Reinterpreting Indian Control of Indian Education – March 6, 2012
Expected and long over-due systemic change to Aboriginal education should include an emphasis on choice, with allowance for funding to follow students as well as the exploration of new models, including novel concepts like independent indigenous charter schools.
The Economic, Environmental and Political Consequences of Carbon Pricing – February 29, 2012
Eric Merkley, Ben Eisen and Kenneth Green examine 8 case studies in carbon pricing from around the world, and assess their economic, environmental and political consequences.
The Supreme Court’s 2011 Securities Reference Decision – February 24, 2012
This study looks at the legal and political angles surrounding Ottawa’s defeated desire to establish a single securities agency against the will of most provincial governments.
Food Inflation and Biofuel Production – February 10, 2012
Frontier Centre Intern Eric Merkley shows that the use of grains for biofuel production instead of feedstock can contribute to undesirable increases in the price of food.
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.
Canada Health Consumer Index 2011 – December 20, 2011
The Canada Health Consumer Index compares the performance of Canada’s ten provincial healthcare systems from the perspective of the consumer.
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.
The Myth of North American Carbon Reduction Laggards – November 29, 2011
This study reassesses the greenhouse gas emissions reduction performance of Canada and the United States in light of relevant demographic and economic statistics.
More Immigrants Needed to Maintain Saskatchewan's Boom – November 4, 2011
For the first time in decades, Saskatchewan is experiencing rapid economic growth. The provinces resources and sound policy environment provide an opportunity for this growth to last indefinitely. However, the province is missing one thing: people. After decades of young people leaving the province, and with the impending retirement of Baby Boomers, increased immigration will be required to fill the workforce.
Standardized Testing is a Good Thing – October 21, 2011
A desire to have the best and most balanced means available to make decisions about our children’s education make standardized testing in schools a necessity.
Math Instruction that Makes Sense – September 21, 2011
Math education in Canada is failing has been failing to teach its students fundamental numeracy, but a renewed emphasis on mastering basic math skills can better prepare students for life.
Tuition Fees and University Participation for Youth from Low-Income Families – September 13, 2011
Ben Eisen and Jonathan Wensveen investigate the claim often made in Canada that low tuition fees lead to higher rates of university participation. The authors find that there is no positive correlation between low tuition fees and higher rates of university participation, either overall or in the specific case of young adults from low-income families.
Balancing Act: Gradually Reducing The Size and Cost of Manitoba’s Public Sector – August 30, 2011
Ben Eisen and Jonathan Wensveen examine the cost of Manitoba’s relatively large public sector. By taking into account projected population growth, they argue that Manitoba can significantly reduce the size of its public sector in the medium-term without resorting to drastic cuts, by either freezing or making small, gradual reductions to government employment over the next decade.
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.
Controlling National Expenses – August 22, 2011
Professor David Henderson tells the story of how Canada regained control of its spending the 1990s, and explains that even severe deficit problems can be resolved through effective cuts to government spending and without recurring to major tax increases.
Effect of Reducing the HST Tax Rate by Two Percentage Points on Average Households – August 15, 2011
This study measures the effect of moving from the old provincial sales tax (PST) to the new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) in Ontario and in British Columbia, assuming that the sales tax rates are reduced.
Removal of the Canadian Wheat Board Monopoly – July 28, 2011
This study looks ahead and assesses possible consequence scenarios to the eventuality that the Canadian Wheat Board is removed in 2012 as many expect.
Usage Based Billing for Internet Access and the Future of the Internet – July 14, 2011
The Bell UBB proposal for residential internet access is closely connected with changes in how Canadians watch video, and building the capacity for the next generation of internet, particularly in the last mile. The decisions taken over the next few months should continue the policy of promoting competitive options that have generated so much of the creativity in the industry.
The Nisga’a: 10 Years Later – June 27, 2011
Before First Nations adopt self-government agreements, they should look to communities such as B.C.’s Nisga’a who signed an agreement for any insights.
Telecommuting and Working at Home in the Emerging Work Environment – June 24, 2011
Wendell Cox documents the rise of telecommuting and working from home in Canada.