Media Release - Cities Should Fight Poverty, Not Increase It – April 16, 2013
Today the Frontier Centre released the backgrounder Toward More Prosperous Cities by Wendell Cox. The objective of public policy should be to achieve wide-spread affluence and eradicate poverty. Cities, urban policy, and urban transport are means to facilitate this objective, not ends themselves.
Calling Out Honour-Based Violence – November 30, 2012
In communities where family honour is tied to cultural values, daughters are discouraged from choosing their own clothes, friends, careers, and life partners. Women are valued based on their purity and virginity at the time of marriage, and face horrific abuse for exerting independence. Honour-based violence is different from domestic abuse and is an issue in Canada.
Can Goldman Sachs help the homeless? – November 22, 2012
A few blocks from where I work, there’s a guy who lives on a sidewalk in the Financial District. That guy is incredibly expensive. For the amount we pay in social services to keep him alive, he could practically move into the Ritz. The yearly cost of caring for a homeless person with substance abuse and mental issues (that is, most of them) ranges from $55,000 up to $134,000, according to various research studies.
It’s a Bad Idea to Hit Anyone with Tax Jump – June 20, 2012
Ontario’s popular new measure to tax the rich will, unsurprisingly to those who understand how economic incentives work, very likely create more economic costs than benefits, according to a new analysis from the C.D. Howe Institute.
It’s Time to End Welfare – April 23, 2012
Though many claim that governments can reduce poverty by raising welfare rates and making benefits easier to get, the only real poverty reduction in half a century of welfare policy has come about by raising employment rates, not welfare rates.
Taming Two Dragons – April 17, 2012
This policy paper examines the means and policies by which Canada could help people on welfare without trapping them in a cycle of poverty.
Media Release - Income Support Reform that Makes Sense – April 17, 2012
Based on a structural and historical analysis of Canada's welfare system, this policy paper argues that welfare has helped create and maintain a chronically workless underclass that persists regardless of economic or labour market conditions instead of helping welfare recipients.
What’s Wrong With Renting Sheds to Poor? – January 27, 2012
The fact that a man in Winnipeg faces charges for renting a shed in his backyard should lead us to question how restrictive housing and renting policies are creating the situation.
8th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey – January 23, 2012
The Frontier Centre releases a survey of 325 housing markets in seven countries including 35 from Canada. Vancouver is now the second least affordable housing market in the English speaking world, with the Prairies improving and Toronto continuning a long term trend of declining affordability.
Canadian Housing Affordability in One Page – January 23, 2012
A one page look at housing affordability across 35 Canadian markets according to the 8th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability survey.
Honour Killings in Canada: An Undeniable Reality! – January 20, 2012
Wherever there is a bubble of ignorance, I am there to burst it. Canada, a lovely country known for its open-hearted acceptance of immigrants from a vast array of foreign lands, is quickly becoming a cesspool in which cultures are clashing. These clashes are usually swept under the rug by the host country (Canada) and those who are integrating (at varying degrees) in to the host country.
No 'Honour' in Killing – January 16, 2012
In our often too politically correct world where everyone is afraid of being branded a racist and therefore doesn't speak of such matters, there is a growing problem within some of our immigrant communities -- honour-based violence, which in some cases, becomes fatal.
The West’s Boom Has Indeed Benefitted the Poor – January 16, 2012
Ben Eisen shows that economic growth in western Canada has improved the material conditions of low-income individuals and families in the region.
Yes, the Rich May Get Richer, But So Do the Poor – January 14, 2012
What the OECD's figures show is that we are all generally doing better - the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting richer too. Second, this is not evil. It's one of the great things about capitalism - it allows growth for everyone.
Make Immigration Break Even – December 23, 2011
The Canadian government recently announced a moratorium on immigration applications for parents and grandparents of Canadians under the family reunification program. But rather than eliminating the program, as many opponents have urged, the government should instead find a way to ensure that sponsors are bearing its full costs. A reasonable way to reconcile concerns would be to charge an entrance fee to sponsored parents and grandparents through the family reunification program.
Media Release - Suicide Among Young Women of South Asian Origin – December 15, 2011
The suicide rate among young women of South Asian origin is disproportionately higher than other segments of the population in Western societies. In Canada, with its large South Asian population, this unexplored area is likely similar, even though not many mechanisms have been put in place to prevent and track such activity. Given that there are lives at stake, the policy gaps need to be addressed by lawmakers.
A Policy Roadmap for Solutions to Suicide Among Young Women of South Asian Origin – December 15, 2011
There is a policy gap when it comes to the high suicide rate among young women of South Asian origin in Canada.
Awakening to Tragedy Among Young Female South Asians – December 15, 2011
Parliament needs to address the policy gap regarding the high suicide rate among young women of South Asian origin in Canada.
Untax Buildings, Uptax Land – November 28, 2011
PowerPoint slides which accompanied former Green Party Leader of Ontario, Speaker, Writer Frank de Jong's speech Untax Buildings, Uptax Land that he gave in Calgary, Regina and Winnipeg late November 2011.
What's Occupying Wall Street? – October 19, 2011
In the matter of Occupy Wall Street, the allegedly anticapitalist movement that's been camped out in lower Manhattan for the past few weeks and has inspired copycat protests from Boston to Los Angeles, we have some sympathy. Really? Well, yeah.