Category: Opinion

Feds should invest in Canadian infrastructure while interest rates low

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Feds should invest in Canadian infrastructure while interest rates low

Ottawa has the fiscal room to invest in Canadian infrastructure projects By Jock Finlayson for Troy Media The International Monetary Fund’s October 2014 economic outlook publication contains a chapter devoted to infrastructure policy and financing. One of the points it makes is that investing in certain categories of infrastructure assets – particularly transportation, communications and […]

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Social media and the rise of the distracted thinker

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Social media and the rise of the distracted thinker

Social media and the internet device revolution is actually rewiring our brains By Gwyn Morgan for Troy Media A decade has passed since Blackberry led the transformation of mobile phones into e-mail and internet access devices, now called smartphones. By the end of 2014 over 1.7 billion-some 40 per cent of global mobile phone users will […]

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Carbon taxes will take a big bite out of your wallet

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Carbon taxes will take a big bite out of your wallet

As implementing carbon taxes will do nothing for the environment, what do its proponents really hope to achieve? By Kenneth P. Green for Troy Media Carbon taxes are back on centre stage in Canada, after a new “bipartisan” Ecofiscal Commission came out in favour of the idea. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is also talking about carbon […]

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The future of public transportation has arrived – in Cleveland

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
The future of public transportation has arrived – in Cleveland

Cleveland’s HealthLine has attracted over $4.3 billion in nearby development By Steve Lafleur, Frontier Centre for Public Policy Support for public transportation has grown significantly over the past decade in North America. Major transit expansions were key issues in the recent Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg elections, and ambitious plans were green lighted by voters in […]

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Public sector pensions fare better in defined benefit model

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Public sector pensions fare better in defined benefit model

Public sector pensions adversely impacted by converting to defined contribution plans By Dr. Bruce Kennedy for Troy Media Within the pension industry, thoughtful discussion about ideal pension plan designs has moved beyond the defined benefit versus defined contribution debate to focus on a broader range of pension plan designs and reform options. Canada, however, still […]

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Money does buy happiness – lots of it

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Money does buy happiness – lots of it

Strong, positive correlation between money and happiness By Robert Roach for Troy Media No one wants to appear shallow, so it’s no surprise that there are countless books and articles out there that go to great lengths to convince us that money does not buy happiness. The problem with the money-doesn’t-buy-happiness theory is that the […]

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Clean drinking water should be a human right in Canada

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Clean drinking water should be a human right in Canada

Clean drinking water not available to Shoal Lake, Aboriginal community under boil-water advisory for decades By David Suzuki for Troy Media Canada is among the world’s wealthiest nations, but our wealth is not equitably distributed. Many communities, particularly northern and Aboriginal, suffer from poor access to healthy and affordable food, clean water, proper housing and […]

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Be wary of Xi Jinping, despite recent superficial appearances

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Be wary of Xi Jinping, despite recent superficial appearances

Xi Jinping seems friendlier with world leaders, own people By Fred McMahon for Troy Media China’s newish head honcho, Xi Jinping, appears to be getting friendlier with the world and his own people. At the recent Brisbane G-20 meeting, Xi (pronounced “shee”) even made nice with U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, He also […]

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Dr. Gary Bloch prescribes income to treat poverty

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Dr. Gary Bloch prescribes income to treat poverty

Dr. Gary Bloch says poverty is a health issue By Trudy Lieberman for Troy Media Last fall when I visited Canada I met a Toronto doctor named Gary Bloch who has developed a poverty tool for medical practitioners. The tool assesses what patients might need other than prescriptions for the newest drugs. Bloch’s idea was […]

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Canadian land claims policy misguided

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian land claims policy misguided

Canadian land claims title policy under review by federal government Bruce McIvor for Troy Media The federal government, through its Ministerial Special Representative Douglas Eyford, is currently seeking comments on its new Interim Comprehensive Land Claims Policy. The Interim Policy sets out Canada’s position on negotiating with Indigenous peoples over their Aboriginal title and rights. Unfortunately, […]

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