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Bragging to America Won't Fix Canadian Health Care

Bacchus Barua | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Bacchus Barua

A recent testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee by Dr. Danielle Martin, former head of the Canadian Doctors for Medicare, has given Canadians the chance to indulge in what may be a favourite pastime -- criticizing the American health care system. While the American health care system has some important shortcomings, the same holds true for Canada's. Inordinately long wait times, medical resource shortages, and ballooning healthcare costs have become defining characteristics of healthcare in our country -- and denigrating the American approach will not fix those problems.

Sunny Freeman

Hudak's Plan For Ontario Would Drive Down Wages: Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Business

Right-to-work laws in Ontario would reduce wages and make working life worse for everyone, a new report by North America’s largest construction unio...

Seeking Relief Outside Canada

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

That a considerable number of Canadians traveled and paid to escape the well-known failings of the Canadian health-care system speaks volumes about how well the system is working for them. It leaves open the question of just how many more Canadians might choose medical tourism outside Canada if given the opportunity.

A Northern Gateway to Conflict

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

The federal government might wish to consider the message it would send if it failed to uphold Enbridge's right to conduct lawful business in Canada, as approved by the National Energy Board, after extensive consultation and public involvement.

Taxpayers Have Been Generous to First Nations

Mark Milke | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Canada's taxpayers have been increasingly generous to Aboriginal Canadians over the decades, but that reality is not often the narrative one hears from selected First Nations leaders. Instead, the oft-stated opinion is that taxpayers should ante up ever more. A quick look at the numbers shows us why that view will always be tragically misinformed.

This Province Gives The Most To Charity

CBC | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Alberta

A new report by the Fraser Institute measuring charitable giving found Albertans give the most money to charity, but don't rank as high when it c...

They Can Make Or Break Oil And Gas

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - There are more than 600 major resource projects worth $650 billion planned in Western Canada over the next decade but relations with First...

The Costs of Canada's Inability to Ship Oil to Market

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

As almost everyone knows by now, Canada has some interesting challenges looming when it comes to transporting increasing oil production to markets both inside and outside of Canada. What many Canadians might not realize is how important oil exports are to Canada's economy, and how these exports may have become a crutch.

Why Won't Mine Industry Invest In B.C.?

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The British Columbia and federal governments should settle outstanding aboriginal land claims in the westernmost province to eliminate the...

Nigeria's a Mess -- But Don't Blame the Oil

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

The tragedy in Nigeria is less about the oil itself than it is about failed governance. Without radical improvements in public policy, Nigeria will continue to be a poor destination for investment. That's bad for everyone. But don't blame the petroleum for the problems there -- blame the public policy.

Savvy Roundup: Hannah Montana, Creative Breakfasts and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

This week there was a lot that caught my attention -- from the rock/porn star formerly known as Hannah Montana, to creative breakfasts, the cost of raising a child and Max, the autistic child who was a victim of hate.

Cut the Orwellian Apologies for Corporate Welfare

Mark Milke | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

Bombardier is a fine Canadian-based company and one hopes it prospers in the years ahead and employs even more people -- but without taxpayer assistance. Governments should not pick winners and losers with taxpayer money or prop up industries with funds from other sectors, companies and individuals.

Technology Should Revolutionize Education

Jason Clemens | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Clemens

Yet there is one significant aspect of society where very little has changed over the last century: education. It is the one area where a worker, in this case a teacher, from 1913 could be transported to 2013 and adapt quite easily to the modern world.

End Foreign Ownership Rules In Telecom: Report

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - If the federal government really wants healthy competition in the wireless market, a new report says it should just do away with the limits o...

Think Globally, Not Locally

Mark Milke | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Plenty of people will shamelessly demand government spend lots of extra money to "buy local," even if the cost is millions or billions of dollars more. This is daft. The notion that jobs in Canada come at the cost of employment in Japan, India, China or Germany, or vice-versa, is profoundly mistaken. Jobs can be created in one's own country and abroad at the same time.

Bulk Drug Purchasing Is Too Good to Be True

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

As part of their struggle with budget realities and the growing cost of health care, Canada's provinces continue to work on bulk purchasing agreements for pharmaceuticals as a way to save money. Unfortunately, the recent release from the Council of the Federation (the council of Canada's premiers) suffers from the typical one-sided approach that characterizes much of the drug policy discussion. Yes, there are up front savings to be had. But there's no such thing as a free lunch.

Buying Wines From Other Provinces Still Makes For Sour Grapes

Mark Milke | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

As vacationers travel around Canada this summer, here is a question to ponder for those who sip fine Canadian wine: why do so many provincial politicians oppose free trade in wine among the provinces?

With Latest Comments on Keystone XL, Obama Favouring Environment Over Economy

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Keystone watchers are in something of a swivet over comments made by U.S. President Barack Obama in a recent interview with The New York Times. Mr. Ob...

Referendum on Regina Wastewater Plant an Opportunity to Clarify Facts About P3s

Charles Lammam | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada
Charles Lammam

After months of heated debate about using a public-private partnership (P3) to upgrade Regina's wastewater treatment system, the city council recently...

Business Subsidies Don't Turn "Acorns" into "Oak Trees"

Mark Milke | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

Recently, I asked Industry Canada for information on disbursements to businesses since the early 1960s. The result of that request revealed the hollowness of one claim often advanced in support of subsidies to business: that "acorns" will grow to "oak trees." Instead, what is evident from the data is that many "oak trees" never stop asking for handouts.

Waiting for Health Care Is Not a Necessary Evil

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

Waiting is a defining characteristic of Canadian health care. Canadians wait, often interminably, for access to health care services. Canada's wait times are among the longest in the developed world. And, contrary to popular belief, Canada's terrible wait times are not the result of insufficient health care spending. In 2009 (the most recent year for which comparable statistics are available), Canada's health care system ranked as the developed world's most expensive universal-access system. The solution to Canada's waiting time woes is sensible health policy reform that would employ private competition in the delivery of universally accessible hospital and surgical services .

A Junk Food Tax Belongs in the Junk Bin

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

Health associations have long been calling for a "fat tax"; taxes on foods that some nutritionists and researchers don't want us to eat or drink. Unfortunately, the lack of sound thinking behind vilifying sugary drinks or less healthful snacks has not changed, nor has the blunt, imprecise, and unfair nature of a "junk food" or "sugary drink" tax. Overly simplistic solutions to obesity that vilify an industry or food product are bad public policy. The reality is that "junk food" taxes or sugary drink taxes are ineffective instruments that fail to recognize the complex and manifold causes of obesity. It's time we put the idea of such taxes in their rightful place: the junk bin.

What Your Provinces Did While You Were Out Partying

Mark Milke | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Politicians are often derided because they treat the public with disdain, such as when governments try to bury bad news by releasing it when they hope no one pays attention -- say, at the end of a day close to the first long weekend of summer. This happened twice in just the past two weeks.

Alberta Wind Power Report Blows

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Alberta
Kenneth P. Green

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has released a "windvision" plan for Alberta that, not-surprisingly calls for the province to build a lot more wind-power capacity. CanWEA suggests that while the province currently generates 1,100 Megawatts of wind-power, it could install nearly five times as much. Of course, they point out that Alberta's competitive energy system makes it hard to get wind-power construction financed. But they have a solution to that, calling on policymakers to institute a clean energy standard in Alberta, and asking them to hike Alberta's carbon tax.

Debt Disasters Are Not Unlike Natural Disasters - Plan Ahead

Doug O. Jones | Posted 09.01.2013 | Canada Business
Doug O. Jones

Like the floods recently seen in Alberta, many causes of debt disasters are not foreseeable and enact considerable emotional and financial devastation. Their onset can be rapid and quickly overwhelming, with the damage permanent or requiring years to repair.