But Toronto actually has a surplus of daycare spaces. Municipal politicians have adopted a plan that calls for the creation of 30,000 daycare spaces over the next decade with funding requirements as high as $2.6 billion. Provincial…

Taxing foreigners no answer to Toronto’s housing woes

The idea might have some intuitive appeal but misses the bigger point – Toronto needs more housing

Taxing foreigners no answer to Toronto’s housing woesBy Steve Lafleur and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute The idea of a tax on foreign homebuyers has reared its head in Ontario once again. After British Columbia last year announced it would tax foreign buyers an extra 15 per cent on residential real estate in Metro Vancouver, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said he…

Touchdown: an NFL franchise in Canada would score big

A Toronto team would easily sell out. New advertising revenue, jobs and industries would be created. Hotels, restaurants and bars would flourish

Touchdown: an NFL franchise in Canada would score bigIt’s a great time of year to be a sports fan. Hockey and basketball playoffs are only a few weeks away. Baseball spring training has started. Soccer, tennis and golf are in full swing. Football is still a few months away. Canadian Football League training camps open in late May, followed by the National Football…

Ontario government’s plan: let Toronto traffic get worse

By burying the latest modest road-pricing scheme, Queen’s Park virtually guarantees worsening traffic congestion in the GTA for the foreseeable future

Ontario government’s plan: let Toronto traffic get worseBy Steve Lafleur and Kenneth Green The Fraser Institute Much of the conversation about the Wynne government’s decision to block Toronto City Council’s plan to toll the Don Valley Parking Lot – sorry, Parkway – and the Gardiner Expressway, has focused on the lost revenue for city hall. But a far more important point is…

Highway robbery: the case against toll roads

The argument in favour of tolls in Toronto fails on several levels, even for those whose fiscal persuasion is conservative

Highway robbery: the case against toll roadsToll roads have existed since ancient times. But charging fees for using public or private roadways still causes consternation. Toronto Mayor John Tory recently announced his support for a $2 road toll on two city highways, the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. This would raise funds toward fulfilling his 2014 election campaign promise of…

Toronto needs road tolls to tame gridlock

Congestion costs the area's economy billions of dollars a year, reducing people’s job options, delaying deliveries and increasing emissions

Toronto needs road tolls to tame gridlockBy Steve Lafleur and Ken Green The Fraser Institute Road tolls are essential to ease the gridlock that threatens to strangle Toronto’s economy. Toronto Mayor John Tory wants to introduce road tolls on the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway, and city council has endorsed the move. The provincial government must now approve the tolls…

We cannot afford the cost of ignoring poverty

Taking care of those in need now will cost us less in the long run

We cannot afford the cost of ignoring povertyAs a family doctor who works largely with people living on low incomes, poverty is at the root of many of the illnesses I treat. And, a dozen or so years into my career, my workload shows no sign of easing up. A shortsighted perspective would say, “Good for me.” The Cost of Poverty in…

Getting the most value for infrastructure spending

Establishing an infrastructure bank won't pay off if all levels of Canadian government don't learn to broaden the tender process

Getting the most value for infrastructure spendingThe federal government's new infrastructure bank won't solve a huge problem: infrastructure projects cost up to 25 per cent more than necessary. The Liberal government isn’t totally wrong in trying to leverage its ability to access cheap credit and create partnerships with investors to fund the repair of sewers, build new roads and bridges, and ensure…