B.C.’s new business as usual: political and economic uncertainty

B.C.’s new business as usual: political and economic uncertainty
NDP election win prompts waves of uncertainty that threaten investment and economic growth in B.C. By Lydia Miljan Senior Fellow, The Fraser Institute A shadow hangs over British Columbia’s political and economic future. Last spring, B.C. went through one of its most tumultuous and uncertain elections in years. No party received the majority of seats in the May 9 election,... Read More

The unintended, and painful, consequences of a $15 minimum wage

The unintended, and painful, consequences of a $15 minimum wage
A government-mandated increase in the price of low-skilled labour tends to lead employers to reduce their labour force By Charles Lammam & Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute It seems obvious: if you want to give low-wage workers a raise, increase the minimum wage. But raising minimum wage produces unintended consequences that hurt many of the people it’s supposed to help.... Read More

Taxes are the average Canadian family’s largest expense

Taxes are the average Canadian family’s largest expense
In fact, taxes consume more of the average family’s income than all the basic necessities of life combined By Charles Lammam & Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute With home prices rising across the country, many may assume that housing costs (including rent and mortgage payments) are the most expensive budget item for the average Canadian family. In reality, the average... Read More

Thinking the unthinkable on NAFTA

Thinking the unthinkable on NAFTA
The bottom line is, either we stand up and defend our rights or we’ll simply have traded one colonial master for another By Robert McGarvey Columnist, Troy Media Everyone who’s ever done business with Donald Trump knows his favourite tactic: don’t negotiate; intimidate. Well, he’s at it again, threatening to pull the plug on NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)... Read More

Amazon brings democratic simplicity to the food industry

Amazon brings democratic simplicity to the food industry
The online giant is essentially about merchandizing convenience for all. Organic foods and meal kits are its latest targets By Sylvain Charlebois Senior Fellow Atlantic Institute for Market Studies Amazon isn’t wasting time wading in to the food industry – and speed of execution and ease of delivery are at the heart of its business model. As soon as United... Read More

Diversifying your portfolio in one neat package

Diversifying your portfolio in one neat package
An ETF is a low-cost mutual-like fund that trades on the stock market, with a significantly different fee structure By Bill Green Columnist, Troy Media Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) seem to be all the rage. There are more than 600 ETFs traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and it seems like new ones are being created almost every day. An ETF... Read More

Subscribe Technologies’ bContact.com gives startups a fighting chance

Subscribe Technologies’ bContact.com gives startups a fighting chance
Recently launched bContact.com has announced they’ve entered into the email dissemination business with their new add-on to its cloud based business management solution. bContact.com; owned and operated by Subscribe Technologies Inc. (CSE: SAAS), is a cloud based business providing small businesses (SMBs) with efficient tools to grow and compete better. bContact offers access to a fully integrated set of business... Read More

Taxing professionals no way to grow the economy

Taxing professionals no way to grow the economy
The Canadian government has eliminated tax credits without using the resulting revenues to cut rates more broadly By Charles Lammam & Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute The Liberal Party ran on and won the 2015 federal election in large measure because of its promise to improve the economy. Unfortunately, in too many cases the actions of the now-governing Liberals run... Read More

Mainstream media is full of fake news

Mainstream media is full of fake news
Few realize the extent to which the financial establishment uses fake news to fool the public By Robert McGarvey Columnist, Troy Media According to a growing army of critics, the mainstream media is unintentionally circulating fake news. Globe and Mail editor Evan Annett believes fake news has become a serious problem. Why? Because it’s “media that’s custom-made to fool you.”... Read More

Ontarians pay a high price for power system mess

Ontarians pay a high price for power system mess
Years of government mismanagement of the power sector must be corrected or families will continue to suffer By Ken Green Senior director, Natural Resource Policy Institute The Fraser Institute After years of governments mismanaging energy markets in Ontario, new research shows that Ontarians now pay some of the highest electricity bills in Canada. The average residential monthly bill for Torontonians... Read More