Alberta’s independent schools provide needed choice, value

Despite activist claims, most independent schools in Alberta are not bastions for the rich, but they do fill a critical education niche

Alberta’s independent schools provide needed choice, valueBy Angela MacLeod and Sasha Parvani The Fraser Institute In Alberta, school choice is under attack. Alongside several teacher unions and associations, groups such as Public Interest Alberta and SOS Alberta want to reduce the choices available for families outside the public education system by pressuring the government to eliminate provincial funding for independent schools. SOS…

Red tape chasing investors away from Alberta’s energy industry

Alberta has become less attractive for investment while the U.S. is drawing more attention, thanks to Trump's policy changes

Red tape chasing investors away from Alberta’s energy industryBy Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute TransCanada Corp. recently pulled the plug on Energy East, its proposed 1.1-million-barrel-per-day oil pipeline between Alberta and New Brunswick, a month after the company said it would conduct a “careful review” of the cost impacts of changes in National Energy Board regulations. It…

Calgary ready to move mountains to land Amazon HQ2

Hey Amazon. Not saying we’d fight a bear for you … But we totally would

Calgary ready to move mountains to land Amazon HQ2The Bible told us the meek will inherit the Earth, but the timid approach isn’t going to attract Amazon’s second corporate headquarters. The competition is intense among dozens of cities across Canada and the United States to be the location for the $5 billion US development. Calgary Economic Development quickly decided Calgary was in. And…

Trudeau, Notley said yes to pipelines, while really meaning no

While telling people that they understand the importance of the pipelines, Notley and Trudeau piled up the regulatory bricks to ensure they were not viable

Trudeau, Notley said yes to pipelines, while really meaning noTransCanada’s withdrawal of its proposal to build the Energy East and Eastern Mainline oil pipelines is a huge loss to Canada and Canadian workers – a $16 billion project regulated to death. Let’s get the red herring out of the way up front. Yes, the low world price of oil was surely part of this…

Kudos to Toronto, but independent schools still face discrimination

Subjecting parents choosing such schools for their children to extra costs is discriminatory

Kudos to Toronto, but independent schools still face discriminationBy Derek J. Allison Deani Neven Van Pelt and Beth Green Cardus You could call it a step forward in fairness for Canadians who send their kids to independent schools. The Toronto Board of Health recently recommended the extension of its student nutrition programs to qualified independent schools. That means more than 300 independent schools…

That sound you hear is the Canadian economy imploding

Canada has a growing global reputation as a place where nothing happens unless it suits a small and clamorous minority

That sound you hear is the Canadian economy implodingHere's a lesson on how to tank an initiative. The head teacher: federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. The initiative: Generation Energy, a conference this week in Carr's hometown of Winnipeg to which his ministry invited individuals and organizations interested in constructive dialogue about Canada's energy future. It’s a sound idea. Tensions around energy are dividing…

Alberta still loses if resource revenue removed from equalization

Options for reform are severely limited so long as a rule requiring program costs to escalate every year remains

Alberta still loses if resource revenue removed from equalizationBy Ben Eisen and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute Jason Kenney, candidate for the leadership of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, recently called for reform to Canada’s equalization program. Specifically, he suggested a referendum in Alberta to force the federal government to consider removing non-renewable resource revenue (in Alberta’s case, mostly revenue from oil) from calculations…

Calgary’s potential for renaissance can be found in its history

Here's how the best of the city's founders would approach the problem of rebuilding the city

Calgary’s potential for renaissance can be found in its historyCalgary is becoming a city of ghosts. And it’s from ghosts that salvation may be found. I lived there for 30 years and pursued three careers – in oil, academia and museology, about one a decade. Each time I moved on, I did so enriched by stories of the founders of Calgary and with new…

Ontario, Alberta carbon tax schemes defy economic common sense

Carbon taxes should replace, not add to, existing environmental regulations and subsidies

Ontario, Alberta carbon tax schemes defy economic common senseIn an episode of the television program Seinfeld, the bungling George Costanza tells his friends that he’s concluded that every instinct he has is always wrong. So Jerry suggests George should always do the opposite of his first instinct: “If every instinct you have is wrong, the opposite would have to be right.” Somebody ought…

For the sake of our kids, Calgary must end the anti-fluoride folly

Poor dental health in childhood becomes a lifelong burden, with consequences for those who can least afford dental care

For the sake of our kids, Calgary must end the anti-fluoride follyIf I could convince Calgarians to vote on one issue in the upcoming municipal elections, it wouldn’t be the one that’s in the headlines – whether to subsidize the Flames’ billionaire owners in their quest for a new arena. Instead, it would be to punish those idiotic councillors who voted in 2011 to remove fluoride…

Calgary’s down, but is it out?

A former Calgarian returns to find empty office space, a battle over a multimillion-dollar hockey rink, and deserted restaurants and hotels

Calgary’s down, but is it out?After a summer spent up B.C.'s Sunshine Coast, I recently returned to Calgary for board meetings. The onset of fall is the uptake of my work as a member of five boards. They all crunch back into business mode almost the same week that ocean swimming becomes unpleasant. Every September, swimming is replaced by Robert’s…

Alberta’s disastrous fall from fiscal grace

In just 12 years, the province’s net financial position will have deteriorated by a staggering $80 billion

Alberta’s disastrous fall from fiscal graceBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute What a difference a decade makes. In 2007-08, Alberta had a balanced budget and was the only province whose financial assets exceeded its debts. In fact, the province’s net financial position (after adjusting for debt) stood at $35 billion – a nest egg to benefit future…

How Alberta can deal with the ‘silver tsunami’ health-care crisis

If the NDP is going to lose the next election, the government should just fall on its sword and introduce a sales tax

How Alberta can deal with the ‘silver tsunami’ health-care crisisAs a baby boomer, I’m very concerned about my future dignity in Alberta. For the past two months, my 85-year-old mother-in-law, who suffers from dementia, has lived in Foothills Hospital because there are no long-term care facilities that can accept her. Her days (and nights) are spent locked in a chair because she wanders and…

Another Trudeau turns on Western Canada

Justin risks a similar fate to his father's if he also allows the radical wing of his party to undermine the economy

Another Trudeau turns on Western CanadaThe 2015 federal election campaign may be fading from our memory but we can't forget that in that pivotal campaign the Liberals painted a balanced and attractive picture of Canada's future. Led by the unproven but photogenic Justin Trudeau, the Liberals promised to be more aggressive in protecting the environment and advancing the interests of…

High dental fees, lack of access create a health crisis

Lack of dental care affects more than oral health – it has been linked to cardiovascular and respiratory problems and diabetes

High dental fees, lack of access create a health crisisLast year, a provincial government report found that dental procedures cost up to 44 per cent more in Alberta than in neighbouring provinces. Does this inflated cost have an impact on dental health? You bet. A staggering 62 per cent of Albertans reported limiting dental visits due to cost concerns. A majority of Albertans skipping…