Category: Opinion

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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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 | 1 Comment
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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