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Let's Not Forget Flaherty's Controversial Political Career

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

Here I must trespass on the impolite, and I'll begin by restoring to the record the excised bits in which Jim Flaherty was a soldier of Mike Harris's "Common Sense Revolution." The idea that he was a non-ideological moderate would have been laughed out of the room, even by the man himself. Moderate was an insult he applied to his leadership rival, that pink and pale McGuinty imitation Ernie Eves. As Ontario's Attorney General and Finance Minister, Flaherty was one of Harris's most consistent and reliable true believers, mocked (like Harris himself) for applying his tough-on-crime universal restorative elixir to homelessness and poverty.

Let's Stop Pretending Ontario's Fiscal Policies Are On Track

Sean Speer | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

These challenges facing Ontario are well documented. Yet the government's policy direction is not moving in the right direction. Recent developments suggest that the government intends to continue growing spending on the types of policies that have contributed to the problem such as high deficits and a new round of corporate subsidies.

Canada, Stop Denying Migrant Workers Health Care When They Need It Most

Ritika Goel | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada
Ritika Goel

We must face the reality of people like Kenroy and Denville who are punished as a result of laws that do not recognize the situation on the ground. We must address the unfair conditions under which we bring people over for this program, and provide them the services they are due. Canada set out to have a universal healthcare system that covers everybody, and it's about time that we did just that.

Why I Don't Support The Deregulation Of Alcohol In Ontario

Samuel Getachew | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Beer Store President Ted Moroz recently came out against deregulation, warning that "alcohol prices will increase if the provincial government deregulates the sale of booze". He added, "Drinkers should expect to pay an average of $10 more for a two-four if corner stores are allowed to sell suds".

Want to Vote as an Anglophone Student in Quebec? Good Luck

Ilia Blinderman | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Ilia Blinderman

Several students were able to register following initial rejection by returning and speaking to different revisors or to their supervisors. This eventual success, however, underscores the fact that that when insufficient linguistic precision is coupled with haphazard revisor training, registration becomes subservient to bureaucratic fickleness; that is to say, it degenerates into a crapshoot.

Chef Takes This Toronto Pizza Parlour to New Heights

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Jonathan Gushue could have opted for another fine-dining restaurant. He could have teamed with a pricey, established place in a big city and quickly turned it into a go-to spot for foodies to discover. But Gushue chose something radically different and it's a departure that could seriously shake up the Toronto dining scene. Here's why.

Equity Crowdfunding Upfront Costs : No Laughing Matter

Diana Yazidjian | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada
Diana Yazidjian

Adoption of Equity Crowdfunding for ordinary investors may come sooner than we think; first in the U.S. and not far behind, Quebec and Ontario. We thought the time was well-chosen to outline the costs a Canadian company may incur given the possible regulatory framework that will come into force.

B.C.'s Budgetary Sleight Of Hand

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

The funny thing about provincial budgets is that sometimes they tell you a lot more about a government's attitude than what the politicians might have intended when they first wrote the document.

Journalists, Don't Let Good Stories Overshadow Factual Stories

Alex Vronces | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada
Alex Vronces

Unfortunately, good intentions and unwavering ethics alone do not suffice, for, if more and more journalists churn out such uninformed work, more and more consumers of it will be deluded into thinking that traditionally accepted research has been proven wrong or that they need not consider the evidence that runs against their views when thinking about policy.

Ontario's Beer Cartel Paints Alberta Liquor Privatization as the Bogeyman

Mark Milke | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

It's been two decades since the Alberta government exited the business of selling beer, wine and spirits to consumers and the result is vastly improved product selection, better customer service and price-competition. But the President of Ontario's The Beer Store has warned that if Ontario treads this path, there will be more societal problems.

Why Wynne Lost Big at the Reddit "Ask Me Anything" Event

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

On February 11, Kathleen Wynne held a Reddit "Ask me Anything" session. It was the Ontario premier's attempt to connect to the younger generation and respond to their concerns,but she failed miserably. Wynne's session lasted less than an hour and she only responded to 10 questions, all of which sounded like pre-drafted, generic answers. That left 1505 comments without responses. To attempt to make up for her disappointment, Wynne promised she would answer one additional question per day for the rest of the week. But the damage had already been done.

Why A Higher Minimum Wage Won't Help the Poor

Charles Lammam | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

Kathleen Wynne raised the minimum wage -- yet another clear case of politics trumping evidence in the setting of government policy. Minimum wage legislation has been studied ad nauseam so there's plenty of evidence to draw upon. And the vast majority of that evidence shows increasing the minimum wage does little to help impoverished families and often hurts the most vulnerable workers.

Ontario's Natural Heritage Needs a Hero

Mike Schreiner | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

It seems that every day I hear a story in which the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is the villain. Whether it's a ruling that threatens our health and environment or one that ignores fair process and transparency, the OMB has figured out how to upset more people more of the time than any other agency out there.

Ontario's "Have Not" Status Creates a Divided Canada

Mark Milke | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Equalization is the federal government program ostensibly designed to help provinces provide roughly equal government services. Last year, Ottawa transferred $15.4 billion in equalization payments to six "poor" provinces, known as "have-nots." Ontario's entry into the equalization program back in 2009/10 -- think of a big sumo wrestler at a soup kitchen--resulted in a massive shift in dependency in Canada, and that portends future divisive debates. Now, 24.7 million people, or 71 per cent of the population live in a province that receives an equalization cheque from the federal government. This is a problem.

Rob Ford Has Kathleen Wynne Right Where He Wants Her

Mark Towhey | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

Relieved of most of his civic responsibilities, Rob Ford is occupying his time by campaigning for re-election and torturing the premier. He's got her over a barrel, and he knows it. Premier Wynne, on the other hand, has nothing to gain in this dispute. She'd love to dodge it, but Ford won't let her. She can't be seen to reinforce Ford's misbehaviour by ignoring it and meeting with him. But, she can't stand up and publicly disenfranchise a democratically elected civic leader, especially one whose electoral mandate dwarfs hers 15 times over.

We Must Stand Firm and Demand Safer Pipelines

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

By the end of this month the federal pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), is expected to approve Enbridge's proposal for its 38-year old Line 9 oil pipeline in Ontario and Quebec, which would carry shale oil -- known for its propensity to explode as it did in North Dakota. With that in mind, the province of Ontario must hold its ground on Line 9 and ensure its demands for a safer pipeline are met.

My 2014 Wish List: Get Rid of the Politicians

Diane Francis | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Canada's short-term economic prospects are good, but the outlook, both medium and long-term, is another story. That's because Canada's biggest competitive disadvantage are its politicians. Most function like trust fund brats, lacking the mindset or skills to steward or protect the national endowment. Here's my political wish list for 2014

A Financial New Year's Resolution for Ontario

Charles Lammam | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

Another year has come and gone and Ontario's weak public finances remain largely unchanged. The provincial government did little to improve its fiscal position in 2013 and recently signalled it intends to continue with debt-financed spending into the New Year. But the status quo isn't serving Ontarians well. For 2014, the government should chart a new course that places provincial finances on a more sound footing. That would be a much-needed New Year's resolution for Canada's largest province.

What 33,000 Lost Factory Jobs Really Mean for Canada

Peter Fragiskatos | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Fragiskatos

In December, when Kellogg's announced that it would be closing its doors, London's economy was hit with a devastating blow. In February 2012, more than 450 workers found themselves out of work when Electro-Motive Diesel closed. In 2013 alone, more than 33,000 factory jobs were lost and this trend is likely to continue.

What Toronto Should Learn From the Ice Storm Crisis

Mark Towhey | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

ntario Premier Kathleen Wynne published an op-ed in the Toronto Star yesterday titled "What the government -- and its critics -- can learn from the ice storm." It fails miserably as a thoughtful after-action lessons-learned contribution, but is reasonably passable as a partisan campaign ad. But, governments and their critics, including Premier Wynne, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and their respective supporters, detractors and civil servants, can and should learn a lot from the recent ice storm that hobbled North America's fourth largest city. I fear they may not.

Ontario Needs a Real Economic Plan for 2014

John Laforet | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Business
John Laforet

Ontario's economy is ailing and it will take more than massive subsidies to already profitable businesses to rebuild. Small business owners in Ontario don't need to wait for Stats Canada's economic indicator reports to know what is happening in the economy, we feel it every day.

The Amazing Power of Giving Back

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Hon. David C. Onley

Whether you're a billionaire, a small business owner, a student, or a retiree, I hope that you will make it a New Year's resolution to volunteer in your community. I can promise you that the personal benefits will be at least as great, and probably more long-lasting, than giving up chocolate or joining a gym!

This Holiday Season, Remember Those Who Go Without

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

This month, the Ontario Association of Food Banks released their annual Hunger Report, highlighting the prevalence of food bank use and the need for emergency food services in this province. This past March, 375,789 Ontarians accessed a food bank. As you finish up your holiday shopping, please remember that there are so many Canadians going without this festive season.

I'm a Believer: How My First Men's Facial Changed Everything

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada
Adrian Brijbassi

After years of searching, I found the perfect hangover cure. It wasn't the hair of the dog that bit me, and it wasn't any sort of nasty concoction borne out of my medicine cabinet. It was, in fact, a facial. And I think I finally understand what all the hype was about.

Amazon's Micro-Drones Are a Good Thing

Jon Packer | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Business
Jon Packer

The newly announced Amazon PrimeAir drone concept is essentially a mini-flying airplane that will deliver small purchases to your door in about half an hour. The commercialization of drones continues a micro-trend that is changing how we live and interact with the world around us for the better.