The New York Times feverishly reported on August 10 that the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is about to issue another scary climate report. Dismissing the recent 17 years or so of flat global temperatures, the IPCC will assert that: “It is extremely likely that human influence on climate caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010.”
Facing the “fiscal cliff,” perhaps the president and Congress should start thinking in terms of the “foreclosure crisis.” All lenders, whether a local home-loan bank or the Chinese government, expect to be repaid either from the borrower’s income or, if that is insufficient, from the sale of assets. Where does that leave the U.S. government?
PowerPoint slides which accompanied Frontier’s Policy Analyst Joseph Quesnel speech for the release of The Nisga’a Treaty: Over 10 Years Later Policy Series in Vancouver, BC on June 27, 2011.
If it were proposed today to tax food—even at five per cent, never mind such punitive rates as these—it would be instant political suicide: consider the ruckus that erupts whenever some stray academic suggests the GST should apply to groceries. But because it is the status quo, and because the tax is implicit rather than explicit, and because “it’s to help farmers,” the policy is not only tolerated, it is impossible to remove. Or at least, it has been until now.
A study carried out by the Winnipeg-based Frontier Centre for Public Policy reveals that, while aboriginal self-government is not all it’s cracked up to be, the Nisga’a are fairly happy with the aftermath of their treaty.
An ambitious new study asks the Nisga’a people if a self-government agreement has worked to their benefit or to their detriment.
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.
Who you vote for in the next election will largely be determined by how you answer the following question: Should we encourage more productive use of resources or more social welfare?
I’ve spent a good chunk of the last few months working on a study of Calgary’s light rail transit (C-Train) system, which was released today by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. I’ve had a long standing interest in LRT systems, …