Entries by David Gratzer from 10/2011

Who Really Lost At The Supreme Court

| Posted 10.01.2011 | Canada

Walk around the inner-city of Vancouver, and the painful reality is clear. The parks are still strewn with needles; addicts are still lying on the sidewalks in drug-induced hazes; death is everywhere. I'm hoping to be proven wrong, but I suspect that in a decade, despite Insite's zealous staff working away, the problems will remain.

Denmark's Big Fat Tax (and What it Means for Us)

| Posted 10.04.2011 | Canada

Only you can manage your own diet and your own calorie intake. No government, no restaurant, no physician can do it for you. It's this complexity that makes personal health responsibility so important in reversing the obesity epidemic.

Why Forbes Thinks Canada's Economy Is Number One

| Posted 10.07.2011 | Canada

Canada gets top marks for freedom -- odd in a country where you can easily get a marijuana joint in most big cities, but not a private MRI scan

Can the Winnipeg Jets Win in a Loser Region?

| Posted 10.08.2011 | Canada

As the game returns to Winnipeg, it says much about the country and its newfound prosperity. The anemic Loonie now trades near parity. The real estate market didn't collapsed and the federal government's debt-to-GDP ratio is about a third of America's.

Postponing Retirement Can Be a Good Thing

| Posted 10.26.2011 | Canada

Star quarterbacks throw touchdowns into their 40s. Seniors populate the country club's greens -- and also the House of Commons and the Supreme Court. Retirement, once seen as a brief interlude between work and death, spans decades for some. Old age has been redefined.

How to Reform -- And Improve! -- Our Health Care

| Posted 10.29.2011 | Canada Politics

Federal politicians promise more funding for the Canadian health-care system. But there's limited evidence that the sort of massive infusions of cash seen in recent years are making a material difference -- except that providers make better coin.

Harper and the Supremes (and What It Means for Our Democracy)

| Posted 10.31.2011 | Canada Politics

Parliament has grown dysfunctional, with too little transparency. But while reform is desirable, the result may not be. Consider the "new" process for approving Supreme Court of Canada nominees. The only feisty moments occurred when an NDP MP challenged Moldaver over his inability to speak French.