Capping energy industry emissions is all pain, no gain

Capping energy industry emissions is all pain, no gainApplies only to oil and gas sector. Quebec aircraft manufacturers, Ontario auto plants get a free ride It’s hard to wrap one’s head around what $45 billion represents. It’s such a huge number that, for most of us, it essentially becomes meaningless. And yet, it’s about as much as our federal government spends in a…

The skilled trades shortage has a solution: women

But women have challenges that most men don’t have when entering the trades

The skilled trades shortage has a solution: womenThe fridge has stopped working, and your frozen food is melting. You call your usual appliance repair service only to find its cadre of four technicians has dwindled to two overloaded workers. They’ll do their best to come as soon as possible but can’t give a specific date. You contact friends about stuffing some food…

Trudeau deliberately choosing to lower Canadians’ living standards

The feds should be cutting taxes, not raising them

Trudeau deliberately choosing to lower Canadians’ living standardsThe rising cost of living isn’t an act of God or nature. Politicians are making it worse every day. You can find politicians who are making life more affordable for taxpayers. But those politicians don’t live in Ottawa. Ottawa is raising gas taxes, payroll taxes and even alcohol taxes. Meanwhile, 51 other national governments are…

Seniors prefer home care over institutionalization

Seniors must be offered the opportunity to age in place with the help of their caregivers

Seniors prefer home care over institutionalizationBy 2030, 25 per cent of the Quebec population will be 65 or over. Today, this proportion is 21 per cent, and the pressure on public residences for long-term care (CHSLD) in Quebec is already becoming too much to manage. This reality hit us during the first wave of the pandemic when deaths from COVID-19…

As inflation rages minimum wage hikes fall short

Governments’ failure to care about low-wage workers has meant real-dollar pay cuts for those who can afford them least

As inflation rages minimum wage hikes fall shortTen years ago, advocates in the United States started a campaign for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. In 2014, low-wage workers in B.C. and Ontario followed suit. Before long, the call for $15 had spread right across the country. Eight years later, how do the provinces measure up? Six provincial governments increased the minimum wage this…

Ottawa will investigate food prices. It’s about time

Canadians need to understand how their food supply chains really work

Ottawa will investigate food prices. It’s about timeWith the hype caused by the scandal at Hockey Canada, few noticed last week that Ottawa decided to investigate food prices and the alleged abuse by large grocery chains. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and the members of the Committee will examine the problem in the coming weeks. We must first welcome Ottawa’s decision.…

Local elections: democracy as it is meant to be

Candidates do not tend to have corporate sponsorships nor to conform to the wishes of political parties

Local elections: democracy as it is meant to beOn average, fewer people vote in local elections than in provincial or federal elections. Interestingly, each vote has a greater impact in local elections, especially in smaller communities. There is more to this phenomenon than numbers and proportions. Local governments not only respond to the input of their constituents on local issues, but school council…

True multiculturalism requires multiple languages

Providing services in other languages embraces true diversity

True multiculturalism requires multiple languagesPrime Minister Trudeau has “trademarked” the line “diversity is our strength,” but his idea of diversity seems to be related to only skin colour, costumes (for which he is fond), and food. It definitely does not include more fundamental elements found in a diversity of languages or thought. Canada is targeting 400,000 immigrants per year.…

Net zero has been a boon to dictators

Worshipping at the net-zero altar has led to two dictators controlling both energy security and the supply of manufactured goods

Net zero has been a boon to dictatorsMark Twain famously said that “Truth is stranger than fiction.” Seldom have those words been more clearly illustrated than by the West’s attempt to rid the world of fossil fuels. In a supreme irony, the location of the first gathering aimed at that goal took place in the country now suffering the worst consequences of…

Profanity can make product reviews more persuasive

Product website gatekeepers might be better off allowing some profanity on their platforms

Profanity can make product reviews more persuasiveProfanity in online reviews can pack a powerful punch, says a University of Alberta business researcher. According to Katherine Lafreniere, an expletive or two in a review can enhance an evaluation of a service or product, especially when qualifying descriptions of a given attribute. That means a dishwasher described as “damn quiet,” for example, is…
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