Category: Opinion

Ontario AG did not say that P3s cost taxpayers $8 billion

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ontario AG did not say that P3s cost taxpayers $8 billion

AG report does not contain indictment of P3s By Steve Lafleur, Frontier Centre for Public Policy The Auditor General of Ontario’s report is a technical document that few people actually read. Bullet points from executive summaries of such reports are often used as the basis for newspaper columns and political talking points in the grown […]

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Canadian democracy: Breathing new life into our faltering democracy

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian democracy: Breathing new life into our faltering democracy

Canadian democracy could be improved by teaching ethics, civics By Phil Elder for Troy Media   What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving, how express and admirable in action, how like an angel in apprehension, how like a god!      Hamlet, […]

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Capturing the internet revolution for a healthy planet

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Capturing the internet revolution for a healthy planet

Successful shift to a sustainable future may hinge on internet revolution By Barry Wilson for Troy Media As a systems ecologist, I’m always thinking about the cumulative effects of the combined activities of humanity and the natural world. I think broadly about the outcomes linked to our daily decisions and choices for society, the environment […]

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Canadian income inequality not as big an issue as in the US

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian income inequality not as big an issue as in the US

Canadian income inequality – top 1% in Canada received slightly more than 10 % of total income, down from 12% in 2006 By Jock Finlayson for Troy Media Canada has long been known as a country that promotes the values of equity and fairness within our society. That helps to explain why the issue of […]

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The ongoing quest for Alberta economic diversification

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
The ongoing quest for Alberta economic diversification

Alberta economic diversification would work best if it arose from the grassroots of the economy By Robert Roach for Troy Media There’s no way around it – suffering through the sore throat and stuffed-up head of a bad cold is not fun. On the bright side, we know that a cold is a temporary set-back that […]

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Bill 10: Having rights does not mean the privilege to discriminate

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Bill 10: Having rights does not mean the privilege to discriminate

Why did Alberta’s Bill 10 about gay-straight alliances (GSAs) go so wrong? By Kelly Ernst for Troy Media Why did Alberta’s Bill 10, about gay-straight alliances (GSAs), go so wrong? Here’s a thought: perhaps because the concept of rights was too often confused with privilege. Perhaps people and governments need to be honest that they are […]

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Alberta caught in a fiscal bind

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta caught in a fiscal bind

Little chance for Alberta to escape from fiscal “substance abuse” By Livio Di Matteo for Troy Media Despite being charged with the guardianship of an exceptional economy with prosperity rooted in the volatile revenues of the oil and gas sector, there appears to be an absence of learning behaviour on the part of governments in Alberta. Government […]

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Knowledge is more important than ever in schools

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Knowledge is more important than ever in schools

Factual knowledge takes back seat to process of learning By Michael Zwaagstra, Frontier Centre for Public Policy  Imagine that you are a fly on the wall in a faculty of education classroom or in a teachers’ professional development session. What would you hear? Chances are that you would hear about the need for teachers to […]

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COP20: Alberta has nothing to apologize for on the environment

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
COP20: Alberta has nothing to apologize for on the environment

COP20 – Governing body of UN framework convention on climate change meets in Peru this year By Stephen Murgatroyd As the Alberta delegations joins other Canadians at the annual green festival of talk known as the Conference of the Parties (COP) – this time in Lima, Peru – they arrive just in time to watch the […]

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Demoting Chief Public Health Officer of Canada wrongheaded

| December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Demoting Chief Public Health Officer of Canada wrongheaded

Stripping power from Chief Public Health Officer more about politics than promoting health By Colleen Flood and Steven Hoffman for Troy Media Buried in the current omnibus budget bill currently being studied by Parliament is a plan to demote the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. He will no longer hold a deputy minister rank, […]

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