The Environmental State of Canada – May 14, 2013
Ben Eisen and Romy Yourex demonstrate that Canada’s natural environment has generally been growing cleaner and greener by examining a number of indicators across several dimensions of environmental sustainability including urban air pollution, GHG emissions, freshwater withdrawals, freshwater quality, agricultural soil quality and forestry.
The Future of E-Government in Saskatchewan – March 25, 2013
Making improvements and maximising the delivery of government services through the Internet allowing citizens to manage their own interactions with government can bring significant savings, spark greater citizen interaction with government reducing apathy, and foster a climate in which business and enterprise can benefit and become more competitive.
The Supply Management Cartel: – March 8, 2013
Eric Merkley shows that Canada’s supply management system stands in need of reform, and considers how the political obstacles to change can be overcome.
Hunting for Habitat – February 28, 2013
The Alberta government failed to realize an opportunity to harness private interests for the public interest when it shelved its Hunting for Habitat proposal, which would have compensated private landowners for opening up their lands to hunters and allowed some tags to be sold.
The First Canadian Property Rights Index – February 6, 2013
The Frontier Centre for Public Policy has released its first Canadian Property Rights Index, which ranks provinces and territories along eight indicators, assessing how each jurisdiction protects individual property rights.
Inter-City Busing – November 30, 2012
Inter-city bus ridership has decreased in Canada over the last several decades. However, the thriving curbside bus industry in the US and in Southern Ontario demonstrates that there is significant growth potential for a liberalized inter-city bus industry. While urban service would increase under liberalization, rural service would likely continue to decrease. To maintain rural ridership, provinces should create a system of least-cost subsidies to ensure that companies are willing to serve otherwise unprofitable, but socially desirable routes.
Strengthening Fiscal Responsibility Through Decentralization – November 15, 2012
The constitution allocates responsibility over most policy areas exclusively to the provinces or the federal government. But the federal government routinely oversteps its bounds. To create more accountable, more efficient government, the federal government should step back and allow the provinces and municipalities to fund and deliver the services that they are responsible for.
Canada’s Organic Nightmare – November 1, 2012
This study exposes serious shortcomings in Canada’s organic food industry given the absence of a systematic testing system.
Free to Fish – September 27, 2012
A new policy paper by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy looks at the evidence for giving Prairie fishers, particularly from indigenous communities, more freedom to sell and market their own freshwater fish.
Admitted But Excluded – August 29, 2012
Professor Bryan Schwartz describes the harmful impact of occupational licensing requirements that prevent skilled immigrants from working in the professions for which they are trained.
Zero Support for No-Zero Policies – August 27, 2012
Michael Zwaagstra shows that there is little empirical support in favour of no-zero policies in K-12 education and that such policies are unpopular with parents and teachers.
Airport Policy in Canada – August 23, 2012
Mary Jane Bennett argues that Canada should privatize its airports to reduce passenger loss to the United States and bolster our major airports as hubs of commercial activity.
Second Annual Western High School Report Card (2012) – June 28, 2012
The 2nd Annual Report Card on Western Canadian High Schools provides the public with the requisite information to identify problems and, when warranted, celebrate successes. The objective is to hold our schools accountable with it, and improve the education they deliver.
Grain Freight Regulation in Canada – May 18, 2012
A newly released study for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy looks at the history of railway and freight regulation in Canada to argue that while grain protection policy was seen as progressive at the time, the economic fall-out throughout the industry has often been detrimental.
Improving the Competitiveness of Metropolitan Areas – May 10, 2012
Centrally-determined national transportation policies are misguided and wasteful. They do not solve the choking traffic problems that plague large urban centers but often make matters worse, undermining the competitiveness of metropolitan areas.
The Green Plague – May 4, 2012
Frontier Centre Intern Eric Merkley argues that the subsidization of biofuel production has unintended consequences which harm the natural environment.
Rebuilding the Last Mile – April 27, 2012
Canada has fallen behind the times in the area of high speed internet, where it once was a leader. To recover our former place, this study argues, a policy framework that encourages competition and allow third party companies to challenge incumbents will be necessary.
Taming Two Dragons – April 17, 2012
This policy paper examines the means and policies by which Canada could help people on welfare without trapping them in a cycle of poverty.
The Fifth Annual Aboriginal Governance Index – April 12, 2012
The newly-released fifth annual Aboriginal Governance Index involved 32 participating First Nations communities across three Prairie provinces, and highlighted the clear governance expectations of average band members.
The Future of the Canadian Dairy Sector – March 23, 2012
Sylvain Charlebois and Tatiana Astray assess the capacity of Canada’s dairy sector to compete in a post supply management era, and offer policy reform ideas to help the industry succeed.