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…

Denying DeVos a welcome simply punishes American children

Petty Ontario politicians were outraged that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos planned a visit to Ontario to meet with educators

Denying DeVos a welcome simply punishes American childrenPolitics shouldn't interfere with efforts to improve the education of countless children. But don't try to explain that to a large group of politicians and educators in Ontario. The Program for International  Student Assessment (PISA) gathers data highlighting worldwide test scores of 15-year-old students in math, science and reading. It's a useful tool in assessing…

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…

Ontario’s free post-secondary initiative deserves to be emulated

By making free tuition available to low-income students, Ontario is making a significant investment in its economic future

Ontario’s free post-secondary initiative deserves to be emulatedOntario is spending big to provide free post-secondary education to low-income students. The program has already awarded grants to about 185,000 students this semester. That means about a third of all full-time Ontario students attending college or university have qualified for some help. Funding qualified students who couldn't otherwise afford an advanced education is meant…

What’s missing in Ontario’s approach to marijuana distribution

Ontario says it won’t allow edibles. But the black market will fill the gap and may impact the province’s attempts to mitigate public risk

What’s missing in Ontario’s approach to marijuana distributionOntario deserves some credit for forging ahead with guidelines for its legal marijuana distribution system, but the province’s plan is filled with ambiguities and unknowns. Ontario is the first province to define how it intends to sell non-medicinal marijuana to the public. About 150 stores across the province will be operated by a division of…

Another environmental black hole: home energy audits

Canadian governments are spiralling towards making energy policy as complicated and onerous as possible for the average consumer

Another environmental black hole: home energy auditsNASA recently reported that its space telescopes witnessed the birth of a new black hole. In a spiral galaxy some 22-million light-years away, scientists noted that where star N6946 BH1 had once been, there was now a light-grabbing mass defined by enormous gravitational pull. Homeowners in Canada may soon have a similar sensation, but they…

The unintended, and painful, consequences of a $15 minimum wage

A government-mandated increase in the price of low-skilled labour tends to lead employers to reduce their labour force

The unintended, and painful, consequences of a $15 minimum wageBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute It seems obvious: if you want to give low-wage workers a raise, increase the minimum wage. But raising minimum wage produces unintended consequences that hurt many of the people it’s supposed to help. B.C.’s new government recently promised to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021,…

The case against raising Ontario’s minimum wage 

While a higher minimum wage benefits workers, it can be detrimental to small and large businesses

The case against raising Ontario’s minimum wage Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne faces an uphill battle in her bid for re-election, so she’s tossed out a few political goodies in an attempt to increase her popular support before next year’s vote. Her biggest gift – or sop, depending on your perspective – is a significant increase to the minimum wage. Workers in Ontario…

Ontario housing measures offer short-term gain but long-term pain

As much as rent control could benefit some existing renters, in the long run it reduces the incentive to build new rental housing

Ontario housing measures offer short-term gain but long-term painBy Steve Lafleur and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute The Ontario government introduced a raft of measures this summer aimed at reining in the price of buying or renting a home in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The goal is laudable and the approach may create some temporary reprieve – but the long-term consequences could be…

Why Ontario can’t seem to ease its debt burden

Government debt has grown much faster than the economy in recent years, and little change is expected over the next several years

Why Ontario can’t seem to ease its debt burdenBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute The Ontario government’s determination to keep adding new debt suggests it simply isn’t serious about getting the crucial debt-to-GDP ratio down any time soon. That’s bad news for taxpayers. The government has repeatedly stated the importance of bringing down the province’s debt-to-GDP (gross domestic product) ratio,…