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,…

Ontarians pay a high price for power system mess

Years of government mismanagement of the power sector must be corrected or families will continue to suffer

Ontarians pay a high price for power system messAfter years of governments mismanaging energy markets in Ontario, new research shows that Ontarians now pay some of the highest electricity bills in Canada. The average residential monthly bill for Torontonians last year was $201 (including tax). In Ottawa, it was $183. Compare that with Montreal ($83) or Calgary ($109) and it’s not hard to…

Putting patients first can save Canada’s health system

Patients First could be an incredible moment for health sector leaders to dramatically reshape how health care is delivered

Putting patients first can save Canada’s health systemBy Kapil Khimdas and Danyaal Raza EvidenceNetwork.ca Ontario is getting older. The number of seniors has been steadily increasing and, over the next 20 years, will double. Including factors like increased use of health services and evolving technology, this will result in a substantial increase in demand across the health system. Those services will cost money. In…

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…

Ontario government’s focus on foreign buyers misses the point

Focus instead on reducing the time it takes to obtain a building permit and the per-unit costs to comply with regulations, which amounts to almost $50,000

Ontario government’s focus on foreign buyers misses the pointBy Josef Filipowicz and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C., Aug. 2, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Rather than targeting a small group of foreign home buyers to stop pricing escalation, the Ontario government should focus on ensuring that regulations don’t prevent the supply of new housing from meeting demand. According to a recent announcement from…

Ontario’s high electricity costs could cripple families

If electricity prices keep rising at their current rate, the trade-offs that families have to make will become increasingly difficult to manage

Ontario’s high electricity costs could cripple familiesBy Taylor Jackson, Ashley Stedman, and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute Ontarians are all too familiar with the rising cost of electricity. They see it on their hydro bills every month. But just how much have prices increased and how do those bills compare to other Canadian cities? We analyzed electricity prices across Canada since 2008…

Don’t keep parents in the dark about their child’s transgenderism

A handful of Ontario school boards have decided that parents shouldn't be told if their child has adopted a transgender identity

Don’t keep parents in the dark about their child’s transgenderismA handful of Ontario school boards have implemented policies that allow children from junior kindergarten to Grade 12 who have adopted a transgender identity to keep it from their parents. It’s a presumption that the choice may not be as readily accepted in the household, and that schools and educators will provide a safer environment.…

Heroes come in all steps and sizes

Adi Astl took matters into his own hands and built steps down an unsafe pathway in a Toronto Park which the city had been unwilling to build for 10 years

Heroes come in all steps and sizesThe folly of government spending can be broken down into eight little steps. It’s an important lesson many Canadians have finally learned or one that’s been permanently reinforced, thanks to Adi Astl’s actions. The 73-year-old retired mechanic was an unknown figure in the sea of humanity. He seemingly lived a normal life and never sought…