Poilievre can put people back in charge with recall and referendums

A grassroots performance check on MPs and a way to axe poorly thought out policy

Poilievre can put people back in charge with recall and referendumsPoliticians spent the last two years giving themselves pay raises while the rest of us suffered through pay cuts, tax hikes, inflation and restrictions. The insult to injury? It’s the increasingly well-heeled politicians who are responsible for the pain many everyday Canadians are going through. Folks can’t afford to fill their vehicles, they’re struggling to…

Oil Sands Divestment campaign won’t reduce global emissions

Activists like to trumpet the narrative that the world is rapidly transitioning away from fossil fuels, but the reality is different

Oil Sands Divestment campaign won’t reduce global emissionsAn activist group called Oil Sands Divestment is trying to convince the British Columbia Investment Management Corp. (BCI) to get out of fossil fuels by the end of this year. The campaign says oil and gas is not a sound investment and that projects are increasingly “stranded assets.” Neither is true. Amid what the International…

Does good industrial policy make good neighbours?

The Biden administration has done Canada a solid with its buy-North-American awakening. We would help ourselves by reciprocating

Does good industrial policy make good neighbours?Canada’s auto sector got a boost this week – from U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration. Will we be good neighbours and return the favour? After a marathon voting session, the U.S. Senate finally passed a slimmed-down version of Biden’s landmark climate and economic renewal legislation. The U.S. House of Representatives is set to okay the…

Ford should shelve his plan to give mayors new powers

Taxpayers could get soaked with higher taxes and reckless government spending

Ford should shelve his plan to give mayors new powersOntario Premier Doug Ford’s promise to hand the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa more powers could be a dangerous gateway to higher taxes and runaway government spending. Hardworking taxpayers wouldn’t trust one person selected by someone else to unilaterally manage their household expenses and retirement savings. Yet, that’s essentially what Ford might have up his…

The courts must start to interpret the Constitution as written

Government has been changing the nature of the country for many years without any constitutional amendment being enacted

The courts must start to interpret the Constitution as writtenThe federal and provincial governments of Canada have allowed the Constitution’s separation of powers outlined in Section 92 of the British North American (BNA) Act to be blurred – disfigured even. Section 92 (7) outlines exclusive jurisdiction over health to be provincial. But since the introduction of the Canada Health Act, the federal government –…

Singh threatens to pull the plug on Liberal-NDP coalition

The chickens are coming home to roost

Singh threatens to pull the plug on Liberal-NDP coalitionCould the Liberal-NDP agreement actually collapse if a proposed national dental plan for low-income Canadians isn’t implemented by year’s end? That’s what NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh reportedly threatened to do. The national dental plan was one of the centrepieces of the three-year agreement when it was signed by Singh and Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau…

Lime shows promise for controlling clubroot in canola crops

Spot-treating soil with lime could give farmers another option to stem the costly disease and improve soil health

Lime shows promise for controlling clubroot in canola cropsLime is showing promise as an additional way to help manage clubroot, a deadly disease in canola crops, University of Alberta research shows. Spot-treating soil with the mineral reduced the overall occurrence and severity of the disease by 35 to 91 per cent, growth experiments showed. The finding, published in the Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology,…

Saudis turn their backs on Biden’s request for more oil

The prospects of a global economic slowdown are beginning to hit oil demand

Saudis turn their backs on Biden’s request for more oilThe much-awaited ministerial meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, including Russia, in the expanded OPEC+, opted to increase its September output by just 100,000 barrels per day (bpd). Despite the urgings of U.S. President Joe Biden to open Saudi Arabia’s crude oil taps during his visit there, the announced output…

How the world lulled itself into a false sense of security

Free nations must devote more resources to defence. Denialism and appeasement deliver death and destruction

How the world lulled itself into a false sense of securityOn Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. East Germans streamed from communist East Berlin into democratic West Berlin. At the 1991 royal review of the Royal Observer Corps (ROC), Queen Elizabeth II announced “the end of the Cold War.” Amid talk of a peace dividend in 1995, the ROC, vital to Britain’s home defence,…

Not all Conservatives oppose the second carbon tax

But they should

Not all Conservatives oppose the second carbon taxWhen it comes to scrapping the Trudeau government’s carbon tax, the hardest decision Conservative leadership hopefuls have to make is whether they would scrap it before or after lunch on their first day if elected prime minister. The bigger question is whether a Conservative government would scrap the impending second carbon tax. All candidates are…

Canada Jay is the best choice to be our national bird

The Jay lives and breeds from coast to coast to coast

Canada Jay is the best choice to be our national birdMy friend and colleague Dr. David Bird, formerly of McGill University, has been driving a movement to have a national bird declared for Canada. Although many thought it was a done deal already and we had affirmed the Canada Jay as our national bird, Canada has not yet done so. Starting in 2016, the community…

Europe is counting on natural gas from Canada

But building LNG infrastructure like long-haul pipelines in Canada is "challenging"

Europe is counting on natural gas from CanadaCanada’s potential to supply natural gas to Europe as liquefied natural gas (LNG) has gone from an afterthought to a critical part of the discussion on how to replace gas from Russia, according to analysts with Norway-based Rystad Energy. European countries are facing emergency measures to reduce energy use to ensure enough natural gas is…

How to tackle climate change and boost our agri-food sector

There’s a way to reduce fertilizer use and make all agricultural production much more environmentally friendly: controlled environment agriculture

How to tackle climate change and boost our agri-food sectorWhen we look at climate change, the future for many seems to hold only short-term despair and long-term disaster. Will humans be able to survive, let alone prosper? Before we let today’s doomsters depress us, let’s look at an earlier apocalyptic forecast. Around the turn of the 19th century, Thomas Malthus predicted the end of…

Shedding light on injury-related ER visits for homeless

Detailed data will help community organizations in Alberta develop effective injury prevention programs

Shedding light on injury-related ER visits for homelessA new report from the Injury Prevention Centre is the first in Alberta to provide data on injury-related emergency department visits by people experiencing houselessness – information that will help community organizations deliver injury prevention programs tailored to the distinct health-care needs of this population. “This is the first step in understanding what the injury issues are,” says…

Killing Trans Mountain project would devastate Indigenous communities

Ottawa must bring in legislation to ensure the project gets built now more than ever

Killing Trans Mountain project would devastate Indigenous communitiesOttawa needs to finally declare through legislation that the Trans Mountain Expansion Project is to the national advantage of Canada. Doing so would prove to the Canadian public and Indigenous communities that the federal government is serious about seeing it completed. Make no mistake, killing the project would be devastating for many Indigenous communities along…
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