Category: Opinion

Canadian municipalities are poor kids on the block

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian municipalities are poor kids on the block

Canadian municipalities rely on senior governments to fund infrastructure improvements Canada is an urban nation with over 80 per cent of its population living in cities or towns. At the dawn of Confederation, the urban rural split was exactly the opposite, with just over 80 per cent of the population in rural areas. Today, not […]

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Disabled voters get encouraging commitment from BC premier

| August 6, 2014 | 1 Comment
Disabled voters get encouraging commitment from BC premier

Paul Caune says BC disabled voters may finally get what they want: Improved access BC disabled voters take heart. At the June 16 Accessibility Summit Premier Christy Clark made a commitment to pass “legislation that will improve access for persons with disabilities.” What is the BC Government’s definition of “access”? In Minister of Social Development […]

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BC teachers – Time for Christy Clark to do the right thing?

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
BC teachers – Time for Christy Clark to do the right thing?

BC teachers being treated shabbily by Liberal government I am a new citizen to British Columbia and have arrived to witness the summer of BC teachers and their legitimate discontent with the Liberal government. In the media I have read and heard of the long winter of labour strife between BC teachers and governments. Both […]

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Affordable cities – hello Winnipeg! – attract trendy creatives

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Affordable cities – hello Winnipeg! – attract trendy creatives

Hipsters looking for the next affordable cities – like Regina or Duluth Many municipal politicians, particularly in mid-sized cities, aspire to turn their affordable cities into the next trendy place, following in the steps of Portland or Brooklyn. Though trendiness can attract a certain segment of the population, affordability and employment prospects are at least […]

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Barack Obama, America, and the new world order

| August 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Barack Obama, America, and the new world order

Barack Obama says American power declining relative to other powers, such as Russia and China In the midst of a series of global crises, American President Barack Obama spoke at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Seattle on July 23 and spoke about what the future holds for the U.S. and world society. According to […]

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Canadian poverty levels remain high, must be addressed

| August 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian poverty levels remain high, must be addressed

Canadian poverty is a burden to all taxpayers Canadians might be surprised to learn that 86 families now hold more wealth than the poorest 11.4 million Canadians. Is Canadian poverty something to be proud of? Hardly. According to many studies, the Canadian poverty rate remains high. A recent OECD report shows that the very rich […]

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Alberta finances mismanaged for years – Fraser Institute

| August 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta finances mismanaged for years – Fraser Institute

Tories have frittered away “Alberta advantage” For more than two decades, Alberta has been a shining light in the Canadian economy, leading all provinces on almost every measure of economic performance. However, other jurisdictions in North America have also prospered from natural resources and yet rarely has Alberta been compared to these like-jurisdictions. A recent […]

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Alberta EMS crisis an under-reported issue – David Swann

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta EMS crisis an under-reported issue – David Swann

Alberta EMS paramedics threatened into silence, according to Swann For years, paramedics have been reporting problems within our EMS system to their superiors, hoping for solutions. Instead, what they have seen is bureaucratic inaction and symptom treatment as underlying causes go unaddressed. Now, paramedics are looking to people outside the system for help in fixing […]

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Calgary parking would benefit from market discipline

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Calgary parking would benefit from market discipline

Allowing Mustard Seed to rent out parkade would negatively affect Calgary parking and downtown traffic, says City The absurdities of Calgary parking policy were illustrated recently when it was revealed that the non-profit Mustard Seed was required to build a $3 million parking lot that effectively sits empty. The affordable housing complex – the parking lot […]

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Science Matters: Canadian cities lead on climate action

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Science Matters: Canadian cities lead on climate action

Science Matters by David Suzuki Amid the dire warnings about global warming’s impacts, what’s often overlooked is that actions to reduce or prevent them will lead to livable communities, improved air quality, protection of natural spaces and greater economic efficiency, to name just a few benefits. So it’s not surprising that tangible positive action on […]

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