City hall holds the key to solving Canada’s urban housing crisis

As centres for jobs, education and innovation, municipalities play an outsized role in Canada’s continued prosperity

City hall holds the key to solving Canada’s urban housing crisisBy Kenneth P. Green and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute For mayors, councillors and city staff in Canada’s largest cities, housing affordability is – or should be – top of mind. With the cost of owning a home out of reach for many, and the ability to rent hampered by virtually non-existent vacancies in the…

Like water flowing down hill, investment flows to areas of lower tax

Canada is losing the business tug of war with the United States, and it's not just about higher tax rates

Like water flowing down hill, investment flows to areas of lower tax“I want to pay more,” said no one ever. So says a sign at a discount grocery store and few would argue. Grocery stores have to be competitive to survive and prices are a big factor. Whether we like it or not, countries and provinces also have to be competitive to attract investment and jobs.…

Ah, the playoffs: LeBron’s wrecking crew act, Marchand’s licking lunacy

In the NBA, Toronto could not withstand the irresistible force that is LeBron James. In the NHL, the rule book has been abandoned

Ah, the playoffs: LeBron’s wrecking crew act, Marchand’s licking lunacyTo paraphrase that old breakup line, “It ain’t you, Toronto. It’s LeBron.” Because no one gets to break up with Toronto, the humiliation of the Raptors by LeBron James is being seen as all about Hogtown. Sad. But when you’re the centre of your own universe, you think you should be able to buy, intimidate…

Greenbelt development plan could be Ford’s undoing

The Ontario PC leader boasting that he would build homes on the fiercely-protected lands illustrates stunningly bad political instinct

Greenbelt development plan could be Ford’s undoingOne of Patrick Brown's legacies is the ample war chest the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario has for the June 7 provincial election campaign. Among the largest donors in recent years are land developers. A recently-released video of PC Leader Doug Ford (Brown’s successor) speaking behind closed doors to supporters exposes his plans to open…

How we ignore the complexity and moral ambiguity related to residential schools

We won't find reconciliation until we're willing to examine the truth in all its nuances and subtleties

How we ignore the complexity and moral ambiguity related to residential schoolsIn November 2016, I attended a national gathering in Toronto organized by Indspire, a truly worthwhile national body that promotes and assists with the improvement of education quality and success among Indigenous youth. I was presenting a workshop on the value of bringing dramatic activities into classes such as math and science, to engage students…

Husband and wife duo up next in KDAC series

Husband and wife folk duo 100 Mile House will be performing in Kindersley, Feb. 2 at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre at 8 pm

Husband and wife duo up next in KDAC seriesKenneth Brown of The Clarion The award-winning folk duo 100 Mile House performs in Kindersley this weekend and the husband and wife act will be joined by a third musician for the performance. In the fourth of eight concerts in the Kindersley and District Arts Council’s annual performance series, 100 Mile House takes the stage…

Curb the impulse to distort history for partisan purposes

History is not about judging the past or the people who lived it. It is about understanding how past events made us who we are today

Curb the impulse to distort history for partisan purposesEach morning, I peer out the window of my apartment at St. Paul’s Basilica, the centre of the Irish immigrant community that arrived in Toronto’s Corktown neighbourhood in the mid-1800s. Last year, I taught a course in writing about history. I used the basilica as a test case. If I were to write a history…

The urban squeeze myth laid bare

Concerns about density are misplaced – Toronto and Vancouver have plenty of room to grow up and grow more affordable

The urban squeeze myth laid bareBy Josef Filipowicz and Kenneth P. Green The Fraser Institute Headlines about housing affordability in Canada mainly concern two cities – Toronto and Vancouver. In both cities and their surrounding areas, rental vacancies hover at or below one per cent, and home prices remain historically high. So Canada’s most desirable markets face tremendous pressure to…

How Toronto FC’s win could transform soccer’s reputation in Canada

The MLS champions have put the spotlight on the 'beautiful game' like never before in this country

How Toronto FC’s win could transform soccer’s reputation in CanadaIt wasn’t long ago that Toronto FC was regarded as one of the worst teams in Major League Soccer history. Now, they’re at the pinnacle of success – and in a unique position to permanently transform soccer’s reputation in Canada. On Saturday, Toronto FC (Football Club) won the MLS Cup by beating Seattle Sounders 2-0…

Can the Blue Jays soar with a constrained budget – or a new owner?

As the Yankees muscle up, the AL East becomes an ever-higher peak to climb for Toronto – particularly if Rogers sells the team

Can the Blue Jays soar with a constrained budget – or a new owner?It has not been a good two weeks for the Toronto Blue Jays. The most recent body blow was the news that the New York Yankees, the Jays’ bitter American League East rivals, had won the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes. The prodigious Miami Marlins slugger spurned deals to go to San Francisco and St. Louis to…