Where the rule of law weakens, freedom wanes

Freedom and democracy are not stand-alone structures. For stability, they require institutional infrastructure, in particular, the rule of law and tolerance

Where the rule of law weakens, freedom wanesFor the first time in decades, basic human freedom is under attack globally. Journalists and opposition leaders are killed in Russia. China’s Communist Party stifles dissent on the mainland while threatening the rule of law in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands are arrested in Turkey on dubious grounds after a failed coup. Venezuela descends into…

“Progressive” trade agenda leads to regressive results

Canada wants to include social and environmental standards in trade deals. Countries like China aren't interested in anything but economic advancement

“Progressive” trade agenda leads to regressive resultsIf Brett Wilson were still taking business pitches on Dragons’ Den, he would never partner with Canada’s trade negotiators. During a recent television interview, he openly wondered whether the negotiators were “delusional, naïve or stupid.” It seems he settled on stupid, saying: “Right now, we’re trying to build on this social agenda of respect and…

When inclusivity runs counter to simple common sense

Inclusion is a virtue, but not when it erodes the boundaries of taste, truth and common sense

When inclusivity runs counter to simple common senseSometimes you have to wonder what’s going through another person’s mind – or whether anything’s going on in there at all. The latest entry in the what’s-he-thinking? ledger belongs to the teachers at Archbishop Denis O’Connor Catholic High School in Ajax, Ont. To celebrate Black History Month, the school’s black history committee suggested students and…

Upcoming government budgets must focus on competitiveness

Canadian governments have done nothing to signal to investors, entrepreneurs and businesses that they have a plan to return the country to competitiveness

Upcoming government budgets must focus on competitivenessBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute Canada has become a less appealing place to do business. So as we approach budget season, governments across the country must start paying attention to competitiveness. Higher taxes, new regulations, and uncertainty over access to foreign markets have reduced Canada’s attractiveness to entrepreneurs and businesses. Indeed,…

Former MLA pleads guilty to environmental charges

The charges against Bill Boyd are related to the altering of shoreline, wildlife habitat and ecological land along a stretch of the South Saskatchewan River

Former MLA pleads guilty to environmental chargesKenneth Brown of The Clarion Former Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd has pleaded guilty to charges under provincial wildlife and environmental acts, and has signed orders to remedy the damages. Boyd was at provincial court in Kindersley on Feb. 6 before Judge Robert Jackson. Robert Ard, Boyd’s defence lawyer, entered guilty pleas to two charges but…

Kindersley riding byelection information for voters

Eligibility, advance poll dates and locations, registration deadline for March 1 provincial riding vote

Kindersley riding byelection information for votersClarion Staff A byelection has been called for the Kindersley provincial riding on March 1 and Elections Saskatchewan officials are reminding eligible residents to get on the voters list if they’re not already registered. Residents can go to www.elections.sk.ca for information. Saskatchewan Party candidate Ken Francis, New Democratic Party of Saskatchewan candidate Travis Hebert and…

Minor ball delegate lays out field plans for town council

Town council byelection to replace Ken Francis has been set for April 11. Nominations close on March 7

Minor ball delegate lays out field plans for town councilKenneth Brown of The Clarion Kindersley Minor Ball (KMB) has an ambitious plan they’ve presented to town officials. Chad Miller, the KMB president, shared plans with town council on Feb. 12 and detailed the organization’s proposed expenditures for 2018. He noted that the budget for capital improvements already included $40,000 in the approved preliminary budget…

Health Canada’s suggested new food labelling has limitations

Would help consumers know what's in their food but there are some gaps in the system

Health Canada’s suggested new food labelling has limitationsWhen it comes to food, the current federal government is big on consultations. Health Canada recently launched online public discussions and consumer-oriented research to find the best front-of-package labelling formula. Four models have been presented – Health Canada appears to want to keep its options open (although all the logos look the same). Saturated fats, sugar…

A neo-Nazi taunts Jews in Nova Scotia, with government help

Notorious art thief John Mark Tillmann managed to get two levels of government to rename a waterway just to torment Jewish neighbours

A neo-Nazi taunts Jews in Nova Scotia, with government helpShould the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia name something after a neo-Nazi? It’s not a hypothetical question. Fall River, N.S., (pop. 11,526) is a community in Halifax’s regional municipality. By all accounts, it’s a lovely spot and the locals are nice. If you go hiking on a trail in the area, you may spot…

Chris Stockwell was a breath of fresh air in Canadian politics

Former Ontario MPP Chris Stockwell, who died at age 60 after a battle with cancer, was a political maverick who loved to speak his mind

Chris Stockwell was a breath of fresh air in Canadian politicsWhenever I go to the Ontario legislature, I make a point of stopping at Chris Stockwell’s official portrait. It always brings a smile to my face when I see it. For all the people who’ve served as Speaker of the legislative assembly of Ontario, he was the most unconventional and remarkable choice by a long…