Saint Bob and Digging Another Hole to Nowhere – July 10, 2005
Saint Bob's latest campaign to save Africa is an irresistible appeal to Western pity, sympathy and guilt. It is also more arrogant than those fantasies of any old-time colonial administrator or missionary. It assumes that if only "we" put our minds to it, "we" can "save" "them." The fact that we have been trying to do this for 60 years, without success, does not deter him. His solution is to do even more of it. If you doubt the wisdom of this, you are unspeakably callous
Doubling of Foreign Aid to Africa will not Lead to a Take-off into Self-sustained Growth – July 8, 2005
Far from fixing Africa’s problems, aid worsens it. Growth does not depend on the amount of aid a country gets but on some important factors which can only be built by governments in Africa
Poverty Oversimplified – June 10, 2005
This campaign is so misguided you might think Kate Moss had thought it up herself
Facts versus Fears on Biotechnology – March 29, 2005
The misplaced opposition to genetically modified crops in the Third World violates poor people's basic human rights.
The Devil in the Donuts - PowerPoint – February 9, 2005
Powerpoint slides from Frontier Policy Briefing "Devil in the Donuts" by Ag Policy Fellow Rolf Penner discusses the shaky science behind the politics of the looming trans fat ban.
Eco-imperialism Won't Save the Environment – December 29, 2004
Mr. Driessen calls this "eco-imperialism," an effective term that appeals to the disdain for the domination of vulnerable or weak societies by the more powerful. This resonates with rural Canadians, especially those engaged in the fur trade and commercial forestry, some of whom are the chief victims of this sort of arrogance.
Yvonne Chan PowerPoint: Poor Schools that Work – November 27, 2004
PowerPoint slides from the 2004 Education Frontiers Lecture featuring Yvonne Chan from Los Angeles
Unravelling Child Poverty – December 1, 2003
A new national report card on child poverty misuses numbers to describe the problem, advocates time-worn solutions and ignores the most important means of enriching our population.
Australia's Dairy Reforms – March 10, 2003
An overview of Australia's recent dairy reforms and the country's phase out of marketing boards. A temporary consumer levy on milk is being applied to partially buy out quotas, the most difficult aspect of marketing board reform.
Partying in Joburg – October 23, 2002
Joburg delegates were there to solve the problems of the poor but apparently they didn’t want to see them in person.
Don't Throw out Biotech Baby with Environmental Bathwater – July 18, 2001
We've been hearing a lot of guff about "Franken-foods", the anti-science crowd's moniker for Genetically Modified Organisms. They claim that foodstuffs improved in the laboratory will turn us all into creatures from the Black Lagoon.
A Conversation with David Beito – July 21, 2000
They were tremendously important. If you wanted to find where the center of community was in an urban neighbourhood or a small town you would often go to the lodge.
Welfare Before Government Welfare – July 17, 2000
It makes sense for people to make provision for their welfare, and they did it through mutual-aid societies.
UN Finds Low Poverty In Canada – November 2, 1999
Anti-poverty groups received a jolt early in October, when they woke up to this headline: "Only 6% of Canadians are poor, UN finds."
Understanding Living Standards – January 4, 1999
Feeling the blues as you scan the bills from the Christmas blowout? Cheer up. It turns out that you're probably a lot better off than you think.
Christmas Pudding – December 14, 1998
Could the world of tinsel and merriment that now surrounds us be merely a sham? If you believe the latest alarums from the poverty industry, trumpeted uncritically by the media, it cloaks a stark reality for the armies of Canada's poor.
Poverty Falling Dramatically In Canada – August 3, 1998
Christopher Sarlo, a professor at Nipissing University, has carved out an interesting academic niche by measuring living standards in Canada. His most recent research confirms that Canadians are doing very well in improving their material well being.