There is no compelling conservative case for carbon taxes

Carbon taxes discourage productive economic activity while rebate cheques do nothing to counteract this negative effect

There is no compelling conservative case for carbon taxesConservatives should oppose carbon taxes, despite arguments to the contrary. Last month, a pair of headlines questioned how conservatives could possibly oppose a carbon tax. One column, by political scientist Jim Farney, ran in the Calgary Herald under the headline: “Is there a conservative case against the carbon tax? Not really.” Then it was economist…

Loblaws wants to reap the online benefits of customer loyalty

The leading food retailer in Canada wants to become a true online contender to counter the Amazon effect

Loblaws wants to reap the online benefits of customer loyaltyLoblaws’ latest e-commerce move is significant. Canada’s largest food retailer has launched a subscription program for its PC Optimum members – more than 16 million people. For $99 a year, members of the newly-created PC Insiders program can get perks such as extra points for certain products purchased online, along with free delivery. This is…

Getting your veggie fix, from home and abroad

With El Nino on the way, vegetable prices will likely rise next year. But you can always opt for local produce – for a little extra cost

Getting your veggie fix, from home and abroadThe Food Price Report 2019 suggests that vegetable prices will go up by as much as six per cent next year. That’s significant because, unlike meat or fish, fewer alternatives exist when it comes to replacing vegetables. According to the report, recently released by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph, El Nino will be…

Time to rethink the federal transfers system

Atlantic Canada enjoys a level of public spending that far outreaches that of the provinces that contribute most to equalization payments

Time to rethink the federal transfers systemIt is time for a fundamental course change by Atlantic Canadians with respect to equalization and other regional subsidies. I recently made a presentation to independent senators in Ottawa on this subject in which I said that Canada’s regional subsidies were ineffective. We've had a half-century of remarkably large subsidies to Quebec and Atlantic Canada,…

Flexitarianism muscles its way on to the food-service menu

Almost one-fifth of Canadians go meatless at various levels and restaurants are slowly adapting to this new reality

Flexitarianism muscles its way on to the food-service menuRestaurants are learning to serve consumers who are rapidly shifting away from animal protein. According to a recent study by Dalhousie University, nearly one in five Canadians have decided to either reduce the amount of meat they consume or have outright eliminated it from their diets. And 63 per cent of the 6.4 million Canadians…

New Brunswick’s ban on fracking must be overturned

Investment makes workers more productive, creates better jobs and drives income growth. Fracking offers a simple, safe solution

New Brunswick’s ban on fracking must be overturnedBy Matthew Lau and Marco Navarro-Genie Atlantic Institute for Market Studies The new government in New Brunswick faces no shortage of challenges. One of the most important to address is the dearth of business investment in the region. Hydraulic fracturing offers a solution. On a per capita basis in 2017, investment in non-residential structures, machinery,…

Self-checkouts at the grocery store are still a pain

But grocers are compelled to keep introducing technological solutions to improve the shopping experience

Self-checkouts at the grocery store are still a painGrocers have always had a love-hate relationship with technology, which may explain why most of our self-checkout experiences are poor. But change is on the way. Some Canadians detest going to the grocery store. It’s repetitive, tiring and can be quite unpleasant, especially when the store is busy. Picking up groceries and lugging them home…

Farmers pay a high price for the convenience of consumers

The further food moves from the farm, the more the profit is diluted. Unless farmers can sell directly to consumers, they'll fall back

Farmers pay a high price for the convenience of consumersCanadians are spending more on food prepared and often consumed outside the home, but our pursuit of convenience may be costing farmers. According to some surveys, about 35 per cent of the average Canadian’s food budget is spent on food prepared outside the home. This is nowhere near what Americans spend on out-of-household food, which…

Basic subject knowledge best way to improve reading skills

Reading is not just about decoding individual words. In order to read effectively, you must also understand what you’re reading

Basic subject knowledge best way to improve reading skillsLast year, Newfoundland and Labrador’s government published a roadmap to better government in the future, with the title The Way Forward. This ambitious document outlines how the government plans to modernize the public sector, build its economy for a sustainable future, and improve educational outcomes. Earlier this year, the provincial government released its Education Action…

Raise a glass of milk to Donald Trump

The U.S. president has helped Canadian consumers by forcing Canada to concede a portion of its dairy market

Raise a glass of milk to Donald TrumpBy Patrick Luciani and Owen Lippert Atlantic Institute for Market Studies If U.S. President Donald Trump is looking for friends, he won't find them in Canada, especially after dressing down Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for being “very dishonest” at the G7 meeting in Quebec earlier this year. That insult won't be soon forgotten. But unintentionally,…

Protein wars ramp up as Canadians slowly move away from meat

A new study indicates that 6.4 million Canadians have either adopted a meatless diet or are limiting the meat they eat

Protein wars ramp up as Canadians slowly move away from meatWorld Vegan Day falls on Nov. 1 so it seems like an appropriate time to note that Canadians are eating less meat. Beef consumption is down by 16 per cent or 94 million kilograms a year compared to 2010. And since 32.2 per cent of Canadians are thinking of reducing their meat consumption within the…

School choice a good first step to quality education in Atlantic Canada

Adopting the Alberta charter school model would give parents and children more choice and allow them to enjoy the benefits of competition

School choice a good first step to quality education in Atlantic CanadaCanadians experience the enormous economic benefits of competition daily. For most consumer goods, over time, Canadians pay less and get more. Businesses compete to offer customers the best products at the lowest prices; those with offerings that consumers judge unsatisfactory are eventually forced to go out of business. As long as there’s competition, consumers are…

All you can eat, including the packaging?

However, a strong case for taste and food safety will have to be made before consumers will be willing to eat their garbage

All you can eat, including the packaging?Within a year, single-use plastics and excess packaging have become public enemy No. 1. Everyone is talking about how our lives are overrun by too much plastic. A recent Greenpeace-led audit looked at waterways waste and companies involved. Much of the plastic trash cleaned up from Canadian shorelines this fall was traceable to five companies: Nestlé,…

The cash cows of USMCA: how Canada’s dairy industry can survive

A clear vision and strategy for dairy’s future is imperative, with a forward-looking focus on domestic and foreign markets

The cash cows of USMCA: how Canada’s dairy industry can surviveThe United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), or NAFTA 2.0, could be the watershed moment Canadian dairy farmers have been waiting for. The federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to compensating the dairy sector for either lost sales, higher per-unit costs or the loss in value of quotas. The government has been clear on…

How USMCA democratized supply management

The new North American trade agreement has forced Canadians to look honestly at our dairy industry

How USMCA democratized supply managementNobody should be surprised – concessions on dairy access during the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) negotiations were foreseeable. Americans went from wanting to tweak the North American Free Trade Agreement last year to getting significant concessions from Canada in the USMCA, which replaces NAFTA. It’s a deal we needed, of course. But how will our…
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