Dam-nation: Rolling the Dice on Manitoba’s Future (Graham Lane) (~60min) – June 7, 2013
Audio of speech by Graham Lane, retired Chair of the Manitoba Public Utilities Board, Lunch on the Frontier in Winnipeg, June 5, 2013 (1 hour)
Good Governance is Key (Chief David Crate) (~1min) – June 4, 2013
Audio of Good Governance is Key speech by Chief David Crate from May 29th, 2013 in Winnipeg.
To Heat or Eat: Europe's Climate Policy Fiasco (Benny Peiser) (~88min) – May 16, 2013
Audio of Frontier Centre/Friends of Science luncheon speech by Dr. Benny Peiser on Europe's disastrous energy policies from May 14th, 2013 in Calgary. (88 minutes with q and a)
The Crocus Story – Short Version (~1min) – May 8, 2013
The highlight of speech given by Jack Dalgliesh, former civil servant on collapse of the Crocus Fund.
The Crocus Story – An Insider’s Perspective (Jack Dalgliesh) (~67min) – May 6, 2013
Jack Dalgliesh, now retired, shared his story for the first time in a presentation to a live public audience as a Civil Servant Whistleblower on the now defunct, Crocus Fund. He maintains that the Manitoba government ignored advice of departmental financial experts and collaborated with the Crocus Investment Fund to keep the Fund afloat. This, even though, government knew the Fund was becoming illiquid and was not operating in accordance with its prospectus which could lead to its collapse with severe consequences to investors and Manitoba taxpayers. From Breakfast on the Frontier, April 30, 2013 in Winnipeg.
Manitoba Liberal Party Policy Incubator (~77min) – April 16, 2013
The Manitoba Liberal Party Policy Committee organized a Policy Incubator on the topic of education which was held in Winnipeg on April 7, 2013. It involved a panel discussion where 2 experts presented 3 priorities the Manitoba Liberal Party should address on the education file. The panelists included Michael Zwaagstra, Frontier research fellow on education and Estelle Lamoureux, retired Principal from River East Transcona School Division. (1 hour, 17 minutes)
Do Universities Exploit Undergraduates? (Rodney Clifton) (~39min) – March 4, 2013
Attending university is a significant financial investment for Canadian students and their parents. Since 1992, tuition fees for undergraduate students have increased by a whopping 215% while the Consumer Price Index has increased by only 43%. Between 2001 and 2007, total university expenditure in Canada increased by almost 95%, from $19 billion to $37 billion.
Widening Competition in North American Freight Transport (Stephen Blank) (~1min) – February 7, 2013
Although goods trade has been greatly liberalized over the past decades, trade in transportation has not. Cabotage policies, which are pervasive and extensive, are non-tariff barriers to trade. The term cabotage refers to the requirement that the transport of goods within a country by truck, air or water transportation be carried out by a domestic carrier. Although domestic security is often cited as justification for their existence, the authors state the rules are usually instituted for political reasons – to protect domestic transport routes and the labour that runs them. The inefficiency can be seen in the example of air carriers flying from a foreign destination to a Canadian city.
Challenging Healthcare Monopoly: A look at the Implications of Chaoulli v. Quebec for Canada (John Carpay) (~20min) – December 14, 2012
Across Canada, provincial governments make it illegal for taxpayers to use their own after-tax dollars to buy private insurance for essential health services. While private health insurance is legal for vision care and dentistry, it’s illegal when it comes to cancer, heart disease, and debilitating back pain. Any health service deemed to be "essential" is forced into the government’s inefficient and unaccountable monopoly with its painful waiting lists. In Chaoulli v. Quebec, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that "Access to a waiting list is not access to health care." In Chaoulli, six Justices held that the ban on private health insurance violates the Charter section 7 right to life, liberty, and security of the person, but they were divided three-three as to whether the ban was justified. Carpay’s talk will examine the implications of this Supreme Court ruling for healthcare users in the rest of Canada.
Saving Our Industry, Our Communities, Our Environment (Amanda Stevenson) (~60min) – December 7, 2012
In a world of declining fish stocks Manitoba’s lakes are blessed with abundant resources - why then are many of Manitoba’s Fishermen living at or below the poverty line? Why are millions of pounds of fish being dumped back into our lakes by Fishermen each year, a waste of this precious resource and a source of pollution to our waters?
Alberta in a Dynamic Global Oil and Gas Industry (David Yager) (~45min) – November 30, 2012
The macro forces affecting the global oil and gas industry are changing more quickly than Alberta and its major economic engine can adapt. In this talk, David Yager will provide an overview of the major recent changes and how they will affect Alberta, our most important industry, our government, and our future.
A New Approach to Environment and Fisheries Management (Robert Sopuck) (~48min) – November 12, 2012
Guest Speaker: Robert Sopuck, MP Robert Sopuck will outline the changes Bill C-38 has made to the Fisheries Act and the governments’ actions to improve Environmental Assessments.
9th Annual Friends of Science Luncheon (Donna Laframboise) (~50min) – October 30, 2012
Guest Speaker: Donna Laframboise, Author, Investigative Journalist The UN's Climate Change Panel: Activist and Untrustworthy Is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change an unbiased, rigorously scientific body? Or is it run by eco-activists with a political agenda?
The Future for Transport to Canada’s North: Airships and Other Options (Barry Prentice) (~1min) – October 19, 2012
From Breakfast on the Frontier speech in Winnipeg on October 9, 2012. (~ min.)
Common Sense Education - Speech by Michael Zwaagstra (~59min) – October 8, 2012
Frontier Research Fellow Michael Zwaagstra discusses Common Sense Education in a speech to Curtis-Homes Schools 80th anniversary in Regina, August 2012.
Wuskwatim Under Water -- and Sinking (~5min) – September 27, 2012
Frontier's most popular commentaries now available in audio podcast form. Our debut podcast discusses Manitoba's Wuskwatim Dam as a classic case study of how politically successful power projects can be a path to ruin.
A Forward Looking Economic Plan for Manitoba (Gerrard) (~54min) – September 25, 2012
Manitoba Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard outlines his forward-looking strategy for the province, and describes why it is an effective way to provide a new and more positive position for the Keystone Province.
Transforming Immigration (~39min) – June 7, 2012
Minister Kenney will discuss how we can ensure Canada 's immigration system contributes to economic health and our country's international competitiveness. From Lunch on the Frontier speech in Regina, May 18, 2012. (~50 min.)
Successful Education of Aboriginal Students (Jim Small) (~53min) – June 4, 2012
The Director of Strategy and Innovation for the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development, Jim Small, highlights the training model his school uses to move aboriginals into the skilled workplace. From Breakfast on the Frontier speech in Winnipeg, May 2, 2012. (~53 min)
Math Wars in Manitoba (Craigen) (~52min) – May 28, 2012
Math Professor Robert Craigen speaks about the problems with the math curriculum that has ignited a national controversy. From Breakfast on the Frontier speech in Winnipeg, March 29, 2012. (~52 min.)