*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.
Deconstructing the Aboriginal Problem – July 1, 2002
An important new paper points the way to the resolution of an historic blight on Canadian society - the social and economic health of our First Nations population. Aboriginals as a distinct group have not fully participated in the wider prosperity of the country whose First Citizens they compose.
Police Performance Up – June 28, 2002
In the mix of elements that might generate recovery in Winnipeg's troubled core, a necessary, if not sufficient condition is effective policing.
Modernizing the City of Winnipeg Act – June 27, 2002
Manitoba is overhauling the legislation that governs the operation of the province's largest city.
*Prepare for the Big Chill – June 22, 2002
The Earth’s climate is changing in a dramatic way, with immense danger for man and the natural systems that sustain him. This was the frightening message broadcast to us by environmentalists in the recent past. Here are some of their prophecies.
Biotech Advances Boost Agriculture – June 17, 2002
The march of high-tech agriculture continues in spite of the spurious obstacles thrown in the way of progress by the anti-trade and anti-globalization crowd.
Revamping Teacher Certification – June 13, 2002
Manitoba is currently facing a teacher shortage, particularly in the inner cities, rural areas, and in the disciplines of math and science.
Blame Sun For Global Warming – June 4, 2002
The weekend line-ups at nursery outlets signal our relief after one of the coldest springs ever recorded, which followed on the heels of the 2001 winter, one of the coldest in history.
Winnipeg Police Performance Improves Slightly – June 1, 2002
In 2000, Winnipeg had the fourth highest level of police strength of Canadian cities, at 176 officers per 100,000 population, a reduction of six from 1999's proportion.
2002 Tax Load Index - The Gap Widens – June 1, 2002
Our 2002 Tax Load Index expands this year to include B.C., Ontario and two neighbouring U.S. states, North Dakota and Minnesota.
America: Fair Weather Free Trader – June 1, 2002
The United States has shown courageous leadership in the war on terrorism, but is losing its moral authority in the battle for world prosperity.
*News from the Frontier - Volume 2, Issue 2 – June 1, 2002
As part of its rural policy project, the Centre hosted former New Zealand trade negotiator and author of the book "Farming without Subsidies" during a two day Manitoba visit in early May which included media appearances, a university lecture, and meetings with agriculture experts and political leaders.
*Kyoto As “Blankie” – May 28, 2002
On the weekend, some friends told us their nine-year-old still has a scrap of his “blankie.” Whenever he is overwrought or scared they give it to him, he clutches it and is instantly calmed.
Market Access not Farm Subsidies – May 24, 2002
Brian Chamberlin is a New Zealander with a mission to promote free trade in agriculture, an important topic in light of the subsidy provisions in the new U.S. Farm Bill.
U.S. Farm Bill May Hurt Prairies – May 14, 2002
The gargantuan U.S. Farm Bill has finally been passed. It’s a multi-billion dollar monster that will subsidize U.S. farm production at levels never seen before. The bill raises crop subsidy spending in agriculture by a whopping 70%.
The Stockholm Healthcare Model In Manitoba – May 12, 2002
In a few years, the runaway train of ever-increasing healthcare spending will slam many provinces into a "wall". At that point, the mindset that leads us to run our health-care system and other important public services like the old post office may finally become another intellectual relic.
A Conversation with Brian Chamberlin – May 8, 2002
A conversation with Brian Chamberlin: farming without subsidies.
Hamiota on the Move – May 5, 2002
The conventional view of small rural communities holds that they are generally in decline.