Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ontario’s Urban Growth Shouldn’t Be An Either-Or Proposition

Urban sprawl in the area north of Toronto. This photo shows new development in Markham. (Photo: Tony Bock/Toronto Star) Have stringent growth controls made housing affordability worse in Canada? George Carras, a real estate expert, believes so. The Prices (Places) to Grow Act in Ontario has caused housing to make more money than households, quipped...

Brad Wall’s Sask. A Wild West Of Corporate Political Donations

When Brad Wall rolled through the Calgary Petroleum Club's wood-paneled walls on June 8, he got the headlines he wanted. "We're in the middle of a battle and frankly we haven't been winning too many battles," said Wall about the oil and gas industry in a quote that made the rounds. But the mainstream media didn't really clue in into as to why...

Even With Low Interest Rates, Federal Deficits Are A Concern

With the federal government acknowledging in its fall update this week that it has no timetable for balancing the budget, it bears repeating that contrary to popular belief, low interest rates do not justify deeper deficits. This is because interest charges are not the only cost associated with a deficit. The federal deficit is rising, far beyond...

Agnotology: How Quebec’s Bill 106 Serves The Denial Of Reality

Can cigarettes cause lung cancer? A number of studies say NO! Is climate change real? There is no irrefutable proof that humans are causing it. If these statements astonish you, you are completely unaware of agnotology. The word is a neologism, that is, a new word created by a science historian, Robert N. Proctor. The word comes from the Greek agn...

Muslim Police Chaplain’s Sexist Remarks Silence Victims Of Abuse

Recently appointed Toronto Police Services Muslim chaplain Musleh Khan has come under scrutiny for statements he made publicly in 2013 about respecting the role and duties of married women in Islam. Those statements have been described as "appalling" by Executive Director Alia Hogben of the Muslim organization the Canadian Council of Muslim...

Airport Privatization Is About To Take Off In Canada

Airport privatization has recently become a hot topic. However, since the federal government asked Credit Suisse AG, a top investment bank, to analyze several privatization options, concerns have been raised by managers of Canada's airports. According to Mark Laroche and Craig Richmond, respectively head of the Ottawa International Airport...

Toronto Police Chaplain’s Sexist Views Don’t Define My Islam

Concerns have been recently raised about the Muslim Toronto police chaplain on his personal views about women and marriage. Officer Musleh Khan's viewpoints come across as strongly patriarchal and infantalizing of women. However, he claims that he does not believe women are second-class citizens and that his words have been taken out of context....

Ottawa Must Allow MPs A Free Vote On Free Trade

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) talks with EU Council President Donald Tusk during the signing ceremony of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on Oct. 30, 2016. (Photo: Francois Lenoir/AFP/Getty Images) Free trade rarely comes cheap, and too often the price is just too high. Unifor members from across Canada are bringing this...

Trump’s Crazy Campaign Spared Clinton Scrutiny She Deserves

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at a campaign event, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Sanford, Fla. (Photo: John Raoux/AP Photo) Hillary Clinton should absolutely become American's 45th president. In the words of the respected moderate former governor of Massachusetts and current Libertarian vice-presidential...

These Studies Shouldn’t Be Used To Avoid The Issue Of Racial Profiling

The news last week about the two-year study of the traffic stop data collected by the Ottawa Police were quickly dismissed by the same researchers who conducted it, as "not necessarily indicative of causation, and it doesn't prove racial profiling." So what is the point of conducting such a study if those results cannot be used to speak about...

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