Entries by David Gratzer from 09/2011

Canada's Super-Sized Economy

| Posted 09.07.2011 | Canada

Tim Hortons is supersizing their coffee. And that's all you need to know about the Canadian economy. It speaks of prosperity at a time of unease -- a major coffee chain attempting to increase sales when the chains in other countries are laying off workers. But there are, of course, storm clouds on the horizon.

Canada's Biggest U.S. Import: Fat?

| Posted 09.15.2011 | Canada Living

Canadians still aren't quite American in their girth, but our fondness for Timbits takes a toll. If Canada wants to avoid American-style obesity rates, we need to take some thoughtful steps. First, we need to emphasize physical education in our schools.

Where's the NDP's Big Promise to Quebec?

| Posted 09.20.2011 | Canada

As the NDP looks to reinvent itself as Quebec's party, let's pause for a moment and consider what that actually means: advocacy for La Belle Province, modest flirtation with separatist positions, and bilingual frontrunners (both Mulcair and Topp speak French). And here is what it doesn't involve: a full court effort to outflank separatists.

Ontario Health Care: More Money for Longer Wait Lists

| Posted 09.26.2011 | Canada

Over a million Ontarians lack a family doctor. While boosting funding may result in some more GP visits to people in major cities, the reality is this: the doctor shortage is pathetically real and many Ontarians -- too many Ontarians -- lack the most basic access to primary care.