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…

Uber, open skies, free markets mean better energy efficiency

Open markets and free trade help consumers economize on energy consumption while reducing CO2 emissions

Uber, open skies, free markets mean better energy efficiencyBetween February 2015 and September 2016, 700 Uber vehicles were reportedly seized in Quebec – including by the provincial auto insurance Crown corporation. And the government erected more roadblocks on the ride-sharing service as some drivers were slapped with fines of more than $7,500. Although many politicians don’t like Uber, its services are popular with…

Don’t just blame speculators for soaring housing prices

Falling interest rates are an often-overlooked contributor to rising home prices in Canada’s most desirable markets

Don’t just blame speculators for soaring housing pricesBy Niels Veldhuis and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute Despite recent measures by British Columbia and Ontario provincial governments, house prices remain high in Canada’s most desirable markets. In fact, after a brief pause during the latter half of 2016, Vancouver home prices are again on an upward trend. Attempts to explain high and rising prices…

Putting a price on the movement of people and goods

Introducing tolls on roads and bridges to help pay for transportation upgrades is an equitable solution to a vexing urban problem

Putting a price on the movement of people and goodsRoad rage has almost become a defining characteristic of life in and around our cities. In the best of circumstances, it’s frustrating and time consuming to drive anywhere. Throw in bad weather, construction or an accident, and it becomes nearly impossible. Why can’t something be done so we can drive unimpeded on our roads? The…

The art behind making disasters manageable

The book Dull Disasters examines how we can get ahead of the inevitable cataclysmic events, rather than resorting to futile generosity after the fact

The art behind making disasters manageableI don’t know about your city, but everywhere I’ve lived in Canada, it snows. As we get past Halloween, I dig out my snow shovel, so one day I can dig out of the snow. I do this every year. I don’t have to reinvent the wheel or the shovel. Authors Daniel J. Clarke and…

Ontario government’s focus on foreign buyers misses the point

Focus instead on reducing the time it takes to obtain a building permit and the per-unit costs to comply with regulations, which amounts to almost $50,000

Ontario government’s focus on foreign buyers misses the pointBy Josef Filipowicz and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C., Aug. 2, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Rather than targeting a small group of foreign home buyers to stop pricing escalation, the Ontario government should focus on ensuring that regulations don’t prevent the supply of new housing from meeting demand. According to a recent announcement from…

Paving crews working on roads in Kindersley

The town has also announced that traffic lights will be added to the new poles at Main Street intersections to help pedestrians

Paving crews working on roads in KindersleyKenneth Brown of The Clarion An asphalt paving contractor is in Kindersley working on roads across town. Paving crews have been patching roads while they work on larger projects. Kim Vogel, the town’s director of transportation and environment, said the pavers arrived in Kindersley July 17. The main paving work takes place on Sixth Avenue…

How to cope with scarcity in a time of disaster

If a disaster wipes out a lot of inventory, that scarce or non-existent inventory has a higher value with more dollars chasing fewer goods

How to cope with scarcity in a time of disasterVery few researchers document the positive effects of disasters. But a few do note that a disaster also injects a lot of new money into a region. It’s a tough way to get a little economic activity going but the imperative is to repair. Per L. Bylund is one of the rare birds who explores this in his…

Heroes come in all steps and sizes

Adi Astl took matters into his own hands and built steps down an unsafe pathway in a Toronto Park which the city had been unwilling to build for 10 years

Heroes come in all steps and sizesThe folly of government spending can be broken down into eight little steps. It’s an important lesson many Canadians have finally learned or one that’s been permanently reinforced, thanks to Adi Astl’s actions. The 73-year-old retired mechanic was an unknown figure in the sea of humanity. He seemingly lived a normal life and never sought…

The dangerous domino effect of urban violence

From seemingly harmless events, a cascade of riots and mayhem can follow. Just look at the examples in Detroit, Watts and the 1992 violence in Los Angeles

The dangerous domino effect of urban violenceEverything is related to everything else, according to ecologist Barry Commoner. This is proven to be true in cities every day. If a driver slows on an expressway, a chain reaction back a few kilometres slows everybody down. When this causes 1,000 people to be late for work, there’s a loss of economic activity. There…