Category: Opinion

Fracking a force for environmental, economic good

| September 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
Fracking a force for environmental, economic good

Fracking is not an evil to be banned, but a social good to be embraced, says Kerr What if you heard that there was a new technology – hint: think fracking –  that could significantly lower energy costs, allowing manufacturing to flourish? Would your reaction be to go out and invest in that technology today? […]

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Government waste is inevitable, get over it already

| September 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
Government waste is inevitable, get over it already

Don’t spend more reducing government waste than you’re wasting - Ellenberg Tales of government waste make for excellent news headlines. Bev Oda’s infamous $16 orange juice probably got more media attention than the $45 billion F35 procurement debacle. Part of the reason is that is that people understand the value and cost of orange juice. It […]

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Islam in fight for its very soul, West picks right side – Crowley

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Islam in fight for its very soul, West picks right side – Crowley

Conflict “chiefly a civil war for control of Islam” Who speaks for Islam? You might think this is a question for that faith’s adherents to work out, and in normal times that would be the correct answer. But these are not normal times. Western politicians and editorialists, for example, seem quite content to make ex cathedra […]

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Mayors Robertson, Corrigan: Stay out of resources debate

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mayors Robertson, Corrigan: Stay out of resources debate

Robertson in Vancouver, Corrigan in Burnaby opposing pipelines, tankers, coal exports It is a curious phenomenon for those who watch municipal elections in the Lower Mainland to see resource development become such a large part of the campaigns. For the most part, the resources being debated are not located in Vancouver nor the surrounding area and some […]

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Alberta Human Rights Act still oppressing gays

| September 7, 2014 | 2 Comments
Alberta Human Rights Act still oppressing gays

Alberta Human Rights Act sect. 11.1 should be changed immediately – Keeping Most parts of the Alberta Human Rights Act are intended – just as you would expect – to protect human dignity, the root goal of human rights law. Its main purpose is to make discrimination illegal in access to public goods and services, rental accommodation and […]

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Nova Scotia fracking ban sacrifices economic, social benefits

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Nova Scotia fracking ban sacrifices economic, social benefits

No basis in science for Nova Scotia fracking ban The recently announced Nova Scotia fracking ban is essentially the government’s decision to exit the oil and gas business. Technically, the government is banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it has become known, but that will effectively end exploration for oil and gas in Nova Scotia. Premier […]

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Mid-sized cities offer unique, affordable tourism experiences

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mid-sized cities offer unique, affordable tourism experiences

People flock to major cities for unique experiences they can also enjoy in mid-sized cities In theory, most of the types of activities tourists seek out can be replicated most anywhere, but people are willing to pay a large premium and go out of their way to see a show on Broadway, or eat a Philly […]

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Government debt payments about to become big problem

| August 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Government debt payments about to become big problem

Government debt is out of control in Ontario Canadian government debt has risen rapidly of late and interest payments – thanks to expected rate increases – will consume an every growing portion of public sector budgets. While interest rates have remained at historic lows since the 2008-09 economic crisis and subsequent slow world economic growth, […]

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BC accessibility law by 2017? Columnist Caune says maybe

| August 24, 2014 | 3 Comments
BC accessibility law by 2017? Columnist Caune says maybe

Plenty of precedents for BC accessibility law in USA, Europe There should be a BC accessibility law by 2017.  Premier Christy Clark  has said with regard to passing accessibility legislation: “we aren’t starting from scratch.”  The Premier is right: BC can benefit from the lead taken by Australia, Ireland, Manitoba, New Zealand, Ontario, the United Kingdom and […]

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First Nations: Missing, murdered women ‘black eye’ for Canada

| August 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
First Nations: Missing, murdered women ‘black eye’ for Canada

First Nations calls for a public inquiry stymied by Canadian government What would people around the world think of Canada if they saw pictures of a 15-year-old First Nations girl and a middle-aged aboriginal man who had both been found dead in a river on the same day? Imagine if the front page story on the […]

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