Category: Opinion

Manitoba reading, math, science scores in the toilet

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Manitoba reading, math, science scores in the toilet

What should Manitoba do to reverse 15 years of decline? By Michael Zwaagstra    Manitoba has had fifteen years of academic decline in reading, math, and science. That is the track record of the current NDP government. Once near the Canadian average, Manitoba now sits second last out of the Canadian provinces. In a study […]

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Today, a homeless man slept on my porch…

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Today, a homeless man slept on my porch…

…tomorrow that homeless man might be on your porch By Steve Lafleur   This morning I woke up to a homeless man peering in my window. My first instinct was that the person was looking for one of my neighbours. That is, until the homeless man staggered to the ground and laid down to sleep. As […]

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Time to change Canadian recreational drug use laws

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Time to change Canadian recreational drug use laws

Drug use becomes a gateway to hard drugs because dealers are good sales people Does caffeine lead to cocaine drug use? Obviously not. But what would happen if caffeine was outlawed? Naturally, a black market would emerge. Drug gangs, which are highly skilled at operating outside of the law and have pre-existing distribution channels would […]

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CASL, new anti-spam law, punishes charities

| July 7, 2014 | 1 Comment
CASL, new anti-spam law, punishes charities

Government could have solved problem with simple CASL amendment Canada’s anti-spam law came into force on July 1st, 2014. Everyone calls it CASL since its real name is an unwieldy 52 words long. Proponents have touted CASL as a giant leap for economic efficiency in e-commerce by making spam illegal. And CASL does list the […]

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First Nations now have right to participate in resource development

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
First Nations now have right to participate in resource development

Tsilhqot’in decision last week by Supreme Court of Canada is absolute game-changer for First Nations, resource companies By Ken Coates   With unexpected clarity and decisiveness, the Supreme Court recognized the Tsilhqot’in Aboriginal title to their traditional lands and directed governments on how they must proceed with any future development on non-treaty lands. Even the […]

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Time to ditch outdated Canadian taxi, booze, airline policies?

| June 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
Time to ditch outdated Canadian taxi, booze, airline policies?

Summer vacation exposes Canadian travellers to smarter public policy in other countries By Mark Milke   Back when I was in elementary school, come September teachers often asked students to write an essay describing their summer vacation. I don’t know if the practice still exists but, given that most Canadians will take time off this […]

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Temporary Foreign Workers program working just fine

| June 28, 2014 | 1 Comment
Temporary Foreign Workers program working just fine

Temporary Foreign Workers discussion should focus on future of Canadian labour market By  Linda Nazareth “Why don’t we just scrap the Temporary Foreign Workers program? There is plenty of unemployment in this country. If businesses stopped making ridiculous profits and paid a fair wage, all would be well.” If only it was that easy. But arbitrarily […]

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First Nations ready to do business with resource companies

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
First Nations ready to do business with resource companies

Supreme Court ruling will force developers to partner with First Nations The recent Tsilhqot’in decision by the Supreme Court raises the bar for First Nations, governments and energy companies, and could open the floodgates for more Canadian resource development. That view is not the prevailing sentiment this week. Environmental NGOs battling oil sands projects and pipelines crowed […]

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Canadian education system earns ‘B’ from global study

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian education system earns ‘B’ from global study

Time for national conversation about Canadian education system By Sarah Elaine Eaton   The Canadian education system was recently ranked against 15 other countries around the world for the quality of its education. How did we do? We achieved a B. Only Finland and Japan got As in the report card compiled by the Conference Board […]

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Child welfare system in Canada needs overhaul

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Child welfare system in Canada needs overhaul

Child welfare system is under-resourced and fundamentally flawed By Rick August   On a too-regular basis the public is shocked by revelations of children who are not adequately protected by the child welfare system, or are harmed in its care. Programs are criticized, responsible ministers pilloried and, inevitably, more public money is poured into the […]

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