Days of supply management may finally be coming to an end

And if they are, Canadian consumers with have NAFTA 2.0 and Donald Trump to thank for the decrease in the price of dairy products

Days of supply management may finally be coming to an endCanada's supply management system is a textbook case for food sovereignty. But the social contract the system represents may need to be redrafted as we head toward North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations. Supply management is a social contract between farmers and consumers. Canada’s heavily-criticized quota regime for the dairy, egg and poultry industries was…

Out of the closet, slowly and cautiously

Britain’s 1957 Wolfenden Report was the first step towards changing legal and social perspectives on homosexuality in the English-speaking world

Out of the closet, slowly and cautiouslyIn August 1954, the British government tasked a committee to look into the law on both homosexual offences and prostitution. Chaired by Sir John Wolfenden, the committee set to work on Sept. 15, 1954, and its recommendations were published just under three years later. Known to history as the Wolfenden Report, it’s remembered as an…

Want an innovative economy? Fund research

To transform Canada’s ability to compete on the global stage requires a significant funding commitment to research

Want an innovative economy? Fund researchWith Canada’s 150th birthday squarely in the rear-view mirror, we should now look to our future. Our government has been staking much on an “innovation economy.” So how do we get there? Follow the government’s own evidence and part of the answer is clear: invest in research. We were heartened by the April release of…

The prohibitive cost of living in Metro Vancouver

The extraordinary run-up in real estate prices like the one experienced in the Lower Mainland raises the odds of a painful market correction

The prohibitive cost of living in Metro VancouverHow can people afford to live in Vancouver? That question came to mind as I struggled to catch up with the latest torrent of media stories on the Lower Mainland’s seemingly inexhaustible housing boom. Metro Vancouver has long been the most expensive place in the country to purchase (or rent) a home. Indeed, relative to…

High grades for Canadian students, high praise for their teachers

Canadian students’ results in literacy, mathematics and science are among the best in the world. What drives our schools to be so good?

High grades for Canadian students, high praise for their teachersA recent BBC article called Canada “an education superpower.” It referred to the fact that, in recent years, Canadian students’ results in literacy, mathematics and science are among the best in the world. We’re in the same echelon as countries like Finland and Singapore. The article drew primarily from results of the Programme for International…

Chicago, Chicago: how 1968’s unrest is still making waves

Almost 50 years on, the American electoral system is still trying to come to terms with what happened at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago

Chicago, Chicago: how 1968’s unrest is still making waves“The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” said American novelist William Faulkner. Chicago in 1968 is a good example. Almost 50 years on, the American electoral system is still trying to come to terms with what happened at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, just a year after the Summer of Love. It…

NAFTA renegotiations threaten Canada’s steps toward pharmacare

Canada must both defend the existing public health-care system as well protect its aspirations to creating a better one

NAFTA renegotiations threaten Canada’s steps toward pharmacareBy Ruth Lopert and Steve Morgan EvidenceNetwork.ca A “modernized NAFTA” has significant implications for many sectors of the economy, including health care. What’s at stake? Canadians’ right to universal access to affordable medicines. When negotiating with the U.S. and Mexico, Canadian trade and health officials would be well advised to be mindful of two things. First, U.S.…

A Canadian delicacy claws its way back into the market

Lobster is so popular these days, McDonald's ditched its McLobster due to higher prices. Still, things are looking up for the 'chicken of the sea'

A Canadian delicacy claws its way back into the marketLobsters are not easy on the eyes. The first person to discover that these hideous crustaceans were edible deserves a medal. Lobster was once the poor man’s protein and fed mainly to prisoners. These days, the chicken of the sea is enjoying more love than ever – U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel…

Barring the gates is no long-term solution for our parks

The popularity of Canada's parks and protected areas is creating problems that will require more than simply banning people to solve

Barring the gates is no long-term solution for our parksCanada’s national parks are having a big year. It’s both a blessing and a curse. In July, the parks and historic sites saw nine per cent more visits than they did in 2016, which experienced 24.6 million visits for the year. And that was a big jump from the 23.2 million in 2015. In one…

The Ryerson name dilemma a no-choice, no-win situation

There’s a need for a greater confrontation of ideas, not less. Sameness, groupthink and orthodoxy are killing us

The Ryerson name dilemma a no-choice, no-win situationWhat’s in a name? That old question came up again recently, when rogue members of the Ryerson University’s student union publicly demanded their school drop Ryerson from its name. Egerton Ryerson, namesake of the university and founder of the Ontario public school system, contributed to the development of what eventually became the residential school system,…

Environmental propaganda masks positive reality

Al Gore, David Suzuki and others would rather scare our children than tell them about the valuable contributions Canada makes every day to protect our planet

Environmental propaganda masks positive realityThe release of Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power has drawn reactions from environmental groups and their critics, and made for some insightful dinnertime conversation with my children. Like many Canadian kids, they watched Gore's first film, An Inconvenient Truth, in the classroom. What bothers me is my children's belief that their…

Will Trudeau finally pay the price for his arrogance?

Indigenous leaders were upset about Trudeau's comments about his boxing match with Patrick Brazeau. Some called him arrogant; others, racist

Will Trudeau finally pay the price for his arrogance?Every political hack remembers where they were when the first black man was elected president of the United States, when Nelson Mandela was freed from a South African prison or (more recently, depressingly) when Donald Trump entered the White House. Those were big political events. Some of us even remember where we were when Liberal…

A tale of two Carolines and their impeccable political pedigrees

Brian Mulroney's daughter, Caroline, wants to run in the next Ontario election. She shares may characteristics of another Caroline, JFK's daughter

A tale of two Carolines and their impeccable political pedigreesAn intriguing new figure entered the Canadian political arena last week. Caroline Mulroney, daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, will seek the Ontario Progressive Conservative nomination for the Toronto-area riding of York-Simcoe. She has an impressive resume: lawyer, a vice-president at investment-counselling firm BloombergSen and active with several charities. It’s far too early to…

A Bolt of lightning seared into our memories

Usain Bolt, the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen, has retired but his legacy will endure. He defined great in every sense of the word

A Bolt of lightning seared into our memories“Now you will not swell the rout Of lads that wore their honours out, Runners whom renown outran And the name died before the man.” – To An Athlete Dying Young,  A.E. Housman Usain Bolt did not die on Saturday on London. It just felt like it. The greatest sprinter the world has even seen…

Canada’s economic outlook positive, YPO’s Global Pulse confirms

Rising commodity prices, increased tourism revenue, higher investment and an overall strong economic performance all contributed to the positive outlook

Canada’s economic outlook positive, YPO’s Global Pulse confirmsYPO, the world’s leading chief executive leadership organization, reported today that business confidence among Canadian business leaders strengthened considerably in 2017’s second quarter. The upturn confirmed an an equally optimistic forecast by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In its latest World Economic Outlook, the IMF predicted that Canada’s economic growth would lead the G7 countries…
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