Category: Opinion

Ontario greenbelt could drive up home prices, reduce land value

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Ontario greenbelt could drive up home prices, reduce land value

Ontario greenbelt – a plan to reign in urban growth By Kenneth P. Green, Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz Canada’s largest cities are growing rapidly and what were once sparsely populated rural areas are quickly becoming city neighbourhoods. Driving north of Toronto, for example, brings you through cities like Vaughan and Brampton, which have more than doubled […]

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Tax hikes not the way to fund Metro Vancouver transit plans

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Tax hikes not the way to fund Metro Vancouver transit plans

Metro Vancouver transit needs to control spending By Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre for Troy Media This spring’s mail-in plebiscite to Metro Vancouver residents will essentially ask voters if they’re willing to pay $250 million more in sales taxes each year to fund the $7.5 billion expanded transit system proposed by a council of the region’s […]

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Health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet more fad than fact

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet more fad than fact

Many studies on the Mediterranean diet, none definitive By Dr. John Sloan, Family physician for Troy Media It’s hard to find anyone these days who doesn’t hate junk food. And an awful lot of people also swear by something called the Mediterranean Diet, often considered junk food’s opposite. Everyone is convinced: junk food is killing; […]

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Oil prices drop as global warming rises

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Oil prices drop as global warming rises

Low oil prices: No better time to introduce a carbon tax By David Suzuki for Troy Media With oil prices plunging from more than $100 a barrel last summer to below $50 now, the consequences of a petro-fuelled economy are hitting home – especially in Alberta, where experts forecast a recession. The province’s projected budget surplus […]

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Target Canada fiasco: Canadian consumers benefit

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
Target Canada fiasco: Canadian consumers benefit

Target Canada arrival forced other retailers to be more efficient Sylvain Charlebois for Troy Media As many Canadian retailing incumbents celebrate the closing of over 130 stores Target nationwide, some wonder what’s next for the retail industry in Canada, and not just in food. Target’s venture into Canada was nothing short of a fiasco. In […]

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4 steps to increase Alberta revenues

| January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
4 steps to increase Alberta revenues

Alberta revenues should be moved beyond petro-state public financing By Janet Keeping for Troy Media With the price of oil plummeting, it’s clear the government of Alberta has to increase its revenues in the next budget. But the position of the official opposition Wildrose Party that cuts to expenditures will do the whole job is […]

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Alberta sales tax – Province needs to dissect ‘how we ended up here’

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Alberta sales tax – Province needs to dissect ‘how we ended up here’

Premier Prentice has floated the notion of an Alberta sales tax With oil prices plunging and provincial resource revenues expected to drop, there is no doubt that Alberta’s red ink will rise. In response, Premier Jim Prentice has floated the notion of a provincial sales tax and/or hikes in other taxes. Falling oil prices are […]

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BC wolf cull: Caribou population endangered by humans, not wolves

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
BC wolf cull: Caribou population endangered by humans, not wolves

Planned BC wolf cull will not change main factors in caribou population decline Most of the media reports I have seen on B.C.’s planned wolf cull are giving the public the wrong impression. What I have been hearing on radio, TV and online news is that the B.C. government has announced it will be shooting […]

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Oil prices: Alberta has no reason to panic . . . yet

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Oil prices: Alberta has no reason to panic . . . yet

Lack of spending and saving discipline behind financial bind, not low oil prices By Livio Di Matteo for Troy Media A dramatic fall in oil prices, predicted to reduce provincial government resource revenues by $7 billion – a drop of at least 16 per cent – has generated intense speculation regarding public expenditure cuts, tax changes […]

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It doesn’t pay to needlessly provoke Islamic terrorists

| January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
It doesn’t pay to needlessly provoke Islamic terrorists

Intelligence services don’t have a clue how to stop Islamic terrorists By Peter Stockland for Troy Media The tone of reconciliation in the new cover of Charlie Hebdo points to what seemed lost after last week’s murderous attack: recognition of the essential distinction between fear and prudence. Until the satirical newspaper’s image conflating Muhammad and […]

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