Category: Opinion

Canadian baby boom years different from the US

| January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
Canadian baby boom years different from the US

Canadian baby boom peaked in 1959; 1957 in the US By Robert L. Brown for Troy Media As a retired demographer, I do indeed tire of the endless articles in the Canadian press that either just quote U.S.-based stories about the baby boom or make the incorrect assumption that the Canadian baby boom mirrored that […]

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Beer Store: Accessibility needs to be part of the debate

| January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Beer Store: Accessibility needs to be part of the debate

448 Beer Store outlets in Ontario By Steve Lafleur, Frontier Centre for Public Policy Recent revelations about the Ontario government’s relationship with the Beer Store have led to renewed interest in reforming Ontario’s byzantine liquor regulations. Many of the policy implications have been discussed ad nauseum, but one remains curiously absent from the debate: accessibility. As of August 2014, the […]

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Patient-centred healthcare could reduce wait times

| January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Patient-centred healthcare could reduce wait times

And improve the Canadian healthcare system By Robert McMurtry for Troy Media Recently I had occasion to spend time in a busy community hospital in order to deal with my apparent adverse drug reaction. Happily, full recovery ensued, but the time spent in the Emergency Department (ED) and ward left a strong impression on me. […]

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No-zero grading policies in education as misguided as ever

| January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
No-zero grading policies in education as misguided as ever

Teachers strongest opponents of no-zero grading policy By Michael Zwaagstra for Troy Media Never underestimate the staying power of a bad idea, especially in education. The no-zero policy in Newfoundland and Labrador schools is a prime example. It’s been almost four years since the former Eastern School District officially implemented a no-zero policy. Teachers were no longer  permitted […]

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Holding Canadian mining companies to account

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
Holding Canadian mining companies to account

Canadian mining companies abroad must be held to same standards as they publicly claim at home By David Suzuki for Troy Media It sometimes seems people in the mining and fossil fuel industries – along with their government promoters – don’t believe in the future. What else could explain the mad rush to extract and use […]

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Deficit or surplus, tax cuts for middle income Canadians a good idea

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Deficit or surplus, tax cuts for middle income Canadians a good idea

Tax cut for middle class possible even without a healthy surplus By Charles Lammam and Niels Veldhuis for Troy Media With falling oil prices and declining revenues, some analysts are now predicting the Conservatives may not eliminate the federal deficit next year. This, they warn, would mean no fiscal room for new policy announcements in the upcoming […]

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Free tuition is no magic bullet

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Free tuition is no magic bullet

German State, Lower Saxony, decided to make free tuition a policy By Jeff Collins and Ben Eisen Eliminating tuition fees for university students is a wasteful and inefficient policy idea. Students themselves share in the benefits of higher education through increased lifetime earnings and it is reasonable that they should also share some of the costs. […]

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Why implementing Canadian health reform remains a challenge

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Why implementing Canadian health reform remains a challenge

What Canadian health reform measures do we want to see? By Greg Marchildon and Livio Di Matteo for Troy Media Canadian economists received a pleasant surprise recently: expenditure growth on public healthcare in Canada finally appears to be slowing down. However, it is unclear if this slowdown is the result of explicit success in sustainably bending […]

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Canadian economy looks set for year of modest growth

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Canadian economy looks set for year of modest growth

Underlying picture of Canadian ecomony more favourable than headlines may suggest By Jock Finlayson for Troy Media The early weeks of 2015 have been a reminder that we live in a turbulent and risk-prone world. From plummeting oil prices to terrorist attacks in France, jittery stock markets, slowing growth in China, and renewed political uncertainty […]

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Canada in for a rude economic shock

| January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Canada in for a rude economic shock

Canada cannot compete with a restructured and more efficient US By Livio Di Matteo for  Troy Media According to the employment numbers just released, the United States is doing quite well, with the preliminary Bureau of Labour Statistics numbers pointing to the addition of 252,000 jobs in December. The unemployment rate in the United States has fallen […]

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