Islands in the heat: research reveals urban hotspots

Surface temperatures in Edmonton have increased by as much as 12C compared with surrounding rural areas over the last two decades

Islands in the heat: research reveals urban hotspotsLast summer, Nilusha Welegedara and her family sweltered in their rented Edmonton townhouse, relying on air conditioning and fans to help make life bearable. With no trees for shade and living next door to a sun-baked parking lot, even going outside offered little relief, the University of Alberta researcher recalls. But then they moved to…

B.C.’s taxpayer-funded climate virtue-signalling continues

Sue Big Oil project illustrates how disconnected Canada’s West Coast climate industry is from the real world

B.C.’s taxpayer-funded climate virtue-signalling continuesDue to a series of unfortunate events, including the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, there is a world shortage of affordable food and energy. How and when this will end is unknown. Everyone is affected. Those who suffer the most historically live in developing countries. But today, it is affecting nations previously thought to be…

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…

Ford should shelve his plan to give mayors new powers

Taxpayers could get soaked with higher taxes and reckless government spending

Ford should shelve his plan to give mayors new powersOntario Premier Doug Ford’s promise to hand the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa more powers could be a dangerous gateway to higher taxes and runaway government spending. Hardworking taxpayers wouldn’t trust one person selected by someone else to unilaterally manage their household expenses and retirement savings. Yet, that’s essentially what Ford might have up his…

Farming is losing to misguided urban politics

Interest groups are weaponizing science to support a narrative that fits their biased view of what farmers should and shouldn’t do

Farming is losing to misguided urban politicsMost Canadians have never been on a farm, let alone lived on one, which makes more than 98 per cent of our population agriculturally illiterate. For many Canadians, crop production is an unknown concept. Because of this, it’s relatively easy to use fear to influence public opinion on any food-related issue involving agriculture. Activists know…

PEI needs to clean up the mess at Charlottetown City Hall

When you give bureaucrats an inch, they take a mile

PEI needs to clean up the mess at Charlottetown City HallCharlottetown taxpayers are being taken to the cleaners by out-of-control city officials and government bureaucrats. After years of abuse, it’s time for Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King to shine a light on this sorry saga. To understand the plight of Charlottetown taxpayers, consider this scenario. Imagine you’re at your favourite restaurant. Although inflation might…

The politics and precarious nature of travel in the North

The Trudeau government is out of touch with the issues and deficiencies of intercity transportation in Canada

The politics and precarious nature of travel in the NorthThe familiar sound of a passenger train can once again be heard in areas of Northern Ontario that are served by VIA Rail Canada. The Crown corporation officially restored passenger rail services to pre-pandemic levels after more than two years of on-again, off-again, limited or indefinitely suspended train schedules. Life appears to have returned to…

Housing affordability lies at the very heart of inequality

Government land-use regulations a principal source of this inequality

Housing affordability lies at the very heart of inequalityCanada’s housing affordability crisis is a matter of considerable concern, especially for young people trying to buy a house. The worst problems are in the Vancouver and Toronto markets with their excessive land-use regulation. Extensive international research associates stronger land-use regulation with diminished housing affordability. Vancouver and Toronto are experiencing substantial net migration of people…

World Cup games a boondoggle for taxpayers

Politicians shouldn’t be wasting tax dollars on their political vanity project

World Cup games a boondoggle for taxpayersConsider this: for every minute that Toronto and Vancouver host World Cup games, taxpayers will be on the hook for $644,000. Last week, Canadians learned that Toronto and Vancouver had been tapped to host five World Cup games each as part of North America’s bid for the 2026 World Cup. Politicians in both cities have…

Pilot program offers hope for the homeless

May be a solution for most of the homeless people in Canada

Pilot program offers hope for the homelessAs most of us remembered on Canada Day, this is a pretty good country to live in. It’s hard to think of a better one. But it’s not perfect. We do have some serious problems that need fixing, like homelessness. In a country as rich as Canada, no one should have to go hungry, and…

Ontario land use policies make housing unaffordable

Young people aren't able to afford the homes they grew up in

Ontario land use policies make housing unaffordableA poll by highly respected IPSOS, released by BILD-GTA, shows a strong awareness of the Greater Toronto Area’s severely unaffordable housing. In the 15 years from 2004 to the last pre-pandemic year of 2019, the median detached house price rose more than 160 per cent (inflation-adjusted), about 5.5 times the rise in the consumer price index.…

Your standard of living has dropped under Trudeau

Liberal claims of “making life more affordable” since 2015 is hogwash

Your standard of living has dropped under TrudeauBy Franco Terrazzano and Kris Sims There was a clash between reality and the federal Liberal Twitter account last week. The self-congratulatory tweet claimed Liberals have been “making life more affordable” since 2015. When Canadians look at gas prices, grocery store receipts and mortgage payments, that claim might raise eyebrows. Does life feel more affordable…

Policy restrictions have caused the housing crisis

Urban containment regulations on the urban fringe must be relaxed

Policy restrictions have caused the housing crisisFor 18 years, I have been monitoring international housing affordability as author or co-author of the Demographia Housing Affordability series. The latest edition rates 92 major markets in eight nations using the “median multiple”: the median house price in a place divided by the median pre-tax household income. In the early 1990s, median multiples in…

The war against cars embedded in Canadian urban planning

You won’t find a city planner anywhere who would be so bold as to publicly argue the case for cars

The war against cars embedded in Canadian urban planningEDMONTON: There has been much chit-chat among the chatterers of our fair city regarding the future of a two-lane, 109-year-old bridge that is the main route from Edmonton’s fast-growing south side to the downtown. To this day, the iconic, historic High Level Bridge is visually impressive. It’s very long, and very high, crossing the North…

Calgary’s Mayor is author of her own unpopularity

Jyoti Gondek's unpopularity lies in her unwillingness to adhere to fundamental political wisdom

Calgary’s Mayor is author of her own unpopularityRecent ThinkHQ opinion polling shows Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek to be very unpopular. It is unusual to see such unpopularity so early for a new Calgary mayor, observers say. Why is she so unpopular? Gondek’s unpopularity is not only the result of troubled times and voter crankiness, as the mayor tried to explain – which…
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