Sports ramblings by Gervais

From the CFL to high school football to junior hockey

Sports ramblings by GervaisClarion staff This past weekend the CFL presented their Labour Day Weekend  games. A great weekend of games that prove the CFL has quality and is fun football to watch. The most anticipated game in these parts was obviously the game between the Riders and the Bombers from Winnipeg. Both halves of the game showed…

Back to school: choosing wisely for your children

Independent schools achieve a better balance of good academic, civic, religious and spiritual outcomes

Back to school: choosing wisely for your childrenParents, what are the top three things to pack in your kid’s school bag? These days, back-to-school supplies like coloured pencils and geometry sets run a poor second place to YouTube. At the end of the summer vacation, when I checked out videos about the best hairstyles, the best first-day-back outfits and hacks for making…

Taxes are the average Canadian family’s largest expense

In fact, taxes consume more of the average family’s income than all the basic necessities of life combined

By Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute With home prices rising across the country, many may assume that housing costs (including rent and mortgage payments) are the most expensive budget item for the average Canadian family. In reality, the average Canadian household spends more on taxes than any other expense – including housing. In 2016,…

Thinking the unthinkable on NAFTA

The bottom line is, either we stand up and defend our rights or we'll simply have traded one colonial master for another

Thinking the unthinkable on NAFTAEveryone who's ever done business with Donald Trump knows his favourite tactic: don't negotiate; intimidate. Well, he's at it again, threatening to pull the plug on NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) because Canada and Mexico are being "very difficult". This broadside is the equivalent of rolling a live grenade into the room when trade…

Amazon brings democratic simplicity to the food industry

The online giant is essentially about merchandizing convenience for all. Organic foods and meal kits are its latest targets

Amazon brings democratic simplicity to the food industryAmazon isn’t wasting time wading in to the food industry – and speed of execution and ease of delivery are at the heart of its business model. As soon as United States regulators approved its acquisition of Whole Foods last week, Amazon announced it would aggressively reduce the price of several organic staples in all 431 Whole Foods…

The case against raising Ontario’s minimum wage 

While a higher minimum wage benefits workers, it can be detrimental to small and large businesses

The case against raising Ontario’s minimum wage Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne faces an uphill battle in her bid for re-election, so she’s tossed out a few political goodies in an attempt to increase her popular support before next year’s vote. Her biggest gift – or sop, depending on your perspective – is a significant increase to the minimum wage. Workers in Ontario…

Is Trump unstable and therefore unable?

Trump's regime won’t offer its president for examination by anyone's head shrink. If he’s removed, it won't be because of the 25th Amendment

Is Trump unstable and therefore unable?BOSTON – Is being absolutely crazy an impediment to ‎high public office? It’s a question much debated here in the Disunited States. ‎As Donald Trump continues his ever-downward descent into the darkest, dankest depths – praising neo-Nazis and white supremacists, threatening to shut down the U.S. government if Congress doesn't give him his wall to…

The political ties that bind: Lougheed and Blakeney

How a deep trust and enduring friendship helped craft Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and ensure lasting provincial autonomy

The political ties that bind: Lougheed and BlakeneyBy John von Heyking and Thomas Kazakoff University of Lethbridge The relationship between Peter Lougheed and Allen Blakeney demonstrated how consistent trust for one another over a decade’s political enterprise became the foundation for a political friendship, and helped forge Canada as we know it. In his essay Reflections on the Kitchen Accord (2012), former…

Content knowledge is the foundation of quality education

Content-rich instruction is key to reading comprehension and critical thinking, and it empowers disadvantaged students

Content knowledge is the foundation of quality educationContent-rich instruction may not be as flashy as some of the educational alternatives but it’s a whole lot more effective. Educators have long debated the importance of specific content knowledge in the curriculum. Progressive educators generally favour a non-content-specific learning process. Traditional educators say all students should master a defined body of knowledge. The 21st century…

There is nothing to fear from private health care

In fact, removing prohibitions would better utilize our health care professionals and reduce the suffering of those on long waiting lists

There is nothing to fear from private health careIn a recent multi-part series that included an opinion piece headlined “Double-dipping doctors defy the spirit of Canadian health-care,” the Globe and Mail alleged that physicians working in private medical clinics are billing both the public system and the patient for the same service. Shortly after, Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix announced an…

Ontario housing measures offer short-term gain but long-term pain

As much as rent control could benefit some existing renters, in the long run it reduces the incentive to build new rental housing

Ontario housing measures offer short-term gain but long-term painBy Steve Lafleur and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute The Ontario government introduced a raft of measures this summer aimed at reining in the price of buying or renting a home in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The goal is laudable and the approach may create some temporary reprieve – but the long-term consequences could be…

Why young Canadians can’t afford to buy a home

Urban fringe land-use restrictions deny the supply of houses that people prefer, at prices they can afford

Why young Canadians can’t afford to buy a homeCanada’s middle-income housing affordability crisis is drawing considerable attention, with good reason. Families are being squeezed out of the market and the situation is only going to worsen. Frontier Centre publications, such as the Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey and its policy report, Canada’s Middle-Income Housing Affordability Crisis, have played a major role in this…

Divining the truth about Trump

Traditional news sources may be too caught up in their private war with the American president to be objective or even reliable

Divining the truth about TrumpLet’s start with a story: A man, I think his name was Joe, entered the diner where he had eaten breakfast earlier that morning. He stood for a few moments, checked his pockets and glanced at the other customers. Walking over to the counter, he asked the cashier if she had recovered his wallet or…

Chaos on the poop deck but the U.S. ship sails on

Donald Trump’s vision is myopic and shambolic, but there appears to be only the promise of more of the same in the future

Chaos on the poop deck but the U.S. ship sails onIt’s seven months into the Donald Trump presidency and what have we learned? Are things going as planned? Is there a plan? Does the future augur a new tomorrow or more of the same? There are a few home truths on broad display: our man loves to play golf, on his courses, in states where…

Diana’s bad bargain and her enduring mythology

While popular opinion may cast her as a victim, it’s hard to imagine that she’d have given Charles a second thought if he wasn’t the Prince of Wales

Diana’s bad bargain and her enduring mythologyPeople remember where they were at notable moments, such as when they first heard that someone famous died. And if that death was unexpected, the memory is likely to be clearer. If you’re a certain age, John F. Kennedy’s murder is a perfect example. So, too, is the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in…
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