Canada’s Organic Food System is a Nightmare – January 3, 2013
Canadians are bombarded with messages that organic food is purer, tastier, and more nutritious. However, an in-depth report indicates that there is no systematic, empirical proof that it is any of these things. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency does not test organic food before certifying it.
Beyond Supply Management – March 30, 2012
Canada’s dairy industry is not currently well-positioned to succeed in increasingly liberalized international markets and policy reforms are currently needed to insure competitiveness in the future.
New Voluntary Wheat Board May Struggle – December 7, 2011
The federal government is about to abolish compulsory membership in the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). However, there are good reasons to doubt that a voluntary board will succeed. Farmers who chose not to take part in the board will likely be better off, like their counterparts in the rest of the world that do not operate under a wheat marketing board.
Wheat Board Monopoly Lost – August 3, 2011
A sober look ahead to the eventual removal of the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly shows a significantly prosperous industry and the likely emergence of a volunteer board.
Dairy Trade Winners, Losers, and Winners – April 14, 2010
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s visit to Ottawa serves to contrast Canada’s agricultural policy with the policy of free trade.
Transforming Manitoba – January 16, 2010
Manitoba’s old style public sector model has placed the province firmly outside of western Canada's mainstream.
Municipal Expropriation for Economic Development: A Tied-Up David v. Goliath Battle – August 4, 2009
Landowners across Manitoba, and in four other provinces, are not safe as provincial governments allow municipalities to expropriate land for economic development—without any real procedural safeguards.
End of Oil Won’t End Car Culture or Shape Cities – August 15, 2008
Why oil does not matter. Technology will save our suburban lifestyle.
Latest Food Cancer Scare a Hoax – February 7, 2008
We examine the link between poor research methodology and poor public policy.
Canadian Wheat Board Directors Interested in Power, not Farmers – July 8, 2007
CWB directors, who are now challenging the recent freeing of the barley market in court, appear to be driven by an unwavering commitment to the notion they alone know what is best for all farmers, and they are willing to say and do anything to preserve their positions of power and control.
Good Ideas Drowning in Regulation – June 4, 2007
Politicians love to crow about regulations they enact. They take out advertisements bragging about how tough they are on industries and how they are protecting us. Protecting us? From innovation, productivity, competitiveness, investment, more money in our pockets, a longer life and a cleaner environment? They have got to be kidding.
Deal or No Deal? WTO Deadline Nears – July 17, 2006
Where's Howie Mandel when we really need him? Canada should abandon its misguided position and take the WTO deal before it's too late.
A Phony Study Deludes the Nation – June 30, 2006
The newly named Canadian Environmental Defence Fund bangs the bushes for money with another scary "study."
Québec’s Margarine Madness – September 26, 2005
La Belle Province defies a sensible trade ruling and continues its long history of forbidding coloured margarine.
Murderous Margarine? – January 14, 2005
With bipartisan zeal, Parliament passes a new law based on junk science.
On Earth Day, Thank Agriculture – April 23, 2004
A celebration of environmental health should recognize its major cause, the modern farmer.
A Future for Pelletized Biofuels – November 6, 2003
Pelletized biofuels, made from natural prairie grasses, could become a major source of clean, efficient energy.
A Silver Lining for Canada – August 28, 2003
American softwood lumber tariffs are causing economic damage, but in the long run they may strengthen Canada's forest industry.
A Future of Safe Swimming – August 17, 2003
Trading schemes encourage cleaner water
PFRA – An Old Idea That Still Works – August 7, 2003
The Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration is a good example of government that works, and should be the model for other programs.