It all started when the NWT finance minister suggested, in his last budget speech, that he would "investigate introducing a sugary drink tax" in 2018 to fight rising obesity and diabetes levels. Residents of the NWT already pay some the highest food costs in the country.
Patrick Luciani is currently Senior Resident at Massey College and co-director <br> of Salon Speakers Series (www.salonspeakers.com) and the Munk Debates <br> (www.munkdebates.com). He has written three books on public policy including <br> XXL: Obesity and the Limits of Shame, (with Neil Seeman), University of Toronto <br> Press, 2011.
Regardless of where you stand on the issue, I like the idea that the Nobel committee chose someone without contempt for Israel.
10/19/2016 01:17 EDT
I don't fault the New York Times liberal editorial pages celebrating a Liberal victory in Canada. It's their paper and they can print what they want. What got me were the Canadian journalists who rushed to their liberal friends down south with op-eds to complain how awful things were up here under Harper.
11/20/2015 01:16 EST
Now we have two reasons to be skeptical about Mexico's soda tax effectiveness: very little incentive to substitute to other drinks and not much pass through to consumers. Based on that we can expect the Mexican tax to be a bust both on the consumer's pocketbook and health.
10/07/2015 12:45 EDT
Just as soda sales are declining in the U.S. and Canada, similar changes are taking place in Mexico. Increasing the price of any product leads to lower demand. However, that's not the only factor involved in declining sales.
06/19/2015 07:52 EDT
I would agree with the Heart and Stroke Foundation's recommendations if higher taxes actually worked. The problem is they don't. As with most advocates of higher taxes on so-called junk foods, they always look to tobacco as an example. But tobacco is a single product with no alternatives; taxing beverages is an entirely different matter.
09/26/2014 05:39 EDT
The media has jumped on a paper that has supposedly found a link between taxing "junk food" and a reduction in obesity. News flash: this is old news. We know that simplistic top-down approaches such as taxation or public announcements telling us to exercise and eat our vegetables don't work.
05/17/2012 03:07 EDT
Can the flattening rate of growth in childhood obesity be credited to public health campaigns -- such as anti-junk food posters in urban high school hallways; recent bans on soda pop machines in some schools; and mandated 20-minute physical exercise regimens in inner-city schools? They may have some impact among some kids, but not much, by all accounts.
04/22/2012 11:59 EDT
It's no surprise that most people are of the opinion that the obese should pay for their sins through higher insurance premiums or higher taxes for the food they eat. Only problem is the obese more than pay for their sins by dying earlier than most of us and thereby collecting less in government pensions and retirement income.
03/23/2012 07:20 EDT
I'll wager the captain of the sunken Italian cruise ship, Francesco Schettino, rose quickly through the ranks not because he was a fine captain, but was privileged with family connections in the naval business. When looking for work, family connections and status in Italy are more important than competence.
02/03/2012 01:11 EST
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