“Be prepared” is the natural caregiver’s motto

When natural disaster strikes, caregivers need to know the risks, have a plan, a network of support in place, and an emergency kit at hand

“Be prepared” is the natural caregiver’s mottoFamily caregivers are planners extraordinaire. We have to be. Our meal planning, medication management and priority juggling all demand it. But what about planning for events we have absolutely no control over and no way of predicting? Often it takes a disaster to shock us into making emergency plans. Fires, floods, ice storms and tornadoes…

The biking tail is wagging the dog

Bikes are the same length as a car and - with saddle bags and elbows - about half as wide and may take up a whole lane, all for one person

The biking tail is wagging the dogIn the old days, an undergraduate at a mid-level university might be criticized for asking the research question: How can people be encouraged to walk or cycle more? Who says we need this activity? Is it safe? Isn’t this like famous builder Robert Moses asking how to get more cars on the road? Was that…

Ontario’s basic income pilot won’t fly

An unconditional cash transfer may encourage dependency on government, and discourage people from finding work and improving their lives

Ontario’s basic income pilot won’t flyBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Ontario will launch a three-year basic income pilot program beginning this spring, to “better support vulnerable workers.” But the program will likely harm the people it intends to help by discouraging work and encouraging dependency on government. The program introduced by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's government will provide a single person…

Oil price instability a wakeup call for Alberta

The province's undercapitalized and underperforming technology sector could, if adequately supported, deliver above-average returns for 20 or more years

Oil price instability a wakeup call for AlbertaThere’s an old saying in the strategy game: “Nothing fails like success.” A company (or a provincial economy) that has been very successful in the past will cling desperately to that formula long after its breakdown is obvious. That's true in spades for the oil-and-gas-driven Alberta economy. Albertans need to quit treading water policy-wise, hoping the…

If you won’t do it for the planet, do it for the money

Since the threat of climate change isn't working, maybe the high cost of driving will persuade more Canadians to change their ways

If you won’t do it for the planet, do it for the moneyA few days ago, I took a call from a polling company hired by my city to gauge public awareness of ecological issues and city council's new master plan on the environment. I'm happy to oblige these kinds of requests; it's like having an extra vote that non-responders don't get. And it got me thinking about why…

Taxing First Nations encourages accountability, good governance

Indigenous citizens would have real control over their communities and destinies if more funds were generated through taxes on reserves

Taxing First Nations encourages accountability, good governanceThe Cree Nation government in the James Bay region of Quebec recently approved a draft constitution and governance agreement that – among other things – would give them the power to collect taxes. In an interview with CBC, Bill Namagoose, the Cree Nation executive director said, “It provides security for the Cree Nation. There are no options…

Did France put an end to the new nationalism?

If Marine Le Pen can rebrand her party’s new nationalist identity, she can still be a huge game changer in Europe and North America, despite her loss

Did France put an end to the new nationalism?In recent years, Europe and North America have faced a rising political force called the new nationalism. It’s a cobbling of right-leaning and left-leaning parties and politicians with nationalist, populist and anti-establishment views who oppose such things as free trade, globalization, open borders and modern liberal values. Brexit in Britain, Italy’s Five Star Movement and…

Will B.C. edge to the precipice once more?

A nose-to-nose election race has clear similarities to the campaign of 1996. Then, an NDP victory meant disaster for the province. It could again in 2017

Will B.C. edge to the precipice once more?Twenty-one years ago, we B.C. Liberals were gathered at the Hotel Vancouver, peering at big TV screens, shocked by what we were seeing. It was election day in British Columbia and the returns didn’t make any sense. At all. We were ahead but we were behind, too. The Gord Campbell-led Liberals had substantially more votes than…

Teacher’s ‘me too’ clause puts Alberta in a fiscal squeeze

The stakes in collective bargaining sessions remain high. Alberta faces a $10.3-billion budget deficit with more big deficits planned

Teacher’s ‘me too’ clause puts Alberta in a fiscal squeezeBy Ben Eisen and Angela MacLeod The Fraser Institute Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s government recently reached a tentative short-term agreement with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. The deal must still be ratified. According to news reports, the union accepted a salary freeze. That may leave some Albertans thinking teachers won’t get any raises. It’s not quite that simple.…

When public safety gets caught in the middle

In time of crisis, should governments rely on non-governmental organizations or should those groups be asked to stand aside for the greater good?

When public safety gets caught in the middleFormer Canadian Finance minister Jim Flaherty was once asked whether the government would be or should be providing a certain service. He cleverly said that if you could find that service in the yellow pages, the government shouldn’t be involved. (For younger readers, the yellow pages were a listing of businesses in your city.) Flaherty’s point…
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