Restructuring Saskatchewan’s BusTransportation Subsidy Policy (~15min) – June 14, 2013
Western Canada based public policy think tank, the Frontier Centre has released a study saying the Saskatchewan transportation company should no longer have a monopoly on intercity bus travel in Saskatchewan. Joined by Steve Lafleur, policy analyst with the Frontier Centre. (~15 min.)
A Costly Gamble with Manitoba’s Future (~2min) – June 14, 2013
Manitoba Hydro is preparing for a $33 billion dollar expansion of its infrastructure. But given a record of cost overruns – such as the Wuskwatim Dam, which came in $900 million over budget – the huge program may well end up costing much more than that. Things were very different when the program was put in place just five years ago. Natural gas prices were high, and the Canadian dollar was low. (~2 min.)
Historic Bill Aims to Replace Outdated Indian Act (~2min) – June 7, 2013
Lost in all the noise about expense spending by Senators, Canada’s parliament is on the verge of passing a private member’s bill which has huge implications for First Nations in this country. Bill C-428 aims to replace parts of the Indian Act, and it has just passed third reading in the House of Commons. (~2 min.)
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.
Steep Tax Hikes For High Income Earners Do More Harm than Good (~2min) – May 31, 2013
There’s an age old political argument in North America about how much taxes should be paid by the rich. Some commentators argue that inequality would be reduced by raising taxes dramatically for the top one per cent of society. Some would even suggest that it’s time to restore Canada’s tax structure to what it was in the years immediately following World War Two when the top rate was above 70%. (~2 min.)
Canada's Organic Food System is a Nightmare (~2min) – May 24, 2013
Let the buyer beware when it comes to “organic” products. More on today’s Frontier Centre commentary. Many Canadians buy organic when they shop for groceries, because they believe that organic products are purer, more nutritious and more sustainable. However, a study by the Frontier Centre found that there is no systematic proof that food which is certified as organic is tastier or more nutritious. (~2 min.)
No Alcohol Allowed (Alberta Primetime) (~5min) – May 24, 2013
“Liquor Ban In Effect”—Albertans will start seeing this message again in provincial parks for the upcoming May long weekend. Does the annual prohibition work, or do campers circumvent the ban?
Improving Access to the Newest Medicines (~2min) – May 17, 2013
New prescription drugs are constantly being developed to relieve suffering and help us live longer. Unfortunately, little seems to be done by governments to shorten the approval process so that they can get to patients who need them. Recent studies indicate that it often takes more than two years for new medicines to be approved and made available in Canada. (~2 min.)
Schizophrenic Government Climate/Energy Policies (CFRA radio, Ottawa) (~55min) – May 17, 2013
May 9, 2013 - Listen to Late Night Counsell on CFRA radio, Ottawa, co-hosted by regular host John Counsell and International Climate Science Coalition Executive Director and FCPP advisor Tom Harris (~53 min).
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)
Government Set to Move on First Nations Equality Law (~2min) – May 10, 2013
In Ottawa, a Commons committee is studying Bill S-2, which would correct a longstanding injustice affecting aboriginal women in Canada. It would guarantee that when a married couple living on a reserve divorce, both spouses will receive an equal share of the marital home and other property. This is the law in most Canadian provinces, but it does not apply on native reserves because they fall under federal jurisdiction. (~2 min.)
Climatism has Become a Religion for Many (CFRA radio, Ottawa) (~6min) – May 8, 2013
April 30, 2013 - Listen to discussion between International Climate Science Coalition Executive Director and FCPP advisor Tom Harris and John Counsell on Late Night Counsell on CFRA radio, Ottawa about how, even among leading science experts, climatism has become tantamount to a religion (~6 min.). CFRA is the leading radio station in the National (Canada) Capital Region.
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.
Arctic Ice Melt Nothing to Worry About (CKNW radio, Vancouver) (~21min) – May 7, 2013
May 5, 2013 - Listen to interview with International Climate Science Coalition Executive Director and FCPP advisor Tom Harris on “The World Today Weekend With Host Sean Leslie” on CKNW radio, Vancouver, B.C. about why the conclusions of a widely-publicized announcement showing unusual ice melt in the Arctic are unsubstantiated (~21 min.).
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.
School Boards Should Offer Parents Choices (~2min) – May 3, 2013
In recent years, many local school boards in Canada have been faced with declining enrollment because of competition from private schools. As well, a growing number of parents have been choosing to home school their children. One way to reverse that trend is by providing a broader range of choices in the public school system. The approach has been tried with some success in Canada.
A Fracking Revolution (~2min) – April 26, 2013
There’s a green revolution happening in energy, but probably not what most are expecting. For years, environmental lobby groups have been pushing governments around the world to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases through carbon taxes, and large subsidies to encourage development of renewable energy. But for the most part, this top down approach has failed to change human behaviour in a significant way. (~2 min.)
Property Rights Ranking in Canada (Stateless Man) (~15min) – April 24, 2013
"My favorite think tank in Canada is the Frontier Centre, and their latest notable research is a new ranking of property rights across the provinces. The author, Joseph Quesnel, explains the various measures of property and how the provinces and territories of Canada compare." (~15 min.)
April 22, 2013 – Earth Day Must Divorce Climatism (CJBK radio, London) (~10min) – April 24, 2013
April 22, 2013 - Listen to interview with International Climate Science Coalition Executive Director and FCPP advisor Tom Harris on London in the Afternoon with Al Coombs, Newstalk 1290 CJBK radio, London, Ontario about why Earth Day participants must distance themselves from climate alarmists or risk the end of the movement (~10 min.).