Woke ideology doesn’t belong in schools

All students deserve a learning environment that is free of political indoctrination

Woke ideology doesn’t belong in schoolsIf you’ve been around for a while, you probably remember the phrase “politically correct.” Being called politically correct was not a compliment. Instead, it meant that you had an unhealthy obsession with not offending anyone, even if you had to say some rather silly things in the process. For example, instead of saying husband or…

Canadians getting desperate about higher food prices

Almost 24 per cent now cutting back on food purchases, almost 70 per cent of whom are women

Canadians getting desperate about higher food pricesWhile inflation is showing signs of dissipating, food inflation appears to be on a totally different path. Food inflation has outpaced our general inflation rate for over 12 months now. Statistics Canada just announced that the food inflation rate for retail was 10.8 per cent and 7.4 per cent in food service. Canada ranks third…

Ford carrot-dangling the return of the Northeastern Ontario rail service

But is the government truly committed to getting it done?

Ford carrot-dangling the return of the Northeastern Ontario rail service“To the people of Northeastern Ontario, you have my word. We will bring the Northlander back to Timmins and Cochrane,” said Premier Ford during his swearing-in ceremony at Queen’s Park this summer. Folks, this could only mean one thing; we’re getting our passenger train back ... right? Just like when it was promised to us…

How to deal with the high cost of housing and energy

Both sectors face inflationary pressures but are being dealt with very differently

How to deal with the high cost of housing and energyAs anyone who has ever spent time in the kitchen knows, when a pot is boiling over, you do not put a lid on it. You lower the heat. Adding a cover does nothing to reduce the cause of all the excess bubbles and steam. In fact, increasing the pressure within the vessel generates an…

Is Canada’s Employment Insurance system recession proof?

No. The need to broaden access and expand government contributions is urgent

Is Canada’s Employment Insurance system recession proof?The risk of recession is now in clear sight. But as the Bank of Canada pursues a course of aggressive interest rate hikes designed to wrestle inflation to the ground, the potential cost is hundreds of thousands of jobs. The August labour force survey is already revealing a worrying increase in the unemployment rate. At…

Trudeau’s luxury tax will harm blue-collar workers

Canadian workers will pay the price of this silly political posturing

Trudeau’s luxury tax will harm blue-collar workersHundreds of people who pull wrenches for a living have a unique point of view on Ottawa’s new luxury tax. Most of us might not be too bothered by a tax on super cars and private jets, and even the rich might not lose much sleep over paying a bit more for a yacht or…

The Trudeau government is making your life even harder

Increases to the Marginal Effective Tax Rate taking even more of your hard-earned money

The Trudeau government is making your life even harderNew Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre is correct when he says governments discourage work with taxes and clawbacks. The Marginal Effective Tax Rate (METR) measures what government takes from each new dollar earned in taxes and clawbacks of income-related government benefits. In his leadership acceptance speech and an August 19 video called “Make work pay,” Poilievre…

The bleeding continues for restaurants

Many won’t survive

The bleeding continues for restaurantsAfter a slew of confinements and closures, restaurants are still not out of the woods. Far from it. Over the past year in Canada, restaurant closures outpaced openings by a whopping 43 per cent. The industry is still shrinking. Inflation-adjusted food service sales will be around 11 per cent below 2019 levels by the time…

What Queen Elizabeth II meant to Canada

She’ll always be remembered fondly as an important part of the Canadian family

What Queen Elizabeth II meant to CanadaQueen Elizabeth II passed away on Sept. 8 at age 96. She was the longest-serving British monarch in history at 70 years, 214 days. For many people around the world, she was the only person who had ever sat on that throne in their lifetime. Elizabeth either witnessed or participated in many important events that…

The public/private compensation gap is soaring in Canada

Governments must begin to stand up to public sector union demands

The public/private compensation gap is soaring in CanadaDo you believe the pandemic’s impact is in the rearview mirror? Well, it isn’t, at least not for a great many small businesses forced to shutter their premises due to “safety concerns” even as their regular customers packed into COVID-spreading lines to enter big box stores governments deemed “essential services.” Behind those small businesses are…

Windsor bookstore’s highly successful venture into publishing

Biblioasis has recently released two new books, one on baseball, the other on the origins of Covid

Windsor bookstore’s highly successful venture into publishingWhen I worked for the Windsor Star as an editorial writer and columnist, one of the stores I regularly frequented was Biblioasis. The independent bookstore was located in the city’s downtown core on Ouellette Avenue. It had an impressive selection of fiction and non-fiction titles for all ages and interests. I bought a few books…

Canadian brewers having a hard time staying afloat

And thanks to the federal government beer could get even more expensive in 2023

Canadian brewers having a hard time staying afloatWith recent reports that people are out enjoying the weather, we could assume that everything is back to normal after the pandemic. But that’s not entirely true, especially for the beer industry. Total beer sales have dropped 7.3 per cent from last year, according to Beer Canada. Total beer sales are up in Newfoundland and…

Universities’ draconian pandemic rules are ridiculous

Another sign of out-of-touch elitism

Universities’ draconian pandemic rules are ridiculousProof of vaccination is required for students who want to reside at the University of Toronto. No, this wasn’t cut-and-paste from a 2021 article – it’s an actual requirement for the fall of 2022. Anyone who plans to live in residence at the University of Toronto must show proof of vaccination. Not only that, but…

Why Mark Sutcliffe is the best choice to become the next Mayor of Ottawa

He would be a tremendous asset to the city and a great public servant

Why Mark Sutcliffe is the best choice to become the next Mayor of OttawaOttawa Mayor Jim Watson, a former Liberal MPP and cabinet minister, announced last December that he wouldn’t be running for re-election. Several candidates announced their intentions to replace him, including former Ottawa mayor Bob Chiarelli (also a former Liberal MPP and cabinet minister) and Catherine McKenney, an Ottawa city councillor and former NDP staffer for…

Professionals should be allowed to speak freely

Regulatory bodies should stick to their core purpose and stay out of politics

Professionals should be allowed to speak freelyThe Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) serves as the regulatory body for public school teachers in Ontario. When a complaint comes in, the OCT is obligated to investigate and, if the teacher is found guilty, decide on an appropriate consequence. By investigating complaints against teachers in that province, regulatory bodies such as the OCT play…
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