A Valuation Analysis of ATB Financial – January 20, 2012
In this valuation of ATB, the Frontier Centre launches its new series to valuate Canada’s Crown Corporations.
Rent Control Does Not Meet Expectations – August 29, 2011
A varied analysis on rent control shows that the policy does not accomplish the income distribution and the assistance to the poor that it pretends. By and large, rental housing prices are higher in Canadian cities where there are rent control rules than in cities where there are none.
Freedom to Build:Homes For The Homeless – January 6, 2010
Canada’s homeless population is primarily a symptom of a restrained housing supply, and government initiatives will continue to fail while the underlying cause is not addressed.
Land Regulation, Expropriation and Appropriation Laws in Alberta – October 13, 2009
Further research and creative remedies will be needed if Alberta’s landowners are not to pay a disproportionate price for infrastructure and environmental regulation.
Expropriating for Economic Development: A Carte Blanche for Municipal Mismanagement – July 27, 2009
Provincial legislators should eliminate the practice of allowing municipal expropriation for economic development purposes as it allows for sweeping governmental abuse.
Subject to Approval – November 26, 2008
The choice of early Canadians to remain closely tied to the British Empire had a major impact on the development of property rights in this country. Although we as a society tend to see ourselves as having more in common with the United States than with the United Kingdom, our system of land ownership, more accurately called real property ownership, does not permit the same level of rights and freedoms over the land we hold as the U.S. system affords. In the United States, landowners usually hold title to the mineral resources located beneath their land; in Canada, this is never the case.
Efficient Rental Markets – September 2, 2008
Conventional economics anticipates that because landlords supply rental housing voluntarily, they will react to government-stipulated standards and compliance by either exiting the market or raising prices.
The 'Right to Buy' – May 1, 2008
The benefits of allowing state tenants to purchase their homes are massive: reducing reliance on the state, creating civic pride and a greater sense of social inclusion, improving neighbourhood appearance and safety and providing a basis for financial security.
"Smart Growth" – February 24, 2004
The city of Portland, Oregon, took the lead in implementing "smart growth" policies to contain urban sprawl. The results, to say the least, were underwhelming, and wiser heads are trying to correct the mistake.
Fixing Winnipeg's Downtown – December 5, 2002
This December 2002 paper explores "big-picture" policy reforms to revitalize Winnipeg's high potential downtown. It kicks off the Frontier Centre's Winnipeg Policy Blueprint Project.
2002 Canada Property Tax Comparison – October 4, 2002
2002 comparison of effective residential property tax levels in major Canadian cities