Taxpayers

Financial Spring Cleaning For Couples

Sarah Twomey | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Twomey

Now that the annual financial anxiety season is over, how did you and your partner do? If you both had a less than spectacular financial year, don't be discouraged. Now is a great time to review your financial situation and resolve to make changes now to ensure you're in a better position next year.

Don't Call Me a 'Taxpayer' - I Am More Than Just My Wallet

Grant Gordon | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Grant Gordon

I don't like when tax dollars are wasted -- whether at the provincial level by relocating gas plants, or at City Hall by tearing up LRT contracts willy-nilly, or even by the federal government straight up losing $3.1 billion (whatever happened to that scandal, by the way?). And I get that times are tough. Saving pennies matters to a lot of people these days, and it should to our governments, too.

Rob Ford Needs to Stop Using Black People as a Prop

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Christopher Stuart Taylor

Way back in May, I had commented about my unease with Ford's relationship with young black males. I said that his proximity to these kids as a football coach smelled of the Penn State scandal. Was Ford a teacher? No. Was Ford in anyway involved in the education system? No. Was Ford a crack user? Yes. Was Ford an alcoholic? A pathological liar? Yes and yes. I'm sorry, but there is no way I would have wanted my child, who as Ford said would either be "dead or in jail," groomed and mentored on how to become a man by a drunk crack addict who could pretty well end up dead or in jail when this fiasco comes to an end.

Full-Day Kindergarten Is Better For Parents Than Kids

Lydia Lovric | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

We are fooling ourselves if we think that full-day kindergarten is anything more than a glorified babysitting service. A four- or five-year-old child may benefit from a few hours of schooling each day, but six hours straight? Is this really for the benefit of the child, or the parents and well-paid teaching staff?

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.

The Government Is Spending How Much on Corporate Welfare?

Mark Milke | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Canadians who don't regularly track how governments spend money might be surprised to find how myths crop up about government expenditures. Exhibit A is a new report that claims Canada needs even more "industrial policy," more colloquially known as corporate welfare. Governments are less eager to be frank about the cost of corporate welfare, including chronic government failure on collecting on past loans.

The Taxpayer's Gift to Chrysler

Mark Milke | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

Back in June 2009, the federal and Ontario governments decided to use massive amounts of taxpayer cash to rescue General Motors and Chrysler, two corporations deemed too big to fail. The cost to Canadians was US$13.7 billion: $10.8 billion to GM and $2.9 billion to Chrysler.

In Muskoka, It's Not All Waterskiing and Boathouses

Patrick Brown | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada
Patrick Brown

Because of the Muskoka Initiative children in Africa are being protected from diseases for just a few dollars. Launched at Canada's G8 Summit in 2010, the focus of the initiative is on supporting proven, cost-effective, and evidence-based interventions. Vaccines are just that. Vaccines save lives and help communities to thrive.

Municipal Golf Courses Have Taxpayers Tee'd-Off

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

Golf revenues are slowly on the decline across Canada. Some B.C. leaders have missed the simplest way of fixing this problem: getting taxpayers out of the golf game all together. It's one thing for taxes to go to essentials like water, sewer or public safety, it's another thing to know you're subsidizing luxuries like municipal golf courses. If you can find a service listed on YellowPages.ca, government shouldn't be providing it.

Politicians Pass the Buck with B.C. Debt

Jordan Bateman | Posted 05.02.2012 | Canada
Jordan Bateman

Debt can be turned around, and one need only look to former Alberta premier Ralph Klein to see how. The government needs to restructure itself, ensuring it is lean and efficient, and only does the things that governments should be doing -- no frills, please.

B.C. Voters Can Send City Hall a Message: Less Taxes, Control Spending

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

Municipal elections are notable for their small turnout. In many communities across B.C., a few votes can make a big difference, which is why people concerned about high taxes and bloated spending need to vote to change the culture of their council -- and then hold their new leaders accountable for their decisions.

What's So Bad About Municipal Bonusing?

Ian Chadwick | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada
Ian Chadwick

A town can try to sell itself on its charm, its appearance, its vaguely beneficial "lifestyle" -- but none of these can compete with the lure of a tax moratorium or free, serviced land; the attractive offers of yesteryear. Is charm worth more to a company than easy access to the transportation network? Or lower taxes? Not likely.

Why I'm Voting for None of the Above

David Menzies | Posted 12.03.2011 | Canada
David Menzies

Oddly, the PCs are running ads slamming McGuinty as "the tax man." Yet, does Hudak plan to jettison the HST he condemns so vociferously? No chance. How does that Who song go? "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

Redundant Surveys From Fed Cost Taxpayers $200,000

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.04.2011 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canadian taxpayers shelled out almost $200,000 last winter for two focus-group surveys that asked virtually the same questions — and delive...

Millions For Organizations Funding MP Freebie Trips

The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.22.2011 | Home

OTTAWA — Freebie trips for members of Parliament that supposedly are not on the public dime may in fact be paid for by taxpayers after all. Publi...