Shift Priority Tax Emphasis to Land – August 21, 2002
The means to revitalize a downtown continue to befuddle many Canadian cities. Winnipeg is no exception, with a decidedly mixed outcome despite a potpourri of subsidies and other interventions to boost the central city.
More cash won't solve health-care problems – August 18, 2002
Canada has a comparatively young population for an industrialized nation yet it is the fourth highest spender on healthcare.
The Reality of Public Education in the 21st Century – August 18, 2002
Outcome-based education, the end of school boards, reforming teacher certification and school choice will be the main trends in public education
World Summit on Sustainable Development – August 15, 2002
The World Summit on Sustainable Development is being held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Health-care conflict hurts patients – August 10, 2002
Among the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, Canada is unique in having no private-sector involvement in the hospital sector.
B.C. Moves To Reform Liquor – August 7, 2002
On July 24, British Columbia announced it will open up the retail liquor business and invite more private vendors to sell spirits to the public. The new policy has merits on its own, but even more important is its underlying principle.
Tuberculosis and Elk in Riding Mountain – August 1, 2002
Both the Federal and Manitoba governments need to move fast to contain and eliminate TB in and around Riding Mountain National park.
Low Farm Prices Won't Go Away – August 1, 2002
Continued low grain prices, bad weather and more farm subsidies evoke visions of tractors in the streets and more farm aid concerts on TV.
It's Time to Harness Winnipeg Rivers – July 29, 2002
The province's decision to open the floodway to regulate summer river levels opens the door to a comprehensive look at policies that govern Winnipeg's rivers.
MMP in New Zealand – July 29, 2002
New Zealand's mixed member proportion system turns out to be a nightmare..
*U.S. Farm Bill Cultivates A Crop of Grief* – July 29, 2002
The [new US] farm bill is so over-the-top that even some members of the Senate -- a body that rarely shows enthusiasm for reining-in government expenditures -- are showing signs of embarrassment. Senator John McCain called the legislation "an appalling breach of federal spending responsibility."
Refining School Choice – July 25, 2002
The most biting criticism directed at opponents of our health-care monopoly points to the danger of establishing a "two-tier" medical system, a superior one for the rich and an inferior one for the poor.
*Farmers earn great return on their quotas – July 24, 2002
Feeling burned by the stock market and looking for a solid long-term investment? Not a gold bug, you say? Have you considered farming?
European Farm Reforms Conservation-Oriented – July 23, 2002
A wise man once said, "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there." The corollary to that one is, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it!"
A Powerful Idea for Empowering Aboriginals – July 22, 2002
Canada's most persistent blight is arguably the poverty of the First Nations. A world-class disgrace, people as diverse as the Pope and Nelson Mandela have indicted it.
Opening Up Cottage Country – July 19, 2002
Coverage of the last provincial election campaign ignored a gem-in-the-rough tossed out by the winner, Gary Doer.
*The Myth of Government Efficiency – July 15, 2002
Lots of people say that government should be run more like a business. The truth is that it can't run like a business. Businesses always spend their own money. Governments always spend yours.
*The Market Can Transform Our Schools – July 2, 2002
The Supreme Court's voucher decision clears the way for a major expansion of parental school choice.
Begin Canadian Wheat Board Reforms – July 2, 2002
Just say the words “Canadian Wheat Board” to three Prairie farmers and you’ll quickly hear four different opinions. What should be done about this “single desk” grain-selling agency, if anything?
Equalization: Help that Hurts – July 1, 2002
The federal equalization program -- which distributes dollars to poorer provinces based on their ability to raise revenues -- is rather simple in theory and noble in intent.