Hardworking Ontarians need help, and Ford can give it to them

He should honour his 2018 promise and cut the provincial gas excise tax

Hardworking Ontarians need help, and Ford can give it to themGoing for a drive is one of the few things families can do to get out of the house, but now they’re being hit with gas prices that have spiked to their highest point in two years. Filling up a minivan now costs $95. But it shouldn’t cost that much because Premier Doug Ford promised…

Ontario needs to introduce recall legislation

The people need a way of giving politicians the pink slip more than just once every four years

Ontario needs to introduce recall legislationIn a democracy, voters are supposed to be the boss, so we should always have the ability to fire politicians for poor performance. Unfortunately, in Ontario, voters often need to wait years before handing out a pink slip that should have come long ago. But there’s a simple way Ontarians can change that: Premier Doug…

Religious freedom equals educational freedom

The claim that merging Ontario’s government-run and Catholic school systems will save “an estimated $1.6 billion a year” is blarney

Religious freedom equals educational freedomIn terms of cultural insensitivity, the latest call for ending Ontario’s Catholic school funding wins the shamrock, coming, as it did, on St. Patrick’s Day. But if we overlook that faux pas, we still have to consider the pot of gold that would be saved by absorbing Catholic schools into the government-run system. Or do…

Political welfare raising its ugly head in Ontario again

Ford has changed his tune about political welfare now that he’s Ontario’s premier

Political welfare raising its ugly head in Ontario againOntario Premier Doug Ford use to stick up for taxpayers against political parties that were trying to plunder more of our money. But now Ford seems eager to let political parties stick their hands further into taxpayers’ pockets. Ford rightly railed against political welfare when he was vying for the Progressive Conservative leadership in 2018.…

Ontario needs to look to Quebec for debt management strategies

Governments need to start planning for the recovery and developing plans to put their finances in order

Ontario needs to look to Quebec for debt management strategiesBy Steve Lafleur and Jake Fuss The Fraser Institute As expected, every government budget in Canada this year has been covered in red ink. The pandemic has squeezed tax revenue while governments have boosted spending to combat the public health crisis and deep recession. But after a year of social distancing and with the rollout…

Ontario government’s budget built on a hope and a prayer

Ford government acting like an ostrich with its head firmly buried in the sand

Ontario government’s budget built on a hope and a prayerAs Ontario’s finance minister rose in the legislature to present the government’s 2021 budget, it became painfully clear that the Ford government is acting like an ostrich with its head firmly buried in the sand. When the Ford government released its first pandemic budget in November of 2020, then-finance minister Rod Phillips promised that a…

Federal carbon tax hike will hammer already-vulnerable Ontarians

A new study’s calculations indicate particular hardship for the manufacturing sector based largely in southwestern Ontario

Federal carbon tax hike will hammer already-vulnerable OntariansBy Elmira Aliakbari and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute As Ontarians in the southwestern region are well aware, the last 15 years have not been kind economically. In many ways, this part of the province never recovered from the 2008-09 recession. Now, the federal government’s plan to increase its carbon tax to $170 per tonne…

Ballooning sunshine list a slap in the face to taxpayers

A 10% pay cut for all sunshine listers would save beleaguered taxpayers more than $2.5B

Ballooning sunshine list a slap in the face to taxpayersWhile most Ontarians were barely getting by during lockdowns, the bill for Ontario top bureaucrats ballooned in 2020. There are still 800,000 Ontarians looking for a job. So, it must be jarring for them to see Ontario’s sunshine list, which discloses the municipal and provincial government employees making more than $100,000 per year, increased by…

A Canadian path to a regenerative cure to Type 1 diabetes

A Canadian company has developed a revolutionary way to improve the lives of those with diabetes

A Canadian path to a regenerative cure to Type 1 diabetesFor people living with diabetes, the hope for a functional cure remains 100 years after Dr. Frederick Banting’s breakthrough discovery of insulin. In answer to those hopes, a Canadian company has developed a revolutionary way to improve the lives of those with diabetes. Insulin remains the standard of care for people living with diabetes. The…

Policy uncertainty continues to hurt Canada’s mining industry

To attract the investment required to develop resources, mitigating the risks of policy uncertainly needs to be a top priority

Policy uncertainty continues to hurt Canada’s mining industryBy Jairo Yunis and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute The COVID recession has hurt Canada’s natural resources sector, with supply disruptions, commodity price declines and greater uncertainty regarding future demand. Not surprisingly, capital investment in the Canadian mining industry has dropped to its lowest level since 2009. Of course, business investment should be a key…

Students will be stuck paying the pandemic debt tab

The lingering financial fallout from the pandemic will cost our students for the rest of their lives

Students will be stuck paying the pandemic debt tabThe pandemic has been hard on students of all ages. As many parents can attest, their children have missed the social interaction at school and have struggled to focus during online learning. Post-secondary students have missed out on important and exciting life experiences, too. But even after in-class and on-campus learning has resumed to near…

Fat-cat Ontario politicians shouldn’t laugh off taking pay cuts

The least elected officials could do is to take a pay cut to show some solidarity with the suffering taxpayers

Fat-cat Ontario politicians shouldn’t laugh off taking pay cutsFew images could inspire as much disgust as a bunch of fat-cat politicians laughing at the suggestion of pay cuts while hundreds of thousands of their constituents struggle with the stinging reality of job loss. But Ontarians didn’t have to use their imaginations last week because this loathsome spectacle was on full display in the…

History shows a path to resolve lobster fisheries dispute

Non-Indigenous fishers in Atlantic region need not be worried that Indigenous rights will come at the expense of conservation

History shows a path to resolve lobster fisheries disputeA dispute in Ontario may help us understand ongoing tensions over the lobster fisheries on the East Coast and offer a solution. The war over Indigenous fishing rights has played out before in Canada. As we reflect on recent violence in Nova Scotia over the lobster fisheries, it’s important to know if there are any…

Indigenous communities leaping the digital divide

Indigenous communities are setting up their own satellite, fibre optics and even cellular phone networks

Indigenous communities leaping the digital divideWhen Bruce Buffalo returned to Maskwacis after years away in the big city, he was appalled to discover parts of his community still had no internet service. Just an hour’s drive from Edmonton, some neighbourhoods in the Indigenous community remained cut off from the rest of the world as recently as 2016, apart from a few…

Ontario government must avoid fiscal mistakes of its predecessors

The government must craft a credible short-term plan to eliminate the budget deficit

Ontario government must avoid fiscal mistakes of its predecessorsBy Steve Lafleur and Jake Fuss The Fraser Institute The Ford government released Ontario’s 2020/21 third quarter fiscal update last week. As expected, the numbers were ugly. The Department of Finance now anticipates a $38.5 billion budget deficit for this fiscal year. Moreover, the Financial Accountability Officer projects that while the deficit will decrease substantially…

More spending on public schools not producing better results in Ontario

Quebec spending per student is 13.6% less than in Ontario yet Quebec students achieve comparable results to students in Ontario

More spending on public schools not producing better results in OntarioBy Tegan Hill and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Policy-makers in Ontario often mistakenly think more spending on public education automatically means better results. But despite relatively high and increasing levels of spending on public schools, there hasn’t been a commensurate boost in student performance. More spending on public education doesn’t always mean better results.…

Ontario must quickly balance budget in wake of pandemic

Deficits might seem like an abstract problem for the future but in Ontario this simply isn’t the case

Ontario must quickly balance budget in wake of pandemicBy Steve Lafleur and Jake Fuss The Fraser Institute New Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy inherits a difficult job from Rod Phillips. The province’s fiscal challenges long predate the pandemic. The province has mostly run uninterrupted budget deficits since 2008-09. The governments of both Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne sketched out long paths to budget…

Thankfully 2020 is over, but we’re not out of the woods yet

There's that little matter of actually rolling out the vaccines on a much wider scale in Canada

Thankfully 2020 is over, but we’re not out of the woods yetSad to see 2020 go? You’re in the minority … of one. Everyone else was quite ecstatic to roll out the welcome mat for 2021. The biggest issue we faced in 2020 was obviously the coronavirus pandemic. More than 85 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 worldwide, leading to nearly 1.85 million deaths as…

Higher electricity costs disproportionally hurt southwestern Ontario

A cautionary tale about how higher energy prices lower competitiveness and damage economic prosperity

Higher electricity costs disproportionally hurt southwestern OntarioBy Elmira Aliakbari and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Ontarians understand the personal costs of increased electricity prices caused largely by the province’s Green Energy Act. But the effect on Ontario’s competitiveness, particularly in manufacturing, has been largely ignored even though the costs continue to be substantial. The Green Energy Act mandated and subsidized renewable…

$2 billion(!) payment to dairy farmers all about politics

The Trudeau government is raiding our Covid-19 starved pockets to send $36 from each of us to rich dairy farmers

$2 billion(!) payment to dairy farmers all about politicsAgriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau chose a Saturday, hours before a long-awaited federal economic update, to offer more non-COVID-19-related compensation to Canada’s supply-managed farmers. Eighty-one per cent of dairy farmers are located in Quebec and Ontario. Compensation was expected but how it was done was a little strange. Few in the industry knew what…

Nuclear industry could boost Canada

A real game-changer for the energy economy, and the environment

Nuclear industry could boost CanadaThe COVID-19 crisis has dominated most recent media coverage but environmental concerns remain. Friday for Future, the movement launched by Greta Thunberg, has come back to protest the federal government’s inaction on earlier green promises such as curbing greenhouse gas emissions. More and more, we’re seeing green activists fighting against industry and energy consumption. But…

The hazards of pursuing a green power utopia

The federal government’s plan to replace fossil fuels with wind and solar is technically impossible and economically disastrous

The hazards of pursuing a green power utopiaThe combination of wildfires along the U.S. Pacific Coast, two simultaneous hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, melting glaciers and peat bog fires in Canada, and an unusually hot summer in Europe has raised global warming fears to frenzied proportions. Environmentalists are urging political leaders to legislate the rapid phase-out of fossil fuels. Curiously, the…

Why Ontarians should care about Alberta oil and gas

Alberta’s consumers, businesses and governments were responsible for $31.4 billion of Ontario’s total interprovincial trade in 2016 alone

Why Ontarians should care about Alberta oil and gasBy Mark Milke and Ven Venkatachalam Canadian Energy Centre “All politics is local,” as 1980s-era U.S. House of Representatives leader Tip O’Neill put it. O’Neill’s point was straightforward: Voters care about what affects them. That, naturally, is where politicians then aim their promises and rhetoric. What’s true in politics is also true of the economy:…

Controversy embroils Liberal by-election candidate

Trudeau needs to explain why a possible 9-11 skeptic is his chosen candidate in Toronto Centre

Controversy embroils Liberal by-election candidateTwo federal by-elections, in Toronto Centre and York Centre, will be held on Oct. 26. These are both safe, urban Toronto seats for the Liberal Party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It would be surprising if the Liberals lost either one or both of them. Even if they did, their minority government wouldn’t come crashing…

Lockdown hysteria defies COVID-19 reality

Given that infections don’t by a long shot equal hospitalizations, civil libertarians are rightly sounding warning bells

Lockdown hysteria defies COVID-19 realityOn Sept. 18, Israel became the first developed country to launch a second COVID-19 lockdown. It came four months after the first lockdown – instituted in March – ended. How Israeli citizens have reacted to the unsustainable nature of renewed lockdowns is instructive for the Canadian jurisdictions that have increased a rhetoric of fear about…

It’s time Canada stopped protecting its dairy industry

Governments tend to forget about consumers when managing supply. Open trade to more cheese and challenge our farmers

It’s time Canada stopped protecting its dairy industryCheese heads – it’s what Canadians are called in many of the United States border regions. It’s because when many Canadians visit their American neighbours, they head straight to the nearest supermarket and buy cheese – and milk and eggs. Dairy and eggs are much more expensive in Canada than in the U.S., even when…

Trudeau delivers another blow to energy, mining sectors

Plan requiring projects to describe how they will achieve net-zero emissions may not even be feasible

Trudeau delivers another blow to energy, mining sectorsBy Alex Whalen and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute Newfoundland and Labrador’s energy sector, already struggling from the downturn in world oil markets and the COVID-19 recession, has taken another blow – this time directly from the federal government. The Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently imposed new rules – known as the…

Why Canada needs to develop its zinc deposits

Zinc is a critical ingredient in a variety of products, including soap. In the midst of a pandemic, we need to ensure supply

Why Canada needs to develop its zinc depositsZinc is an important ingredient in disinfectants such as soap, so it plays an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. As we know, the twin pillars of COVID-19 prevention are social distancing and washing your hands properly. So mining this bluish-white metal is important to Canada’s strategy for addressing the pandemic at home.…

School choice key to improving education

Competition is always better than monopoly and the education system is no exception

School choice key to improving educationThe Ontario government recently announced a new elementary school math curriculum. It’s likely a positive step but more fundamental funding changes are necessary to truly improve the province’s education system. The province will return to a “back to basics” approach to math aimed at improving standardized test scores. It will also introduce lessons on financial…

Jewelweed is a jewel of a weed

Herbalists have long espoused the benefits of jewelweed, primarily as a remedy for the treatment of poison ivy and poison oak rashes

Jewelweed is a jewel of a weedIn many areas of the country grows a little plant that has remarkable medicinal qualities: jewelweed. In my last column, I wrote about my encounter with poison ivy and the discomfort my carelessness caused me. Now I want to share more of the story. Natural medicines are well-known and much studied, here and abroad. Jewelweed…
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